I just got back in and turned the TV on. The game is currently in the bottom of the 4th. I'll pick up the play-by-play from there.
Hisashi Iwakuma was the starter for Samurai Japan; John Wasdin for the Lions.
Japan Seibu Lions LF Aoki RF Ohsaki SS Nakajima CF Kuriyama RF Ichiro DH Shimizu DH Inaba 3B Nakamura 3B Murata LF Goto 1B Ogasawara 1B Ishii CF Fukudome SS Kurose C Johjima C Ginjiro 2B Iwamura 2B Hara
The new Seibu Lions unis aren't very flattering. The numbers on the back look a little small too. Not sure if I really like them either.
The first two runs of the game scored on a 2-run homer by Ohsaki in the top of the 3rd.
Bottom of the 4th
Pitching change: Kishi in, Wasdin out.
Inaba hits a double into right
Murata hits a slow grounder to third; throw over to first for the out. Inaba to second.
Ogasawara hits a ball into the gap into left-center. Inaba scores. Ogasawara rounds second... Cut-off throw goes into third... Ogasawara slides... Out at third!
Fukudome grounds out to second.
Top of the 5th
Ishii hits a single to center.
Kurose bunts back to the pitcher, Darvish fields, fires to second for the force.
Ginjiro hits a double off the right field all. Kurose to third.
Hara bunts, the squeeze play is on! Darvish fields the ball and throws to first for the sure out. Kurose scores. Ginjiro to third. Nice bunt by Hara -- the ball was down low and inside and he fell while bunting the ball.
Ohsaki flies out to center for the final out of the inning.
Bottom of the 5th
Pitching change: Graman in, Kishi out.
Johjima pops out to the catcher.
Iwamura grounds out to first.
Aoki strikes out swinging.
Top of the 6th
Pitching change: Utsumi in, Darvish out.
Kuriyama grounds out to short.
Shimizu fouls out to first.
Nakamura flies out to right for the final out of the inning.
Bottom of the 6th
Pitching change: Osada in, Graman out.
Nakajima gets an infield single.
Ichiro hits a grounder to short, fielder's choice.
Inaba up to bat.
Ichiro gets caught stealing second.
Murata strikes out swinging for the final out of the inning.
Top of the 7th
Pitching change: Tanaka in, Utsumi out.
Goto strikes out looking.
Ishii flies out to left.
Kurose grounds out to short.
Bottom of the 7th
Defensive changes: Kuriyama moves to left. Takayama enters the game in center. Goto moves to first.
Pitching change: Taninaka in, Osada out.
Ogasawara flies out to center.
Fukudome pops out to short.
Pinch hitter: Abe comes in for Johjima.
Abe grounds out to first.
Top of the 8th
Defensive change: Abe stays in the game to catch.
Pitching change: Komatsu in, Tanaka out.
Ginjiro pops out to short.
Hara takes a walk.
Ohsaki is hit by a pitch. Looks like the ball hit him right under the left knee cap.
Pinch runner: Sato comes in to run for Ohsaki.
Kuriyama singles to center. Hara scores. Sato to second.
Shimizu singles to left. Bases are loaded.
Nakamura singles to left. Sato scores. Bases remain loaded.
Goto hits one to center, Fukudome dives, but he can't make the play. Kuriyama scores. Shimizu scores. Nakamura to third. Goto reaches second with a double.
Takayama walks to load the bases.
Pitching change: Mahara in, Komatsu out.
Kurose hits a grounder to second. Throw home for the force, 2 outs.
Ginjiro hits a chopper to third, throw to second for the final out of the inning.
Bottom of the 8th
Pitching change: Onodera in, Taninaka out.
Aoki flies out to deep right.
Nakajima hits into a 4-6-3 double play.
Top of the 9th
Pitching change: Yamaguchi in, Mahara out.
Defensive change: Kawasaki replaces Nakajima at short.
Hara grounds out to short.
Sato doubles to right.
Kuriyama strikes out swinging.
Pinch hitter: Akada comes in for Shimizu.
Akada singles to center. Sato rounds third, Fukudome throws home... Out at the plate for the final out of the inning!
Bottom of the 9th
Ichiro grounds out to second.
Inaba hits a hot-shot liner to third, Nakamura can't hold on, but keeps the ball from going into the outfield. Infield single for Inaba.
Pinch runner: Kataoka comes in for Inaba.
Murata singles to center. Kataoka to third.
Ogawara singles up the middle. Kataoka scores. Murata to third.
Fukudome hits a grounder to short, throw to second for the force out. Throw over to first, not in time.
Abe flies out center.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SEI 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 0 7 10 0 JPN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0 Seibu HR: Ohsaki 2B: Ginjiro, Goto, Sato Japan 2B: Aoki, Inaba, Ogasawara
Post game notes: Samurai Japan looked a little flat on the field. I don't know if they've been working to hard, or if they just weren't prepared for the Lions.
Komatsu was simply awful in his outing tonight. He walked a hitter and then hit a batter. The last pitch he threw was over Takayama head. Komtasu looked really lost out there.
Ichiro finished the game 0-for-4; Inaba went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk; Aoki, 1-for-4 with a double and 2 strike outs.