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Yoshimi One Shy of No-Hitter

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Yoshimi One Shy of No-Hitter
Yokohama's Yoshimi Yuji went to two outs in the nineth inning last night (October 14, 2004) at Hiroshima Shimin Kyujyo without giving up a single hit. The 27th Hiroshima batter of the game, Fukuchi Kazuki, though, ripped a double to left to shatter Yoshimi's hopes of a virtual perfect game no hitter. (Yoshima walked one batter in the fifth, but he was erased on a double play soon after.)

The last pitcher to have gone to two outs in the nineth to have a no-hitter broken up was Seibu's Nishiguchi Fujiya on August 26, 2002. Yoshimi is the 20th player (21st time) to have had a no-hitter broken up with two down in the nineth.

Yoshimi got the complete game victory over Hiroshima, winning 4-0, after retiring the next batter on a fly ball to left, the 28th Carp batter of the game.

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