The place was packed again, to the tune of 43,759.
...And the flash bulbs popped every time Ichiro Suzuki got close to home plate: when he moved into the on-deck circle, as he walked over toward home plate, while standing in the batter's box, and while running back to the dugout.
When Ichiro threw a strike to home plate from right in the 4th inning, the crowd cheered. And in the top of the 9th, the fans cheered every pitch that was called a ball and were a little disappointed when the final out was recorded with the mighty Ichiro standing on the on-deck circle.
On the way out of Tokyo Dome, I heard a couple of guys talking about how difficult it must have been for Kentaro Nishimura to pitch that inning and that he could have opted to walk Casper Wells and just caved to the pressure.
- May J. sang both National Anthems and Shigetoshi Hasegawa threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
- MLB.com box score
- Kenji Yano hurt his left foot when he hit the wall while trying to get to a baseball hit by Dustin Ackley leading off in the top of the 3rd. He was immediately removed from the game and replaced by Yoshiyuki Kamei. An examination at the hospital revealed no damage to the bones. He will be re-examined again on Tuesday.
- The fans also cheered for Munenori Kawasaki. In fact, they also started chanting his name during his last at bat I think. They did the name-chanting with Ichiro for his last two at bats or so.
- Below are some of the shots I got of Ichiro. Uncanny how it looks like he is looking right at me for two of those images.
- Oh, and coming into the game, the Giants' offense was scoreless through twenty-one consecutive innings.