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Hanshin Tigers 6 Yakult Swallows 1

06 July 2010, Kurashiki Muscat Stadium

A quick mention of this match for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was in Kurashiki, where I used to live! Secondly, it was just what we needed following the madness of the Giants series- a solid, low key win, with quality hitting when required. Hits from all over the team, but Murton and Hirano as ever impressing- the former in the first, the latter in the seventh when he looked to bunt but powered a hit into centre field, setting up the chance that ended in us gaining another 4 runs.

The real hero of the game though was the man who threw a complete game (完投) and almost a shutout (完封) – Jason Standridge. With Fossum faltering in the 3rd Giants sen, its good to see one of the new pitchers doing so well. This should do heaps for his confidence- he’s clearly a quality pitcher, and with Tsuru coming through, Kubo, and Nohmi hopefully coming back to fitness, everything is (fingers crossed, touch wood) looking like its coming together at the right time…although there’s still a long way to go! Standridge also got his first base hit – as he said in the interview at the end of the game, this meant as much to him as his pitching!

Standridge stats- 10 hits, 8 strike outs, 145 balls

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