Limping into Interleague

Our Marines went 2-3 on a week that started with a bang, but ended with a whimper – and even some boos. Lotte fell to 6 games back of the first place Hawks, but still hold onto 2nd over the Fighters by 1.5 games, and A-class status over Seibu by 5 games. Lotte @ Fighters, 24 May Lotte 3, Fighters …

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Lotte Week In Review: Holding Steady, Lots of Positives

First Sekiya Win

Our Marines ended the week an even 3-3, still snugly sitting 2.5 games behind PL leaders Daiei and 1.5 up on 3rd place Hamu. Seibu @ Lotte, 17 May Lotte 5, Seibu 2 WP: Ayumu Ishikawa S: Yuji Nishino LP: Isamu Satoh Notables: Hosoya (KEI!) 2 RBI, Despaigne 2 RBI Seibu @ Lotte, 18 May Lotte 0, Seibu 3 WP: Yusei …

We Can Never Have Too Much Excitement

This week in Lotteland began with a well-pitched, strategic, tight loss on the road to hated Daiei and step-by-step devolved into a jamboree of ecstatic pinstriped gents dancing across the plated. Or is that evolved? Regardless, it was one hell of an interesting week. Daiei Game 1 Mr Hard Luck Loss Ayumu Ishikawa vs Rick Vandenhurk, who has never lost …

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Coming Back Strong

The 2016 version of Our Marines is nothing if not an exciting bunch.  As I mentioned in the last post, this week started out pretty terribly before turning into something wonderful, and the exact same thing could be said of the recently concluded 3-game home set with the Buffs.  Let’s take a deeper look. Orix pitching has been a horror …

Something I Needed to See

There is something I really needed to see on Thursday. The big win you see in the score next to this text? Yes, that, but specifically that 9th inning. What a glorious way to win a game! Let’s go back a bit. Craig pointed out the mess that was Sunday’s game at the tail end of his optimism fest a …

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Any Way the Wind Blows

Our Marines went 4-1 this past week, sweeping a pair of games in the Seibu Dome and taking two of three in a home set over the Fighters. As you may recall, one Marines blogger (OK, it was me) took a positive approach toward Lotte dropping three of four the week prior to last. Well, it turns out the reasons …