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HWB: Two Jays Go Hitless in Opening Game
Nielsen got his first at bat in the bottom of the first inning, facing Atsushi Nohmi, a southpaw from the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. With a runner on second base and two outs, Nielsen popped a 2-1 pitch to second base to end the inning.
Ryan Patterson saw his first at bat off Nohmi in the second inning, but went down swinging on a 1-2 pitch from the left-hander. In the fourth inning, Nielsen, facing a 1-2 count, grounded out to shortstop, while Patterson lined out in his in second at bat to center field on a 2-0 pitch by Rick Vanden Hurk.
Nielsen came up for the third time in the game in the bottom seventh, and faced another left-hander of the Hanshin Tigers in Kazuya Tsutsui. Nielsen kept the bat on his shoulder the entire plate appearance, drawing a four-pitch walk.
Patterson was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, while Nielsen played the entire game.
Honolulu is off on Monday before resuming their season schedule on Tuesday.
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