Samurai Japan has some Gold Glove-caliber defense too
Samurai Japan has Gold Glove-caliber defense
There are some pretty great defenders on the MLB All-Stars team in Japan -- Salvador Perez, Robinson Cano, Evan Longoria, Alcides Escobar, Ben Zobrist and so on -- but they aren't the only guys in the Japan Series who can flash the leather. Several members of Samurai Japan, MLB's opposition in the series, are pretty excellent in the field as well.
Game 1 of the Japan Series featured quite a few opportunities for the Japanese team to showcase its defensive talent -- and that defense ultimately helped it defeat the MLB All-Stars, 2-0
Check out this slick play from second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi to take a hit away from Zobrist in the top of the third inning:
Yeah, that's good stuff -- but that wasn't all.
After keeping the MLB All-Stars in check for most of the game, Samurai Japan's starter, Kenta Maeda, gave up what looked like a liner up the middle from Perez -- that is, until Maeda casually stepped over and snatched it out of the air for the out:
Of course, the MLB All-Stars couldn't let the Japanese team have all the fun. Escobar and Cano teamed up on this snazzy force out at second: