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(February 28th)

We had a really good first Open-sen game today! It was a terrific performance by all the members of Lotte team. Kobayashi Hiroyuki was our starting pitcher and he was fabulous! He looked like an entirely new man with his confidence. He had different pitches; he was featuring his fastball – it was explosive, and his control was very good. Hopefully we’ll see more of the 2009 version of Kobayashi Hiroyuki.

Kubo came and pitched 2 very strong innings, which is a very good sign. I think Kubo is going to have a very good season this year. Ito and Nagago pitched very well out of the bullpen, with Nagago striking out the 3 hitters he faced.

We had Hayakawa igniting the offense, Fukuura getting on base twice, Iguchi getting 2 hits and RBIs, Benny hitting the ball very well, and Gary Burnham getting 2 doubles. Satozaki executed a hit and run perfectly with a base hit to right field. Ohmatsu got a base hit and Saburo swung the bat well, and looked good. We’re firing on all cylinders. Hopefully, we’ll keep the ball rolling!

Even though the press won’t mention the enthusiasm of our fans, even here in Nagasaki, I’d just like to thank the hundreds of fans who were in the left field stands today, enjoying the game, the weather, and our team. Thanks for coming to Nagasaki.



Bobby
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