Adventures from the Far East and Beyond

Marines beat Eagles 6-0 and Karakawa takes the win May 10, 2009

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Yuki Karakawa (no. 19) on the jumbotron  OTTAWA – Here’s the thing. My hometown Vancouver Canucks have been hitting the ice hard all season, did a fantastic job taking the quarterfinals and are now tied 2-2 with the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals. The Stanley Cup playoffs have been a blast to follow and are a great way to feel camaraderie among Vancouvorites across the nation… but I still miss Japanese baseball. A LOT. The Marines are in 6th place in the Pacific League right now but are only one win behind last year’s champions, the Lions, and I’m sure that things will change up for them really soon! It’s pretty strange to think that the Eagles are in 1st place. It looks like the Fighters have nudged their way up their too.


Ugh. I picked up some sort of stomach bug while traveling and have been catching up on my Japanese baseball all week. So happy to see that the Marines beat the Eagles 2 out of the 3 games over the weekend. The best part is that Yuki Karakawa took the win for the Marines. Go Marines Go!!
I’ve been enjoying the pictures and stories from Deanna’s Marine Stadium adventures at http://marinerds.blogspot.com/2009/05/game-reportphotopost-eagles-marines.html.


Bottom of the… May 21, 2008

Ouch! I sat through one of the most painful games last night. Over four hours, 23 runs, 37 hits and three triplets later, Marines fans left knowing that they were the only team in the Pacific League to miss out on a win last night.

Karakawa pitching

Nihon Ham Fighters 6 – 3 Yokohama Baystars

Softbank Hawks 4 – 3 Hiroshima Carp

Orix Buffaloes 4 – 3 Hanshin Tigers

Rakuten Eagles 6 – 1 Chunichi Dragons

Chiba Lotte Marines 11 – 12 Yomiuri Giants

Yeah, that’s right. We were soooo close. We even had the Giants trailing in the 4th after getting six runs in in the bottom half of the 3rd… But the Giants slowly kept pushing up the numbers and then Ramirex hit a three-run homer to push the Giants at 12 – 10. We got another run in during the bottom of the 9th but it wasn’t enough to win!

Nemoto (Chiba Lotte Marines)

I hope that Yuki Karakawa (3-0) learns from this experience and comes back even stronger the next time he starts. He let in six runs on 13 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Before the game, Karakawa talked about how excited he was to pitch against the Giants. His father is a big Giants fan so they used to go to Tokyo Dome a lot when he was younger. Karakawa recounted that he was pitching just fine in the bullpen but once he got on the mound, he could feel that he was starting to strain himself. After the game, he was upset that he wasn’t able to hold it together for the team. Though he is no longer in the running to become the first pitcher drafted out of high school to earn a win in his first four games since the draft era, he is still aiming to win all of his games and set a new record.

Yomiuri Giants closer Marc Kroon


Um and yes. The Marines are officially at the bottom of the Pacific League.