Today we have a shorter than average wrap-up because the first game scheduled on the 1st of April was cancelled. I'm not sure why, I haven't been able to find any information about it, but my guess is probably rain.
Our games take place in the Carp's regional training field of Yuren in Yamaguchi Prefecture, fairly far away from either team's home.
Game..err..4 was as fairly even venture, but the Dragons got the better of the Carp to run away with a fairly comfortable 3-1 win. One man, one name, "Yudai" started the pitching for the Dragons while Aren Kuri started things off for the Carp. Recently demoted second baseman, Kyouhei Kamezawa started this game along with Fukuda at 1st and Morino at DH.
|Yudai's ego bigger than his talent?|
A decent performance. If we see some shakiness in the 1-gun bullpen, I can see Sobue getting some more time on the mound this year. His velocity alone is a big plus. Apart from Fukutani and Naylor, no other Chunichi pitcher in the 1-gun can hit over 150km.
|Kamezawa getting some practice.|
Game 5, was to be a different story as rookie #1, Shinnosuke Ogasawara got knocked about a bit to continue his inconsistent beginnings at pro-level. Kamezawa, Akasaka and Fukuda would fill out the first-team hopefuls while Shota Ohba, a cash signing from Softbank Hawks in the off-season, made his, I believe, first appearance this year. The final score of 7-1 strangely mirrored the effort made by the first team against the Swallows the day before.
As mentioned, Ogasawara was back to his spray-gun best. No doubt, experience is extremely important at this stage of his career, but I think he'll be disappointed with how things have gone so far. The rookie let in 3 runs in his first inning and a further one in the second before giving up a further 2 in the 4th inning. Ogasawara claimed 2 strike-outs, walking 4, giving up 6 runs and 4 hits, one due to an error. He pitched up 86 deliveries in just 3 2/3 innings. A very unfortunate run.
Yuu Satoh, another rookie, would relieve the shell-shocked Ogasawara and calm things down as he only allowed two hits and struck-out one in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Shota Ohba would take to the mound afterwards and allow a further run. He ended with one walk, 2 hits and 1 strike against 6 batters
Kentaro Nishikawa finished things off with a tidy inning as he dismissed his 4 batters, giving up 1 walk and taking a strike.
|Ayyyy, I'm back in the bigs, baby.|
Toshiya Okada will be linking up with the seconds soon and Jordan Norberto is expected to be promoted for the game against the Baystars to replaces wayward starter Tatsuro Hamada in the rotation.