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Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 40,714 | Time: 3h 2m | Giants win the series, 4-2
Shun Tono had to leave the game after facing only 4 batters in the bottom of the first. And while things could have turned bad for the Giants, Tetsuya Utsumi did a great job in holding the Fighters off in an emergency relief appearance.
The Giants took the lead in the top of the 2nd:
Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-4, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double. He advanced to third on a ground out by Yoshitomo Tani (0-for-3). Abe Shinnosuke (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) then followed with a double off the base of the center field wall, that gave the Giants a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the 6th, they tacked on another run to their lead when Tetsuya Matsumoto (1-for-3, R) hit a 2-out single and then came all the way around to score on Michihiro Ogasawara's (1-for-3, IBB) single into right that Atsunori Inaba (RF) bobbled.
The Fighters had a number of chances to score runs during the game, including the 5th, when they had Kensuke Tanaka (3-for-5) on second with 1 out. But both Atsunori Inaba (1-for-5) and Shinji Takahashi (2-for-5) struck out looking. They had another great chance in the 9th when Tomohiro Nioka (1-for-4, 2B) led off the inning with a double and 2 batters later had runners on first and third with only 1 out. But once again, Inaba and Takahashi struck out, this time to end the game.
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Lee struck out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Ramirez fouled out to first
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Abe grounded out and Lee grounded out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Ogasawara IBB, runners on first and second, and Ramirez struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sledge grounded out
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tsuruoka hit a sac bunt, runners on second and third, Nioka grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Inaba struck out and Takahashi struck out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Nioka grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Tsuboi grounded out
9th: runner on second, no out > Tanaka grounded out, runner to third, pinch hitter Inada walks, runners on first and third, Inaba struck out and pinch runner Konta took second, Takahashi struck out
Giants: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 13 LOB, 1 DP
The Fighters outhit the Giants, 9-5. ... Tono was taken out of the game when he was hit by a come-backer to the mound in the first. ... The Fighters had at least one base runner in every inning. ... The Fighters retired the Giants in order 5 times.
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|Toyoda, Kiyoshi H||2||0||0||0||2/3||10||4||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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...A TV announcement during the game mentioned that Tono went to the hospital during the game for x-rays. A second announcement said that Tono's x-rays came back negative and that he was diagnosed with a bruise. Tono was back at the stadium to celebrate with his teammates at the end of the game.
...Giants players tossed Tatsunori Hara up into the air 10 times to celebrate their Nippon Series victory.
...Had there been a game 7, Wirfin Obispo would have been the likely starter.
...The Fighters will refund ticket for Game 7 beginning on November 9th on through to the 30th.
...Shinnosuke Abe was awarded the 2009 Nippon Series MVP.
...The Giants will now take on KIA for the Japan - Korea Championship game on 11/14 in Nagasaki.
...The Giants won their first Nippon Series since 2002 and their 21st Nippon Series overall.
...The Giants will have a victory parade on 11/22. The parade will begin at 10:15am from in front of Yomiuri Shimbun HQ and end at Ginza 8-chome (a distance of 3.1km).
...Tatsunori Hara on taking the Nippon Series:
You were tossed into the air 10 times...
I'm just really happy that we became the number 1 Japanese team. The wonderful players under Nashida, the fans, to become Nippon Series champs, I take this victory with great pride. On being thrown up in the air, I have no words to express my feelings.
You came through with your pre-season comment of recapturing the Series...
The players worked hard today. And the fans rooted for us really hard. It was a long season, but the fact that we were able to finish the year off with a championship proves that my confidence in this team wasn't wrong. I was extremely touched to be tossed up in the air in front of Giants fans and Fighters fans.
On looking back on today's game...
We won this game using our usual pattern of winning. I knew Kroon would close the game out for us.
Any last comments to the fans across Japan?
It was a long season, but we finished things off with a Championship. Giants fans, we're Champions!
...Shinnosuke Abe on the Championships:
How are you feeling right now?
I feel great!
On playing in the Nippon Series as the Giants player's rep
It was a tough battle. I conjured the bad series I had last year and used that as motivation. I really think we won this championship as a team. I'm grateful for the support from people behind the scenes and the cheering fans.
A comment for the fans...
We finally came through with a Championship. Thank you for cheering for us until the very end.