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[10/31/2014] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under NPB
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General News

  • The Softbank Hawks finished off the Hanshin Tigers with a 1-0 shutout victory on Thursday. The last team to record a 1-0 shutout victory during the Nippon Series was Nippon Ham in 2012 (Game 4). Softbank became the fourth team to win the Nippon Series with a 1-0 shutout. The other three teams: the 1954 Chunichi Dragons, the 1960 Taiyo Whales, and the 2007 Chunichi Dragons. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Softbanks Koji Akiyama (2011, 2014) joined Kazuto Tsuruoka (1959, 1964) and Sadaharu Oh (1999, 2003) as the only managers in franchise history to win two Nippon Series championships. He also joined Shunichi Amachi (1954) as the only managers in NPB history since 1950 to step down after winning a Nippon Series championship. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Akiyama is the only former outfielder turned manager to win two Nippon Series championships. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Hawks recorded their sixth Nippon Series championship on Thursday moved into sole possession of this place on the all-time list. Yomiuri is in first with twenty-two and Seibu in second with thirteen. Yakult fell into fourth with five. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers became the second team in NPB to record just one victory in two consecutive Nippon Series appearances (0-4 vs Lotte in 2005 and 1-4 vs Softbank in 2014). The other team was Lotte in 1960 (0-4) and in 1970 (1-4). Only three Nippon Series games have ended on a double play: 1980, 1998, and 2014. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014
  • Based on Nippon Series Agreement, the NPB gets a twenty-four percent cut of ticket revenue after expenses for the first four games of the Nippon Series. The percentage goes up to thirty-seven percent for every game after that. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

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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
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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

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NS: Hanshin Tigers 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 29, 2014)

by on Oct.29, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Iwata, Minoru (HAN) 9-8, 2.54 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 11-7, 4.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Softbank 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3X 5 7 0

Attendance: 35861 | Time: 3h56m | Softbank leads series, 3-1-0

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NS: Hanshin Tigers 1 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 28, 2014)

by on Oct.28, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Hanshin Tigers vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:30
Starters: Fujinami, Shintaro (HAN) 11-8, 3.53 - Otonari, Kenji (SOF) 3-1, 1.64

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
Softbank 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X 5 10 0

Attendance: 35527 | Time: 3h30m | Softbank leads series, 2-1-0

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NS: Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 2 – Hanshin Tigers 1 (October 26, 2014)

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 5:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Softbank Hawks vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 18:15
Starters: Takeda, Shota (SOF) 3-3, 1.87 - Nomi, Atsushi (HAN) 9-13, 3.99

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

Attendance: 45259 | Time: 2h57m | Series tied, 1-1-0

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NS: Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 2 – Hanshin Tigers 6 (October 25, 2014)

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 5:35 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Softbank Hawks vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 18:15
Starters: Standridge, Jason (SOF) 11-8, 3.30 - Messenger, Randy (HAN) 13-10, 3.20

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

Attendance: 45293 | Time: 3h26m | Hanshin leads series, 1-0-0

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[10/24/2014] Nippon Series: Starting pitcher announcements will be made

by on Oct.24, 2014 @ 10:44 pm, under NPB
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The Nippon Series Managers meeting took place at Koshien Stadium on Friday. A number of issues were discussed. Hanshin's Yutaka Wada and Softbank's Koji Akiyama agreed to starting pitcher announcement during the series.

Randy Messenger was announced as Hanshin's starter on Saturday. Softbank will counter with Jason Standridge.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/24/2014

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