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.
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