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Hanshin Tigers 3 Yakult Swallows 2

(07 July 2010, Koshien)

Pennant Gap: 2 Games

It’s heating up, the tension is palpable. Today Kyojin faced Maeda Kenta. They’d escaped with a 9th innings sayonara victory yesterday, but today one felt they wouldn’t be so lucky. We faced Yakult, with predictably “6/10” pitcher Shimoyanagi pitching.

To be fair, his performance today was maybe a seven. Offensively, Brazell and Murton made a big difference once more, and the relief pitching – Watanabe, Kubota, Fujikawa Kyuji – was top notch. Sekimoto also made his contribution with the winning home run. A good win against an average Yakult side. Oh, and Kyojin lost 🙂