Hello again everyone. With the rainy weather continuing here in
Ok, with my opening out of the way, let’s get down to business. On Saturday May 16th, I took a “little” trip to Kamagaya,
Fighters Stadium mascot Cubby. Seriously, I've never seen a mascot actually partake in the actual performance of ouenka before. This was very cool to see.
As for the game itself, I was quite disappointed in the way that Shonan played. They didn’t hit and were completely sloppy on defense. The starters for each team were Kentaro Kurihara for Shonan and Mitsuo Yoshikawa for the Fighters. Yoshikawa only went five innings despite pitching pretty good and only giving up one run which was a solo homer to Shonan shortstop Takayuki Kajitani. Kentaro Kurihara on the other hand was lousy giving up 7 runs and nine hits through 5 1/3 innings. But to his credit, not all of those runs were his fault and some of them were also due to Shonan’s lousy defense (Keijiro Matsumoto and Shingo Nonaka in particular). So actually, only about 4 runs or so were his fault due to bad pitching but regardless, the Fighters took advantage of Shonan’s faults and made them pay for it in what was a totally one sided game for them.
Nippon Ham starter Mitsuo Yoshikawa.
Shonan starter Kentaro Kurihara.
Also too, before the game, Nippon Ham wunderkind Sho Nakata received his April farm league MVP award and another award too I think (I forgot what it was though). This would be the last time to date that I would see Nakata at a 2-gun game as he was called up to the main squad a few weeks later and has been there ever since (as of 6/24/09 he has been demoted to 2-gun again). I can now say that I saw Nakata when he was just starting out and when he becomes this big star that everyone sees him becoming, I can brag about seeing him in 2-gun when he was just starting.
Sho Nakata receiving his April MVP award for 2-gun.
Nakata bowing to the fans on the first base side after receiving his award.
Nakata hitting a single that bounced off the outfield wall.
Oh yeah, and after the game I received some more Shonan autographs of the following players:
Hiroaki Ohnishi warming up before the game.
As always, here’s the box score for the game: