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Softbank Hawks: March 27, 2010

by on Mar.27, 2010 @ 8:43 pm, under NPB

=== 3/28/2010 4:23am JST

...Munenori Kawasaki became the 255th player in the NPB to reach 1,000 hits on Saturday against the Orix Buffaloes.  Kawasaki's hit came in the 7th off Chihiro Kaneko and went for a double.

To commemorate the event, the club has prepared a number of limited edition items, two of which will be available at Yahoo Dome beginning on 3/27 (while supplies last) and five of which will be available online, also beginning on 3/27 (limited quantities with a deadline of 4/11).

...The two consecutive 16 runs games the Hawks established a new franchise record.  It was the fifth time overall that the team lost two consecutive games where they gave up double-digit runs.  The last time they did was back in 1990 (10/4: 13-3 and 10/5: 13-1).

=== 8:43pm JST

...Toshiya Sugiuchi struck out 14 Buffaloes over 7 innings on Saturday.

Sugiuchi's final line: 7 IP, 30 BF, 117 NP, 5 H, 14 SO, 4 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

...Jose Ortiz hit a home run in his second straight game on Saturday.  His final line: 1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI.

...Yuichi Honda was back in the starting line-up on Saturday after being taken out of Friday's game.  He apparently bumped the left side of his head while trying to get out of the way of Greg LaRocca.  LaRocca went into second hard in an attempt to break up a double play.

...The Hawks have uploaded a video interview of Misato Watanabe and Ryuta Sato at their website.  On opening day, Watanabe sung the national anthem and Sato threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  They also uploaded a video featuring owner Son Masayoshi.

...Tsuyoshi Wada didn't pitch horribly on Friday, he just didn't get much help from his offense.  He also notched two strike outs in the first, struck out the side in the second, struck out one in the third, and struck out two in a row in the fourth.

Wada's final line: 5 IP, 20 BF, 98 NP, 3 H, 8 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.

...Shota Oba was demoted to Ni-gun on Saturday after his awful outing on Friday.

Oba's final line: 1 IP, 11 BF, 47 NP, 6 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.

...Between their game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday and their game on Friday against the Orix Buffaloes, the Hawks gave up 32 runs (30 earned) over 17 innings.  The opposition went 31-for-78 with 12 extra base hits.