Randy Williams set a new Playoff/Climax Series record by striking out five straight batters in today's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. The previous record of four was held by six pitchers, last matched by Yoshihisa Naruse in 2010.
Source: Sponichi 10/14/2013
Yosuke Okamoto joined Tomoya Yagi (Game 2 of the Second Stage of the 2006 Playoffs) and Yoshihisa Naruse (Game 3 of the First Stage of the 2007 Climax Series) as the only pitchers to record a shutout in their first Playoff/Climax Series appearance. He is the first to record his first career shutout during the post-season.
A number of other records were tied or broken on Sunday:
- Twenty team hits in a game set a Playoff/Climax Series high and tied the postseason record. The previous high of nineteen was set by Hankyu in 1977. Yokohama recorded twenty hits in the 1998 Nippon Series.
- Fifteen runs is second most for a Playoff/Climax Series game. The record of eighteen was set by Hankyu in 1977.
- Runs in five consecutive innings set a new Playoff/Climax Series record and tied the postseason record. The previous record of four was set by Nankai in 1973 and Lotte in 2007. Yakult scored run in five consecutive innings during the 2001 Nippon Series.
- The Lions are the first team in Playoff/Climax Series history to give up double-digit runs in one game and then come back and score double-digit runs in the next game. The Lions accomplish a similar feat during the 2004 Nippon Series.
- Esteban German set a new Playoff/Climax Series record with four runs scored (ties postseason record).
- Hideto Asamura tied the postseason record with four hits.
Chiba Lotte Marines
The Marines tied a Playoff/Climax Series high by hitting into four double plays on Sunday.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/14/2013
5,869 fans were at QVC Marine on Sunday to watch the game on the big screen.
Source: Chiba Nippo 10/14/2013