Yakult infielder Munetaka Murakami blasted 2 run homerun and his 22nd HR of the season. He is now leading the leading in HR by 3 ahead of Teruaki Sato of Tigers and Kazuma Okamoto of Giants.
In the game against Hiroshima on 23rd, the ball he tipped off hit his right knee during the 4th inning. He was immediately moved to the bench. Fortunately, when he was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima City on the same day, the diagnosis showed no bone abnormalities. Although it showed a painful bruise on his knee, he showed his toughness and was on the mound practicing by the next day.
The team has been excellent in the past 9 games with 8 wins and 1 loss. With the 3rd 4-game win streak of the season, They are now only 5 games behind the Tigers and now at the #2 spot alone. “When we’re in the momentum, we want to get as many W’s as possible”. From the 25th, Yakult will play against Giants and Tigers and Munetaka will be the key person to keep the winning streak going.