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大竹寛 kan otake hiroshima carp pitcher batting


My first visit to MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima (広島市民球場) featured the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and my Yakult Swallows. I saw these two play in Tokyo three years prior. In both cases the visiting team won. The Carp are in the Central League so the pitchers bat. (The other league uses a DH like the American League in MLB.) In today’s photo you can see the Carp pitcher, Kan Otake, bat. It was an amazing at bat for a pitcher. He worked the count from 0-2 to 3-2, fouled off numerous pitches with a 3-2 count, and then finally made an out.

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