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[6/4/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Yulieski Gourriel goes 2-for-4 in second Ni-gun game

by on Jun.04, 2014 @ 5:55 pm, under NPB

Yulieski Gourriel played in a Ni-gun game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu 2 Stadium on Wednesday.  It was his second Ni-gun game since arriving in Japan.

Gourriel went 2-for-4 at the plate:

  • 1st inning, runner on first, one out - single to center
  • 3rd inning, none on, no out - fly out to short
  • 4th inning, runners on second and third, one out - fly out to right
  • 7th inning, none on, no out - double to left; stole third with one out

On defense, Gourriel got the start at at third and shifted to second in the 5th.  He helped turn a double play at second.  He was replaced on defense in the 7th.

Gourriel is slated to join the Ichi-gun team for practices on Thursday and is expected to make his debut at third, batting third on Friday against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Yokohama Stadium.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/4/2014, Daily Sports 6/4/2014

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Other notes

  • Yulieski Gourriel is trying out a number of bats. He has used a different bat each day he has been in Japan. He used a Japanese bat on Tuesday. It was thirty-four inches at 880 grams.  He told reporters the bat felt a little softer than what he used in Cuba and that he wanted something a little harder. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2014
  • There are some indications that Gourriel might be having some trouble adjusting to Japanese culture, food, and media, that could ultimately tie into concerns about his conditioning/stamina. Source: ZakZak 6/4/2014