Tanaka Leads Eagles Over Giants to Even Series

Masahiro Tanaka kept his winning streak alive, even in the Japan Series pitching a complete game 2-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants.  He struck out 12, walking three and giving up three hits.  The only run he gave up was on a Takayuki Terauchi homerun in the eighth that made the score 2-1.

Giants rookie pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano pitched well but took the loss, giving up his only run in the sixth on a Ginji Akaminai single.  The Eagles added an insurance run in the seventh on three straight singles, the last by Kazuya Fujita to drive in the second run.

The Giants did load the bases against Tanaka in the sixth but he struck out Jose Lopez to end the inning.  The box score for the game can be found here:  http://yakyubaka.com/2013/10/27/ns-yomiuri-giants-vs-tohoku-rakuten-golden-eagles-october-27-2013/

Yakyubaka also brought out some stats from Sponichi that pointed out opponents hit .322 off Tanaka when swinging at the first pitch, .345 with no strikes, .246 with one strike and .144 with two strikes.

In other Japanese news one of the two Japanese organizations looking at scheduling another major league game for Japan in 2016 is looking at the Texas Rangers.  It will give the Japanese another opportunity to look at Yu Darvish.  Australia will be the site for an opening day for the major leagues in 2014 with Arizona and the Dodgers while the Netherlands has some hope that 2015 will be a spot for their new stadium. 

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