Hello again everyone. This past weekend, Saturday June 13th and Sunday June, 14th, I took a trip to
This is MR.CARRASCO, one of Rakuten's many mascots. He is known for doing crazy things such as stunts on a dirt bike and literally climbing the very small wall in the outfield and jumping into the stands. He totally rocks.
But before I go on, I’d just like to say thank you to Michael Westbay from JapaneseBaseball.com for the camera advice he gave on one of my previous posts. I’m still learning the ropes with my new camera so to speak and hopefully, as time goes on, this blog can serve as sort of a personal history to showcase my improvement in picture taking.
But enough joking aside, this weekend totally sucked for
Yokohama centerfielder Tatsuhiko Kinjoh. Honestly, I like Kinjoh but it seems like this may be his last year in Yokohama.
New lead-off man Yuki Yoshimura. I admit, while the concept of Yoshimura as a lead-off hitter is intriguing, he strikes out way to much for my taste and shouldn't be batting lead-off in my opinion.
Seiichi Uchikawa trying to be gangster in left field before the game. All kidding aside though, I really like Uchi and honestly, I think that Tashiro-kantoku should give him a shot to lead-off again.
As for the games themselves,
After a fly out to left by Daisuke Kusano to start the bottom of the 2rd, Tsuchiya Teppei walked and then advanced to third on a single to right by Kenshi. Yosuke Hirashi also walked to load the bases and then Rakuten catcher Motohiro Shima walked to make it 1-0 Rakuten with the bases still loaded. Then, leadoff hitter Naoto Wantanabe singled to center to make it 3-0 Rakuten and that’s where the score stayed until the bottom of the 8th where Daisuke Kusano would add another run on an RBI double to make it 4-0 Rakuten. Again, Rakuten didn’t need all that much to win the game as they only had 6 hits total and 5 of them were singles.
But Satoshi Nagai on the other hand, totally handcuffed
Now, I had hope for Game 2 to be honest with you because
Yokohama Ace Daisuke Miura warming up before starting the 1st inning.
Miura just before throwing his first pitch of the game.
Miura looking cool in his shades and practice uniform before the game.
Hisashi Iwakuma right before throwing a pitch.
Hisashi Iwakuma right after throwing a pitch.
Hisashi Iwakuma yet again.
Rakuten exploded and did most of their damage in the 5th and 6th innings by scoring 7 runs and totaling 9 hits in those two innings as well. Rakuten DH Takeshi “Hulk Smash” Yamazaki went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored and catcher Akihito Fuji went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Seriously, if the Japanese were to ever make their own version of “The Hulk”, Takeshi Yamazaki would be the perfect guy to fill the role as he’s not only a decent sized guy, but he has the temper to boot.
Rakuten outfielder Teppei touching up first base during a pickoff attempt by Ryan Glynn during Game #1.
Teppei advancing to third on a single by Rakuten first baseman Kenshi during Game #1. It was the same play as the picture above too ironically.
Catcher Akihito Fuji standing on first base after recording his third hit of the day during Game #2.
Rakuten left fielder Masato Nakamura just after hitting a single in the 5th inning of Game #1.
Daisuke Kusano stealing second base.
And finally, I leave you with this photo:
BayStars veteran pitcher Kimiyasu Kudoh. When it comes to this season, the look on Kudoh's face pretty much sums up how I feel when I think about the BayStars. I think this is going to be my mandatory introduction photo for all BayStars related posts this year.