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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Japan Times: Eagles blank Giants in Game 7, capture first Japan Series title

The ninth inning of Game 7 belonged to Masahiro Tanaka. The moment belonged to all of Tohoku.

One day after throwing 160 pitches in a complete-game loss, Tanaka recorded the final three outs of the Japan Series, and Tohoku finally got a chance to celebrate as their Eagles held off the defending champion Yomiuri Giants 3-0 in Game 7 on Sunday in Kleenex Stadium.

Tanaka finally lost one this season after winning 26 straight, and he did it in Game Six of the Japan Series in a game where they could have clinched the title. But he came back the next day to get the save in Game Seven.

Congratulations to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who win their first Japan Series title after entering NPB in 2005. Now I guess baseball season is truly over.

 

vortex of dissipation Posted: November 03, 2013 at 02:41 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japanese baseball, masahiro tanaka

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   1. CFBF Was Killed By The Mad Queen Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:14 PM (#4593142)
Andruw Jones plays for the Eagles, as a "by the way."
   2. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4593145)
Andruw Jones plays for the Eagles, as a "by the way."


How much does he weigh these days?

Is it still in 3 digits?
   3. valuearbitrageur Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:06 PM (#4593154)
Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino said. “This is all because of the players. They responded well to my harsh leadership.”


   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM (#4593156)

Jones, Andruw .243/.391/.454

That's a pretty nice line.
   5. tfbg9 Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4593157)
Kleenex Stadium?
   6. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4593159)
Helps to wipe away their tears of joy.
   7. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:25 PM (#4593161)
The season isn't really over--the Golden Eagles will join five other teams in the Asia Series starting on November 15.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:32 PM (#4593164)
Always nice to see someone other than the Giants win.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4593168)
Always nice to see someone other than the Giants win.


There's a bit of a backstory there, too. From the wiki bio of Senichi Hoshino, the Rakuten manager:

The Yomiuri Giants had promised Hoshino that he would be their first round draft pick, but the Giants broke their promise, drafting another player instead. This betrayal made Hoshino develop a profound hatred towards the Giants, and he has battled the Giants ever since, both as a pitcher and as a manager...He was known as the "Kyojin Killer" (Giants Killer) because he seemed to pitch unusually well against the Giants...Hoshino was an extremely popular figure during his career, not because of his skill as a pitcher, but because of his persona. Baseball fans were sick of seeing the Yomiuri Giants win the championship year after year, and Hoshino's outspoken hatred of the Giants finally gave fans a player to root for that wasn't named Shigeo Nagashima or Sadaharu Oh.


I'm sure beating the team he detests made the victory even more sweet for Hoshino.
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:43 PM (#4593172)
One day after throwing 160 pitches in a complete-game loss, Tanaka recorded the final three outs of the Japan Series,

Did Dusty Baker land a managing job that quickly!?
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4593173)
One day after throwing 160 pitches in a complete-game loss, Tanaka recorded the final three outs of the Japan Series,

Did Dusty Baker land a managing job that quickly!?


They brought Tanaka out of the bullpen to get the save in the games that clinched the Pacific League pennant, PL Climax Series Final Stage, and the Japan Series, regardless of whether he had pitched the day before.
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4593176)
Kleenex Stadium?


Where else would you play the Climax Series?
   13. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: November 03, 2013 at 08:27 PM (#4593187)
Did Dusty Baker land a managing job that quickly!?


That would explain the Kleenex.
   14. greenback needs muscle Posted: November 03, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4593194)
Always nice to see someone other than the Giants win.

Of course, their fans are insufferable. But now we will have to read dozens of articles about how the Eagles win by doing it the right way.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: November 03, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4593200)
Of course, their fans are insufferable.

No, their fans are the best Far East of the Mississippi.
   16. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 07:07 AM (#4593271)
So, over/under on Tanaka being on the DL by the end of 2015?
   17. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: November 04, 2013 at 07:39 AM (#4593279)
Re 12: Ewww. (And a Primey, reluctantly.)
   18. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 07:49 AM (#4593281)
Nice to see something good happen for the people of Sendai. They've had a rough couple of years.
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4593328)
I'm sure beating the team he detests made the victory even more sweet for Hoshino.


That's awesome.
   20. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: November 04, 2013 at 10:40 AM (#4593389)
18: I wonder what percentage of them were rooting for the Giants?
   21. DL from MN Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4593505)
I'm not sure what to think of Tanaka. It seems like Japanese baseball is sub-AAA at the moment so I haven't been wowed by his stats but if he's compiling strikeouts the 3rd and 4th time through the batting order it is more impressive.
   22. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:14 PM (#4593512)
So Andruw finally wins a ring. The other former major leaguers who played for the team this year are Brandon Duckworth, Kaz Matsui, Casey McGehee, Darrell Rasner, Ken Ray, and 43-year-old Takashi Saito.
   23. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:16 PM (#4593515)
Nice to see something good happen for the people of Sendai. They've had a rough couple of years.


Agree completely.
   24. Gamingboy Posted: November 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4593650)
There's still the "Asia Series", but I think I saw somewhere that the Japanese teams sort of treat that like the USA treats the WBC, sending enough guys where they should be the favorites on paper but lacking most of the big names (so no Tanaka, for example).

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