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Rakuten Eagles: Notes from Wednesday’s intra-squad practice game

by on Feb.17, 2010 @ 8:11 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:28pm JST

...Additional notes from Wednesday's intra-squad practice game:

Wataru Nishimura hit a 3-2 fastball for a home run in the 8th off Satoru Ishikawa.

Yusuke Kusuki hit a solo home run in the 3rd.

...About 1,600 fans showed up at Eagles' camp on Wednesday.

=== 2/17/2010 8:11pm JST

...Notes from Wednesday's intra-squad practice game:

Of the 24 pitches Hisashi Iwakuma threw, only 2 went for balls.  He threw 2 innings.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run on 1 hit.  He topped out at 143km/h and also threw 2 innings.

Norihiro Nakamura hit a home run off Iwakuma.

Tadashi Ishimine went 2-for-3 with 2 triples.  He hit his first triple off  Satoshi Nagai in his first at bat in the 3rd.  Ishimine's second triple came off Takashi Kawai during his second at bat in the 6th.  Ishimine actually tried to stretch his second triple into an inside-the-park homer, but was gunned out at home.

...Hisashi Iwakuma spent about 30 minutes teaching Koji Aoyama how to throw a forkball on Tuesday.  Iwakuma's 5 tips to throwing a good fork:

  1. don't drop the elbow
  2. throw the fork with the same kind of motion you'd use as a fastball
  3. imagine the trajectory of the pitch in your head
  4. don't try to make it dip so much, work on locating it down in the zone
  5. if you think it might get hit, it will get hit so don't think that way

...Kenji Tomura threw 50 pitches during BP on Tuesday and gave up 7 could-be hits.

...Tanaka is working on a slow curve.

...Kohei Hasebe is working his way back from pain in his left adductor muscle.  He re-joined Ichi-gun camp on Wednesday and threw about 70 pitches in the bullpen.

...Hiromichi Fujiwara is trying to secure a spot in the starting rotation.  He gave up 2 runs during his outing in an intra-squad practice game on the 15th.