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Darvish, Tanaka, Ohba, and Naruse

by on Apr.01, 2008 @ 4:00 am, under NPB

March 27
Darvish couldn't nail down a decision in his first start since his new addition to the family arrived, but he still managed to pitch an impressive game. He shut-out the Seibu Lions over the 9 innings he pitched, and surrendered up 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 HBP, and struck out 7. Darvish didn't factor into the decision since his team also had a hard time scoring a run against the Lions starter, Hideaki Wakui. Darvish was lifted after the 9th inning and the game went into extra innings.

The Fighters managed to finally score a run off Wakui in the bottom of the 10th after Wakui walked the first batter of the inning, got the second batter on a sacrifice, and then intentionally walked the Yoshi Itoi and Ioto Inaba to load the bases for pinch hitter Shinji Takahashi. He promptly singled to right and drove in the game winning run.

Incidentally, Wakui ended picked up his second loss of the season, despite only giving up 3 runs (2 earned) over 17.1 innings.

Code:
           R   H   E
Loins      0   6   1
Fighters   1   4   0

         IP   BF  PT   H   HR  SO  BB  HBP  ER  R
Darvish  9.0  35  132  5   0   7   2    2   0   0

Attendance: 25,011

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March 29
Tanaka managed to pick up his first win of the season as he limited the Fighters to 2 runs on 4 hits (1 homer), a walk, and 6 strikeouts. Both runs he gave up came in the first inning after he retired the first two batters he faced (fly ball outs). The number 3 hitter, Atsunori Inaba, then singled, setting the stage for Terrmel Sledge, who hit a two run bomb to put the Fighters in front in the first inning. Unlike last season where things used to unravel fairly quickly for Tanaka during key moments such as these, he managed to make the necessary adjustments to hold the Fighters to just 2 hits over the next 8.1 innings for a complete game win.

Code:
           R   H   E
Fighters   2   4   2
Eagles     7   10  0

         IP   BF  PT   H   HR  SO  BB  HBP  ER  R
Tanaka   9.0  31  111  4   1   6   1    0   2   2

Attendance: 20,189

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March 29
Naruse did a good job pitching out of trouble each time he got into a jam and managed to keep his team in the game. He went 7 innings and gave up 1 run on 4 hits (1 homer), 3 walks and struck out 9 (3 looking). The lone run came in his final inning of work after he retired the first two batters he faced (strikeout and a flyout). Light-hitting Makoto Shiozaki then stepped into the box hit and hit a homer to left-center. Naruse retired the next batter on a called third strike.

Naruse almost ended up taking a loss, but his teammates managed to score three runs in the bottom of the 8th to get him off the hook.

Code:
           R   H   E
Buffaloes  1   7   0
Marines    3   5   0

         IP   BF  PT   H   HR  SO  BB  HBP  ER  R
Naruse   7.0  28  129  4   1   9   3    0   1   1

Attendance: 20,148

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March 30
Ohba's second start of his career didn't go quite as well as his first start did. In the 7 innings he pitched, he gave up 5 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 HBP, and struck out 7. All five runs came in the bottom of the fourth. The inning started off innocently enough with a strikeout, but quickly fell apart.

Hiroyuki Nakajima started things off with a homerun right. Craig Brazell followed with a single and the next batter, GG Sato, was hit. Takeya Nakamura sacrifice the runners over to second and third, but that wasn't really necessary as the next batter, Hiram Bocachica drilled his first homerun of the season, driving in Brazell and Sato. Toru Honkawa then followed with a back-to-back shot and the inning finally ended when Ohba struck out Kenta Matsusaka.

Code:
           R   H   E
Hawks      1   4   0
Lions      5   6   1

         IP   BF  PT   H   HR  SO  BB  HBP  ER  R
Ohba     7.0  29  110  5   3   7   2    2   5   5

Attendance: 18,059