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[6/26/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Takuya Furuya loses no-hit bid with two out in the 9th

by on Jun.26, 2013 @ 11:25 pm, under NPB

Takuya Furuya carried a no-hitter into the 9th inning of tonight's game against Orix and lost it when he gave up a two-out triple to Tomotaka Sakaguchi.  He kept the shutout by getting the next batter to ground out to short.

Furuya became the ninth pitcher in the PL (accomplished eleven times), first since Kazuhito Tadano in 2009, to lose a no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning.  Two pitchers in franchise history have suffered similar fates three times in the past: Masaaki Koyama on July 15, 1965; and Tokinari Nishina on August 20, 1983 and May 29, 1984.

Source: Sponichi 6/26/2013

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Nikkan Sports has posted a portion of Furuya's post-game interview:

Congratulations on your first shutout.  What was going through your head in the 8th and 9th innings?

Nothing in particular.  Just business as always.

You had a perfect game through seven innings.

I guess so.  I was not really thinking about it though.

You lost the perfect game in the 8th.

It went to a full count so it could not be helped.

What was going through your head when you got to one out away from a no-hitter?

I wanted to go for it.  I wanted to pitch my game.

What happened after you gave up the hit.

Too bad.  But a hit is a hit.  I am glad we won.

It was your first shutout.

I am glad we won.  We lost a couple in a row so it was good that I was able to help the team win.

You tossed a no-hitter at Ni-gun in May.

That was luck.

Today's victory kept the team in first place.

That is what makes me happiest.

Is there anything you wish to say to the fans?

I am sorry for letting everyone down.  I will do my best next time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013

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