Friday, April 06, 2007

Tokyo Wins Second Straight

Tokyo's Greisinger pitched seven excellent innings to earn the win for the home side. He gave up only three hits, the last of which was a single to Hiroshima's pitcher, Aoki (of no relation to Tokyo's Aoki), to lead off the third inning. After that he retired 15 straight batters and earned himself several high fives and a warm seat on the bench as Kida and Takatsu, to Tokyo bullpen veterans, were called in to close the evening out. Greisinger struck out four and didn't give up a walk the entire night.

The final score was 2-0 in favor of Tokyo, and center fielder Norichika Aoki (guaranteed to show up in the states within the next couple of years) went 3 for 4 with a home run and a batting average that moved up to .556 through the first 6 games of the 2007 season. Many are saying that he may be the guy that flirts with the .400 mark the entire season. I don't see it staying that high (although his newfound willingness to be patient and get walked is very encouraging), but over .350 is definitely in the cards. At the very least, I think we can expect 215+ hits from the guy this season.


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