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.