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Rakuten Eagles: April 7, 2010

by on Apr.07, 2010 @ 10:51 pm, under NPB

From Wednesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:

...The Eagles beat the Fighters, 6-3.  The Eagles won consecutive games for the first time this year.

...Takeshi Yamasaki hit his first home run of the year (52nd plate appearance).  He had also gone 0-for-13 since hitting a double on 4/2 against the Softbank Hawks.

...The Eagles scored three runs in the third on RBI singles by Ryo Hijirisawa, Teppei, and Norihiro Nakamura; a run in the 5th on a sac fly by Todd Linden with the bases loaded and 1 out; and a bases loaded, 2 out walk to Linden in the 9th.

...Kohei Hasebe kept the Fighters off-balance through 5.1 innings of work.  Outside of a 2-run shot by Tomohiro Nioka in the 5th, the Fighters didn't appear to give Hasebe too much of a hard time.  Hasebe did leave the game in the 6th after giving up a 1-out double to Atsunori Inaba.  And while Shinichiro Koyama made things interesting by allowing an infield single to the first batter he faced, he managed to keep the Fighters at bay.

* Hasebe became the Eagles' first 2-game winner.

...Full boxscores are here.


...A second year university student was arrested on Thursday after making a post at an online site on 3/22 that he might go on a killing spree at Kleenex Stadium during a game on 3/27 (vs the Seibu Lions).

The Eagles got the tip from a user that spotted the message and the ball club in turn notified police.  Security was increased for the game on 3/27 and there were no reports of suspicious activity.