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Monday, 16th May 2011
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Marines shut out Eagles to extending winning run

The Chiba Lotte Marines extended their hot streak this weekend (May 14th), with a 4-0 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Pitcher Yuki Karakawa threw his second shut-out of the season at QVC Marine Field to boost the Marines chances of retaining the Japan Series baseball championship as their winning run now stretches to four matches.

With this impressive performance, the 21-year-old righthander lowered his Earned Run Average to just 1.14, the best in the Pacific League.

Karakawa said afterwards: "We played great defence throughout the game. I'm not concerned about individual numbers. What matters to me is that I'm helping the team win."

The Marines' manager Norifumi Nishimura was equally understated, claiming that his star pitcher had a "nice game".

This mid-table clash will have disappointed many sentimental fans who will be backing the Eagles following the severe disruption that was brought to their region by the March 11th earthquake.

The Eagles have now failed to put any points on the board five times in their last ten games.

Written by Mark Smith



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