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Friday, April 17, 2009

Tigers Win! Tigers Win!

Japan Times coverage of the game we attended:
Toritani, Kanemoto lift Hanshin past Chunichi
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Takashi Toritani drove in the tiebreaking run on a two-out single in the seventh inning as the Hanshin Tigers staved off the Chunichi Dragons in a 4-3 win in the Central League on Thursday.

Toritani had a two-run homer in the opening frame against Takuya Asao (1-2) and singled in the seventh followed by Tomoaki Kanemoto's RBI double to make it 4-2 at Koshien Stadium. Scott Atchison (1-0) got the win in relief and closer Kyuji Fujikawa worked the ninth for his second save. Hanshin was winless in its last five games, including one tie.
Upon reading this, I was moved to sing the Tiger fight song:

The Song of the Hanshin Tigers
(The Wind of Mount Rokko)

Dashing swiftly through the wind blowin' from Rokko
Like the big sun soaring in the clear blue sky
Mighty spirit of the youth shows the victor's grace
The name that shines in glory "Hanshin Tigers"
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!
Powerful hits and skillful pitch achieved a thousand times

Trained with every discipline here at Koshien
Crowned with constant victory glorious, matchless feat
Always proud, invincible "Hanshin Tigers"
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!

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