A Lotte Marine Two Game Explosion

The Lotte Marines started the season 0-5. Hisanori Yasuda looked at the scoreboard and saw a batting average of .058. Not a very good start to the season. They had scored 10 runs in their first five games, which included one 5 run explosion against the Softbank Hawks that they lost 6-5. They were playing their last game of their series against the Rakuten Eagles, who were 4-1 and had only given up one run in the first two games of the series. The nightmare had to end.

In the second inning the Marines exploded for nine runs, just one less run than they had scored in the first five games. They went on to win 16-5, accumulating only 12 hits but drawing nine walks. Yasuda saw his average rise to .136 with a 2 for 5 day. More importantly he had driven in five runs in the game.

The next day was their opener against the Nippon Ham Fighters. The Marines again exploded for 16 runs to win their second game 16-4. Yasuda hit his first homerun of the season and drove in four runs to support the cause. He again went 2 for 5 and raised his average to .185. But with that .185 average his 10 RBIs now led the Pacific League. Leonys Martin hit his third homerun of the year, his second in two days.

Chiba fans would probably like the Marines to save some of those runs for other games. Scoring 32 runs in two games could be distributed more fairly to garner a few more wins, but when you start out the season 0-5, any win is satisfactory no matter how you do it. The gluttony of runs has to end sometime.

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