[9/3/2016] Rick van den Hurk, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch in Ni-gun game

Rick van den Hurk and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Beppu Municipal Baseball Stadium on September 3.

  • van den Hurk started the game and gave up two runs on three hits over three innings of work. He threw fifty-one pitches and topped out at 151km/h. This was his first game since August 10. He is slated to pitch about five innings on five days of rest on September 9 against Ni-gun Orix.
  • Matsuzaka entered the game in the fourth inning and gave up a run on two hits (including a home run in the sixth inning) over five innings of work. He retired the side in order in the fourth, seventh, and eighth innings. He threw forty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h. He is scheduled to throw eighty to ninety pitches during his next outing on September 10 against Orix.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016Tokyo Sports 9/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2016Sponichi 9/3/2016

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