Archive for October, 2014

Nakamura with the Walk Off Puts Hawks One Win Away

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

With two outs in the bottom of the tenth Akira Nakamura slugged a three run homer off Hanshin Tiger closer Seung-Hwan Oh. Nakamura was the second hitter Oh had faced in the inning. He had retired his first batter with a pop up to second.

The Hawks scored early, lighting up the scoreboard with two runs in the opening frame after a 2-run single from Nobuhiro Matsuda. Minoru Iwata settled down after that, shutting the Hawk bats out for the next six plus innings. The Hawks did not have a pitcher work more than three innings.

The Tigers tied the game in the top of the third. Kenichi Nakata could not find the plate, walking three straight hitters for the second time in the game. The first time he was able to strand the runners after striking out Kosuke Fukudome to end the inning. Matt Murton drove in the first run with a fly ball to center. Fukudome drove in the second run with a single.

The Tigers had an opportunity to take the lead in the tenth inning after singles from Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Takashi Toritani to put runners on first and third with one out. Dennis Sarfate was able to get Mauro Gomez to ground into a double play to stall that inning.

Nakamura with the Walk Off Puts Hawks One Win Away

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

With two outs in the bottom of the tenth Akira Nakamura slugged a three run homer off Hanshin Tiger closer Seung-Hwan Oh. Nakamura was the second hitter Oh had faced. He had retired his first batter with a pop up to second.

The Hawks scored early, lighting up the scoreboard with two runs in the opening frame after a 2-run single from Nobuhiro Matsuda. Minoru Iwata settled down after that, shutting the Tiger bats out after seven innings of work. The Hawks did not allow a single pitcher to work more than three innings.

Twins Club Heroes to Even Series

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

It was a close 2-1 game until the Twins erupted for six runs to pull away from the Heroes and win 9-2. Jung-Rak Shin, who entered the game with a 6.66 regular season ERA outdueled twenty game winner Andy Van Hekken. Shin allowed only two hits and struck out 10, the only blemish being a solo homerun from Han-Joon Yoo in the bottom of the seventh.

Van Hekken also struck out 10, allowing just four hits in his seven plus innings of work. The Twins were able to nick him for three runs, two of them earned. The first run scored in the second inning on a ground out after Van Hekken gave up two of his four hits. The second run scored in the fifth on a ground out with an error by the catcher allowing the runner to score.

The bullpen failed Van Hekken in the eighth inning after he retired one batter and allowed one runner to reach second. Two walks and a single by Yong-Taek Park upped the Twins lead to 3-1. A new pitcher came in and walked the next two batters to score two more. The two pitchers tied the post season record for walks in an inning with four, neither of them retiring a hitter. Brad Snyder boomed a two run double to put the game out of reach 7-1.

The two teams combined for 26 strikeouts, 14 of them by the Heroes. The boxscore for the game can be found here:

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AFL All Star Game Rosters

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Arizona Fall League has already gone close to a month. Below is a link for rosters for their All Star Game.

Don’t know how the rosters are determined, but the leading hitter Eddie Rosario (.407) and top homerun hitter Greg Bird (6) did not make the team. Bird also leads the AFL in RBIs with 17.

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Japan 21 and Under World Cup Roster

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Below are the rosters for the Japan 21 and under World Cup team that will be playing in Taiwan in November:

Pitchers

Nakamura, Masaru (Nippon Ham Fighters), Toda, Takaya (Hiroshima Carp), Uwasawa, Naoyuki (Nippon Ham Fighters), Mori, Yudai (Rakuten Eagles), Nomura, Ryosuke (Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama), Kumabara (Kento Sendai University), Yokoyama, Yuya (Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima), Sakurai, Toshiki (Ritsumeikan University) Yamaoka, Taisuke (Tokyo Gas), Taira, Kentaro (Yomiuri Giants), Taguchi, Kazuto (Yomiuri Giants)

Catchers

Takajo, Shuto (Yokohama Bay Stars), Kondo, Kensuke (Nippon Ham Fighters), Wakatsuki, Kenya (Orix Buffaloes)

Infielders

Makihara, Taisei (Softbank Hawks), Miyoshi, Takumi (Rakuten Eagles), Shibata, Tatsuhiro (Kokugakuin University), Hojo, Fumiya (Hanshin Tigers), Tsuji, Harutomo (Yomiuri Giants)

Outfielders

Enomoto, Aoi (Rakuten Eagles), Azegami, Sho (Hosei University), Takeda, Kengo (Orix Buffaloes), Sasagawa, Kohei (Toyo University), Suzuki, Seiya (Hiroshima Carp)

Lee Leads Hawks to Nippon Series Win

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dae-Ho Lee continued with his hot bat spraying three singles to drive in two runs to lead the Softbank Hawks to a 5-1 win over the Hanshin Tigers. The Hawks now lead the series two games to one.

The Tigers started Shintaro Fujinami but the Hawks got to him early. Doubles by Yuki Yanagita and Seiichi Uchikawa in the first inning scored the first run. The Hawks stranded runners on first and third after a Lee single.

The Hawks scored a second run in the fourth on a wild pitch strikeout in the fourth. In the sixth the Hawks put the game away loading the bases on two singles and a hit by pitch. Uchikawa drove in one run with a ground out and Lee drove in two with a single.

Kenji Otonari shutout the Tiger bats for seven innings, allowing only three hits. He walked one and struck out six. The Tigers were unable to get multiple baserunners against him in his seven innings of work. They did collect two hits off him in the seventh, but the first hit was erased by a double play.

The Tigers finally scored off of Hawk closer Dennis Sarfate in the ninth after the first two hitters were retired. Hiroki Uemoto doubled and Takashi Toritani drove him in with a single. Sarfate got Mauro Gomez to pop up to end the game.

The Hawks had 35,000 plus attend the first game of the Nippon Series at their park. This was an increase over their season average and is greater than the climax series games. The box score for the game can be found here:

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Heroes Rally for Victory

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The LG Twins had a 3-1 advantage over the Nexen Heroes until Suk-Min Yoon came up in the sixth inning and hit a pinch hit 3-run homerun. That hit gave the Heroes a 5-3 lead.

Brad Snyder had given the Twins a 3-1 lead with a solo shot in the fourth inning. Jorge Sosa got the start for the Heroes but was a little wild with five walks. Sang-Woo Jo was credited with the win for pitching two plus shutout innings.

The Nexen Heroes lead the best of five series one game to zero.

From Brain Tumor to Number One Pick

Monday, October 27th, 2014

When Sachiya Yamasaki was a third year junior high schooler in 2008 he learned he had a brain tumor. The tumor was discovered in a routine medical checkup the then 15 year old now 22 was required to take in order to attend Nihon University High School. He comes from a baseball family, with his father a second round pick of the Yomiuri Giants and his older brother playing in an independent league.

Fortunately for Yamasaki the tumor was removed and his baseball career flourished. Seven years later the Orix Buffaloes made him a first round pick. You can read more about it here:

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Andy Ibanez Becomes Latest Cuban Departure

Monday, October 27th, 2014

He was the youngest player on the Cuban World Baseball Classic team. He won a gold glove at second base in his rookie year in 2011-2012. He hasn’t hit for a high average yet or hit for a lot of power but he is only 21, with only three years of Cuban professional ball, meaning he will be subject to international salary restrictions, eliminating many of the teams from the bidding process. He needed to play in Cuba one more year to achieve unlimited free agency.

Ibanez joins Hector Oliva and Jose Fernandez as the third second baseman to depart from Cuba this year. Since he has yet to play for the Isla de la Juventud team it is suspected he departed Cuba some time before the start of the season. Still no word on where Jose Fernandez is. Perhaps the two of them are with the same group waiting for the highest bidder to rescue them from their hostage takers.

Bumgarner with the Shutout

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Myworld has been participating in both a softball and volleyball playoff in one day, not quite on a par with the World Series but it is a reason for the late report. We won them both. Madison Bumgarner did pretty good as well, pitching a four hit shutout in the San Francisco Giants 5-0 win against the Kansas City Royals. It is the first World Series shutout since 2003, when Josh Beckett of the then Florida Marlins shutout the New York Yankees to give the Marlins a World Series win. In four World Series starts Bumgarner is 4-0, 0.29 allowing only 12 hits in 31 innings. No pitcher who has thrown 25 innings or more has a lower World Series ERA. He and the Royals Lorenzo Cain have inked their way into postseason fame.

James Shields made it a pitcher’s duel, throwing his best game of the post season. The Giants touched him up for two runs in six innings. The first run scored in the second inning on a Brandon Crawford ground out, Brandon Belt laying down a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no out. The second run scored in the fourth inning when the Giants collected three hits against him, the last being a Crawford RBI single.

The Giants broke the game open against the vaunted Royal bullpen in the eighth inning. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence led off the inning with singles off Kelvin Herrera, who was working his second inning. Ned Yost brought in the invincible Wade Davis to stem the rally. After getting the first out Davis gave up a 2-run double to Juan Perez and an RBI single to Brandon Crawford to blow the game wide open. For Crawford, he finished the game with three RBIs. For Perez, one of his best friends and teammate in the winter league campaigns Oscar Taveras was killed earlier in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. The buzz was being spread around the dugout about the third inning.

The teams now travel to Kansas City with the Giants ahead in the series three games to two. Jake Peavy will go against Yordano Ventura.