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Rakuten Eagles: April 6, 2010

by on Apr.06, 2010 @ 10:28 pm, under NPB

From Tuesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:

...The Eagles won the game, 3-1.

...The Eagles offense was shutdown over the first 4 innings of the game.  In the 5th, a lead-off walk, followed by a fly out, another walk, and a strike out, set the table for consecutive RBI singles by Motohiro Shima and Ryo Hijirisawa.

The offense almost had the same exact situation in the 5th when Masao Kida took the mound for the Fighters and sandwiched an out between two walks.  But the Eagles couldn't take advantage: Todd Linden struck out and Daisuke Kusano grounded out to second.

The Eagles scored their third and final run in the 7th on a fielding error by Kensuke Tanaka.

...Satoshi Nagai tossed 8 innings and held the Fighters to just one run over 8 innings of work despite giving up 5 hits AND 6 walks.

Final line: 8 IP, 33 BF, 128 NP, 5 H, 5 SO, 6 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

...Tsuyoshi Kawagishi gave up a lead-off double in the 9th, but settled and retired the next three batters in order (strikeout, strikeout, fly out to left).

* Kawagishi recorded the team's first save of the year.


...Takeshi Yamasaki worked on his hitting (about 30 minutes against a live arm and another 20 minutes or so taking soft toss) on the team's off-day on Monday.

...The Eagles are calling Wednesdays, Big Wednesdays: Supporting those that Work.  It seems they plan to have a number of events throughout the season to support salary-men in Sendai.  And one of the extra "specials" for the male fans will be the debut of the Minisuka Police.

...Hisashi Iwakuma will be holding a book signing on the 11th at the Kleenex Stadium Eagles' store (first 50 customers to make a purchase between 4/8 and 4/11 at the Eagles' store on the first base side).

...Former Eagles' mascot Tokudai Goya will be traveling to Kleenex Stadium with his new team, the Orix Buffaloes during an upcoming three game series (4/9 - 4/11).

...The first 7,000 fan club members and stadium passport holders at at the game on the 11th will receive a Marty Brown figure.

...The Eagles and the Sendai 89ers are teaming up for a special ticket promotion.