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Dragons back Fighters into corner

by on Nov.01, 2007 @ 2:55 am, under NPB


Don't look now, but Nakamura Nori is now 7-for-15 with 3 runs and 4 ribs!

After the Fighters beat the Dragons 3-1 behind an impressive start by Darvish, the Dragons managed to roar back to take the next three games and are now one game from becoming Japan Series Champions. Darvish will be on the mound for the Fighters as Kawakami and the Dragons try to take their fourth consecutive game in a row. If the Dragons manage to finish off the Fighters tonight, it will be the first time in 54 years that the Dragons are able to claim their place as Champions.

Here are the line scores for the first 4 games of the series:

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10/27/2007 - Game 1 @ Sapporo Dome (Att: 40,616)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Dragons  |  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  |  1  4  0
Fighters |  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |  3  2  0
WP: Yu Darvish (3-0)
LP: Kenshin Kawakami (2-1)
SV: N/A
HR: HAM: Seguinol (2, first inning off Kawakami, 2 on, 1 out).

10/28/2007 - Game 2 @ Sapporo Dome (Att: 40,770)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Dragons  |  1  0  0  3  0  2  2  0  0  |  8  8  0
Fighters |  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  |  1  4  0
WP: Kenichi Tanaka (3-0)
LP: Ryann Glynn (1-1)
SV: N/A
HR: CHU: Lee (2, first inning off Oshimoto, 1 on, 1 out),
Morino (1, seventh inning off Kikuchi, 1 on, 1 out).
HAM: Seguinol (3, fourth inning off Tanaka , 0 on, 1 out).

10/30/2007 - Game 3 @ Nagoya Dome (Att: 38,068)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Fighters |  0  1  0  3  0  2  2  0  0  |  1  9  0
Dragons  |  7  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  x  |  9  12 0
WP: Kenta Asakura (1-0)
LP: Masaru Takeda (0-3)
SV: N/A
HR: None.

10/31/2007 - Game 4 @ Nagoya Dome (Att: --)

         |  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  |  R  H  E
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Fighters |  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  |  2  7  1
Dragons  |  2  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  x  |  4  5  1
WP: Suzuki Yoshihiro (1-0)
LP: Mitsuo Yoshikawa (0-1)
SV: Hitoki Iwase (4 SV)
HR: None.

The biggest problem for the Fighters so far has been getting the offense started. In 123 total team ABs, the Fighter have only managed 22 hits (.179) and 7 runs. They have also struck out 31 times while walking 10 times. But the offense has only partial blame. The pitching staff hasn't help either, giving up 20 walks 34 innings, to go along with 29 hits. That's 49 base runners in 34 innings (and that doesn't include the 1 intentional walk and hit 2 batters)! The numbers get even worse when you remove Darvish's Game 1 performance: 17 walks (20 including IBB and NBP) and 25 hits to make 45 base runners in 25 innings! It's no wonder the Dragons have scored 22 runs in 4 games.

Fortunately, Darvish will be back on the mound for Game 5, which should give the Fighters a good chance from being elminated tonight. The question is, will they have enough to comeback and take the next 3 games in a row? If the want a fighting chance, both Morimoto and Inaba will have to wake up from their funks (3-for-16 and 1-for-14 respectively) because Seguinol alone can't keep the offense going (4-for-9 and has driven in 4 of the 7 runs the Fighters have scored). It will also be equally important for the pitching staff to keep Woods from coming out of a 2-for-14 slump.

7 comments on “Dragons back Fighters into corner

  1. Gwynar

    The Dragons have struck first.

    Woods lead of the bottom of the second with a single, followed by a double by Nakamura to put runners on second and third and no out. Darvish managed to strikeout the next batter, Lee, to get the first out. The next batter (Ryosuke Hirata) managed to hit a fly ball to right for a sac fly. Darvish struck out the next batter to end the inning.

    The Fighters went down quietly in their half of the third.

    Going into the bottom of the third, Fighters are trailing the Dragons, 1-0.

  2. Gwynar

    Bottom of the 6th, the score is still tied 1-0.

    Darvish just struck out Woods and Nakamura is now stepping into the batter’s box. 2 outs, runner on first.

  3. Gwynar

    Top of the 9th. Score is still 1-0.

    Yamai was just taken out prior to the start of the inning. He was throwing a perfect game and had thrown 86 pitches.

    Closer Hitoki Iwase is now in to pitch the final frame.

  4. Gwynar

    Bounder to second, throw over the Woods…

    Game over!

    Iwase picks up the save.
    Yamai gets the win.
    A combined perfect game!
    Darvish gets the loss.

    The Dragons are Japan Series Champions.

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