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Thursday, 15 December 2005
Topic: Exhibition
The second game of this Tuneup Tournement was held in the stormy confines of Korakuen Kyujo. Rain delays of 12 & 75 minutes prolonged the contest. Mudville put their Japanese ace, Kazuhizu Inao (that's him over here), on the mound against Tokyo's Jiro Noguchi. It was a scoreless duel until the 6th when the Nine broke out for 3 runs in 3 batters. Lenny Dykstra singled, Bill Monroe doubled him home, and then Larry Walker sent one into the rainclouds. In the 8th the Giants* manufactured a run on a pinch-hit single by switch-hitter Yoshinori Hirose. The speedy Hirose challenged the arm of Ivan Rodriguez, and won second base. Hisanori Karita then bunted him over to third, where Tetsuharu Kawakami brought him in with a flyball to Joe Kelley in left. But that was all the scoring for either club, as Inao pitched 8 strong innings - 2K, 2W, 7H, 1ER. Tokyo sent 4 pitchers to the mound, they allowed 8 hits, struck out 3 and didn't allow a walk.

Perhaps all is not lost.

Posted by dmbatl at 9:34 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 31 December 2005 5:09 PM EST
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