Hamsters Up, Dragons Down!

Well it’s one down and three to go for Nippon Ham as they took care of business on Sat. night or rather, to be more accurate, Handsome Devil Yu Darvish took care of the business and it’s back to the drawing board for Chunichi.

It was definitely a battle between Aces (Kawakami for the Dragons, Darvish for the Hamsters) as both pitchers went 8 strong and scoreless innings effectively putting the opponents’ bats to sleep. Unfortunately for Chunichi (and their fans) Kawakami-san had a little trouble in the bottom of the 1st. The powerful right hander uncharacteristically issued 2 free passes to Fighters Morimoto and Inaba and then followed the flaw with his only big mistake of the evening. Facing the Hamsters DH Seguignol, the righty delivered a flat, fat fastball up in the Zone which Seguignol promptly blasted about 23 rows up into the right field bleachers.

Hamsters 3, Dragons 0, before the fans even finished theie first beer!

And this was all the support that dervish Darvish would require. The nasty Right Hander from Hokkaido carried his 3 run cushion into the 2nd and proceeded to run through the Chunichi lineup like the Shinkansen runs from Tokyo to Osaka, which is to say- Lightening Fast, smoothly beautiful, frighteningly efficient, ultra-cool and damn near unstoppable. There was a very minor bump in the road for the Righty in the 6th when the Dragons 2nd baseman Araki managed to score on a sac fly but other than this Young Darvish was completely in control and had his way with the boys from Nagoya all night long.

Dragons’ manager Ochia-san watched everything with his own usual unruffled cool before exiting the dugout immediately after the final out. It was a positively Darvish Night but we’ll see what the Buddha of Baseball has in store for the rest of the Series.
posted by Billy at 00:00 | BASEBALL!!