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[10/13/2013] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

by on Oct.14, 2013 @ 3:36 am, under NPB

General

The Central and Pacific Leagues combined for seven home runs in two Climax Series game on Saturday -- Lotte three, Seibu one, Hiroshima three.  That broke the previous high of six home runs hit in one day (Climax Series/Playoff), last set on October 23, 2008.

Source: Sanspo 10/13/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Shintaro Fujinami started Game 1 of the First Stage of the Climax Series on Saturday and became the first rookie drafted out of high school in NPB history to start the first game of a postseason series.

Fujinami was told he was going to pitch on Saturday four or five days before the start.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Fujinami is one of seven rookie pitchers out of high school in NPB history that started eight postseason games.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda is just the third pitcher in playoff history to record multiple hits and a victory in his first appearance.  The other two: Hisashi Yamada (Game 2, 1973 Playoffs) and Wirfin Obispo (Game 2, 2009 Second Stage).

Maeda is also the third pitcher in franchise history to record a victory in his first post-season appearance.  The other two: Kazuhisa Kawaguchi (Game 3, 1984 Nippon Series) and Hiroshi Nagadomi (Game 3, 1986 Nippon Series).

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Maeda developed a blister on his right middle finger during his start on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2013

Maeda could start Game 2 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on the 17th on four days of rest.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/13/2013

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About 7,700 people showed up at Mazda Stadium on Saturday to watch the first game of the First Stage of the Climax Series on the big screen.

Source: Chugoku Shimbun 10/13/2013

About 9,000 fans showed up for Sunday's game.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

The Carp will open the stadium up to fans again during the Final Stage of the Climax Series -- 15,000 per game, entry tickets will be handed out for free, additional information can be found at the announcement link below.

Source: official announcement

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The Hiroshima Carp Fair Climax Series is taking place at Sponichi Plaza Osaka (October 12-14).

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiroyuki Fukuyama was apparently let go by the Bay Stars last year after he refused a conversion to position player.  It now seems he has a good chance of making it the post-season roster because of his speed and potential as a pinch-runner.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Sakata's intro song was Chage & Aska's YAH, YAH, YAH during the regular season.  The Lions decided to swap it out with Hound Dog's ff (fortissimo) after Aska's management company announced the singer was suspending his musical career due to distractions caused by a recent interview article published by Shukan Bunshun.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/13/2013

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The Lions sold out on all advance order ticket for Sunday's game.  A number of standing-room only tickets (and cancellations) were available.

Source: Sanspo 10/13/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuji Nishino joined Tetsuya Yamguchi (Game 5, 2009 Nippon Series) and Hiroki Yamada (Game 5, 2011 Nippon Series) as the only pitchers selected in the Ikusei draft to record victories during the post-season.  Nishino is the first to notch a victory during the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

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Shohei Kato became the third rookie in playoff history to hit a home run in his first at bat.  The other two: Kei Nomoto in 2009 and Ikuhiro Kiyota in 2010.  He is the first rookie in NPB history to also hit a home run in his first regular season at bat.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

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3,254 fans watched the game on the big screen at QVC Marine on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 10/13/2013

One comment on “[10/13/2013] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines

  1. SKJ

    Hi! I’ve been a Carp fan the last 35+ yrs and it’s been so exciting :-D So many Carp fans showed up in Koshien, didn’t they? That was amazing.

    Just a little ageashi-tori on one of the 3 pitchers in Carp history who won in his first post-season appearance. I remember his name read Hiroshi “Nagatomi” (instead of Nagadomi). I just double- checked it and found out he changed his registered name– from Nagatomi to Nagadomi in 1997 (with the same kanji).

    Wikipedia is the source of info.
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%95%B7%E5%86%A8%E6%B5%A9%E5%BF%97

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