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Tuesday, 19th April 2011
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Masubuchi narrowly misses pitching no-hitter

Japanese baseball fans witnessed a strong performance from Toyko Yakult Swallows pitcher Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi last weekend (April 17th), as the right-hander narrowly missed out on a no-hitter.

His pitching helped the Swallows to their first win of the season in the Central League, as they cruised past Yokohama BayStars 4-0, Japan Times reported.

Masubuchi, who made 57 appearances out of the bullpen last season, allowed the BayStars batsmen just one hit over eight frames, with his hot streak ending in the seventh innings.

The Swallows racked up the points thanks to two home runs from Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, leading star pitcher Masubuchi to promise that the team will go on to win the championship despite their poor start to the season.

"It was the team's first win so I'm really happy about the job I did today," he said. "I was much too tight in the first inning, but I settled down after that. I promise we'll deliver a championship this season."

Written by Susan Ballion