10/19/08 – Pacific League Climax Series – 2nd Stage – Hokkaido vs. Saitama (Game 4)

October 19th, 2008

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 7

Saitama Seibu Lions 4

(Seibu Dome)

Hokkaido starter, Masaru Takeda, pitched five innings (four of them remarkably strong), and that was enough cover for the Fighters to build up a 5-0 lead.

In fact, those first four innings were truly dominant. It was the fifth that was a little bit rocky.

Takeda gave up two runs in the fifth, one of them earned, off of three hits and a little bit of craziness. He earned the win despite the two runs scored in that frame (1.80 ERA, 3 K’s, 1 BB).

Saitama only managed seven hits during this contest with outfielders Kuriyama and Akada being the only hitters to reach base more than once.

The home team’s pitching, headed by Kazuyuki Hoashi, got off to a rough start with a four-run third. Hoashi (7.20) gave up five runs, four of them earned, off of five hits while recording five strikeouts and no walks.

The Hokkaido managed the enviable feat of plating at least one run every time someone got on base during this game. They only had nine hits, but most of them were clumped together. Terrmel Sledge had another home run for Hokkaido (three runs scored), and second baseman, Tanaka, also came through with a pair of rbi’s.

The series is now tied at 2-2.

Game five of this best-of-seven series is on Tuesday, and the first pitch is scheduled for 6:15 PM. This one, like all the others, is to be played at Seibu Dome.

About Christopher Pellegrini

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  • It should be mentioned that Koyano’s “double” in the second inning got fiercely argued that it was actually foul, but 1B umpire Takizaki (? I’m not sure I caught his name but we did an umpire cheer for him in the Fighters ouendan after the game) ruled it was a double. That was pretty big because the following error made a bigger difference, to score the first run for the Fighters.

    Sledge’s home run was even bigger, and he was actually the game hero.

    This was my first time ever seeing the Fighters win at Seibu Dome, actually. I’m going back on Wednesday! Wheeeeee. Maybe Shaggy Shugo will be the starter, who knows.

  • Rob

    I miss Fujii! I was pretty miffed when he was traded. I don’t think he’s a super-awesome pitcher these days, but I enjoyed watching him. Glad he had a good year with his new home.

  • I was a big Fujii fan too Rob, and it was a shame to see him go. But as you say, it’s nice to see him doing well up north.

  • So is it me, or is “Shaggy” really the most perfect nickname for him ever?

  • “Shaggy” is good, but I have a feeling that if I met him, I wouldn’t be able to help just calling him “Dude”.