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Tigers 5 Carp 4

Toritani Gyakuten Sayonara Home Run Wins It!

An unlikely win that could put the Tigers top tonight, as the Yakult-Giants game has entered overtime. Tsuru pitched well for a full 7 innings, giving away 4 hits and getting 2 SOs. During that time, Hanshin gained a 2-0 lead with hits from Hirano, Arai and Brazell in the fourth. The Carp chipped away at the lead, getting one back through an error in the fifth, and then hitting a home run in the seventh for 2-2. Kubota and Kyuji provided relief, but the Tigers couldn’t hit and the game went into overtime. At the top of the tenth, a mini-meltdown from Andoh saw the Carp score a seemingly game-winning 2 runs, for a 4-2 lead. Then came the Tigers tenth- first up, Lin, who hit a massive home run into the back stand for 4-3. Next, Sekimoto- and a hit to centre field. Then- Toritani, with a sweet, arching hit to the left field stands for a gyakuten sayonara home run victory!! A spirited and crucial win, following yesterday’s narrow success thanks to supreme shutout pitching from Standridge and a 2-run home run from Aniki. Bring on the final Carp game tomorrow!