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NPB probably won’t make any concessions to change current posting system

by on Jun.13, 2011 @ 10:33 pm, under NPB, Postseason
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The NPB held an executive committee meeting today and discussed a number of issues, including the current posting system.  While there was talk about the NPB approaching the MLB for changes to the posting system agreement, it now appears as though the NPB will leave things as-is.  A number of reasons likely exist for this, but two have been mentioned:

  1. the NPB doesn't want to go through the hassles of negotiating a new set of rules; and
  2. as bad as the system might be, especially for the player, NPB teams still have a chance to make a fair amount of money off the current system.

Some of the other issues discussed:

  • the NPB will cooperate with the JPBPA during the All-Star Game on 7/23.
  • Levi Romero (YOM) and Juan DeLeon (SOF) will be eligible for the Rookie of the Year Award.
  • all NPB teams will publish the amount of energy they are using.

UPDATE 6/14 @ 2:04pm - A few other things to add to the list of issues that were discussed:

  • they confirmed that beginning next year, they league will play 2 All-Star Games plus one special game (to be discussed at a future meeting) in order to help fund player pensions.
  • Hiroshima GM Kiyoaki Suzuki will be taking over as chairman of player relations.
  • they will continue to negotiate the financial structure of the WBC with WBC Inc.
  • they will try to see if the MLB is interested in some sort of a trade system that would allow teams from Japan to initiate player moves.

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The Pacific League announced that the start of the Final Stage of the Climax Series will be pushed back a day, from 11/2 to 11/3.

The Inter-City Baseball Tournament was shifted from Tokyo Dome to Kyocera Dome this year due to potential power shortage in the Kanto area.  The Tournament is scheduled to play through to 11/1 and the PL decided to push the Final Stage back a day in order to create some room between the two events.  This is also assuming the Orix Buffaloes manage to finish the year in first.

Sponichi takes a behind-the-scenes look at Fuji’s TV game 6 broadcast

by on Nov.11, 2010 @ 4:25 am, under NPB, Postseason
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Sponichi posted an interesting article on Wednesday that looks back at game 6 and what went on behind-the-scenes at Fuji TV.

Here's a quick rundown of the article:

The broadcast lasted 6 hours and 4 minutes.

Close to 50 people showed up for a Fuji TV / Tokai TV meeting at Nagoya Dome at around 3pm.  It lasted about a few hours without any mention of what to do if the game went far into extra innings.

It was passed 10pm when Masahiro Araki lined out to first to end the 11th with the bases loaded.

For about the last 2 hours of the game, commercials disappeared.  The latest the network ever thought the game could go was about 11pm (this was during the planning stages).  But by around 10pm, they actually ran out of commercials to air.  Sometimes networks will drop prices on air time when they run out of commercials, but Fuji TV has a strong stance against that because it tends to cause drops in prices across the board.  One industry insider told Sponichi that Fuji TV may have lost about 30M yen.  And according to an unnamed Fuji TV source, it seems other networks were surprised that they went without commercials for the final 2 hours.

There were four people in the booth during the game: Tokai TV announcer Atsushi Moriwaki, commentator Yasushi Tao, and guest commentators Atsuya Furuta and Hideo Nomo.  None of them apparently took bathroom breaks during the game.

The TV camera crew were from Tokai TV.  They set up their cameras in the afternoon before game 6.  And when the game finally ended at 12:04am on the 7th, a number of camera operators still had more work to do -- Fuji TV's Sport! was going to be broadcast from Tokai TV HQ at 3:10am.  The broadcast for Sport! ended at 4:05am.

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Nippon Series News and Notes: November 8, 2010

by on Nov.08, 2010 @ 5:18 pm, under NPB, Postseason
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Hiromitsu Ochiai on the Nippon Series (via Sanspo):

I think we did a good job this year.  But it's all about winning and losing at the end.  Even if we were able to win in the Central League, there was something we lacked [in order to win the Nippon Series].  We need to find that something. ... We aren't the kind of team that can power throw and win.  That's something we need to work on.  And all the players have is practice.

Nikkan Sports has these comments from Ochiai:

No one will place any blame on this team.  I think this team did a good job this year.  There are winners and losers in this business.  The person that feels the most responsibility here is the manager.  It isn't anyone else's fault. ... There are a lot of issues.  We need to take a look at each and address them one by one.  Even if it's good enough to get by in the Central League, it isn't enough to win the Nippon Series.  We need to find what we're missing.  We did a good job getting here, but we aren't the kind of team to power through and win.

Norifumi Nishimura became the 9th manager in Nippon Series history to win the series in his first year.  His comments on winning the Nippon Series:

We did a great job getting here.  Everyone chipped in.  I believed in the players from the very start.  Just like our team slogan "Wa", everyone came together as one. ... 1 month ago we were in the situation where we couldn't afford to lose a game. The players did a great job bouncing back from that.  And we managed to win the Nippon Series because everyone played with confidence.

And Nishimura the day after winning the Nippon Series:

More than the feeling sinking in, I just feel relieved right now.  I was nervous / anxious the entire time. ... I'd like to rest today and tomorrow and begin practice the day after.  There is one more game to go."

Toshiaki Imae on winning the Nippon Series MVP:

I'm really happy to win the MVP again.  But you can't win this MVP without winning the Nippon Series, so I'm also very grateful to my teammates. ... If I do well, people will see what I do.  And it's only during the Nippon Series that I can be seen on national broadcast. ... I haven't been satisfied with my seasons since 2005, but since it what Norifumi Nishimura's first year [as manager], I figured this was also a chance for me to start over.  I had a really fulfilling series."

Tsuyoshi Nishioka on winning the Nippon Series:

The focus this season was on winning and I felt that we could do it.  As a pro baseball player, bringing the manager a championship like this in his first year is the greatest feeling.

Yoshifumi Okada did a backflip at the end of the game.  He was also responsible for driving in the game-winning run in the top of the 12th.  His comments on his at bat:

I was looking for the fastball and counted, 1, 2, 3, and swung the bat. Everyone was playing shallow so the only thing in my mind was to swing as hard as I could.  I honestly can't believe what happened.

The Chiba Lotte Marines' celebration party began around 1am.  And as mentioned before, 3,200 bottles of beer were prepared for the celebration.

The Marines' Championship parade will take place on 11/21 around the vicinity Chiba Marine Stadium.

TV Ratings for game 7 of the Nippon Series (6:00pm - 11:14pm) averaged 20.6%.  Ratings for game 6 (6:00pm - 12:04am) came in at 18.9%.  According to Sponichi, TV ratings for game 6 in the Nagoya region were 30.5% and 34.6% for game 7.

Even though the Chunichi Dragons lost the Nippon Series, a number of Nagoya stores (like JR Nagoya Takashimiya and Eiden) will still holding sales as a show for how well they played throughout the year.

In celebration of the Marines Championship, Lotteria stores nationwide will be selling drinks and M-size fries at half-price until the 14th.  The Marines also have a list of stores at their website that are holding celebration sales.

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Chiba Lotte Marines win the 2010 Nippon Series

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB, Postseason
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Congratulations to the Chiba Lotte Marines.

This is the fourth Nippon Series the Marines have won in club history, and first since 2005.  They are also the first team to finish the season in third and win the Nippon Series.

The Marines will now go on to face the SK Wyverns at the Japan – Korea Championships on the 13th (@ Tokyo Dome).

The following awards were handed out after the game:

Series MVP Award

Toshiak Imae (LOT) 2nd time

Fighting Spirit Award

Kazuhiro Wada (CHU)

Outstanding Players Award

Tatsuya Uchi (LOT)
Ikuhiro Kiyota (LOT)
Yohei Oshima (CHU)

And Norifumi Nishimura was tossed into the air 3 times after the final out of the game.

Incidentally, if the series had gone to game 8, it seems the Marines were thinking of going with Yuki Karakawa.  The game would have started at 6:10pm at Nagoya Dome and TV Tokyo and NHK BS would have carried the game.

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If the Nippon Series is tied after 7 games…

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 4:10 am, under NPB, Postseason
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If the Dragons win or tie tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines, game 8 will take place on 11/8 at Nagoya Dome.  If the series remains tied after that, game 9 will move to Chiba Marine Stadium on 11/10 (the 9th will be a travel day).

In addition, beginning game 8, there will be no limit on the number of extra innings played.

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The Marines have apparently prepared 3,200 bottles of beer to use in their celebration, should they win the series.  As for location, it seems they will be using the outdoor parking lot of the hotel they're staying at.

Since there's a ceremony after the winning game, the Marines have scheduled their celebration to start about an hour and a half after the last out of the game.

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NS: Chiba Lotte Marines 8 – Chunichi Dragons 7 (November 7, 2010)

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 18:10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Lotte 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 16 0
Chunichi 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 13 1

Attendance: 38075 | Lotte leads series, 4-2-1 | Time: 4:56

Potential Starters: Shunsuke Watanabe (LOT) 8-8, 4.49 - Kazuki Yoshimi (CHU) 12-9, 3.50

Lotte

Hitting (LOB: 10, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Nishioka, Tsuyoshi 1-for-6, 1 R 1: 1B, 2: F7, 5: F7, 6: G6, 8: SO, 10: G4
(LF) Kiyota, Ikuhiro 2-for-5, 2 R 1: 1B, 3: SO, 5: 1B, 6: SO, 9: BB, 11: G4
(2B) Iguchi, Tadahito 1-for-6, 1 RBI 1: 2B, 3: F8, 5: SO, 7: SO, 9: G6, 11: F9
(RF) Omura, Saburo 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: S8, 3: G5, 5: 1B, 7: F9, 9: SO, 11: G1
(3B) Imae, Toshiaki 4-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI 1: 1B (BrO), 4: G5, 5: 1B, 7: 1B, 9: 1B, 12: BB
(1B) Kim, Tae-Kyun 1-for-4, 1 RBI 1: G5, 4: G3, 5: HBP, 7: 1B, 9: SO
P Kobayashi, Hiroyuki 0-for-0
P Ito, Yoshihiro 0-for-0 12: S1
(C) Satozaki, Tomoya 2-for-6, 1 R, 2 RBI 2: G1, 4: 2B, 5: 1B, 7: f2, 10: SO, 12: G6
(CF) Okada, Yoshifumi 3-for-6, 2 RBI 2: 1B, 4: 1B, 5: f5, 8: F6, 10: G6, 12: 3B
(P) Watanabe, Shunsuke 0-for-0 2: S1
P Ono, Shingo 0-for-0
PH Nemoto, Shunichi 0-for-1 4: SO
P Yabuta, Yasuhiko 0-for-0
PH Kobe, Takumi 0-for-1 6: SO
P Uchi, Tatsuya 0-for-1 8: SO
1B Heiuchi, Hisao 1-for-2 10: 1B, 12: F8

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Watanabe, Shunsuke 2 53 14 9 5 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 4 4 4.091
Ono, Shingo 1 28 7 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4.821
Yabuta, Yasuhiko 2 23 6 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Uchi, Tatsuya, H 3 56 12 12 3 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Kobayashi, Hiroyuki 2 34 9 6 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1.500
Ito, Yoshihiro, W 2 19 6 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.500
12 213 54 45 13 0 12 3 1 2 0 0 7 7

Chunichi

Hitting (LOB: 11, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Araki, Masahiro 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI 1: BB, 2: 1B (SB), 3: S7, 6: G4, 8: G5, 10: SO
(CF) Oshima, Yohei 2-for-4, 2 RBI 1: S1, 2: 1B, 3: 1B, 6: SO, 8: SO, 10: IBB
(3B) Morino, Masahiko 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: 1B, 2: G4
3B Donoue, Naomichi 1-for-3 3: f2, 6: 1B, 8: SO
PH Hirata, Ryosuke 0-for-1 10: f9
3B Iwasaki, Tatsuro 0-for-0
(LF) Wada, Kazuhiro 2-for-5, 2 R 1: 1B, 2: BB, 4: F3, 6: SO, 9: 3B, 11: G1
(1B) Blanco, Tony 0-for-4, 1 RBI 1: HBP, 2: G5, 4: SO, 7: SO, 9: S8, 11: G1
(RF) Nomoto, Kei 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: 1B, 3: 1B, 4: G4, 7: SO, 9: G3, 11: G3
(C) Tanishige, Motonobu 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: S9, 3: 1B, 5: F8, 7: 1B, 9: G5, 12: F9
(2B) Ibata, Hirokazu 2-for-6 1: F6, 3: fc4, 5: G3, 7: 1B, 10: 1B, 12: SO
(P) Yoshimi, Kazuki 0-for-2 2: SO, 3: SO
P Kawahara, Junichi 0-for-0
PH Donoue, Takehiro 0-for-1 5: G5
P Nelson, Maximo 0-for-0
PH Nakata, Ryoji 0-for-1 7: SO
P Takahashi, Akifumi 0-for-0
P Asao, Takuya 0-for-0 10: S3
P Iwase, Hitoki 0-for-0
PH Fujii, Atsushi 0-for-1 12: G6

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Yoshimi, Kazuki 4 63 18 16 7 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 7.714
Kawahara, Junichi 1 32 8 7 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 6.750
Nelson, Maximo 2 26 8 8 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.000
Takahashi, Akifumi 1 13 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Asao, Takuya, L 3 2/3 64 16 13 3 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 2.250
Iwase, Hitoki 1/3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
12 201 54 48 16 0 11 2 1 2 1 0 8 7

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Recap

Top of the 1st - 2 runs, 4 hits
Yoshimi on the mound for Chunichi
Nishioka hits a single to center. Kiyota hits a chopper off home plate and gets to first safely, Nishioka manages to advance to third, runners on first and third. Iguchi hits an RBI double to left, runners on second and third. Saburo hits a sac fly to center, runner on second. Imae hits a single to center, runners on first and third. Imae gets thrown out trying to steal second. Kim grounds out to third.

Bottom of the 1st - 3 runs, 3 hits
S. Watanabe on the mound for Lotte
Araki walks. Oshima hits a sac bunt, runner on second. Morino hits an RBI single to right, runner on first. Wada hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Blanco gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Nomoto hits an RBI single to center, bases remain loaded. Tanishige hits a sac fly to right, runners on first and second. Ibata flies out to short.

Top of the 2nd
Yoshimi on the mound for Chunichi
Satozaki grounds out to the pitcher. Okada hits a single to right. S. Watanabe hits a sac bunt, runner on second. Nishioka flies out to left.

Bottom of the 2nd - 1 run, 2 hits
S. Watanabe on the mound for Lotte
Yoshimi strikes out looking. Araki hits an infield single and steals second. Oshima hits an RBI single to right, runner on first. Morino grounds out to second, runner on second. Wada walks, runners on first and second. Blanco grounds out to third.

Top of the 3rd
Yoshimi on the mound for Chunichi
Defense: N. Donoue takes over at third.
Kiyota strikes out swinging. Iguchi flies out to center. Saburo grounds out to third.

Bottom of the 3rd - 2 runs, 3 hits
Ono on the mound for Lotte
Nomoto hits a single to center (over a leaping Nishioka). Tanishige hits a single to left, runners on first and third. Ibata reaches on a fielder's choice, everyone is safe, bases loaded. Yoshimi strikes out swinging. Araki hits a sac fly to left, runners on first and second. Oshima hits an RBI single to left (over a leaping Nishioka), runners on first and third. N. Donoue fouls out to the catcher.

Top of the 4th - 1 run, 2 hits
Yoshimi on the mound for Chunichi
Imae grounds out to third. Kim grounds out to first. Satozaki hits a double to center. Okada hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Nemoto, pinch-hitting for Ono, strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 4th
Yabuta on the mound for Lotte
Wada flies out to first. Blanco strikes out swinging. Nomoto grounds out to second.

Top of the 5th - 3 runs, 4 hits
Kawahara on the mound for Chunichi
Nishioka flies out to left. Kiyota hits a single to right. Iguchi strikes out swinging. Saburo hits a single to center, runners on first and third. Imae hits an RBI single to center, runners on first and third. Kim gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Satozaki hits a 2-run single up the middle (past a diving Ibata), runners on first and third. Okada fouls out to third.

Bottom of the 5th
Yabuta on the mound for Lotte
Tanishige flies out to center. Ibata grounds out to first. T. Donoue, pinch-hitting for Kawahara, grounds out to third.

Top of the 6th
Nelson on the mound for Chunichi
Kobe, pinch-hitting for Yabuta, strikes out swinging. Nishioka grounds out to short. Kiyota strikes out looking.

Bottom of the 6th
Uchi on the mound for Lotte
Araki grounds out to second. Oshima strikes out swinging. N. Donoue hits an infield single. Wada strikes out swinging.

Top of the 7th - 1 run, 2 hits
Nelson on the mound for Chunichi
Iguchi strikes out swinging. Saburo flies out to right. Imae hits a single off the wall in left and advances to second on a throwing error (E7). Runner advances to third on a wild pitch. Kim hits an RBI single up the middle, runner on first. Satozaki fouls out to the catcher.

Bottom of the 7th
Uchi on the mound for Lotte
Blanco strikes out looking. Nomoto strikes out swinging. Tanishige hits a single to left. Tanishige hits a single to right, runners on first and second. R. Nakata, pinch-hitting for Nelson, strikes out swinging.

Top of the 8th
Takahashi on the mound for Chunichi
Okada flies out to short. Uchi strikes out looking. Nishioka strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 8th
Uchi on the mound for Lotte
Araki grounds out to third. Oshima strikes out swinging. N. Donoue strikes out swinging.

Top of the 9th
Asao on the mound for Chunichi
Kiyota walks. Iguchi grounds out to short, runner on first. Saburo strikes out swinging. Imae hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Kim strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 9th - 1 run, 1 hit
H. Kobayashi on the mound for Lotte
Defense: Heiuchi takes over at first.
Wada hits a triple to center. Blanco hits a sac fly to center. Nomoto grounds out to first. Tanishige grounds out to third.

Top of the 10th
Asao on the mound for Chunichi
Satozaki strikes out swinging. Okad grounds out to short. Heiuchi hits a single to center. Nishioka grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 10th
H. Kobayashi on the mound for Lotte
Ibata hits a single to right and advances to second on a sac bunt by Asao. Araki strikes out swinging. Oshima gets an intentional walk, runners on first and second. Hirata, pinch-hitting for N. Donoue, fouls out to right.

Top of the 11th
Asao on the mound for Chunichi
Defense: T. Iwasaki takes over at third.
Kiyota grounds out to second. Iguchi flies out to right. Saburo grounds out to the pitcher.

Bottom of the 11th
Ito on the mound for Lotte
Wada grounds out to the pitcher. Blanco grounds out to the pitcher. Nomoto grounds out to first.

Top of the 12th - 1 run, 1 hit
Asao on the mound for Chunichi
Imae walks and advances to second on a sac bunt by Ito. Satozaki grounds out to short. Okada hits an RBI triple to right, runner on third.
Pitching change: Iwase in for Asao.
Heiuchi flies out to center.

Bottom of the 12th
Ito on the mound for Lotte
Tanishige flies out to right. Ibata strikes out looking. Fujii, pinch-hitting for Iwase, grounds out to short.

Notes

Lotte wins the series, 4-2-1.

Ito (LOT) tossed two shutout innings in relief for the win (1-1). ... Asao (CHU) gave up a run over 3.2 innings of work and took the loss (0-1).

Morino (CHU) suffered a contusion on his left leg in the first inning when he ran into Araki (CHU) on a chopper hit off home plate by Kiyota.

Imae (LOT) became the first player to record his third 4-hit Nippon Series game of his career.  Imae recorded his first two 4-hit Nippon Series games in 2005.

Kazuhiro Kiyohara is a special guest commentator for Fuji TV's coverage of game 7 of the Nippon Series.

Home runs
LOT: None
CHU: None

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Chiba Lotte Marines win the 2010 Nippon Series

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NS: Chiba Lotte Marines 2 – Chunichi Dragons 2 (November 6, 2010)

by on Nov.06, 2010 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 18:10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Lotte 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Chunichi 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 0

Attendance: 38094 | Lotte leads series, 3-2-0 | Time: 5:43

Potential Starters: Yoshihisa Naruse (LOT) 13-11, 3.31 - Wei-Ying Chen (CHU) 13-10, 2.87

Lotte

Hitting (LOB: 8, DPs in: 10th, 11th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Nishioka, Tsuyoshi 1-for-7, 1 R 1: 2B, 3: F7, 5: SO, 8: G1, 10: F1, 12: G5, 15: SO
(LF-CF) Kiyota, Ikuhiro 1-for-6, 1 R 1: F2, 3: G4, 6: G6, 8: 2B, 10: F9, 13: SO
(2B) Iguchi, Tadahito 1-for-6 1: F9, 4: F8, 6: SO, 8: SO, 11: 1B (BrO), 13: F6
(RF) Omura, Saburo 2-for-4, 2 RBI 1: 1B, 4: BB, 6: BB, 8: 1B, 11: G1, 13: G6
(3B) Imae, Toshiaki 0-for-5 1: G5, 4: F8, 6: F9, 8: SO, 11: BB, 14: F9
(1B) Kim, Tae-Kyun 2-for-6 2: G6, 4: F9, 7: 1B, 9: SO, 11: 1B, 14: G6
P Kobayashi, Hiroyuki 0-for-0
(C) Satozaki, Tomoya 0-for-5 2: G5, 5: G6, 7: S1, 9: G4, 11: F8, 14: SO
(CF) Okada, Yoshifumi 1-for-2 2: G6, 5: 1B
PH Imaoka, Makoto 0-for-1 7: F9
CF Minami, Ryusuke 0-for-2 9: SO, 12: F9
PH Fukuura, Kazuya 0-for-1 15: G4
LF Kobe, Takumi 0-for-0
(P) Naruse, Yoshihisa 0-for-1 3: f5, 5: S1
PH Aono, Takeshi 0-for-1 7: G6
P Uchi, Tatsuya 0-for-0
P Ito, Yoshihiro 0-for-0
PH Hosoya, Kei 0-for-0 10: BB (BrO)
P Yabuta, Yasuhiko 0-for-0
P Furuya, Takuya 0-for-0
P Ono, Shingo 0-for-1 12: G4
1B Heiuchi, Hisao 0-for-1 15: G6

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Naruse, Yoshihisa 6 90 24 21 5 0 7 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 3.273
Uchi, Tatsuya 2 22 7 7 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Ito, Yoshihiro, H 1 16 4 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.250
Yabuta, Yasuhiko, H 1 2/3 39 9 5 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.000
Furuya, Takuya 0/3 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.000
Ono, Shingo, H 2 1/3 40 10 8 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.240
Kobayashi, Hiroyuki 2 26 8 8 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
15 238 63 52 11 0 14 7 1 3 1 0 2 2

Chunichi

Hitting (LOB: 16, DPs in: 12th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Araki, Masahiro 1-for-7, 1 R 1: 1B, 3: SO, 6: SO, 7: G1, 10: F2, 11: L3, 13: G4
(2B) Ibata, Hirokazu 2-for-5, 1 R 1: S2, 3: F9, 6: 1B (SB), 8: G6, 10: S2, 12: 1B, 14: G4
(3B-1B) Morino, Masahiko 1-for-6, 1 RBI 1: 2B, 4: SO, 6: F8, 8: G4, 10: BB, 12: DP, 14: F9
(LF) Wada, Kazuhiro 1-for-5 1: F6, 4: SO, 6: BB, 8: SO, 10: G5, 12: BB, 14: 1B (SB)
(1B) Blanco, Tony 1-for-6, 1 RBI 1: SO, 4: F8, 6: 2B, 9: G4, 11: G4, 12: HBP, 14: G5
3B Donoue, Naomichi 0-for-0
(C) Tanishige, Motonobu 1-for-5 2: F8, 5: 1B, 6: F4, 9: BB, 11: BB, 12: G1, 15: G6
(RF) Koike, Masaaki 0-for-3 2: F8, 5: S1, 7: SO, 9: SO
P Takahashi, Akifumi 0-for-0
P Kawahara, Junichi 0-for-0
PH Iwasaki, Tatsuro 0-for-1 11: G1
P Iwase, Hitoki 0-for-0
P Nelson, Maximo 0-for-1 13: SO
P Hisamoto, Yuichi 0-for-0
PH Donoue, Takehiro 1-for-1 15: 1B
PR Hirata, Ryosuke 0-for-0
(CF-RF) Kuramoto, Hidenori 0-for-4 2: F8, 5: SO, 7: SO, 9: SO
PH-RF Nomoto, Kei 0-for-2 11: BB, 13: F8, 15: SO
(P) Chen, Wei-Ying 0-for-2 3: SO, 5: G6
PH Nakata, Ryoji 1-for-1 7: 2B
P Asao, Takuya 0-for-0
CF Oshima, Yohei 2-for-3 10: 1B, 11: BB, 13: 1B, 15: G3

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Chen, Wei-Ying 7 107 27 23 4 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 1.385
Asao, Takuya 2 32 8 8 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2.077
Takahashi, Akifumi, H 1 2/3 22 6 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Kawahara, Junichi, H 1/3 6 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Iwase, Hitoki, H 1 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Nelson, Maximo, H 2 32 6 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Hisamoto, Yuichi 1 11 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
15 221 55 49 8 0 9 4 0 2 0 0 2 2

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Recap

Top of the 1st - 1 run, 2 hits
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Nishioka hits a double down the third base line, runner on second. Kiyota pops out on a bunt attempt. Iguchi flies out to right, runner on third. Saburo hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Imae grounds out to third.

Bottom of the 1st - 1 run, 2 hits
Naruse on the mound for Lotte
Araki hits a single to right and advances to second on a sac bunt by Ibata. Morino hits an RBI double to left, runner on second. Wada pops out to short. Blanco strikes out swinging.

Top of the 2nd
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Kim grounds out to short. Satozaki grounds out to third. Okada grounds out to short.

Bottom of the 2nd
Naruse on the mound for Lotte
Tanishige flies out to center. Koike flies out to center. Hidenori flies out to center.

Top of the 3rd
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Naruse fouls out to third. Nishioka flies out to left. Kiyota grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 3rd
Naruse on the mound for Lotte
Chen strikes out looking. Araki strikes out swinging. Ibata flies out to right.

Top of the 4th
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Iguchi flies out to center. Saburo walks. Imae flies out to center. Kim flies out to right.

Bottom of the 4th
Naruse on the mound for Lotte
Morino strikes out swinging. Wada strikes out swinging. Blanco flies out to left.

Top of the 5th
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Satozaki grounds out to short (Araki makes a nice diving stab). Okada hits a single to right. Naruse hits a sac bunt, runner on second. Nishioka strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 5th
Naruse on the mound for Lotte
Tanishige hits a single to left. Koike hits a sac bunt, runner on second. Hidenori strikes out looking. Chen grounds out to short.

Top of the 6th
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Kiyota grounds out to short. Iguchi strikes out swinging. Saburo walks. Imae flies out to right.

Bottom of the 6th - 1 run, 2 hits
Naruse on the mound for Lotte
Araki strikes out swinging. Ibata hits a single to center. Morino flies out to center. Ibata steals second. Wada walks. Blanco hits an RBI double off the wall in right, runners on second and third. Tanishige flies out to second.

Top of the 7th
Chen on the mound for Chunichi
Kim hits a single to right. Satozaki hits a sac bunt, runner on second. Imaoka, pinch-hitting for Okada, flies out to right. Aono, pinch-hitting for Naruse, grounds out to short.

Bottom of the 7th
Uchi on the mound for Lotte
Defense: Minami takes over in center.
Koike strikes out swinging. Hidenori strikes out swinging. R. Nakata hits a double off the wall in center, runner on second. Araki grounds out to the pitcher.

Top of the 8th - 1 run, 2 hits
Asao on the mound for Chunichi
Nishioka grounds out to the pitcher. Kiyota hits a double to right. Iguchi strikes out swinging. Saburo hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Imae strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 8th
Uchi on the mound for Lotte
Tanishige grounds out to short. Morino grounds out to second. Wada strikes out swinging.

Top of the 9th
Asao on the mound for Chunichi
Kim strikes out swinging. Satozaki grounds out to second (broken bat). Minami strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 9th
Ito on the mound for Lotte
Blanco grounds out to second. Tanishige walks. Koike fails on three bunt attempts. Hidenori strikes out swinging.

Top of the 10th
Takahashi on the mound for Chunichi
Defense: Oshima takes over in center; Hidenori moves from center to right.
Hosoya, pinch-hitting for Ito, walks. Nishioka pops out on a bunt attempt and Hosoya is doubled off first. Kiyota flies out to right.

Bottom of the 10th
Yabuta on the mound for Lotte
Oshima hits a single to right. Araki pops out on a bunt attempt. Ibata hits a sac bunt. Runner advances to third on a wild pitch. Morino walks, runners on first and third. Wada grounds out to third.

Top of the 11th
Takahashi on the mound for Chunichi
Iguchi hits a single to right. Saburo pops up a bunt, Takahashi lets the ball drop, throw to Ibata covering first for the first out and Ibata tags Iguchi for the second out. Imae walks.
Pitching change: Kawahara in for Takahashi.
Kim hits a single to right. Satozaki flies out to center (Oshima makes a nice running grab).

Bottom of the 11th
Yabuta on the mound for Lotte
Blanco grounds out to second. Tanishige walks. T. Iwasaki, pinch-hitting for Takahashi, fails on a bunt attempt, Tanshige out at second, runner on first. Nomoto, pinch-hitting for Hidenori, walks, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Furuya in for Yabuta.
Oshima walks, bases loaded.
Pitching change: Ono in for Furuya.
Araki lines out to first.

Top of the 12th
Iwase on the mound for Chunichi
Defense: Nomoto takes over in right.
Minami flies out to right. Ono grounds out to second. Nishioka grounds out to third.

Bottom of the 12th
Ono on the mound for Lotte
Ibata hits a single to right. Morino grounds into a double play (4-6-3). Wada walks. Blanco gets hit by a pitch, runners on first and second. Tanishige grounds out to the pitcher.

Top of the 13th
Nelson on the mound for Chunichi
Kiyota strikes out swinging. Iguchi flies out to short. Omura grounds out to short.

Bottom of the 13th
Ono on the mound for Lotte
Nelson strikes out swinging. Nomoto flies out to center. Oshima reaches on an infield single and advances to second on a throwing error (E4). Araki grounds out to second.

Top of the 14th
Nelson on the mound for Chunichi
Imae flies out to right. Kim grounds out to short. Satozaki strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 14th
H. Kobayashi on the mound for Lotte
Defense: Heiuchi takes over at first.
Ibata grounds out to second. Morino flies out to right. Wada hits a single to right. Wada steals second. Blanco grounds out to third.

Top of the 15th
Hisamoto on the mound for Chunichi
Defense: N. Donoue takes over at third; Morino moves from third to first.
Fukuura, pinch-hitting for Minami, grounds out to second. Heiuchi grounds out to short. Nishioka strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 15th
H. Kobayashi on the mound for Lotte
Defense: Kobe takes over in left; Kiyota moves from left to center.
Tanishige grounds out to short. T. Donoue, pinch-hitting for Hisamoto, hits a single to right. Hirata enters the game as a pinch-runner for T. Donoue. Nomoto strikes out swinging. Oshima grounds out to first.

Notes

Lotte leads the series, 3-2-1.

This was just the 7th game in Nippon Series history to end in a tie and the first since 1986.  This was also the first game to end in a tie after 15 innings, and the longest Nippon Series game at 5h and 43m.

Chunichi tied a Nippon Series record with 16 LOBs.

Iwase (CHU) extended his Nippon Series scoreless inning streak to 14.

Morino (CHU) has now hit a double in four straight games.

The times for the last trains were shown on the scoreboard (in addition to announcements over the PA system) a number of times during the game.  Fans that stayed until the end and missed their trains turned to taxis, called for someone to pick them up, or found places to stay (hotels, inside their cars).

Hideo Nomo is the guest commentator for Fuji TV's coverage of the game.  Atsuya Furuta is also in the booth.

Dragons' 1st round pick Yudai Ono was at the game.  Said Ono, "Nagoya Dome and the Nippon Series are both firsts for me.  It's completely different from college baseball, I feel a little nervous.  I want to try and learn a few things [tonight].  I want to hurry up and pitch in a place like this."

US Ambassador John V. Roos was also in attendance as well.

Home runs
LOT: None
CHU: None

Lotte: Shoitsu Omatsu continues to push forward with his rehab

by on Nov.05, 2010 @ 10:46 pm, under NPB, Postseason
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Shoitsu Omatsu was at Nagoya Dome during practice earlier today.  Omatsu didn't take any batting practice but instead walked the outfield area with the trainer to check on his legs.

Norifumi Nishimura told reporters that while Omatsu was showing improvement, he didn't want to force Omatsu back too soon.  The team will continue to monitor Omatsu on a daily basis to see if he's capable of playing (off the bench).

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Ikuhiro Kiyota sets an Nippon Series record for rookies

by on Nov.05, 2010 @ 4:05 am, under NPB, Postseason
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10:51am JST

Hayden Penn (LOT) apparently became the 12th foreign pitcher (2nd in franchise history) to record a victory in their first Nippon Series start.

Hiromitsu Ochiai (CHU) after yesterday's game: "The outcome of this game was within reason.  We can lose three games.  We can lose up until today.  This is ok.  But beginning the day after tomorrow, it won't be."  And according to Sanspo, it seems Kenichi Nakata was left in the game to give the bullpen some rest.  Kind of makes sense after the 11 inning battle from the night before.  And since the Dragons likely feel confident about returning to Nagoya Dome where they were 53-18-1 during the regular season.  Incidentally, no other team in the NPB won more than 46 games at home (Yomiuri).

4:05am JST

Ikuhiro Kiyota (CHU) drove in 2 runs last night and now has 6 RBIs during Nippon Series play.  That ties the Nippon Series record for RBIs by a rookie set by Koichi Iwashita (1962 with Toei), Tatsunori Hara (1981 with Yomiuri), and Seiji Kamikawa (1982 with Chunichi).

Thursday's game was also the final game for baseballs made by ASICS.

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