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Yokohama Bay Stars: Takao Obana – exploit the Giants’ weak defense

by on Feb.13, 2010 @ 8:21 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 10:35pm JST

...Stephen Randolph was at camp on Saturday and started things off by rounding up his teammates before practice and apologizing for his delay.

...Ni-gun camp player Yota Kosugi was invited to pitch a simulated game at Ichi-gun camp -- he faced 10 batters and gave up 1 hit.

...Hitoshi Fujie faced 11 batters during a simulated game on Friday and did not give up a hit.  He struck out Toshiki Kurobane and Daisuke Hayakawa and got both Seiichi Uchikawa and Yuki Yoshimura to fly out.

Fujie was apparently elevating his pitches during the first five batters he faced but managed to make the appropriate adjustments to get his pitches down for the last 6 batters.

=== 2/13/2010 8:21am JST

...Takao Obana told reporters that the only good defenders the Giants had were in center (Tetsuya Matsumoto) and right (Yoshiyuki Kamei) and that the trick to beating them was to aim towards hitting the ball towards the left side where they were the weakest (Alex Ramirez, Michihiro Ogasawara, and Hayato Sakamoto).

...The Bay Stars had originally considered Jose Castillo as a number 8 hitter but after his BP on Friday, it seems they're also thinking about hitting him somewhere higher up in the line-up.  If not, he could certainly become one of the scarier number 8 hitters in the league.