October 20th, 2008
Chunichi Dragons 2
Hanshin Tigers 0
A 9th inning Tyrone Woods two-run home run off Hanshin closer Fujikawa was the difference between the two teams on Monday night, as Chunichi advanced to the Climax Series 2nd Stage.
The game was a pitchers duel between the Dragon’s Yoshimi and the Tigers’ Iwata, both pitching 8 shutout innings.
Fujikawa came to the mound in the top of the 9th, and gave up a hit before Wood’s blast gave Chunichi a last gasp 2-0 lead.
On came Iwase for the Dragons to try to shut down the Tigers in the bottom of the 9th. And he did just that, sitting down Arai, Kawamoto and Toritani in order to keep the reigning Japan Series champs in with a shout in 2008.
So, the 2nd stage series will be the same as that of 2007, with Chunichi taking on the Giants at Tokyo Dome. The difference this year is that the Giants will have a 1 game advantage in the first to 4 series due to their 1st place CL finish.