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I'm Not Running
Season 1, Episode 27
Imnotrunning
Air date April 13, 2014
Written by Takeshi Konuta
Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara
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I'm Not Running (Nigenē zo, 逃げねえぞ) is Episode 27 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from chapter 79 to 82 of the manga.

SummaryEdit

Seidou is faced with a situation where Furuya's pitch count rapidly increase, and his stamina is in question due to the heat. Kataoka eventually replace him with Sawamura, who surprise the batters with his form and moving fastball.

SynopsisEdit

In the top of the fourth, Akikawa is up 2-0 and Furuya's pitch count is over 60. Chris says that at such pace, his pitch count will reach a hundred by the fifth. It's a difficult situation plus it’s getting hotter, and Furuya's stamina is in question. Akikawa seventh batter is at-bat and Miyuki doesn't want Furuya to pitch with extra force. The batter appear to bunt but he doesn't. Miyuki figures out that Akikawa is trying to tire Furuya with bunts. Sawamura yells at Furuya from the bullpen saying not to get flung around by the batters bunting stance, but Kawakami reminds the freshman that Kokudoukan also did the same thing to him before.

Kataoka gives out the order that is, if Furuya gives up another run, he’ll be switched out with Sawamura. Kataoka explains that he doesn't want Furuya's weakness to be exposed further with Ichidai watching from the stands. And it's still early in the game to be sending out Kawakami. Haruichi goes to tell Sawamura.

Furuya strikes the first two batter with sheer force and he's tiring himself out even more as a result. He walks the third batter and Kataoka calls for a pitcher substitution. Sawamura asks the ball from Furuya but he doesn't budge. Miyuki tells Furuya that if he continue pitching, he'll only drag the team down. Sawamura asks for the ball again saying to Furuya to leave the rest to him. Furuya hands the ball over and the team understands his feelings. It was revealed that when Kataoka challenged Sawamura the night before, the senpais were watching.

Sawamura’s first throw was high to the first baseman and nearly an error that sent the first base runner to second. Yuki however, was quick to jump and catch the ball. Miyuki first calls for a four-seamer to the inside, which was the same pitch he threw to Kataoka before, that just missed Kataoka's chest. The batter find it difficult to time the pitch and pops to third, outing the batter.

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