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[10/27/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Nippon Series Hero Interviews – Ginji and Masahiro Tanaka

by on Oct.28, 2013 @ 2:51 am, under NPB

Nikkan Sports has posted the hero interviews for Ginji and Masahiro Tanaka.

First, Ginji:

That was a great timely hit.  What was going through your head when you stepped into the batter's box?

[Takero] Okajima got on base and [Kazuya] Fujita moved him up a base.  I thought this was going to be our best chance.  I focused and got the hit.

[Masahiro] Tanaka was pitching a great game.  Did that fuel the hit?

That was all it was.  He was doing his best out there and I willed that hit.

Can we expect more from your bat in the coming games?

Please, continue to expect things from me.

Anything for the fans?

There are still a lot of tough games left to play.  We will continue to fight with fire and we will become the champions.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013

Now Tanaka:

On your outing tonight.

Yesterday [Takahiro Norimoto] tossed a good game and I did not want to let that performance go to waste.  I came in just wanting to pitch a decent game.

You were pumped.

I think that was the result of keeping the other team from scoring runs.

You got into a jam in the 6th.

I was the cause of that so I felt I had to get out of it.

You pumped your first after striking out [Jose] Lopez to end the 6th.

My emotions were in that pitch.

How did you feel when Ginji pushed that first run across the plate?

Like we managed to score one run.

The clapping and the cheering from fans was amazing in the 9th.

It felt great out there on the mound and it allowed me to close things out.

It was your first Nippon Series game.

I wanted a shutout.

What is next?

We need to keep holding them back as we move to Tokyo Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2013

Incidentally, the victory pushed Tanaka's winning streak to thirty games (twenty-eight during the regular season and two during the postseason).

UPDATE 10/28 @ 1:05pm -

Sanspo has posted an interview with Tanaka that appears to be either a continuation of the above hero interview or another interview altogether.  I have selected the sections not included in the interview above.

Did you feel any pressure?

Not really.  I did not nothing special because this was a Nippon Series game, I just stuck to my usual game plan.

You wanted a shutout?

That was really it.  I was not losing my focus when I threw that pitch that was hit for a home run.  The mistake pitch was hit for a home run.  I know what the problem is and will do my best to make fewer mistakes with each of my pitches.

Were you thinking about the rhythm of the game?

The momentum could have changed with our mistakes.  It is important to bear down after those kinds of situations.  I just have to keep doing the things I have control over.

The Giants were aggressive and swinging early in the count.

It was the same for every team [during the regular season].  I did a decent job even though they came out swinging at the first pitch.  There are a lot of different ways to record strikes.

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013