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5/27/2010: Hideki Matsui, Hisanori Takahashi

by on May.27, 2010 @ 4:33 pm, under MLB

Games from the 26th:

Angels 6 - Blue Jays 5
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted sixth.  He went 2-for-4: strikeout swinging, single to center, 2-run homer to right (6th on the year), fly out to right.  Matsui has now hit safely in 5 straight.

Matsui's father was in the stands watching the game, as was swimmer Kosuke Kitajima (he met with Matsui before the game).

Mariners 5 - Tigers 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: foul out to left, GIDP, strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, strikeout swinging.  Ichiro was held hitless in his second straight game.

As for that throw out at home he made during the game, it seems he purposely took his time making that play in the hopes he could bait the runner into heading for home.

Red Sox 11 - Rays 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 7th with a runner on first and one out and tossed 0.2 shutout innings in relief with the score 6-2.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 3 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Dodgers 8 - Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking, single to left, strikeout swinging.

Reds 4 - Pirates 0
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: walks, ground out to the pitcher, infield single, fly out to right.

Mets 5 - Phillies 0
Hisanori Takahashi started the game and tossed 6 shutout innings for his fourth game of the year (he's now 4-1).  Takahashi's victory also marked the 500th time a Japanese pitcher has won in the Majors.  Final line: 6 IP, 23 BF, 5 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th and tossed a shuout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.