Latest News

Friday, 6th May 2011
In Sports, Japan Sports News,

Ogasawara landmark fails to lift Giants

The Yomiuri Giants remain near the foot of the Japanese Central Baseball League today (May 6th), despite Michihiro Ogasawara hitting the 2,000th run of his career.

His landmark single was the Giants' only score as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat against the Hanshin Tigers at the Tokyo Dome last night, Kyodo News reports.

Former Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima settled the match in favour of the Tigers with a tiebreaking home-run in the sixth innings.

The pressure of becoming only the 38th player in the history of Japanese baseball to reach 2,000 career runs clearly got to Ogasawara.

"It's a relief. I haven't been able to contribute to the team's offense since the start of the season. I have to admit that I was very nervous because so many TV cameras were following me every day," he said.

Ogasawara described his overall performance as "poor" and promised to make up for it in future games.

Written by Mark Smith



Related news stories:
Giant squid spotted off Japan's coastline (29th December 2015)
Giant Buddha statue undergoes cleaning (12th August 2014)
Giant lantern festival to be held in Japan (17th August 2010)
Obon: What's it all about? (13th August 2014)
Enjoy a fireworks festival in Japan this summer (22nd July 2014)