Game Preview: Fresh off the stirring sayonara win vs the Fighters on Monday, Our Marines play another game at QVC, this one a vital rematch with Seibu. For the last week, the battle for the last two spots in the Climax Series in the Pacific between Our Marines, Daiei, and Seibu has featured comeback after comeback, dramatic strikes and extra inning heroics. What will happen tonight?
Chiba will be in a great position with a win tonight – 4.5 up on Seibu with 5 to go, at least 1.5 up on the Hawks (depending on their game with Orix). A loss really complicates things.
The weather looks to be poor but the pitching matchup is intriguing – a resurgent Fujioka gets the call for Lotte.
By Steve Novosel To be honest, this game was pretty depressing. Our Marines had some huge early opportunities to put a major hurt on Seibu starter Togame but generally failed to convert, while Lions bats had little resistance in beating up Fujioka. It adds up to a 4-2 Seibu win.
I’ll write up a bit more in the morning. Honestly there was little of value to take away from this game – Chiba was out pitched, out hit, out defensed. We still completely control our own destiny, but this was a bad loss.