New York Daily News

Ohtani, Harvey deliver as Italy, Japan move on


Shohei Ohtani hit a 448-foot, three-run home run in the first inning that landed just below his image on a video advertisin­g board in Tokyo and knocked in another run to lead Japan over Australia, 7-1, Sunday night at the World Baseball Classic.

Japan, already assured of advancemen­t, won its group with a 4-0 record and will play a quarterfin­al on Wednesday against Italy, which advanced along with Cuba from Group A on tiebreaker­s. Matt Harvey got the win as Italy defeated the Netherland­s, 7-1, causing all five teams to finish 2-2.

South Korea beat the Czech Republic, 7-3, in the day’s other Group

B game and Cuba defeated Taiwan, 7-1, in

Group A.

Ohtani turned on a hanging curveball from loser Will Sherriff, who didn’t even watch the flight of the ball into the Tokyo Dome’s right-field seats, bending and putting hands on his knees. It was the first home run of the tournament for Ohtani, who is 6 for 12 with eight RBI and seven walks. He walked with the bases loaded in the sixth, the third straight walk after reliever Blake Townsend entered.


Israel overcame a 1-0 deficit with a three-run eighth inning to defeat Nicaragua, which dropped its second game of WBC pool play.

Garrett Stubbles hit a bases loaded, go-ahead double in the eighth that scored Spencer Horwitz and Noah Mendlinger to make it 3-1. Horwitz tied it earlier in the inning with an RBI single.


Italian players had to wait a few minutes after the final out to find out they advanced with Cuba while the Netherland­s, Taiwan and Panama were eliminated. The group was decided by runs allowed divided by outs, and Cuba (15⁄108, .139) finished first, followed by Italy (17⁄108, .157), Netherland­s (19⁄102, .186), Panama (21⁄105, .200) and Taiwan (31⁄105, .295).

Chadwick Tromp homered in the thrd, but Italy burst ahead with a six-run fourth capped by Nicky Lopez’s two-run triple. Brett Sullivan, Ben DeLuzio and Sal Frelick hit RBI singles, and loser Mike Bolsenbroe­k threw a run-scoring wild pitch. Frelick added a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Harvey allowed one run and two hits in four innings with three strikeouts for the Italians, managed by Mike Piazza.


Ha-Seong Kim of the Padres hit two solo homers for South Korea.

Winning pitcher Se Woong Park struck out eight in 4 ⅔ innings. South Korea improved to 1-2 in Group B and will play winless China in its final group game. The Czechs are also 1-2.


Cuba got home runs from Yoán Moncada of the White Sox and Erisbel Arruebarre­na, breaking out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a double by Alfredo Despaigne that scored Moncada and White Sox teammate Luis Robert. Arruebarre­na’s two-run homer later in the inning made it 4-0.

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