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Giants Split Opening Series

Tokyo Giants

Tokyo Giants

by "Sayonara" Shuto
Union League correspondent
Tokyo Yakyu

Kamisama, Butsusama, Sugiurasama

Tadashi Sugiura"Kamisama, Butsusama, Sugiurasama" ("God, Buddah, Mr. Sugiura"). Tadashi Sugiura brought the Tokyo Giants into the All Time League in style. After getting into immediate trouble in the first inning when Pete Rose singled sharply to right field, and Johnny Evers followed with a double down into that same corner, Sugiura settled down and retired the next ten batters in a row. He seemed to tire in the eighth inning, allowing two men on base again for the first time since the first inning.

In the top of the ninth, with two outs and Katsuya Nomura on first base, Yoshio Yoshido pinch-hit for Sugiura and walked. Yutaka Fukumoto, the superlative leadoff man then lifted a single to left-center that dropped in front of Hack Wilson, and Nomura scored the go-ahead run.

Yutaka Enatsu came in and made that run stand up, gaining his first Save of the season -- and giving the Tokyo ballclub a win in their first game in the league. The Giants banged out 8 hits and garnered 5 free passes, but left 9 men stranded against Carl Mays, who went the distance for the Pilots.


4/6/2004, TKY05-SEP05, Sicks Stadium (1969)
 
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2005 Giants*           0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1     2  8  1     9  0
2005 Pilots            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  5  2     5  1
 
Giants*              AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Fukumoto          cf  4  0  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  .250    1  0  1  0
Yonamine          lf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    3  0  0  0
Kawakami          1b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000   10  0  0  0
Nagashima, S      3b  4  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .429    2  2  0  0
Betto             rf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    3  0  0  0
Chiba             2b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  0  0
 Ochiai           2b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
Yoshida           ss  3  1  1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  .200    1  5  0  0
Furuta            c   2  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    2  0  0  0
 Yamamoto, K      ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Nomura, Ka       c   1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    4  1  0  0
Sugiura           p   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Toyoda           ph  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Enatsu           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     32  2  8  2  1  1  0  5  3  1  2  0  0  1  0         27 11  1  0
 
Pilots               AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Rose,P            lf  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .222    0  0  0  0
Evers             2b  3  0  1  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    4  1  0  0
Wilson,H          cf  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .375    1  0  0  0
Strawberry        rf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    2  0  0  0
Cepeda,O          1b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000   10  3  1  0
Zimmerman         3b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .125    0  3  0  0
Templeton         ss  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    4  5  0  0
Roseboro          c   3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .400    3  2  0  0
Mays              p   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    3  2  1  0
                     32  1  5  1  1  0  0  1  6  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 16  2  0
 
Giants*                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Sugiura          W 1-0           8.0  5  1  1  1  4 101  67   30  0  0  0  0  0  1.13
Enatsu           S 1             1.0  0  0  0  0  2  12   9    3  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0  5  1  1  1  6 113  76   33  0  0  0  0  0
 
Pilots                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Mays             L 0-1           9.0  8  2  2  5  3 121  68   38  0  0  0  1  1  2.00
                                 9.0  8  2  2  5  3 121  68   38  0  0  0  1  1
 
TKY: Ochiai inserted at 2b in the 5th
     Yamamoto, K batted for Furuta in the 7th
     Nomura, Ka inserted at c in the 7th
     Toyoda batted for Sugiura in the 9th
 
GWRBI: Fukumoto
Shigeru Chiba was injured for this game and 19 more days
Temperature: 56, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: left to right at 5 MPH.





Pilots Extract Revenge

Kaoru BettoThe second game of the opening series with the Pilots went more like the Seattle faithful expected. Forkballer Shigeru Sugishita got roughed up a bit, allowing 5 walks and 4 runs in 8 innings, but he finished what he started -- as did Seattle's Dizzy Dean.  This time even a home run by Kaoru Betto could not turn the tide for the boys from across the Pacific. The Pilots scored 3 in the second inning on 2 walks, 2 singles, a balk and a stolen base. Though they got another run in the 4th on a single, stolen base (Templeton's second of the game), error and double-play, they didn't need more than their first three.

Dizzy Dean allowed 9 hits and a walk, but again the Giants left too many men on base (7 this time) and could not score when given the opportunity. Tokyo's offense is not catching on all cylinders, and may need a tuneup fast before things get out of hand. This league is a tough one, and the Giants can't walk through the season leaving men stranded on the bases all the time. It is time to remind them of the fundamentals of moving the runner along.

It should be noted that there was some commotion around the ballpark during both games, and although it was difficult to determine, it seemed there were rumours of American gamblers and theYakuza shooting it out in a local sports bar. Something about an injury to Jiro Noguchi -- who for some strange reason did not pitch the second game as he was scheduled.

4/7/2004, TKY05-SEP05, Sicks Stadium (1969)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Giants* 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 2 7 2
2005 Pilots 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 4 6 0 6 0

Giants* AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Fukumoto cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 1 0 0 0
Yonamine lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 2 0 0 0
Kawakami 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083 11 0 0 0
Nagashima, S 3b 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .455 2 5 0 0
Betto rf 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 1 0 0 0
Ochiai 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 4 1 0
Nomura, Ka c 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .667 4 0 0 0
Yoshida ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 2 2 0 0
Yamamoto, K ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 0 0 0 0
Karita ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Toyoda ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Sugishita p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 1 0
Furuta ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 0 0 0 0
34 2 9 2 1 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 24 11 2 0

Pilots AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Rose,P lf 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308 2 0 0 0
Evers 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 3 5 0 0
Wilson,H cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 4 1 0 0
Flood cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Strawberry rf 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 1 0 0 0
Cepeda,O 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 8 0 0 0
Chase 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0
Zimmerman 3b 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083 1 3 0 0
Templeton ss 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 3 1 0 0
Roseboro c 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .429 4 0 0 0
Dean p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 0 2 0 0
29 4 6 3 0 0 0 5 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 27 12 0 0

Giants* INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Sugishita L 0-2 8.0 6 4 3 5 4 133 82 34 0 1 0 0 2 6.23
8.0 6 4 3 5 4 133 82 34 0 1 0 0 2

Pilots INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Dean W 1-0 9.0 9 2 2 1 4 112 70 36 1 0 0 0 0 4.05
9.0 9 2 2 1 4 112 70 36 1 0 0 0 0

TKY: Yamamoto, K batted for Yoshida in the 7th
Karita inserted at ss in the 7th
Toyoda batted for Karita in the 9th
Furuta batted for Sugishita in the 9th
SEP: Flood inserted at cf in the 8th
Chase inserted at 1b in the 9th

GWRBI: Zimmerman
Temperature: 70, Field: wet, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind:
in from right at 6 MPH.


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