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Marines Defeat Hawks on One Hit

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Marines Defeat Hawks on One Hit
Seriously depressed over the way things were turning out in Yokohama, I flipped to the Chiba Lotte Marine game this evening in time to see Gori (Imae) hit a birthday two run home run and put the Chiba Lotte Marines up 2-0 at the time. That was the Marines' first hit of the game, in the 4th inning, against Hawk starter Kamiuchi. Kamiuchi went on to walk one more Marine, retiring the other 14 batters he faced.

But on the mound for Lotte was Kobayashi Hiroyuki. He scattered 5 Hawks hits over 8 innings, striking out 12, and allowing just 1 run. His 12th strike out of the game to end the 8th inning was Kobayashi's career #1,000.

This is the second win in a row for Lotte over SoftBank on their current home stand. They hit SoftBank all over the place the day before, Ohmine throwing the full game for a 10-5 win. (I was a little worried at the end that he would have a Dobayashi-like melt down.) After these two great games, I wonder what the Marines have in store for our JapaneseBaseball.com meet up at Chiba Marine tomorrow.
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