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Hall debuts as Japan sweep Australia
03/04/2018 9:57 PM ET

It was a special day for Perth Heat catcher Alex Hall who made his international debut during Team Australia's 6-0 loss to Japan in Game Two of their exhibition series in Osaka.

The 18-year-old replaced Heat teammate Tim Kennelly as a pinch hitter - striking out in the ninth inning during his only at-bat.

With the result, the second-ranked Japanese clinched a 2-0 series sweep over their Aussie opponents, but Manager Steve Fish says there are plenty of positives to take out of the tour.

"If you look at our players, our players can match up with anyone in the world," Fish said.

In a strong display, Japan took the lead in the first inning and never looked back.

RBIs to Go Matsumoto (3), Shogo Akiyama (2) and Seiji Uebayashi handed Japan victory as they got on top of Team Australia's pitchers.

Starter Tim Atherton lasted 3.1 innings before being removed from the game - tagged with four runs (two earned) and the loss.

"I struggled with my curveball a little bit tonight. We don't get the opportunity much to play in an atmosphere like this, so I try to take it in as much as I can," Atherton said.

Steve Kent gave up a further two runs in two innings before a combination of six relievers threw 3.2 scoreless frames to close out the contest.

One of those pitchers, Heat closer Cameron Lamb walked a pair of hitters on nine pitches without recording an out.

Perth right fielder Kennelly went 0-3 at the plate while Luke Hughes went 0-2 as Australia mustered just three hits.

One of those hits belonged to the Heat's Robbie Glendinning, who completed an impressive debut international series going 3-6 whilst manning second base.

Team Australia now returns home while the Japanese players will continue their preparations for the 2018 Nippon Professional Baseball season which starts at the end of the month.



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