Giants Win Opener

The Rakuten Golden Eagles chose to start rookie pitcher Takahiro Norimoto instead of Masahiro Tanaka, becoming the first rookie pitcher to start the opening game of a Japan Series in sixty one years.  Though he pitched well, giving up only two runs in eight innings of work while striking out ten, the Eagles offense provided him with no support in the 2-0 loss.

Tetsuya Utsumi worked six innings of shutout ball for the Giants before yielding to his bullpen of Scott Mathieson, Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Kentaro Nishimura, who each worked one shutout inning.

Hisayoshi Chono drove in the first run in the fifth with an RBI single and Shuichi Murata added an insuranced run in the eighth with a solo shot.

Rakuten put two runners on in five of the nine innings but failed to get the big hit to score a run.

You can see the box score for the game here: .  A record 25,209 showed up to see the first ever Japan Series game played at Kleenex stadium in Sendai.

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