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No Schism In My Optimism Prism

SAYONARAAAA

Our Marines lost three of four games at home this past week, falling off their first place perch in the process. Lotte dropped both games against the Hawks in a rain shortened weekday set, and then split a short weekend pair with the Buffaloes. Sure, I’m not exactly jumping for joy after winning just one game this week. Still, I …

Kumamoto Earthquake Relief

Pro baseball players from all around Japan have been volunteering to help raise money and collect donations for the Kumamoto earthquake relief effort. Here’s a video of Our Marines joining the SoftBank Hawks in collecting donations before their game on Tuesday in Chiba. If you would like to make a contribution too, here are a some donation sites in English. …

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Lottocracy Spring

This past week will be remembered for a couple of career firsts for two of Our Young Marines. The week started with Kota Futaki getting his first career win in a complete game effort on Tuesday afternoon in Sendai. Later in the week in Sapporo, Takuya Takahama hit his first career home run on Friday, and then played the hero …

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First Time Through the Order

Our Marines have now faced all five of their Pacific League foes, coming out of the first stretch of the season at 8-5-1. Lotte has three series wins, one series tie, and one series loss in the first go around. That one and only series loss came at the claws of the Seibu Lions just this past weekend. Before we …

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Sometimes a Tie is a Win

A quick perusal of Tuesday’s box scores shows a 4-4 tie in Fukuoka for Our Marines. Boring game? No – FAR from it. In my opinion this was the best game of the year, and I think a good indicator of the true character of this Chiba Lotte squad. Early Innings Daiei starter Wada’s line looks pretty gaudy – 10K …

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Series Report: Lotte @ Orix, 1-3 April 2016

Our Marines took to the road for the first time this past weekend, taking two of three games from the Orix Buffaloes in Osaka. Just like the sakura all around Chiba Prefecture, Our Marines have also blossomed quite beautifully into a first place team over the weekend, sitting atop the PL with a 5-3 record. The starting pitching has been …