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Japan vs. Netherlands
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Japan rides power surge into semis

Japan 16, Netherlands Kingdom 4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
JPN
1 5 1 3 1 1 4 16 17 0
NED
0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 6 3

After Takashi Toritani set the tone by leading off the game with Japan's first homer of the tournament, the reigning Classic champs battered Dutch pitching with five more long balls to win by mercy rule and propel it into next week's semifinals. Japanese starter Kenta Maeda fanned nine over five shutout innings.