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Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 11, 2006

Another Japanese clip. In this one, Keiichi Hirano goes Web Gem style.

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Video of the Day

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 10, 2006

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Chunichi Clinches Central

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 10, 2006

Tyrone Woods’ 12th inning grand slam clinches the Central League pennant for the Chunichi Dragons. Kosuke Fukudome drove in the tie-breaking run in the top of the 12th to give the Dragons a 4-3 lead over the Giants. Woods’ grand slam, his 46th homer of the season, gave Chunichi the 9-3 win. The Dragons, who haven’t won a Japan Series since 1954, will meet the winner of the Nippon Ham v. Softbank series for the championship.

In a late season throw-away game, the Swallows and Carp combine for 37 hits in a wild 13-8 decision for Yakult. Hiroshima starter Shinjiro Kojima (0-2) caught a nasty case of whiplash giving up 7 runs in four innings and change as the Swallows hung a 10 spot on 11 hits in the fifth. Yakult lefty Kazuhisa Ishii (11-7) put on his kevlar helmet and managed to scrape out the win.

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Pacific League Playoffs’ 1st Stage, Dragons Close to 1

Posted by Paulie Danger on October 9, 2006

Julio Zuelta, SoftBankThe Softbank Hawks defeated the Seibu Lions to win Stage 1 of the Pacific League Playoffs. Lifted by a Julio Zuelta three-run shot in the 8th, the Hawks pushed past the Lions 6-1. Hawks’ rookie reliever Akihiro Yanase (2-0) picked up the win shooting two hitless. Minoru Yamagishi gave up Zuelta’s homer, but Tomoki Hoshino (0-1) took the loss, starting the eigth inning walking two. Takeya Nakamura dropped a souvenier off Hawks’ starter Hayato Terahara in the losing effort.

The Hawks go on to face regular season champion Nippon Ham Fighters in Stage 2.

Tyrone Woods, Chunichi DragonsTyrone Woods’ grandslam helped Chunichi to a 10-1 win over the Swallows. Woods’ knock was his league leading 45th of the campaign. Hirokazu Ibata could only contribute a two-run homer to help Kenichi Nakata (7-4) earn the win. The Dragons are now one win away from clinching the Central League pennant.

Nakata’s magic number was four, scattering four hits, walking four and striking out four. His Yakult counterpart, Masanori Ishikawa (10-9) got touched up for seven runs on seven hits in three and a third worked.

The Dragons have Monday off, but can clinch on Tuesday as they start a set at The Tokyo Dome against the Giants.

Here’s a clip of Tyrone Woods in action last season against the Swallows.

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