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Nippon Ham Fighters: July 4, 2010

by on Jul.04, 2010 @ 3:59 pm, under NPB

9:00pm JST

...Kensuke Tanaka hit his very first grand slam of his career this afternoon.  The blast came in the top of the 9th off Tsuyoshi Kawagishi (RAK).

...Bobby Keppel had been consistently good since giving up 6 runs (all earned) over 4.1 innings work on 4/15.  And then today happened: Keppel gave up 5 runs (all earned) over 5 innings work and almost lost a game that could have made him the third foreign pitcher in NPB history to rattle of 10 wins without a loss.  Fortunately, the Fighters' offense had a little more pep than the Eagles' and took Keppel off the hook.

3:59pm JST

...Yu Darvish's domestic radar gun high is 155km/h.  His international high (set during the WBC on 3/23/2009) is 161km/h.