Game Report: Lotte vs Seibu, 30 June

No photos today – no photos needed to illustrate the lovely, see-saw, extra-innings, dramatic 8-6 victory over Seibu in Tokorozawa tonight!  Thanks to gutsy play, great clutch hitting, and one dramatic swing by Saburo the Marines took the first game of three with the Lions and put themselves closer to the top half of the Pa-league. Lotte ran out to …

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Game Report: Fighters vs Lotte, 28 June

These guys above got the most at bats on Sunday, for sure. The weather wasn’t cooperative but the Lotte offense was, doing just enough take a rain shortened, 6-inning 3-2 victory over Nippon Ham. This was a fun game to watch, as I got to enjoy it from right behind home plate with Deanna from the Marinerds blog and Larry …

Game Report(s): Fighters vs Lotte, 6/26-27

Unfortunately I am more than a little late with reports from this weekend’s action. Baseball IS life, but sometimes other aspects of life get in the way. In the ‘seemingly-unfortunately-but-actually-worked-out-well’ category, I missed my first Lotte home game in over a month on Friday as the Nippon Ham came to town this weekend for the first series in the resumption …

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Interleague Game 24: Ending on a Good Note

After yesterday’s loss to the evil Kyojin I predicted a big Lotte win for today. Whaddya know, I got one right! Today, Lotte pounded out 9 runs on 11 hits – with 4 homers, too – as they won the last game of Interleague 2009 in the Tokyo Dome, 9-4. Around this time I would normally insert the first of …

Interleague Game 23: Three Up, Three Down

Though the blog title typically means an inning where the batters are retired in order, today it also has a deeper, sadder meaning – after three consecutive wins last week, Lotte has now dropped three in a row including today’s 5-2 loss to the hated Giants. Lotte came out with guns blazing as leadoff batter Hayasaka smacked the first pitch …

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Interleague Games 21 & 22: Jinxed in Jingu

Lotte came into the second series with Yakult on a very high note. Having won three in a row, including the 23-2 destruction of Hiroshima and a sweep of Hanshin, expectations were high that the strong play would continue. The first game was a complete debacle for the Marines as the pitching completely imploded, giving up 10 runs on 4 …

What a day!

Well, today we lost a ball game against Yakult. We just had one of bad days. Hanging there and shke it off. We will cheer you up with custmized T-shirt soon. Thank Steve-san for letting me write here.

Interleague Game 20: Chiba Clutch City

Wow, what a well-played game for both teams! The final game of 2009 between Lotte and Hanshin (barring a 2005 Japan Series rematch) had it all – a pitching duel, great defense, unexpected plays, and best of all – a clutch hit to drive in the winning run in a 4-1 Marines victory. Lotte starter Kobayashi Hiroyuki and Hanshin starter …

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Interleague Game 19: Monsters of Makuhari

Who are these guys? Whoever they are, I like them – alot. After weeks of frustration, missed opportunities, and men left on base like unwanted promotional items, the Lotte offense has turned into the Monsters of Makuhari. In the past week, they’ve put up games of 9, 23, and now 9 runs again as they beat the heck out of …

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Interleague Game 18: We Shall Fight on the Beaches

Before tonight’s game vs Hiroshima at Chiba Marine – the last game between Lotte and Hiroshima in 2009 – I imagine Bobby Valentine gave our Marines a pep talk. I think it might have gone like this: “My fellow Marines. We have seen much together these past years. These last few weeks – the battles between the Pacific and the …