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Chiba Lotte Marines: March 21, 2010

by on Mar.21, 2010 @ 6:15 pm, under NPB

...Tough loss for Yoshihisa Naruse on Saturday.  If not for two mistake pitches that resulted in two home runs, he may have been on the winning side of a low scoring game.  Norifumi Nishimura looked at the glass half full and said that Naruse's effectiveness through the first 6 innings (retired 17 straight before a single with 2 outs  in the 6th) was perhaps a sign of good things to come.

Regarding the homer Naruse gave up to Dee Brown (just one batter after surrendering a home run to Hiroyuki Nakajima): he had gone 3-0 to Brown and apparently wasn't expecting him to swing at the fourth pitch and threw it down the middle of the plate.

...Tae-Kyun Kim also had a rough day on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with four strike outs.  The last "rookie" player to strike out in four times in a game: Shigeo Nagashima in 1958.  The last player to do it during an opening day game: Troy Neel in 1997.

...Takashi Ogino picked up his first official pro hit in the 5th inning (bunt single) on Sunday and ended the game 1-for-4.