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PL Climax Series R2 G5: Lions beat the Fighters, 9-0 behind Wakui’s 3-hit shut-out

by on Oct.22, 2008 @ 3:01 am, under NPB

Tonight's starting pitchers

Seibu Lions
Hideaki Wakui 涌井秀章

G   W   L   S  CG  Sho  BF    IP     H   HR  BB  HPB  SO   WP  BK  R   ER  ERA
25  10  11  0  5    0   738  173.0  173  16  51  8    122  11  0   80  75  3.90

Nippon Ham Fighters
Ryan Glynn

G   W   L   S  CG  Sho  BF    IP     H   HR  BB  HPB  SO   WP  BK  R   ER  ERA
26  7   14  0  2    0   699  163.1  160  18  61   3   99   5   5   74  66  3.64

The Lions lead the series, 3-2.
Start Time: 18:15

NOTES: I was initially under the impression that the Fighters were planning on sending Darvish out to the mound on 3 days rest, but apparently they have backtracked on that and have decided to put Glynn on the mound. When Nashida (manager of the Fighters) was asked about the chances of Darvish pitching on 3 days rest on the 20th, he said it was a possibility. But when asked again after the game last night, he said that asking a pitcher who went on 6 days rest during the regular season to suddenly go on 3 days rest was only asking for trouble and swept away any chances of Darvish pitching tonight.

With Glynn on the mound, I'm not feeling very comfortable if I'm the Fighters right now.

Inaba may be in the starting lineup tonight as the DH for the Fighters. He is currently nursing some sort of hamstring injury.

6:43PM UPDATE: The Lions have taken a 1-0 lead on Goto's solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd.

8:02PM UPDATE: It's the bottom of the 6th and the Lions currently up, 5-0 AND they have the bases loaded with 1 out.

8:09PM UPDATE: Wakui through 6 innings: 3 strike outs, no hits and no walks. He has thrown a total of 61 pitches.

8:12PM UPDATE: Inaba just broke up the perfect game in the 7th inning with 2 outs on the board.

8:43PM UPDATE: Bottom of the eighth, Akada hits a double with one out. Lions are currently beating the Fighters, 6-0.

8:54PM UPDATE: I turn away for a moment and suddenly the Fighters are down 9-0... The game is going into the 9th. This game is pretty much over as I don't see the Fighters scoring 9 runs in one inning.

9:04PM UPDATE: Fighter down to their last out with runners on first and second (singles). Inaba is in the box and the count is 2 balls and 2 strikes. Wakui is still on the mound.

9:07PM UPDATE: Inaba strikes out swinging! A complete game, 3-hit, no-walk, shut-out for Wakui. This is the first time in 4 years that the Lions have made it to the Nippon Series, and the 21st time in franchise history.

Congrats to the Lions!

11:14PM UPDATE: Box scores are now available.

0 comments on “PL Climax Series R2 G5: Lions beat the Fighters, 9-0 behind Wakui’s 3-hit shut-out

  1. Gwynar

    There actually might not be as much second-guessing since the Lions were more or less favored to win the series. And in the end, I think the Lions were the better team; unlike the Fighters who rely on good pitching to win games, the Lions can fall back on either their offense or their pitching staff for a win.

    Still, had Darvish started game 1, the Fighters may have at least stretched the series out another game. (Not having Inaba also really hurt the team.)

  2. knucklehead7

    I think Nashida’s decision is interesting in light of the more common story we get in the States about how the managers treat pitchers in Japan, specifically some of the pitcher usage we read about at the Koshien Tournament. I know it’s not fair to compare high school to professional, especially when you consider that there are similar stories in the amateur ranks here as well.

  3. Gwynar

    I found it a little strange that he backtracked. It almost seemed like he was shocked anyone would even consider it. If we are to take the initial story that had him saying it would be possible for Darvish to start the 5th game as fact, then I wonder what happened between then and later when he said he wouldn’t be starting starting Darvish.

    Did he get some flack from the owners? Or from someone else?