Canada upsets Japan at baseball World Cup


, Last Updated: 1:22 AM ET

TORONTO - It was oh, so simple.

Five scoreless from the starter and run production from Jimmy Van Ostrand of Richmond, B.C., and Cole Armstrong of Surrey, B.C.

Sure, itís always easy knocking off the defending World Baseball Classic champs.

But thatís Georgetownís Shawn Hill, and Canada edged Japan 3-1 as manager Ernie Whittís team moved to 2-0 at the 39th World Cup at Rodney Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama.

Canada is tied for first in Pool A with Holland.

Hill, who didnít pitch this season, put up five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk, striking out three.

First basemen Van Ostrand doubled to left-centre in the first inning to bringing home Skyler Stromsmoe of Bow Island, Alta., who had walked and stole second.

Three innings later, Torontoís Tim Smith singled and Shawn Bowman of Port Moody, B.C. doubled to set the stage for catcher Armstrongís two-run double.

Calgaryís Jimmy Henderson worked the final 11/3 innings for the save, taking over for Reginaís Dustin Molleken and Chris Kissock of Trail, B.C., who both had scoreless outings.

Jay Johnson of Sussex Corner, N.B. was touched for the lone Canuck run as the five Canadians pitchers allowed five singles and five walks.

Canada plays Greece Tuesday with Mark Hardy of Campbell River, B.C., getting the start.