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Softbank, Nippon Ham: August 4, 2012

by on Aug.05, 2012 @ 12:22 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

As part of a project of a help support northern Japan, Hiroki Kokubo (with the support of an outside sponsor) invited sixty people -- thirty-three students from Higashi Rokugo Elementary School and their caretakers -- to a three-day, two-night trip to Fukuoka (sightseeing plus a Softbank game).  Kokubo met the group at Yahoo Dome on Saturday and spent some time with the students -- he took photos with them and handed each of them an autographed board.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2012

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against the Futures on Saturday and gave up five runs on six hits over six innings of work.  Saito had a perfect game going through four inning, but fell apart in the 6th when he gave up five runs.  He threw a total ninety pitches and topped out at 141km/h.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2012

2 comments on “Softbank, Nippon Ham: August 4, 2012

  1. Chris

    …wow. Apparently Saito really just can’t cut it. I didn’t think he was going to be a Yu Darvish, but I never thought he’d be this bad…

    1. Nathan

      I obviously didn’t have access to watch the game, but it sounds like he had the same problem that he had in Ichi-gun. Saito has complete meltdowns. He just can’t deal with adversities. He needs to learn how to minimize the damage, but isn’t able to do so whatsoever. His body language is terrible too after giving up the first run. Someone like MaKen or Nomura Yusuke (only using them because they are at similar age) are able to deal with bases filled with players with less than 2 outs. Saito just can’t.

      He’s the Fighters version of Figaro. Figaro looks great in the first 3-4 innings, then gets completely bamboozled. I know his problem has more to do with control than anything, but still.

      On a lighter note, it’s amazing how deep the Fighter’s pitching is. Nakamura had a solid start today. Now, he looks like Darvish!

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