10/18/08 – Central League Climax Series – 1st Stage – Chunichi vs. Hanshin (Game 1)

October 18th, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows capChunichi Dragons 2

Hanshin Tigers 0

(Kyocera Dome)

Chunichi ace, Kenshin Kawakami, lasted seven strong innings tonight. He gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Hanshin starter, Yuuya Andou, gave up only one run off of four hits in five innings of work (2 K’s, 1 walk), but he was pulled in the bottom of the fifth in favor of veteran infielder, Shinjirou Hiyama, who promptly struck out.

On offense, Tyrone Woods had an rbi single in the first to score Chunichi’s first run, and centerfielder/third baseman, Masahiko Morino, led off the sixth with a solo shot to right.

Chunichi leads best-of-three series 1-0, and game two is tomorrow night at Kyocera Dome (6:00 PM).

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

  • Rob

    Wow! The Dragons’ strategy – intentionally going 6-17-1 against the Tigers during the regular season to lull them to sleep – it worked!

  • Hanshin is Hanshin – facing them over the long run is like batting against Marc Kroon – just sit back and let them defeat themselves. I think it’s obvious by now that Chunichi has the better skipper as well.

    I think there’s a solid chance of us seeing the same Japan Series for the third year in a row; Hokkaido has been better than I thought they would be and Saitama’s bats not as fearsome as they once seemed.