Nippon Ham Fighters
Brian Wolfe joined Marc Kroon as the only two foreign players in NPB history to win the deciding playoff/Climax Series game leading to the Nippon Series. Kroon got his win in relief and Wolfe got his as a starter.
Hisashi Takeda saved three games during the Final Stage and tied Masahide Kobayashi (2005) and Hitoki Iwase (2007) for most saves during one playoff/Climax Series stage.
Source: Sponichi 10/20/2012
Hideki Kuriyama will send a number of Ichi-gun players, including Yuki Saito, to the Phoenix League for additional playing time. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2012
Kuriyama joined Tsutomu Ito (2004), Hisanobu Watanabe (2008), Norifumi Nishimura (2010) as the only first-year managers to make the Nippon Series by making it through the playoffs/Climax Series. All three of the past first-year managers went on to the win the Nippon Series. Kuriyama is also the fifteenth first-year manager in NPB history to make it to the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2012
Up until Friday night, Sho Nakata had zero hits in seven postseason trips to the plate with runners on base: strikeout, double play, walk, ground out to the catchers, fly out to center, E7, walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012
Atsunori Inaba showed up to workouts early on Friday in order to get a few more cuts during batting practice. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2012
About three hundred fans attended an outdoor public viewing of Friday's game at Kamagaya. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2012
Masahiro Yamamoto has pitched in ten postseason games and is still looking for his first victory. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2012
Of the twenty-two teams that were the first to move to within one playoff/Climax Series victory from advancing to the Nippon Series, only two failed to make it: Lotte in 1977 and Softbank in 2010.
Friday's extra inning victory was the eighth in playoff/Climax Series history.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/20/2012
Morimichi Takagi praised Takehiro Donoue for driving in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th and thanked him because he erased his bad decision to have Motonobu Tanshige attempt and fail a squeeze bunt.
"We have come to this point and the players are out there playing with confidence I have not seen [this year]. They are focused. And I had to go in and mess things up. I should not have done anything today and just let the players take care of things," said Takagi.
He continued, "I asked Take[hiro] to hit one for me. He really came through. He basically saved me. I would not mind doing anything for Donoue."
Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2012
Tatsunori Hara cut his post-game press conference short on Friday night.
Said Hara, "The team is beginning to move a little better, but we could not translate that into a victory. After playing without all our energy, the bottom line is that we can not lose another game. We will look toward tomorrow and do our best."
When asked a question he replied, "There is nothing more or less to say. ... That should be good enough," and left. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2012
Michihiro Ogasawara was added to the active roster today.