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Nippon Ham Fighters: April 6, 2010

by on Apr.06, 2010 @ 10:12 pm, under NPB

...From Tuesday's game against the Rakuten Eagles:

...The Fighters lost the game, 3-1.  They are now 7 games under .500.

...After scoring a run in the first on two singles and a walk, offense was shut down and held to just 4 hits over the next 8 innings.  They did have chances to score some runs though.  Tomochika Tsuboi left a runner on second in the 4th when he flied out to left; Eichi Koyano left runners on first and second in the 6th when he struck out swinging; Atsunori Inaba fouled out to third with the bases loaded in the 7th; and Sho Nakata (strikeout), pinch hitter Tomohiro Nioka (strikeout), and Kensuke Tanaka (fly out to left) could not move Tsuboi from second (he led off the inning with a double).

That doesn't include the inning ending GIDPs by Tanaka in the 5th and Koyano in the 8th.

* Tanaka's GIDP broke a streak of 862 consecutive plate appearances without a double play, now good for second on the all-time list; he was just 38 plate appearances away from tying Shoichi Busujima's PL record (900 plate appearances between 1961 and 1962).  Tomoaki Kanemoto holds the NPB record with 1,002 plate appearances between 2000 and 2001.

...Kazuhito Tadano's night started off well enough (11 consecutive outs to start the game), but quickly fell apart in the 5th when he allowed two runs to score with two outs on the board.  He left the game with runners on first and third.

Final line: 4.2 IP, 19 BF, 79 NP, 3 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.



...The Fighters held an emergency meeting after losing their 9th game of the year on Tuesday.

=== 4/6/2010 10:12pm JST

...Kazuhito Tadano played under Marty Brown in 2004 and 2005 (Buffalo Bisons).

...It seems the coaches have asked Yu Darvish to try and throw complete games without throwing more than about 120 pitches.  That would essentially mean that the Fighters will limit Darvish's pitch count to about 120 pitches.  So far this year, Darvish has thrown 147, 124, and 143 pitches.

...Shinji Takahashi will be appearing in a commercial for Babyees, a kids clothes shop.  The new commercial will begin airing in Hokkaido later this month.

...Rookie Hirotoshi Masui will likely start a game against the Softbank Hawks on the 9th.  He also moved into Shintaro Ejiri's old dorm room.

...Otome Night: Beauty Stadium will be taking place on 5/21 and 5/22 (vs Yokohama Bay Stars).  The theme for the 21st will be health while the theme for the game on the 22nd will be beauty.  Duke Saraie, a walking specialist, will be a special guest on the 21st.

Atsunori Inaba will also personally hand out a special gift to one lucky fan per game.

...Hokkaido Shimbun has posted notes from the Fighters' first round of Experience sessions after games.  About 80 fans attended the event and used soft baseball to do various baseball exercises over a 30 minute period.

...The Fighters announced that they signed a one-year agreement with Mikasa City, Hokkaido on Tuesday to help promote sports.

2010 Draft

...The Fighters have placed Tomoya Matano on their list of potential draft picks.  Matano is a right-handed pitcher that topped out at 142km/h during the past Spring Koshien.