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Yomiuri Giants to stick with Kroon as closer

by on Aug.31, 2010 @ 3:24 pm, under NPB

Tatsunori Hara told reporters yesterday that he still plans to utilize Marc Kroon (YOM) as a closer despite his last two outings.

On the 27th, Kroon blew a save opportunity and gave up a game-tying 2-run homer to Takahiro Iwamoto (HIR) in the bottom of the 9th (with one out).  The Giants ended up losing that game 9-7 in the bottom of the 12th.

Kroon then followed up that game by serving up another 2-run homer to Iwamoto in the bottom of the 9th (this time with two outs and the score 12-9) on the 29th.  Fortunately for the Giants (and Kroon), Micheal Nakamura was able to protect the one run lead and close out the game.