Game Report: Orix vs Lotte, 4/30

After Tuesday’s extra-inning heartbreaker and yesterday’s tantalizing-comeback-that-fell-short Lotte entered tonight’s game needing a strong performance to avoid their second straight series sweep at the hands of Orix. Would Marines ace Shimizu Naoyuki (0-2 with a 9.20 ERA in ’09) be able to shut down the power-hitting Buffalo bats? Would the erratic Lotte offense be able to muster enough clutch hits …

Game Report: Orix vs Lotte, 4/29

Quick on the heels of last night’s gloomy disappointment was today’s afternoon game, the second with Orix. The pitching matchup featured Watanabe Shunsuke (who was 0-2 on the season to date despite a 2.40 ERA) and Kanako Chihiro (1-2 with a 5.30 ERA). Watanabe has always pitched well at Chiba Marine, so optimism was running high. Kanako, however, resembled Iwakuma …

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Game Report: Orix vs Lotte, 4/28

The Marines returned home on Tuesday after the 3-2 road trip to Sendai and Tokorozawa to face the 10-9 Buffaloes. The first series with Orix didn’t go so well, with Lotte losing all 3 games in Osaka a few weeks ago. Taking the hill tonight was Kobayashi, facing Orix pitcher Kondo. There were alot of lineup changes from the norm …

Game Report: Lotte vs Seibu, 4/26

John’s already made a post on this game but I wanted to give a detailed breakdown and my thoughts on this Marines victory! Lotte came into the rubber game of this series looking for another strong pitching performance against the powerful bats of Seibu. Up to the task for Lotte was 20-year old starter Ohmine, who was winless in his …

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Lions Tamed Again

I wish I had gone to the game today but I left it too late. A hitting frenzy today out at the Seibu Dome in beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures – a big difference to yesterday. It would have been a great day out there with a 11-5 win and the beautiful weather. Hopefully we can keep it up. By …

Game Report: Lotte vs Seibu, 4/25

The 6 game road trip continues for Lotte; today was game 2 versus last year’s Nippon and Asia Series champion Seibu. Naruse was making his second start of the season today. He was a bit shaky in his first start against Rakuten last week, giving up 4ER in 5 innings, but Lotte won that game on Iguchi’s Sayonara Slam in …

Game Report: Lotte vs Seibu, 4/24

Lotte came into tonight’s tilt with Seibu looking to continue the recent good pitching, and more importantly, their second road win of 2009. Well done on the first, not so great on the second. Taking the hill tonight was Karakawa Yuki, who has shown signs of excellence in his second year. Facing Karakawa was Lions (and Samurai Japan) young star …

Game Report(s): Lotte vs Rakuten, 4/21-23

Due to life infringing upon my baseball-watching time I’ve been unable to blog anything from the first two games of this series. Actually, there was nothing to blog from Game 1, as it was rained out due to monsoon-like conditions at the lovely K-Stadium Miyagi. As an aside, I am quite looking forward to visiting the Kleenex Box for a …

Game Report: Softbank vs Lotte, 4/19

I didn’t get a chance to go to this one due to my short trip out of the country (I’m typing this in Malaysia). John went instead of me, and from what I can tell it looks like I should be glad I missed it. Here we have: a) Another pitching implosion. A group effort, 7 runs by starter Kobayashi, …

Game Report: Softbank vs Lotte, 4/18

On Saturday, John and I drifted down to Chiba Marine Stadium for the first of 2 weekend clashes vs visiting Softbank. Going into this game we were one game ahead of the Hawks — coming out of it, we were tied. The problem, same as all season, was the pitching. On the mound was the Marines’s ace Shimizu. He got …