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Winner and Loser
Season 1, Episode 30
Winnerandloser
Air date May 04, 2014
Written by Takeshi Konuta
Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara
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Winner and Loser (Shōsha to Haisha; 勝者と敗者) is Episode 30 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from chapter 85 to 88 of the manga.

SummaryEdit

Tanba's presence in the bullpen pressures Akikawa while Sawamura impress the audience, Chris and Kataoka with his pitching. Seidou's batters begin their assault starting with Haruichi, Kuramochi then Ryosuke. The clean-ups follow suit and Kawakami successfully close the game.

SynopsisEdit

Seidou's ace, Tanba, is in the bullpen and the pressure is on Akikawa. Sawamura continue strike out Akikawa and the game is still tied. Bottom of the sixth with two outs and Seidou in the position to score, Shunshin outs the next batter. Seidou doesn't score, but Akikawa also fail to do so on top of the seventh. The crowd is impressed, as well as Chris and Kataoka who compliments Sawamura. Kataoka then tell his players to get as many runs as they can before the game ends.

Bottom of the seventh, Haruichi is sent as the pinch hitter in place of Sakai. On the very first pitch, he hits a grounder between the short stop and third baseman into left field. Sawamura is next wanting to hit, but Kataoka calls Sawamura to bunt and Haruichi reaches second. One out and runner on second, Kuramochi is up again. He finally hits and with his speed, makes it to first on an error by the second baseman. Ryosuke is up. Kuramochi steals second and Shunshin lets him. Ryosuke pulls of a squeeze and both Haruichi and Kuramochi get home; while he gets to second base. Seidou's clean-ups follow suit taking additional three runs.

On top of the ninth, Kawakami’s on the mound. Shunshin is on second. Miyuki calls for a slider[1] to the outside, striking out the batter. Seidou celebrates while Akikawa in tears. Miyuki calls out to Shunshin saying that he had fun playing against him. Shunshin's teammate apologize for not being of much help but Shunshin only smiles. The crowd behind Akikawa congratulate the team moving Shunshin to tears.

CharactersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. A Slider is a type of pitch that breaks laterally and down, and the course change sharply.

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