The Netherlands lost both ends of their two-game series at the Tokyo Dome against Japan. In both games on Saturday and Sunday extra innings were needed to find the winner. In game one of the exhibition series to preview the 2017 World Baseball Classic the Dutch team blew a four-run lead, but still got up in front 8-7 in the top of the ninth. However Samurai Japan – the world number one – came back in the ninth and won the contest with a walk-off RBI single in the tenth.
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In game two on Sunday Japan erased a 2-8 deficit in the seventh inning and won the contest also thanks to a grand slam by a score of 12-10 once again in the tenth inning. Seiya Suzuki had the big hit. Sharlon Schoop hit a three-run home run for the Dutch in the game. Superstar Shohei Otani went deep in both games. However he didn’t pitch.