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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Swallows outlast Buffaloes to win Japan Series title

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows overcame the best pitcher in Japan to become the best team in Japan.

Pinch hitter Shingo Kawabata hit a bloop single to left to bring in the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th, and reliever Scott McGough closed out an entertaining Japan Series as the Swallows won the title with a 2-1 victory over the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on a chilly Saturday night.

Yakult won the series 4-2.

“It was a really difficult season,” Swallows manager Shingo Takatsu said. “It was even more difficult because we sunk to last place last year and the year before that. But I think the joy is even greater.”

Either the Swallows or the Buffaloes were going to cap their worst-to-first story with a Japan Series crown and the clock struck midnight on the Buffaloes in the 12th.

“It’s really tough because we lost,” Buffaloes manager Satoshi Nakajima said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 27, 2021 at 05:49 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 28, 2021 at 11:12 AM (#6054989)
“It was a really difficult season,” Swallows manager Shingo Takatsu said.

That would be 2004 ROY runner-up Shingo Takatsu, who came over to the White Sox after pitching 13 seasons with the Swallows. He didn't do much after that, and was released before the Sox went on their World Series run the following year.

This was Orix's first trip to the Japan Series since 1996, when Ichiro and So Taguchi were 2/3 of their outfield.
   2. escabeche Posted: November 28, 2021 at 09:34 PM (#6055067)
Damn, I was really pulling for Adam Jones (who won game 5 for the Buffaloes, staving off elimination, with a 9th inning homer) to get a ring.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 28, 2021 at 09:42 PM (#6055071)
“It’s really tough because we lost,” Buffaloes manager Satoshi Nakajima said.
Wow. Some real insight there.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 28, 2021 at 11:16 PM (#6055090)
Damn, I was really pulling for Adam Jones (who won game 5 for the Buffaloes, staving off elimination, with a 9th inning homer) to get a ring.


Nice to see Nori Aoki get one, though.

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