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NS: Hanshin Tigers 0 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (October 30, 2014)

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason

Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20 - Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 10-8, 3.90

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 9 0

Attendance: 36068 | Time: 3h31m | Softbank leads series, 4-1-0

Hanshin Tigers

Hitters

  AVG AB R H RBI SO BB/HBP SH SB E HR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Murton, Matt LF .235 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 G5   1B (4)     G6   G6  
Uemoto, Hiroki 2B .235 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1B (8)   BB     G5     BB
Toritani, Takashi SS .278 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 G4     G6   G6     Ks
Gomez, Mauro 1B .176 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 Ks     Ks     G1   BB
Tagami, Kenichi PR .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
Fukudome, Kosuke RF .200 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0   Ks   Ks     1B (9)   BB
Nishioka, Tsuyoshi DH .211 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2B (8)     1B (8)   Kl   DP(3)
Sekimoto, Kentaro 3B .167 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   Ks     Ks   G5    
Fujii, Akihito C .182 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   G6     F8     G6  
Maeda, Yamato CF .063 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0     Ks   G1     G1  
Messenger, Randy P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
Oh, Seung-Hwan P .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
  .187 29 0 5 0 9 4 0 0 0 0  

BATTING
LOB: 6

FIELDING
DP: 0

Pitchers

  G W L Sv IP NP BF AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Messenger, Randy, L 2 1 1 0 7.2 134 32 30 9 0 8 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 1.841
Oh, Seung-Hwan 3 0 0 0 0.1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.400
          8.0 138 33 31 9 0 8 0 0 2 1 0 1 1  

Softbank Hawks

Hitters

  AVG AB R H RBI SO BB/HBP SH SB E HR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Yanagita, Yuki CF .400 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Kl   1B (4)   F8     1B (9)  
Akashi, Kenji 2B-1B .214 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 G4   F8     G3   SH1  
Uchikawa, Seiichi LF .350 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 F9     Ks   1B (4)   1B (9)  
Lee, Dae-Ho DH .333 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   Kl   1B (8)   1B (7)   Ks  
Matsuda, Nobuhiro 3B .211 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   G6   1B (8)   G1   1B (8)  
Nakamura, Akira RF .150 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   Ks   G4   F8   F4  
Yoshimura, Yuki 1B .167 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0     1B (6) F8     Ks    
Honda, Yuichi 2B .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
Imamiya, Kenta SS .188 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0     SH1   Kl   G6    
Hosokawa, Toru C .125 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0     Ks   F9   G5    
Settsu, Tadashi P .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
Mori, Yuito P .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
Igarashi, Ryota P .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
Sarfate, Dennis P .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
  .241 31 1 9 1 8 0 2 0 0 0  

BATTING
LOB: 8

FIELDING
DP: 1 (Akashi, Kenji-Hosokawa, Toru-Akashi, Kenji in the 9th)

Pitchers

  G W L Sv IP NP BF AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Settsu, Tadashi 1 0 0 0 6.0 89 21 20 4 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Mori, Yuito, H 3 0 0 0 1.0 19 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Igarashi, Ryota, W 4 1 0 0 1.0 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Sarfate, Dennis, S 4 1 0 2 1.0 24 5 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.250
          9.0 144 33 29 5 0 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0  

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Notes

General: Players tossed Akiyama into the air ten times during their on-field celebration. Owner Masayoshi Son was tossed into the air seven times. Players like Matsuda and Otonari were also tossed into the air.

Nippon Series MVP: Seiichi Uchikawa

Hanshin: The Tigers failed to win their first Nippon Series since 1985. They dropped their ninth straight Nippon Series road game.

Softbank: The Hawks won their sixth Nippon Series, first since 2011.

Highlights

Final play

8 comments on “NS: Hanshin Tigers 0 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (October 30, 2014)

  1. Eric

    What an absolute disgrace that last call was. That umpire should be on his hands and knees in front of the entire Tigers roster and staff tomorrow morning.

  2. Dennis Sarfate

    I can understand your disappointment along with many others I imagine. I do not like to see any game end in controversy, especially one of this magnitude. But, I’ve viewed this play over a dozen times now, and clearly the runner was out of the running lane, his last two steps were on the playing field, before he veered off. The umpire had no choice. It was the correct call. I’m the dad btw, not the player.

    1. Patrick Wilson

      I don’t understand why Nishioka was running inside the line… but to disrupt the 1b so a good call I guess.

  3. jaysfan

    Doesn’t the ball have to hit the runner for interference? And Nishioka crossed the base as the ball got there. So where was the interference?

    1. joe deschaine

      i replayed the video,”Final Play” over & over, stopping it at critical intervals. From what i saw, the ball did hit the runner, that’s what caused it to go towards the seats. the ball ricocheted off the runner.

  4. mika_chan

    “The Tigers staged a frantic rally in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with one out for Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who hit a grounder to first. Softbank’s Kenji Akashi threw to catcher Toru Hosokawa for the force out at home, and Nishioka was called out for running outside the lane on his way to first while trying to beat out the double play.Confusion reigned for a few seconds, until the Hawks realized they’d won and spilled out of their dugout to begin their celebrations.”

    Last night, I said I wouldn’t read the news today. I should’ve stuck with my decision. Damn it. T^T

  5. Michael Jacobs

    Let’s call it for what it is….at best a ticky tack call….at worst one of the most curious & baffling calls to end a Championship Series that you will ever see! Based on replay & still photos (the ones that I could find) at best the runners foot was on the white line with the remainder of his body in the “running lane”….at worst an umpire took the series & game into his own hands rather than let the players decide it on the field. Consider this the first base bag sits entirely in fair territory. That is why any ball that hits or goes over the bag is fair. So in order for a batter/runner to touch the bag at some point some part of his body must enter the “playing surface”. The rule is in place to create a lane for the defender to throw in. There was a clear lane however the throw was up the line, not inside the runner. Had the runner been in that throwing lane with the majority of his body out of the box & a good throw had been obstructed….well then understood. That’s why the rule is in place. Not to bail out an errant throw….it’s the job of the catcher to get out from home plate enough to create an angle to throw. End of the day you have to give credit to the Hawks for a tremendous season! However this will always be remembered as the series of what could have been….sad to see a controversial call at best end the greatest time of year for anyone who loves this great game of baseball!

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