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Yomiuri Giants: Hirokazu Sawamura strikes out four in one inning

by on Apr.13, 2012 @ 10:47 pm, under NPB

Hirokazu Sawamura struck out four batters in the 5th inning and became the fourteenth pitcher in NPB history (seventh in the Central League) to accomplish the feat.

Strikeout victims: Takehiro Ishikawa (strikeout swinging), Toshiki Kurobane (strikeout swinging), Futoshi Kobayashi (strikeout, wild pitch), and Tatsuhiko Kinjo (strikeout swinging).

Sawamura also went on to strikeout the first two batters he faced in the 6th inning: Noriharu Yamazaki (strikeout looking) and Hichori Morimoto (strikeout looking).