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Death of the Tiger Killer - April 28, 2013

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Death of the Tiger Killer - April 28, 2013

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Daisuke Miura has long been herald as a Tiger Killer. The Tigers just seemed like sitting ducks to him, year after year. So far this year, though, he's 0 and 2 against Hanshin with a 4.15 ERA. But you'd have to go back to 2009 to find the last time that Miura has had a winning record against the Tigers:
YearGamesWinsLossesERA
20096421.29
20102007.00
20117234.06
20128243.79
20132024.15

If memory serves me, Hanshin was very aggressive in trying to lure Miura to Kansai when he became a free agent. Why? To stop the slaughter of Tigers. It looks to me as though they got that wish without having to spend any money.

Nonetheless, Miura did limit Hanshin to only getting hits in two innings. Unfortunately, the Tigers made the most of those hits, scoring 3 runs on 4 consecutive hits to open the 2nd inning. Yokohama tied the game up in the third, so Hanshin put together a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly to take the lead back from Miura. They didn't relinquish that lead, and added an insurance run in the 9th inning off of Jorge Sosa to win the game 5-3.
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