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Hideki Irabu: Second start with Kochi Fighting Dogs

by on Aug.29, 2009 @ 2:08 pm, under Independent
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Hideki Irabu started his second game with the Kochi Fighters Dogs against the Nagasaki Saints on Saturday.

He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits (including a homer), 5 walks, and 3 strike outs over 5 innings of work.

Despite the poor outing, Kochi still managed to beat the Nagasaki Saint, 6-5.

Irabu's final line:
5 IP, 25 BF, 90 NP, 6 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 BK, 5 R, 5 ER

2009 Totals

IP BF NP H BB HBP K BK R ER
12 57 207 13 10 1 6 1 8 7

Hideki Irabu: First start with Kochi Fighting Dogs

by on Aug.23, 2009 @ 2:53 pm, under Independent
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Hideki Irabu made his scheduled start against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates on Sunday (first game of a double-header). Irabu gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, 5 walks, and struck out 3 over 7 innings of work. He threw a total 117 pitches.

The game ended in a 4-4.

Irabu's final line:
7 IP, 32 BF, 117 NP, 7 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K, 3 R, 2 ER

Said Irabu, "I'm glad I was was able to throw over 100 pitches and get myself into the 7th. I think I did a pretty good job changing speeds on my pitches. I'm part of the rotation so I need to keep having these types of games."

Other notes:

  • 1,072 fans were in attendance, that's more than 3 times the usual number.
  • Replica Irabu uniforms and t-shirts were already available for purchase at the ball park.
  • He topped out at 144km/h on the radar gun and mixed in a fork and a curve.
  • None of the 7 hits he surrendered went for extra base hits.

Hideki Irabu: on the comeback trail

by on Aug.19, 2009 @ 2:47 pm, under Independent
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Hideki Irabu made his first appearance for the Kochi Fighting Dogs in an exhibition game against Shikoku Ginko on Wednesday.

Irabu entered the game in the 4th and tossed a shut-out inning.

Shikoku Ginko won the game, 3-0.

Irabu's final line:
1 IP, 5 BF, 15 NP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 R

=== Update 8/20 @ 6:35am JST

The one hit he gave up was a double to the lead-off batter.

Irabu is also slated to start in a game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates on the 23rd at Kochi.