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Orix Buffaloes: May 4, 2010

by on May.04, 2010 @ 1:54 pm, under NPB

5/5/2010 12:24am JST

...Shogo Yamamoto appears to have pitched himself out of the rotation with his 5 ER, 1.1 inning outing on Tuesday.  Said Akinobu Okada, "He's out of the rotation.  I can't let pitchers that are afraid to pitch, pitch."

5/4/2010 1:54pm JST

...It seems Akinobu Okada doesn't know what's happening to his team:

I don't know...  Once we start getting hit, it just doesn't stop.  And I've continually said it.  Since Spring camp.  That one pitch to [Hitoshi] Tamura changed it all.  But for everything to fall apart that badly...

The pitch Okada is referring to is the one that came with the game tied at 4, a runner on first, and 2 out in the 8th.  Mamoru Kishida had just got Hiroki Kokubo to ground into a double play for two outs and it appeared as though the inning would come to an end.  But then Tamura reached with a single and the Hawks went on to pound out three consecutive doubles and take an 8-4 lead.