Japanese baseball team turns slick double play on squeeze bunt

Tuesday April 14th, 2015

How do you say "web gem" in Japanese? 

During the seventh innning of Tuesday's game against the Nippon-Ham Fighters, the Chiba Lotte Marines tried a safety squeeze in an attempt to pad their 2-1 lead. 

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Chiba Lotte rightfielder Ikuhiro Kiyota bunted it right back to Nippon pitcher Luis Mendoza, who scooped the ball and flipped it to the catcher in a single motion. Catcher Ryo Ishikawa then made the throw to first base for the inning-ending double play. 

Mendoza's luck ran out after that play, though. He came back out to start the eighth inning and gave up three more runs. Nippon lost 6-1. 

- Dan Gartland

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