Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yoshimi leads charge as Dragons even Japan Series at 3-all

Kazuki Yoshimi won his much-anticipated matchup against Tsuyoshi Wada, Kazuhiro Wada had a two-run triple and the Chunichi Dragons held off the Softbank Hawks in a 2-1 victory to even the best-of-seven Japan Series at three games apiece on Saturday.

The Hawks were just one win away from clinching their first championship title in eight years, but the Dragons dug deep in their energy reserves to force a Game 7 on Sunday night at Yahoo Dome.

“Tomorrow will be the last game of 2011. I had a feeling that the series would go this way. It’s not like I have supernatural powers, but I can tell that my players have a relaxed mindset,” said outgoing manager Hiromitsu Ochiai. “I think that Yoshimi probably was more relaxed in this outing than in his previous start here (in Game 2).”

Game 7 across the Pacific as well.

Gamingboy Posted: November 20, 2011 at 06:33 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japan

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Tripon Posted: November 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM (#3997956)
What the hell?
   2. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: November 20, 2011 at 08:07 PM (#3997980)
The Hawks were just one win away from clinching their first championship title in eight years, but the Dragons dug deep in their energy reserves to force a Game 7


Things sound cooler when they're more Ichiro-like.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 20, 2011 at 08:34 PM (#3997990)
Softbank Hawks came back to win Game 7, 3-0.

A few notes on game 6:

1. This was the fourth 2-1 final score of the series, which is appropriate in NPB's year of the dead ball era.

2. "Masahiro Araki got the game off to a promising start with a leadoff single in the first inning and moved to second on Hirokazu Ibata's sacrifice bunt." Speaking of the dead ball era, the first inning sacrifice bunt is alive and well in NPB.

3. "Pinch-hitter Alex Cabrera then singled and Yoshimi was pulled for all-time saves leader Hitoki Iwase, who recorded the final out of the inning when pinch-runner Shuhei Fukuda was called out trying to steal second base." Now a part-time player, Alex Cabrera has had one heck of a career in Japan. He's hit 356 homers over 11 seasons, including tying Sahaharu Oh's record of 55 in one season in 2002.

4. "Iwase returned for the ninth and got the first two outs before Ochiai let Takuya Asao finish off to post the save." Iwase is Japan's all-time save leader. He had 37 this year, second in NPB. Yet in the ninth inning, he got the first two outs and was then pulled for his set-up man, who had 45 holds, to finish off the save. It's like pulling Mariano Rivera with two outs inthe ninth. How many MLB managers would do that in the World Series? Asao's stats this year are eye popping - 0.41 ERA in 87 innings, 57 hits, 15 BB, 100 K. Year of the pitcher indeed.

5. From Iwase's BR Bullpen page - "He picked his uniform number of 13 because it represents a deity of death in Tarot." Now that's intimidating...
   4. JoeHova Posted: November 20, 2011 at 08:35 PM (#3997991)
Yoshimi battles the yellow Hawks.
   5. Fat Al Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:59 PM (#3998070)
Thanks JoeHova. I was just going to say how this demanded a Flaming Lips reference.
   6. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: November 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM (#3998357)
Am I the only one who thought, "What? They're still playing in Japan?"

How come these games aren't shown in the US? You'd think MLB Net would be interested...
   7. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: November 21, 2011 at 01:52 PM (#3998369)
I was just gonna say i wish these were on mlb network. They show the Caribbean series sometimes.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 21, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#3998872)
Am I the only one who thought, "What? They're still playing in Japan?"


Because of the damage caused by the earthquake last March, the start of the Japanese baseball season was delayed, meaning that the playoffs started much later than in a normal season.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Jim Wisinski
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogThe San Diego Chicken Heads Into a Sunset
(8 - 4:35pm, Aug 27)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogWhite Sox GM Rick Hahn says talk of trade-deadline discord 'simply untrue'
(32 - 4:30pm, Aug 27)
Last: Sleepless in Munich

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-25-16
(195 - 4:28pm, Aug 27)
Last: Voodoo

NewsblogSanchez-Fueled Yanks Penning Thrilling Script
(32 - 4:26pm, Aug 27)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOTP 2016 August 22: Baseball has much to teach us about politics
(944 - 4:24pm, Aug 27)
Last: Mefisto

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1996 Discussion
(15 - 3:59pm, Aug 27)
Last: OCF

NewsblogBaseball’s minor leaguers pursue their dreams below the poverty line - The Washington Post
(20 - 3:48pm, Aug 27)
Last: PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth)

NewsblogMariners option outfielder Norichika Aoki | MLB.com
(2 - 3:28pm, Aug 27)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogHardly a Hard Day's Night for the Cubs on Beatles Night at Dodger Stadium - Chicago Tribune
(6 - 2:48pm, Aug 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogOT: August 2016 Soccer Thread
(380 - 2:39pm, Aug 27)
Last: I am going to be Frank

Newsblog2016 New York City Softball Game
(446 - 2:24pm, Aug 27)
Last: Hysterical & Useless

NewsblogMets try to salvage challenging season, but know changes are inevitable
(2 - 2:22pm, Aug 27)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogOT - College Football offseason thread (February - August 2016)
(38 - 1:22pm, Aug 27)
Last: zenbitz

Gonfalon CubsDog Days of Summer
(104 - 11:31am, Aug 27)
Last: Brian C

NewsblogDodgers land Ruiz from Phillies | dodgers.com
(45 - 9:38am, Aug 27)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

Page rendered in 0.1361 seconds
47 querie(s) executed