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Nippon Series: 2 homers in the bottom of the 9th give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the series

by on Nov.06, 2009 @ 12:06 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham Fighters 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 1
Yomiuri Giants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2x 3 7 2

Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 45,160 | Time: 2h 57m | Giants lead series, 3-2.

Three home runs in the 9th led to a dramatic finish as the Giants came from behind to beat the Fighters, 3-2.

Two fielding errors helped give the Fighters a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.

Terrmel Sledge (0-for-4, R) reached on a field error by Shigeyuki Furuki (2B).  Eiichi Koyano (2-for-3, BB, 2B) hit a single into center, runners on first and second.  Tomohiro Nioka (0-for-3) hit into a force at second, runners on first and third.  Shota Ohno (0-for-3) struck out for the second out of the inning.  Shugo Fujii (0-for-2) hit a grounder to third that Michihiro Ogaswara (3B) couldn't handle, allowing Sledge to score, runners on first and second.  Kensuke Tanaka ended the inning by flying out to center.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th when the Giants finally managed to push a run across the plate.

Yoshinori Tateyama relieved Fujii to start the inning.  Pinch hitter Seung-Yeop Lee (0-for-0) was hit by a pitch.  Takahiro Suzuki entered the game as a pinch runner and stole second.  Hayato Sakamoto (0-for-3) struck out.  Masanori Hayashi relieved Tateyama.  A bad pick-off attempt allowed Suzuki to advance to third.  Noriyoshi Ohmichi (1-for-1, RBI) followed with a pinch hit single just over the leaping second baseman to tie the game at 1.  Ryota Wakiya pinch ran for Ohmichi.  Both Ogasawara (0-for-4) and Alex Ramirez (2-for-4) flied out to center to end the inning.

In the top of the 9th, the Fighters retook the lead on a 1-out solo homer by Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI).  At that point, it almost seemed as if the Fighters had sealed the victory.  But such would not be the case.

Hisashi Takeda came in to close out the game for the Fighters in the bottom of the 9th.  Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the inning by hitting a first pitch fastball over the wall in right to tie the game at 2.  An out later, Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-3, HBP, HR, R, RBI) touched all four as he knocked out his 2nd home run of the series to give the Giants a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory.

Missed Opportunities
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Inaba struck out and Takahashi grounded out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tanaka flied out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Nioka grounded out, runner on third, Ohno flied out

3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sakamoto fouled out to left
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Sakamoto flied out

Fighters: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 6 LOB, 1 DP

The Giants outhit the Fighters, 7-4. ... Inaba and Sledge (3 and 5 batters) went a combined 0-for-8 with 3 strike outs and a run scored. ... H. Takeda tossed only 4 pitches in the 9th. ... H. Takeda went 3-0 with 34 saves during the regular season. ... Sho Nakata was not on the Fighters' game roster. ... Takuya Kimura was not on the Giants' game roster. ... The Giants had at least one runner on base in every innings except for the first two. ... Gonzalez Obispo retired 10 straight before giving way to the pen. Yamaguchi continued the streak for another 4 batters before giving up a home run to Takahashi in the 9th.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Fujii, Shugo 1 0 0 0 7 85 26 22 4 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.000
Tateyama, Yoshinori 3 0 0 0 1/3 9 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.750
Hayashi, Masanori 4 0 0 0 2/3 16 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Takeda, Hisashi L 3 0 1 1 1/3 4 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7.714

Yomiuri Giants

Gonzalez, Dicky 2 1 0 0 7 99 26 25 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.459
Yamaguchi, Tetsuya W 3 1 0 0 2 30 8 7 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.929


...The Giants now have a 65% chance of winning the Nippon Series based on past series' outcomes.

...It seems Yu Darvish is preparing to start game 7.

...Terrmel Sledge doesn't like the Tokyo Dome?  In 2 games at Sapporo Dome, Sledge went 3-for-7 with a home run and 2 RBIs.  In three games at Tokyo Dome, Sledge went 1-for-11 with 4 strike outs.

Game 1: 2-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI
Game 2: 1-for-3, BB, R, RBI, 1 K
Game 3: 0-for-4, 1 K
Game 4: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 K
Game 5: 0-for-4, R, 1 K

...Masataka Nashida on the game:

Not just the Giants, but baseball in general, is a very scary sport...  Things slowly started to move in the 8th inning.  It's regrettable that we lost, but it was a good game.  It got really crazy at the end.  I think we gave the fans an emotional game.  Perhaps consecutive appearances worked against Hisashi Takeda.

...Tatsunori Hara on the game:

It was dramatic, they did a good job hitting.  Kamei has been defensive in his at bats lately, but he showed us why he won the number 5 spot this year.  And I had confidence in Abe's home run.  The energy from the fans was big.  We will win the series in Hokkaido.

...Noriyoshi Ohmichi on his game-tying hit:

It's been a while since I did something big.  I don't think I've been as nervous during my pro baseball career.  It was a very tiring at bat.  Takahio [Suzuki] was the runner too.  I just wanted to make sure that I didn't strike out or fly out.  I think I did alright.

...Some notable Nippon Series numbers from Game 5:

It was the 33rd time a team won a game on a walk-off.

It was the 13th game to be decided on a walk-off home run.

The Giants have used 4 different second baseman so far in the Series, tying a record:

Ryota Wakiya, Takuya Kimura, Shigeyuki Furuki, and Takayuki Terauchi

3 comments on “Nippon Series: 2 homers in the bottom of the 9th give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the series

  1. Omar


    Just missed that last inning when I woke up this morning (around 7am Eastern US) :(

    Is there any place I could see highlights of the game?


  2. Omar

    Thanks for the link. Very exciting!

    Here we go again- the Giants up 3-2 like last year and we all know what happened last year (to my delight).

    With Darvish possibly starting game 7, it would be wise for the Giants to wrap it up tomorrow.

    Then again, now that the Fighters are down 2-3, wouldn’t it be a good idea to start Darvish in game 6 to insure that it can go the final game?
    I know he’s not 100% but does Darvish need the extra rest?


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