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Some Things I Like – Start of Interleague Edition

We’re at roughly the third-of-the-way point of the 2015 Chiba Lotte Marines Golden Year presented by Steve and Craig at We Love Marines (dot) Com campaign and I gotta say that… yeah, the 21-23 record is a wee bit disappointing. With a win on Sunday at Orix we Fans of Lotte could have said, “Hey, at least we’re at .500”, but instead I’m just going to say “Hey, at least we ain’t Orix.” With that in mind, I want to focus a bit on the things I like so far this year.

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Pitching Extravaganza

What fantastic pitching we’ve seen lately! Here’s the TOTAL line from last weekend’s series with Daiei in Fukuoka: 27 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 25 Ks. Nice start after nice start after nice start! Only a lack of runs against Settsu and the Hawks bullpen on Friday prevented a clean sweep of the series. And how about the next game, …

Merch in the Lurch

I hope you don’t think I am in a down mood after the last game. I’m NOT! I’m in a GREAT mood! See, we’re now perfectly set-up to throw our three best starters, at home, all in a row. Chunichi is certainly without their ace for the next three games (Chen) as they wasted him on a game where our …

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Climax Series – First Stage Information

The Pacific League Climax Series First Stage games featuring Our Men of Lotte versus the despised Seibu Lions take place this weekend, 9-11 October, at Seibu Dome (or, as Deanna calls it, Seibu Dump). All games are at 13:00 and are hopelessly, impossibly sold out. I think they must have sold out in minutes. I managed to get tickets to …

This Is It

In the land of must wins the next one is the must-est, if I may coin a word. Or is essentiallist better? However you wish to say it, the Chiba Lotte Marines 2010 campaign comes down to one game only – the last game, Orix at Lotte, Chiba Marine Stadium, 18:15, Thursday, 30 September, end of the Pacific League season. …

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Fast Out of the Gate

The first series of the 2010 season vs Orix is in the books, and it was a GREAT one for Lotte. Three games in Osaka, 3 wins for the Marines. 25 runs scored on 43 hits. Last year Lotte didn’t win their first game in Osaka until August, this year the guys took the first chance they had. It’s just …

Bring Everyone! It’s Opening Day!

Everyone! Everyone! It’s opening day! How awesome is that?!?!! Opening day, Tokorozawa. Chiba meets Seibu for the first game of the 2010 season. Naruse faces Wakui. Does it get any better? I left the house at 7:30 for the almost 2 hour trip to Seibu Dome, figuring arriving 1.5 hours before the gates open and 3.5 hours before the game …

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 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 …