2011 Japan Series – Chunichi vs Fukuoka (Softbank)

Fukuoka win the 2011 Japan Series 4-3.

The following are the results of the 2011 Japan Series. Pacific League champion, Fukuoka, host Central League pennant winner, Chunichi, for the first two games of a best-of-seven series. Games three through five are to be played at Nagoya Dome, and the final two games, if necessary, will be played once again at Yahoo Dome.

This is a rematch of the 1999 Japan Series, back when the Hawks were known as Fukuoka Daiei. Back then, current Fukuoka manager, Akiyama, was the team’s captain, Johjima was behind the plate, and current Tohoku manager, Hoshino, was at the helm for Chunichi. Hoshino’s opposite number in the Fukuoka dugout was none other than the venerable Sadaharu Oh.

Fukuoka won the championship that year.

Game 1 
Yahoo Dome (Fukuoka)
Saturday November 12, 2011 at 1PM

 

 
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W: Asao L: Mahara S: IwaseStarters: Chunichi - Chen
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HR: Wada (Chunichi) solo in 7th off Wada.

Koike (Chunichi) solo in 10th off Mahara.

 
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1Araki SS1Kawasaki SS
2Ibata 2B2Honda 2B
3Morino 3B3Uchikawa DH
4Blanco 1B4Matsuda 3B
5Wada DH5Kokubo 1B
6Tanishige C6Hasegawa CF
7Hirata RF7Tamura RF
8Koike LF8Fukuda LF
9Ohshima CF9Hosokawa C
Chen PWada P

Chunichi lead series 1-0.

Game 2
Yahoo Dome (Fukuoka)
Sunday November 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

 
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W: Hirai L: Mahara S: IwaseStarters: Chunichi -Yoshimi
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1Araki SS1Kawasaki SS
2Ibata 2B2Honda 2B
3Morino 3B3Uchikawa LF
4Blanco 1B4Matsuda 3B
5Wada DH5Kokubo DH
6Koike LF6Hasegawa CF
7Hirata RF7Tamura RF
8Tanishige C8Fukuda 1B
9Ohshima CF9Yamazaki C
Yoshimi PSugiuchi P

Chunichi lead series 2-0.

Game 3
Nagoya Dome
Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

 
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W: Settsu L: Nelson S: FalkenborgStarters: Fukuoka - Settsu
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HR: Tamura (Fukuoka) 2-run off Nelson in 4th

Hosokawa (Fukuoka) solo off Suzuki in 8th

 
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1Kawasaki SS1Araki SS
2Honda 2B2Ibata 2B
3Uchikawa LF3Morino 3B
4Kokubo 1B4Blanco 1B
5Matsuda 3B5Wada LF
6Hasegawa CF6Tanishige C
7Tamura RF7Hirata RF
8Hosokawa C8Ohshima CF
9Settsu P9Nelson P

Chunichi lead series 2-1.

Game 4
Nagoya Dome
Wednesday November 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

 
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W: Houlton L: Kawai S: FalkenborgStarters: Fukuoka - Houlton
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1Kawasaki SS1Araki SS
2Honda 2B2Ibata 2B
3Uchikawa LF3Morino 3B
4Kokubo 1B4Blanco 1B
5Matsuda 3B5Wada LF
6Hasegawa CF6Nomoto RF
7Tamura RF7Hirata CF
8Hosokawa C8Tanishige C
9Houlton P9Kawai P

Series tied 2-2.

Game 5
Nagoya Dome
Thursday  November 17th, 2011 at 6:15 PM

 
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W: Yamada L: ChenStarters: Fukuoka - Yamada
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1Kawasaki SS1Araki SS
2Honda 2B2Ibata 2B
3Uchikawa LF3Morino 3B
4Kokubo 1B4Blanco 1B
5Matsuda 3B5Wada LF
6Tamura RF6Koike RF
7Hasegawa CF7Hirata CF
8Hosokawa C8Tanishige C
9Yamada P9Chen P

Fukuoka leads series 3-2.

Game 6
Yahoo Dome (Fukuoka)
Saturday November 19th, 2011 at 6:15 PM

 
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1Araki SS1Kawasaki SS
2Ibata 2B2Honda 2B
3Morino 3B3Uchikawa LF
4Blanco 1B4Kokubo 1B
5Wada DH5Matsunaka DH
6Hirata LF6Matsuda 3B
7Fujii RF7Tamura RF
8Tanishige C8Hasegawa CF
9Ohshima CF9Hosokawa C
Yoshimi PWada P

Series tied 3-3.

Game 7
Yahoo Dome (Fukuoka)
Sunday November 20th, 2011 at 6:30 PM

 
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W: Sugiuchi L: Yamai S: SettsuStarters: Chunichi - Yamai (RHP)
Fukuoka - Sugiuchi (LHP)

 
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1Araki SS1Kawasaki SS
2Ibata 2B2Honda 2B
3Morino 3B3Uchikawa LF
4Blanco 1B4Kokubo 1B
5Wada DH5Matsunaka DH
6Hirata LF6Matsuda 3B
7Fujii RF7Tamura RF
8Tanishige C8Hasegawa CF
9Ohshima CF9Yamazaki C
Yamai PSugiuchi P

 
Play-by-Play
Score (CD-FH)
Chunichi 1stSugiuchi pitching.
1. Araki ground out (GO) to 3rd. 1 out.
2. Ibata K's looking. 2 outs.
3. Morino GO to pitcher.
0-0
Fukuoka 1stYamai pitching.
1. Kawasaki GO to second (1-1 count). 1 out.
2. Honda single to center (1-0 fastball).
3. Uchikawa up with Honda taking a big lead.
Honda caught trying to steal second (he was safe, actually).
Uchikawa K's looking.
0-0
Chunichi 2nd4. Blanco sticks around with a full count for a few pitches. Sugiuchi flipping back and forth between heaters and sliders. Blanco watches ball four.
5. Wada, responsible for both of Chunichi's runs last night, pops a 2-2 fastball up to 2nd. 1 out.
6. Hirata up with man on 1st. K's swinging at 2-2 changeup. 2 outs.
7. Fujii up. 1-0 fly out (FO) to center.
0-0
Fukuoka 2nd4. Kokubo GO to 1st. 1 out.
5. Matsunaka GO to short. 2 outs.
Yamai looks sharp. Sharper than Sugiuchi at this point.
6. Matsuda K's looking on the third pitch of his at-bat.
0-0
Chunichi 3rd8. Tanishige, hitless so far in postseason play, comes to the plate against Sugiuchi. K's swinging at the third pitch he sees.
9. Ohshima 1-2 infield fly to short. 2 outs.
Sugiuchi's control looking better now.
1. Araki foul fly near 1st base.
0-0
Fukuoka 3rd7. Tamura lucky bloop hit over Blanco's head. Araki chases it down.
8. Hasegawa rips a double to center that Ohshima should have caught. Runners on 2nd and 3rd.
9. Yamazaki quickly gets the count to 3-0. Draws a four pitch walk with the help of a couple squeeze bunt feints. Bases juiced.
Yamai yanked. Kobayashi takes the mound.
1. Kawasaki up. Bases loaded. No outs. Full count. Kawasaki draws a walk! Tamura scores from 3rd.
2. Honda 1-2 foul fly to the catcher. 1 out.
Kobayashi yanked.
Nelson in to pitch.
3. Uchikawa almost has his head taken off by an errant 1-2 pitch. 2-2 pitch is weakly popped up to right. Hasegawa holds at 3rd. 2 outs.
4. Pops the first pitch he sees up to center.
0-1
Chunichi 4th2. Ibata easy GO to short. 1 out.
3. Morino K's swinging. 2 outs.
4. Blanco grounds first pitch to left for Chunichi's first hit.
5. Wada FO to right.
0-1
Fukuoka 4thNelson, Chunichi's third pitcher, is still on the mound.
5. Matsunaka fouls what would've been an extra-base hit off the wall in right. He then draws a walk.
6. Matsuda successfully sac bunts Matsunaka over to second. 1 out.
7. Tamura 2-2 pitch FO to center. Matsunaka stays on 2nd.
8. Nelson intentionally walks Hasegawa. 2 outs. Runners on 1st and 2nd.
9. Yamazaki up. Quickly behind 0-2. 2-2 pitch sliced to shallow right. Matsunaka just gets past the tag. If the throw had been on line, then he would've been out.
1. Kawasaki, with runners on corners and 2 outs, lines out to left.
0-2
Chunichi 5thSugiuchi pitching.
6. Hirata full count. Infield single to pitcher.
7. Fujii watches as Hirata gets his signs mixed up and is thrown out in a rundown between 1st and 2nd. 1 out. Full count. GO to 3rd. 2 outs.
8. Tanishige K's with a feeble swing.
0-2
Fukuoka 5thNelson still pitching.
2. Honda K's on 3 pitches.
3. Uchikawa GO to pitcher. 2 outs.
4. Kokubo swings a golf club and misses again. K.
0-2
Chunichi 6thSugiuchi's 6th inning.
9. Ohshima K's swinging at a slider. 1 out.
That was Sugiuchi's 6th K tonite.
1. Araki FO on 2-2 pitch to left. 2 outs.
2. Ibata, picking his eternal wedgie the whole time, comes to the plate. 2-2 broken bat GO to 3rd.
0-2
Fukuoka 6thNelson's 4th inning.
5. Matsunaka K's looking.
The ump is calling a very wide zone tonite. TBS keeps showing us replays of the pitches with the camera directly behind the pitcher. Wow.
6. Matsuda infield single to short. Beats the throw after a fantastic grab by Araki.
7. Tamura, batting .360 so far in this series, is 1-2 tonite.
Matsuda steals 2nd safely on 1st pitch.
Tamura accidentally moves the runner over on a check-swing tap to 1st. 2 outs.
8. Hasegawa up with runner on 3rd.
0-1 pitch FO to 3rd.
0-2
Chunichi 7thSugiuchi pitching.
3. Morino 1st pitch hard grounder back to the pitcher. 1 out.
4. Blanco guessing wrong on sliders, but bounces one past the second baseman for his second base hit of the night.
2nd baseman should've had it, but it was to his backhand side.
5. Wada K's swinging. 2 outs.
6. Hirata watches the count go to 3-0, swings way too early at a third consecutive changeup, then draws a fourth ball.
Runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs.
7. Fujii watching Sugiuchi continue his onslaught of changeups.
Fujii falls behind 0-2, then pulls back to 2-2. K's on yet another changeup.
0-2
Fukuoka 7thAsao on the mound. How many innings is he going to pitch?
9. Cabrera (PH for Yamazaki) K's swinging at three straight pitches. Asao owned him there. Embarrassing.
1. Kawasaki draws a nine pitch walk.
2. Honda 'safety' bunt attempt is met with a good fielding play by Asao. 2 outs. Kawasaki safe on 2nd.
3. Uchikawa single scores Kawasaki from 2nd. Uchikawa reaches 2nd on the play.
4. Kokubo GO to 3rd.
0-3
Chunichi 8thFalkenborg pitching.
8. Tanishige, still without a hit in 42 post-season at-bats, K's swinging yet again.
9. Nomoto (PH for Ohshima) K's swinging on 3 pitches. 2 outs.
1. Araki K's swinging as well.
Dominating performance by Falkenborg.
Chunichi in all sorts of trouble.
0-3
Fukuoka 8thIwase takes Asao's place ono the mound for Chunichi.
5. Matsunaka works the count full. K's swinging at a high slider.
6. Matsuda GO to 3rd. 2 outs.
7. Tamura bounces a single up the middle into center field.
8. Hasegawa manages to lift the 2-2 pitch over Araki's head for a single. Runners on 1st and 2nd. 2 outs.
9. Hosokawa fouls off the first two pitches he sees. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh pitches as well. He finally K's looking at the 8th offering from Iwase.
Last three outs for Chunichi.
0-3
Chunichi 9thFalkenborg takes the mound again.
2. Ibata, 2 for 24 so far in this series, falls behind quickly 0-2. But then Ibata does the improbable and lines the ball of Falkenborg's throwing arm (elbow?). He reaches 1st safely, and Falkenborg, in obvious pain, is out of the game.
Ibata on 1st. No outs.
Morifuku takes the mound. He looks a little nervous.
3. Morino falls behind 0-2. GO to short, but Morino beats the DP throw. 1 out.
4. Blanco FO to right. 2 outs.
Fukuoka switching pitcher to Settsu to try and get the final out.
5. Wada takes a strike down the middle. Strike two on the outside corner of the plate. But then Wada works a full count. However, Wada went down swinging at a fastball down the middle.
0-3
Fukuoka 9thLet the celebrations begin!0-3 FINAL

Fukuoka wins the 2011 Japan Series 4-3.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • ‘M’

    COME ON SOFTBANK!

  • ‘M’

    A great result for world baseball, justice, humanity and me.

    If you’d been down for those games in Nagoya you would understand.

  • Baseball Oogie

    Well, now baseball is *really* over for the year.

    Three months of off-season. *twitch*

  • http://japaneats.tv/ Christopher Pellegrini

    お疲れ様です。