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[10/27/2013] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Oct.28, 2013 @ 2:15 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shuichi Murata hit his first Nippon Series home run on Saturday and became the fifth player in franchise history to hit a homer in the first game of the Nippon Series.  The other four: Tetsuharu Kawakami (1952, 1955), Shigeo Nagashima (1958, 1966, 1968, 1969), Sadaharu Oh (1976, 1977) and Hideki Matsui (2000).

Source: Sponichi 10/27/2013

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Tetsuya Utsumi is just the third pitcher in Nippon Series history to start and win Game 1 Nippon Series games in two or more consecutive seasons (2012-2013).  The other two: Tsuneo Horiuchi (1970-1972) and Hisashi Yamada (1977-1978).

Source: Sponichi 10/27/2013

Utsumi picked up his fifth Nippon Series victory and joined Kimiyasu Kudo (eight victories), Masaichi Kaneda (six victories), and Kazumi Takahashi (five victories) as the only left-handed pitchers to record five or more Nippon Series wins.

Source: Sanspo 10/27/2013

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According to Sponichi, the Giants were 60-3-2 when they had the lead after six innings during the regular season.

Source: Sponichi 10/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

If the series requires a Game 5 (which it should, now that the series is tied at one), Takahiro Norimoto will likely be named the starter on four days of rest.

Norimoto not only became the third rookie to start the first game of a Nippon Series on Saturday, but also just the second rookie in Nippon Series history to strikeout ten or more hitters.  The other rookie: Hisanori Takahashi struck out twelve against Daiei in the fifth game of the 2000 Nippon Series.  He also joined Yu Darvish as the only two pitchers in post-season history to record double-digit strikeouts in two post-season games.  Darvish struck out thirteen and eleven in the first and fifth games of the 2007 Nippon Series.

Norimoto struck out eleven in the second game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series and ten on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2013, Sponichi 10/27/2013

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ZakZak hints that Masahiro Tanaka might not be particularly happy about being used in relief because it messes with how he prepares for his next start.  He hinted at these problems after he made his first relief appearance of the year during the regular season when the team clinched their first pennant.

Source: ZakZak 10/26/2013

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The Eagles sold out on seats with bad sight lines about ten minutes after they went on sale online on Saturday -- about three hundred tickets priced between 2,000 and 9,000 yen.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013