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Interleague Game 10: Kanto Battle part 2

Well, now – that wasn’t much of a game. Even though the Swallows didn’t break it open until the middle innings this one never really felt in doubt as Tokyo beat Lotte 7-1 on Sunday. Lotte’s starter Ohmine was really pushed around in this one, giving up 7 earned in 5+ innings of work. Tokyo loaded the bases with no …

Interleague Game 9: Kanto Battle part 1

Today the Swallows returned to San Juan Capistrano Chiba Marine Stadium for the first time in 2009, and the first of the 4 interleague matches. Lotte returned home in winning fashion after the 2-game sweep at the hands of Hiroshima, beating Tokyo 6-3. I certainly love to watch a Lotte win but it’s always a bit melancholy against a team …

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Interleague Games 7 & 8: Zoom-Zoom Uh-Oh

As this series happened a few days back I’ll keep this brief. Lotte moved to Hiroshima after the Hanshin series for a 2-game set. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to either game as I would really have liked to have seen the lovely new Mazda Stadium. I was in Hiroshima a few weeks previously but the Carp were on the …

New sections: Interleague 2009 and Ouenka

Please check out the two new sections on the site, Interleague 2009 and Ouenka. Interleague 2009 compiles all the game reports and standings from the Pacific vs Central League war, while Ouenka is a new resources for all the Marines supporter’s songs (but is still a bit of a work in progress.) Update: All should be well with the formatting …

Interleague Game 5 (ver B): Catch a Tiger by His Tail

You must indulge me a bit; I’m a bit miffed I missed this game due to Sunday’s weather. I’m going to recycle some unused pictures from Sunday’s game – the real date – for tonight’s game. I’m just pretending I was there. It would have been a good game to be in the stands for as well – another tight …

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Interleague Game 6: Ouendan Tales

So the clouds decided to go away, the teams returned, and the second game of the Hanshin-Lotte series (though technically the first game) got underway. We made our way back to Koshien again for Monday’s game hoping to make it through 9 innings and get out with a Lotte victory. That we did, but the Marines didn’t, losing 4-3 to …

Interleague Game 5 (ver A): You saw nothing, you were never here

I’m more than a little late with this, but I have a good excuse, really! After Saturday’s second game vs Chunichi I hopped a Shinkansen down to Osaka for the Sunday-Monday series with the Hanshin Tigers in famous Koshien. We were not alone on our journey, either. On the platform at Tokyo station there were bunches of young people with …

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Interleague Game 4: Dragonslayers

Game 2 of the Chunichi-Lotte series kicked off at the unusual Saturday start time of 13:00 at a hot and sunny Chiba Marine Stadium. Up on the hill was Watanabe Shunsuke, who was looking for redemption after the I-won’t-admit-it-actually-happened 18-0 shellacking at the hands of Seibu, a game which he started and took the loss. The good news for Lotte …

Interleague Game 3: Dragooned

Interleague play continued as the Chunichi Dragons roared into town for the second interleague matchup. Unfortunately the fizzling offense from Wednesday’s game with Yokohama made another appearance as Chunichi took the first game 4-1. Much like Naruse’s start on Wednesday Lotte starter Ohmine didn’t pitch all that poorly, but there was no offensive help to get him the win. He …