The results of the HR Derby:
Michihiro Ogasawara 3 - Takeya Nakamura 1
Tony Blanco 4 - Atsunori Inaba 4 (Blanco advances base on the rules)
Tony Blanco 3 - Michihiro Ogasawara 2
Awards from Game 1:
Top Player - 3M yen money prize
Norichika Aoki (Yakult Swallows)
Best Batter - 1M yen money prize
Alex Ramirez (Yomiuri Giants)
Best Pitcher - 1M yen money prize
Daisuke Miura (Yokohama Bay Stars)
Best Play - 1M yen money prize
Shinji Takahashi (Nippon Ham Fighters)
Ceremonial First Pitch: Soichi Noguchi (JAXA Astronaut)
There was a Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Noboru Aota (posthumous), and Yoshinori Ohkoso (posthumous) held prior to the game.
19 seasons (1971-1989, Yakult)
Games AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB SH SF BB/HBP K BA SLG OBP OPS 2062 6808 1015 2173 355 43 220 3274 884 151 87 56 638 463 .319 .481 .378 .859
7 seasons (1999-2005, Yakult)
Games W L T WPCT 975 496 461 18
16 seasons (1942-43, Giants; 1946-47, Hankyu; 1948-52, Giants; 1953-1958, Yosho/Taiyo; 1959, Hankyu)
Games AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB BB/HBP K BA 1709 6566 898 1827 296 34 265 2986 1034 155 467 593 .278
2 seasons (1972-73, Taiyo)
Games W L T WPCT 147 61 78 8 .439
Previous owner of the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Yu Darvish left after pitching only 1 inning because he was hit by a come-backer to the mound. The ball apparently glanced off the front of his right shoulder. He was seen in the dugout during the game and didn't appear to be in much pain. After the game, a Ham Fighter rep said that the area was swollen and that the team will see how he is dong tomorrow before deciding whether or not he should visit a hospital.
Atsunori Inaba laid down a bunt for an infield single in the 7th that also led to two runs scoring when Ogasawara overthrew the ball to first.
"I just wanted to win," said Inaba. "No one game me the sign [to bunt]."
Daisuke Miura wowed the crowd a bit when he threw an 93km/h slow pitch that Takeya Nakamura just barely managed to foul off. And that was after a steady diet of fastballs and sliders that were all over 130km/h.
Hideaki Wakui (SEI) vs. Kan Ohtake (HIR)