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Team Australia shutout in loss to Japan
03/03/2018 10:23 PM ET

Perth Heat shortstop Robbie Glendinning had two of Team Australia's four hits during a 2-0 loss to Japan in Game One of their two-game exhibition series in Nagoya.

Glendinning was one of three Heat players to take part in the game, with veterans Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes struggling, each going 0-4 at the plate.

In a tense affair, Japan squeezed home on the back of a two-run 6th inning despite a solid outing from Team Australia starter Travis Blackley.

Blackley, fresh from winning an ABL championship with the Brisbane Bandits was dominant, striking out six batters on his way to five shutout innings.

"I stuck to the gameplan with the information provided, stayed within myself and tried to keep hitters off balance," Blackley said.

The 35-year-old former MLB pitcher wasn't supported by his offence, however, with former Heat catcher Allan De San Miguel and Bandits infielder Logan Wade the only other batters to record hits in a low-scoring affair.

Sixth inning RBIs to Yuki Yanagita and Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh off the pitching of Australian reliever Steve Kent handed Japan victory to give the home side a 1-0 series lead.

The tour wraps up today from 6pm WST in Osaka, with Team Australia looking to salvage a series split.

Brisbane's Tim Atherton will start on the mound for Australia, with Perth's Alex Hall and Cameron Lamb hoping to see game-time.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.