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Opposite Day(s)

I present you two pitching matchups: 27 August: Yoshihisa Naruse (LOT) vs Hiroki Yamada (DAI) 28 August: Yuji Yoshimi (LOT) vs Toshiya Sugiuchi (DAI) And I tell you that Our Marines lost one of those games in disappointing fashion while giving the starter in the other game an epic thrashing – you’d surely say we won the first and lost …

Back, In Black

In a move that’s been a LONG time coming – we are back in first. Who’d a thought that a little ways back this month? In a fortuitous confluence of events it was a) BlackBlack Towel Night (free towels, plus the team wore away blacks) b) Free Ticket Night from the Makuhari civic association c) The Baby-Faced Killer’s 3rd start …

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Briefly: Lotte vs Seibu, 25 August

It’s really quite nice that a successful organization like the Seibu Lions allows older folks to work with the younger crowd, and in critical positions, too! I especially like it as a Lotte fan – nothing like a 47-year-old reliever, released last year after YOKOHAMA thought he was washed up, coughing up a fat pitch to cushion the pain of …

Six Inches

Here in late August it seems like Our Marines have developed some impeccable timing. The team has made a bit of an adjustment – offensively, defensively, and with the pitching – and the product on the field looks every bit as sweet as it did in April. Why “Six Inches”? Six inches to the left and Lotte sweeps Orix this …

A (Baby-Faced) Killer Among Us

He’s ba-a-a-ck! Three months after breaking his hand in Yokohama Karakawa Yuki (who also goes by the names of “Baby-Faced Killer” and “My Favorite Pitcher”) slipped his way back into the Lotte starting lineup. For two games he’s been back now – both vs the Fighters – and he’s 2-0 with exactly one earned run yielded in both games combined. …

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Marine Warnings in Effect

I was poking around the Marine Museum after the game to see what new goodies they had in the shop. There was some interesting new items in there, and a bunch of stuff on clearance, so I scooped up a bit, paid my yen, and wandered into the humid evening. Lotte had just dropped the first game of the 3 …

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Live Blog: Lotte vs Daiei, 8/1

It’s hot and Sunday – Lotte is at home for the final game of a three game set vs Daiei, and I’m at home because, well, it’s hot. Chiba Marine is a bit stuffy in August, for sure. Why not a live blog? A little update – the last three games haven’t gone so well for our Marines. Lotte had …