Game 1 of the Nippon Series has just finished and Yu Darvish pitched a brilliant game. He kept the Dragons batters off balance all night and tossed a 4-hit, 1-run complete game. Darvish touched 154 km/h on the speed gun (95.7 mph) and struck out 13 Dragons hitters, including Tyrone Woods and Norihiro Nakamura (yes, the same that supposedly signed a contract with the Mets and then backed out) twice a piece. The 13 strikeouts tied a Nippon Series record for strikeouts in a 9 inning game.
The one run Darvish gave up came in the top of the 6th when the first two hitters of the inning, Masahiro Akira and Hirokazu Inaba, started things off with singles to set up a first and third, no-out situation for Masahiko Morino. On the first pitch, Morino lifted a fly ball to center, which ended up becoming a run scoring sac-fly. The next batter, Tyrone Woods, grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Fighters scored all their runs off the Dragons Kenshin Kawakami in the bottom of the first on a three run shot by Fernando Seguignol. Outside of that first frame, Kawakami matched Darvish and allowed only one batter to reach base (a single in the bottom of the eighth by Makoto Kaneko).
Final score: Fighters 3 - Dragons 1
FINAL LINESCORE VS CHUNICHI DRAGONS IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R W 9.0 33 133 4 0 13 3 0 1 1 POST-SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER BF P 1.46 3 2 0 3 0 24.2 14 0 23 5 1 4 4 92 362