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Jun 6, 2011

May 15th: Hanshin Tigers vs. Chunichi Dragons

So far this year, the Hanshin Tigers are having a horrible season. At the time of writing this post, they are last in the league. One would hope that they can turn things around, but my feeling is that it may require getting rid of Mayumi and his coaching team as a first step, (and I am not too sure this is likely to happen).

Despite this, and as mentioned in my previous Hanshin post (dealing with a later game, sorry about the chronological mess), I have somehow managed to keep intact my 100% record at Koshien since moving to Osaka.

Of course, this means that you already know the Tigers won this May 15th game, so I will move on to the photos, as I am posting quite a few for this one. As always, you can click on the pictures to see larger versions.

Pitchers Messenger (with Arai in the background) and Enokida:


Our set-up pitcher Kobayashi:


Our closer Fujikawa:


Craig Brazell:


From left to right, top to bottom, are here Lin, Hiyama, Murton, and Arai Ryota (the younger brother):


Kanemoto getting ready while the crowd watches on:

Brazell and Hirano in defense:

Shunsuke ready to hit, and later trying to steal second base:


As always, the crowd was very lively:

And as often to finish a baseball post, here are some video highlights. Please make sure to "thumb it up" over at YouTube.

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