October 18th, 2008
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5
Saitama Seibu Lions 0
Yuu Darvish was Yuu Darvish today, and that was that. The mighty Seibu offense was limited to just three hits as Darvish pitched a complete-game shutout.
After scoring a run in the third off of Morimoto’s first and only hit of the postseason thus far, the Fighters put four runs on the board in the fourth. The inning was capped by a two-run homer from Kaneko off of Seibu starter, Takayuki Kishi (11.25). Kishi lasted four innings (89 pitches), gave up five earned runs off of seven hits, struck out three and walked two.
Darvish’s numbers, on the other hand, were a good deal better. Aside from the three scattered runs, three batters coaxed Darvish into a free trip to first base (only Seibu first baseman, Ishii, managed to reach base twice), but no Seibu runner got past second.
Darvish’s performance tonight lowered his postseason WHIP to 0.94 which is nothing short of dominating. He also pitched a complete game versus Orix in the first stage of the climax series. His postseason ERA is still 0.00 after two starts.
Seibu still leads the series 2-1 given the freebie-game awarded for being Pacific League champions, and game four of the series is tomorrow at Seibu Dome. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.