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NPB: Yomiuri Giants go quietly

by on Oct.21, 2007 @ 10:28 am, under NPB

Much to my surprise, the Giants didn't put up much of a fight against the Chunichi Dragons during the Second Round of the Central League Climax Series. The long lay-off (15 days between the last regular season game the Giants played and the first game of the Climax Series against the Dragons) may have had something to do with it, but after the Giants went 4-2 against the Dragons during their last 6 match-ups, I was expecting a little more from the Giants. But then, they have been extremely streaky this year and I think they may have just hit one of those "ruts" at a bad time.

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10/18/2007 - Game 1 @ Tokyo Dome (Att: 44,232)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Dragons  |  0  0  2  2  0  0  0  1  0  |  5  9  0
Giants   |  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  |  2  8  2
WP: Takashi Ogasawara (1-0)
LP: Tetsuya Utsumi (0-1)
SV: Hitoki Iwase (2 SV)
HR: CHU: Woods (2, fourth inning off Utsumi, 1 on, 2 out).
YOM: Tani (1, fifth inning off Ogasawara, 0 on, 1 out).

10/19/2007 - Game 2 @ Tokyo Dome (Att: 45,074)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Dragons  |  0  1  0  2  0  0  3  0  1  |  7  14 1
Giants   |  1  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  |  4  7  0
WP: Kenshin Kawakami (2-0)
LP: Hiroshi Kisanuki (0-1)
SV: Hitoki Iwase (3 SV)
HR: CHU: Lee (2, ninth inning off Uehara, 0 on, 1 out).
YOM: Hollins (1, seventh inning off Kawakami, 2 on, 1 out).

10/20/2007 - Game 3 @ Tokyo Dome (Att: 46,081)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Dragons  |  0  0  0  3  0  0  1  0  0  |  4  6  0
Giants   |  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  |  2  7  0
WP: Kenichi Nakata (2-0)
LP: Hisanori Takahashi (0-1)
SV: Hitoki Iwase (4 SV)
HR: CHU: Woods (3, fourth inning off Takahashi, 2 on, 1 out),
Tanishige (1, seventh inning off Takahash, 0 on, 1 out).
YOM: Nioka (1, second inning off Nakata, 0 on, 1 out).

I was able to watch bits and pieces of the three games, and all I can say is that the Giants looked flat. There were moments scattered throughout the series where the Giants seemed alive, but for the most part, the defense looked flat, the offense couldn't string hits together -- losing Yoshinobu (.308/35/88) after game 1 probably didn't help the Giant's offense either, but they still had Tani (.318/10/53), Ogasawara (.313/31/88), Lee (.274/30/74) and Abe in the lineup (.275, 33, 101), as well as Nioka (.296/20/83) -- and the pitchers continued having problems with Woods (3-for-10, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 1 2B); Tanishige also provided some pop for the Dragons (7-for-12, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 3 R, 1 BB).

Winning the CL means the Giants should be able to save some face though. Unlike the Majors, the Giants are still considered CL Champions.