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Chunichi Dragons: March 27, 2010

by on Mar.27, 2010 @ 6:50 pm, under NPB

=== 3/28/2010 4:27am JST

...Hiromitsu Ochiai apparently tried to leave his house on opening day wearing a white shirt and black pants.  He was immediately stopped by his wife and forced to change.  He arrived at the park wearing a light blue sweater, dark blue pants, and a beige jacket.

=== 6:50pm JST

...Kaori Nakamura (she's one of the faces for Sapporo Beer) threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday.

...Rookie Yohei Oshima was in the starting line-up on opening day and popped out to the pitcher in his first official at bat.  He finished 0-for-4: fly out to pitcher, fly out to left, ground out to first, ground out to second.

Yusuke Matsui entered the game in the 8th as a pinch-hitter with a runner on first and 1 out.  He ended up fouling out to the third baseman.

...Kazuki Yoshimi had a shaky start on opening day, giving up two runs in the first inning on three hits: he gave up a lead-off hit to Akihiro Higashide, Eishin Soyogi hit a sac bunt, Soichiro Amaya hit a single that put runners on the corners and then stole second, and Kenta Kurihara followed with a single that cleared the bases.  Fortunately for Yoshimi, Kurihara also tried to stretch his single out into a double and was thrown out at second for the second out of the inning.

In the end, Yoshimi allowed 2+ hits in three of six innings, and only had one 1-2-3 inning (the third).

Yoshimi's final line: 6 IP, 27 BF, 97 NP, 9 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 3 R, 2 ER.