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Tiger hurlers walk in 4 runs

by Rob Smaal (Aug 28, 2009)

The BayStars scored four runs in the seventh inning without swinging a bat Thursday night to break a scoreless deadlock as they went on to a 4-1 win over the Hanshin Tigers in a Central League matchup.

With starters Daisuke Miura of the BayStars and Yasutomo Kubo of the Tigers locked in a pitcher's duel, the wheels would fall off when the Hanshin hurlers could not find the strike zone.

After Miura and Tatsuya Shimozono hit back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the seventh, Kubo got Kazuya Fujita to ground out before walking Shigeru Morikasa to load the bases. Dan Johnson then drew a walk to make it 1-0 and Kubo was replaced by Hirotaka Egusa. He walked Takahiro Saeki on a 3-2 pitch to plate another run, then he hit Yuki Yoshimura on the hand with a pitch to make it 3-0 before walking Takehiro Ishikawa to allow the fourth run to score.

Miura (10-8) went the distance for Yokohama. The 18-year veteran allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. He threw 136 pitches.


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