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Despaigne helps Softbank beat Rakuten with walk-off hit

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Despaigne helps Softbank beat Rakuten with walk-off hitHAVANA, Cuba, May 3 (acn) Cuban Alfredo Despaigne batted a walk-off hit with which the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat 12-11 in 12 innings the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, in the Pacific League of the Japanese professional baseball (NPB).
The also Cubans Yurisbel Gracial and Livan Moinelo were key pieces in the victory of the Hawks.

The outfielder Gracial and DH Despaigne both homered once and drove in six runs between them.
But the latter was the hero of game after the aforementioned single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the twelfth frame; in addition, he blasted his fourth homer of the season, with which he propelled two runs and batted 2 for 6, thus raising his average to .236 and already amounts 13 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Gracial, who returned to the daily game after a month of absence due to injury, hit 2 for 4, with his second homerun of the season, one run scored and three RBIs and he has BA of .357 and totals 6 RBIs.
Finally, lefty setup reliever Moinelo pitched a scoreless inning to keep his ERA at 0.00.

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