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Yomiuri takes Japan – Korea Championships with 9-4 victory over KIA

by on Nov.14, 2009 @ 8:03 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri Giants 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 1 9 11 0
KIA Tigers 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 10 0

Nagassaki Big N Stadium | Attendance: 14,331 | Time: 3h 19m | Japan wins the series

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Lineups

Giants Tigers
Hayato Sakamoto, SS 1 Jong-Beom Lee, RF
Tetsuya Matsumoto, CF 2 Won-Sup Kim, CF
Michihiro Ogaswara, 3B 3 Ji-Wan Na, DH
Alex Ramirez, DH 4 Hee-Seop Choi, 1B
Yoshiyuki Kamei, RF 5 Sang-Hyeon Kim, 3B
Yoshitomo Tani, LF 6 Chi-Hong An, 2B
Shinnosuke Abe, C 7 Kyeong-Eon Kim, LF
Seung-Yeop Lee 1B 8 Il-Mok Cha, C
Shigeyuki Furuki, 2B 9 Hyun-Gon Lee, SS

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The Giants used a big 7-run 7th to beat the KIA Tigers, 9-4.

The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the 1st:

Jong-Beom Lee (2-for-3, 2 R, BB, SB) walked on 7 pitches.  Won-Sup Kim (1-for-5) flied out to left.  J.B. Lee stole second and then scored on Ji-Wan Na's (2-for-4, 3 RBI, GIDP, K) single into center.

KIA tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th:

With 1 out, Hyun-Gon Lee (2-for-4, R, RBI, 2B), J.B. Lee, and W.S. Kim all singled to load the bases.  J.W. Na followed with a single into center to drive in 2 runs and give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

The Giants finally got on the board in the top of the 6th when Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-3, R, RBI 2 K, BB, HR) took Hyeon-Jong Yang deep for a home run.

In the top of the 7th, the Giants offense exploded for 7 runs to take turn the tables and take an 8-3 lead:

Yoshiyuki Kamei (4-for-5, R, RBI, K, 2 SB) led off the inning with a single and stole second.  Pinch hitter Takahito Kudo (2-for-2, R, 2 RBI, BB) walked to put runners on first and second.

Jeong-Cheol Gwak relieved Young-Min Son.

Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, R, 3 RBI, K, HR) nailed the second pitch he saw from Gwak over the wall for a 3-run home run that gave the Giants a 4-3 lead.  Seung-Yeop Lee (2-for-4, R, 2 2B) hit a double in the gap in left-center.  Shigeyuki Furuki (0-for-4, 2 K) struck out looking for the first out of the inning.  Hayato Sakamoto (0-for-4, BB, SB) grounded out to short for the second out of the inning.  Tetsuya Matsumoto (0-for-3, R, SO, BB) walked to put runners on first and second.  A wild pitch advance the runners to second and third.  Ogasawara walked to load the bases.  Alex Ramirez (1-for-4, 2 RBI) nailed a single into left that plated 2 runs and gave the Giants a 6-3 lead, runners on first and second.

Yong-Woon Jung relieved Gwak.
Takayuki Terauchi entered the game as a pinch runner for Ogaswara.

Kamei singled through the whole between first and second, driving in the 6th run of the inning, runners on first and second.

Ryota Wakiya entered the game as a pinch runner of Ramirez.

Kudo also pulled a single between first and second to drive in the 7th run of the inning, runners on first and third.  Abe flied out to right for the final out of the inning.

Yomiuri tacked on one last run in the top of the 9th on an RBI single by Kudo with runners on first and second and 2 out.

Down 9-3, the Tigers scrounged together 2 more hits in the bottom of the 9th for one last run.

With 1 out, pinch hitter Jong-Gil Shin (1-for-1, R) hit a single into right.  Hyun-Gon Lee (2-for-4, R, RBI, 2B) then followed with an RBI double off the center field fence.

Missed Opportunities
Giants
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Ogasawara struck out and Ramirez flied out
3rd: runner on second, no out > Furuki struck out, Sakamoto flied out, and Matsumoto lined out to left
7th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Abe flied out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kudo single up the middle, runner on second scores, runner on first thrown out trying to advance to third

Tigers
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Choi H.S. grounded out, Kim S.H. grounded out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Kim W.S. flied out

Giants: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 7 LOB, 2 DP

News
The Giants outhit the Tigers, 11-10. ... The Giants sent 12 men to the plate in the 7th. ... Taishi Ohta entered the game in the top of the 9th as a pinch hitter and struck out. ... Yang managed to hold the Giants to just 3 hits over 5.2 innings of work.  He also struck out 4 through the first 2 innings of the game. ... Hara completed his "sweep" of titles - WBC, Central League, Nippon Series, and now the Japan - Korea Championships.

Yomiuri Giants

Name W L S G IP BF NP H K BB HBP WP R ER ERA
Gonzalez, Dicky 0 0 0 1 3 12 44 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 3.00
Utsumi, Tetsuya 0 0 0 1 1 2/3 10 45 6 0 0 0 0 2 2 10.80
Nomaguchi, Takahiko W 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 4 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Obispo, Wirfin S 0 0 1 1 3 12 44 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 3.00

KIA Tigers

Name W L S G IP BF NP H K BB HBP WP R ER ERA
Yang, Hyeon-Jong 0 0 0 1 5 2/3 21 84 3 6 1 0 0 1 1 1.59
Son, Young-Min 0 0 0 1 1/3 3 13 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 54.00
Gwak, Jeong-Cheol L 0 1 0 1 2/3 7 27 3 1 2 0 1 5 5 67.50
Jung, Yong-Woon 0 0 0 1 1/3 3 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lee, Dae-Jin 0 0 0 1 1 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
You, Dong-Hoon 0 0 0 1 1 5 16 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 9.00

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