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[6/3/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Yulieski Gourriel hits home run in Ni-gun debut

by on Jun.03, 2014 @ 3:25 pm, under NPB

Yulieski Gourriel updates from June 3, 2014 (I will post updates to this page over the course of the day).

  • Gourriel made his Ni-gun debut earlier today against the Seibu Lions at Seibu 2 Stadium.  He made the starting line-up as a designated hitter and batted third.  Yokohama manager Kiyoshi Nakahata was at the game.
    • First at bat, 1st inning, no one on, two out, ground out to short on a 1-0 breaking pitch from Seibu's Yuta Nakazaki
    • Second at bat, 4th inning, no one on, one out, home run to center on a 3-0 fastball from Nakazaki
  • Gourriel is slated to play in another Ni-gun game against Seibu on Wednesday.  He could then join Ichi-gun practices on Thursday and make his Ichi-gun debut against Nippon Ham at Yokohama on Friday.
  • With the designated hitter rule, Gourriel is expected to get the start at third.  Aarom Baldiris will shift to first and Tony Blanco will be the designated hitter.

Source: Sanspo 6/3/2014, Sports Hochi 6/3/2014Sports Hochi 6/3/2014, Daily Sports 6/3/2014

[UPDATE 6/4 @ 1:50am]

Gourriel was scheduled to get two to three at bats, but ended up playing until the end.  He went 1-for-5 with a home run and an RBI.  He is scheduled to play in Wednesday's Ni-gun game against Seibu.  He will most likely play some third and/or second.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2014, Jiji Press 6/3/2014