From the web: CL Climax Series Game 1 Reports

In addition to Dave’s game report published on Tsubamegun last night, you can get some additional commentary from a few other reputable sources.

Jason Coskrey, writer for the Japan Times, summarized game one of the Central League Climax Series First Stage thusly:

“The Tokyo Yakult Swallows came out on top in their season series against the Yomiuri Giants this year. Now they’re halfway to a triumph that may be even more satisfying.”

You can read the rest of his observations on game one here. Incidentally, Coskrey featured in an interview of baseball writers that was published on this site all the way back in January. It’s very interesting to read their Central League predictions now!

Rob Smaal, who writes a lot about baseball for the Asahi, started his game report with:

“Shohei Tateyama and Kyohei Muranaka provided a right-left combination Oct. 29 at Jingu Stadium that left the visiting Yomiuri Giants reeling and on the ropes.”

Smaal actually visited us not too long ago in the right field stands and penned this about our revelry at Jingu Stadium.

And for a very detailed, by the numbers, look at what went down in that crucial game last night, look no further than Gen Sueyoshi’s inimitable Yakyu Baka website.

Sueyoshi reminded us that:

“The Swallows can wrap this up with either victory or a tie on Sunday. … Muranaka got the win in relief and is now 1-0. … Lim saved his first game of the postseason.  He also became the first pitcher in Climax Series history to record a save with just 1 pitch.”

Read the entire post here.

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