Anyway you slice it, that ep was a cracker.
eephus pitch - which is fine, as Miyuki only wanted him to throw it as a showpiece for the opposing pitcher and clean-up batter. But the second time around, he's already got the feel despite never practicing the pitch - and it comes out like a modern split-fingered fastball (Japanese ace Tanaka Masahiro, who helped Rakuten win its first Japanese title with a 24-0 record this season and just signed with the Yankees, has the best in the world) and dazzles both teams.
Tachi, who despite looking like something out of Shingeki no Kyoujin is shown to be a great player who genuinely loves to compete and has fun on game day. And that's the truth of the matter - practice and lifting and running is a bitch, but the games are insanely fun. If they're not, you shouldn't be playing.
wound up tighter than a taiko but Miyuki is, as always, smiling his Cheshire grin and emitting irreverence from every pore. Kataoka reveals that this game is Eijun's only real audition for the summer season - if his moving fastball can be effective against a power team like Osaka (as Kataoka says, with good hitters moving fastballs are generally ineffective against metal bats because the hitter can drive the ball even if he doesn't square it up) it can work against anyone. But if not...
the pick-off move than Chris has taught Eijun, which he unfortunately bungles by crossing his right leg in front of his left for a balk. Then, the slide-step (also presumably taught by Chris) which messes with the timing of both the baserunner and the hitter. And lastly Eijun showing his strong growth in terms of composure - he smothers the one-hop smash right back at him, freezes the runner at third, then fires a perfect strike to second base to start a double-play. It is, as Chris says, unconscious - but that's what happens when a pitcher keeps his head and understands the situation.