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[10/18/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh joined Masahide Kobayashi (2005, Second Stage, saves in Games 1, 2, 5) and Hitoki Iwase (2007, Second Stage, saves in Games 1-3) as the only players to record three save in one Climax Series stage; also joined Iwase as the only players to record saves in three consecutive games in one Climax Series stage. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Oh tied Iwase's 2007 Central League record for most saves during a Climax Series with four. The NPB record of five was set by Kobayashi in 2005. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda (left ring finger) resumed fielding practice on Friday. Honda suffered a fracture in his left ring finger on August 2. He was given the green light to move forward with his workouts during an exam at a hospital on the 16th. Assuming no setbacks, he could begin playing in the Phoenix League on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw about forty pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his start on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh became the eleventh player to hit two home runs in a Playoff/Climax Series game on Friday. Yoh also became the eighth player to hit the home runs in consecutive trips to the plate; and the fifth to do it in back-to-back innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (October 18, 2014)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 13:00
Starters: Kisanuki, Hiroshi (HAM) 1-3, 3.12 - Nakata, Kenichi (SOF) 11-7, 4.34

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Softbank 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 5 13 0

Attendance: 31647 | Time: 4h20m | Series tied, 2-2-0

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[10/17/2014] Climax Series: Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono's right knee is still not 100 percent. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on Friday. He told reporters it was the best he felt since he started throwing. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) did some long distance throwing at sixty to seventy meters on Friday, a day after he played catch at roughly fifty meters. He also took live batting practice: fifty one-hop baseballs and fifty slow and easy pitches. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura was ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch during Thursday's Final Stage game against Hanshin. He became the third person to get ejected from a Playoff/Climax Series game. The other two: Bunjiro Sakamoto, coach, 1979 Playoffs, Game 3, getting rough with an umpire; and Micheal Nakamura, 2009 Climax Series Second Stage, Game 1, dangerous pitch. The ejection for throwing a dangerous pitch was a first for Sawamura during his Ichi-gun career. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 12 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 4 (October 17, 2014)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Yoshikawa, Mitsuo (HAM) 3-4, 4.88 - Settsu, Tadashi (SOF) 10-8, 3.90

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 4 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 12 12 0
Softbank 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 14 1

Attendance: 31176 | Time: 3h13m | Nippon Ham leads series, 2-1-0

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CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1 (October 16, 2014)

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Nakamura, Masaru (HAM) 8-2, 3.79 - Takeda, Shota (SOF) 3-3, 1.87

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

Attendance: 29775 | Time: 3h30m | Series tied, 1-1-0

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[10/15/2014] Climax Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:29 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers set a postseason record by tossing twenty-seven consecutive scoreless innings.  The streak ended when Shinnosuke Abe hit a home run off Shintaro Fujinami in the 7th inning of Wednesday's Final Stage game against Yomiuri. The previous record of twenty-four was set by Yomiuri against Nankai during the 1951 Nippon Series twenty-six innings was set by Nishitetsu against Yomiuri during the 1958 Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fujinami got the Final Stage Game 1 start and could potentially get the Game 6 start. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014
  • Since coming to Japan, Randy Messenger is 4-for-9 with eleven RBI in bases loaded situations. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Akira Iwamoto started a Phoenix League game against Rakuten on Tuesday and tossed five shutout innings while allowing three hits. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Pitching coach Tai-Yuan Kuo and outfield/base coach Seiji Tomashino will likely step down after the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • The Hawks had a two-year extension on the table when Koji Akiyama made the decision to retire. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The first three starters of the Final Stage could be Hiroshi Urano, Masaru Nakamura, and Hiroshi Kisanuki. All three headed to Fukuoka after practices on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Shohei Otani became the second player in postseason history to make an appearance as a pitcher and position player in the same year: Climax Series First Stage Game 1 starting pitcher; Climax Series First Stage Game 3 starting designated hitter, batted fifth. The other was Nobuo Oshima for Chunichi during the 1954 Nippon Series: Game 3 starting pitcher, batted ninth; Game 4 pinch-hitter; Game 5 starting right fielder, batted fifth; Game 6 starting left fielder, batted fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014 ... There is a good chance Otani will only be used as a position player during the Final Stage. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • Fall camp will take place at Kunigami Stadium in Okinawa, from October 29 until November 8. Source: official announcement

CS: Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3 (October 15, 2014)

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 18:00
Starters: Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 7-4, 3.68 - Otonari, Kenji (SOF) 3-1, 1.64

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

Attendance: 28087 | Time: 3h19m | Softbank leads series, 1-0-0

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Orix Buffaloes 1 (October 14, 2014)

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB, Postseason
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 18:00
Starters: Mendoza, Luis (HAM) 7-13, 3.89 - Nishi, Yuki (ORI) 12-10, 3.29

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 9 1
Orix 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

Attendance: 32588 | Time: 4h17m | Nippon Ham leads series, 2-1-0

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[10/13/2014] PL Climax Series: Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani could make the First Stage Game 3 starting line-up as the designated hitter batting fifth. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014, Sponichi 10/13/2014 ... Otani took thirty-one swings during workouts on Monday and hit seven over the fence, including one that traveled an estimated 160 meters. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Naoki Miyanishi was not available to pitch on Sunday because of discomfort in his left shin. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba recorded an RBI during Sunday's game. At forty-two years and two months, he joined Hiromitsu Ochiai (forty-two years and ten months, Game 1 Nippon Series in 1996) and Shinjiro Hiyama (forty-four years and three months, Game 2 First Stage Climax Series in 2013) as the only players in NPB history over forty-two to record an RBI during the postseason. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • The Fighters have been playing with an autographed Makoto Kaneko uniform in the dugout since Game 1. Dai-Kang Yoh wore the uniform during fielding practices before Kaneko's retirement game on the 1st. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014