Masahiro Araki 2B
Yohei Oshima CF
Masahiko Morino 3B
Takeshi Yamasaki 1B
Kazuhiro Wada LF
Hirokazu Ibata SS
Ryosuke Hirata RF
Motonobu Tanishige C
Kazuki Yoshimi P
Great start to the season! Yoshimi had a perfect game through 7 innings before giving up 2 runs in the 8th. By then Chunichi had a semi-comfortable lead. Iwase came in and shut the door in the 9th, allowing only one baserunner and struck out Kenta Kurihara to end the game..
- As expected, Ibata returned to shortstop and Araki returned to 2B.
- Yamasaki started at 1B, Blanco had a pinch-hit appearance in the 8th. I figured Yamasaki would get the opening day start, it will be interesting to see how the 1B-battle proceeds. I would like to see Blanco get about 3/4 of the starts there.
- No appearance by Shuhei Takahashi
Yoshimi - 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 0 BB
Hirata - 2/4, HR, 2 RBI, R
Ibata - 3/4, RBI
Honorable Mention: Yamasaki - 2/4, 2B, R