Climax Series 1st Stage Game 1 Summary

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Here’s a hitter-by-hitter breakdown of Saturday’s game. No spoilers in the opening! Just read and enjoy!

Top 1: Hiroki Uemoto fly out to center, Ryota Imanari grounder to short, Takashi Toritani strikeout (swinging). 0 hits, 0 runs.

Bottom 1: Tateoka leadoff single, Kataoka bunt, Sakamoto fly out to center, Abe fly out to right. 1 hit, 0 runs.

Top 2: Mauro Gomez grounder to short, Kosuke Fukudome grounder to second, Matt Murton grounder to second. 0 hits, 0 runs.

Bottom 2: Chono fly out to center, Kamei walk, Ibata single to right, Kobayashi fly out to right, Mikolas strikeout (swinging). 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs.

Top 3: Taiga Egoshi strikeout (swinging), Ryutaro Umeno double down the left field line, Shintaro Fujinami fly out to left, Uemoto walk, Imanari grounder to second. 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs.

Bottom 3: Tateoka strikeout (swinging), Kataoka fly to right, Sakamoto fly to right. 0 hits, 0 runs.

Top 4: Toritani line out to right, Gomez strikeout (swinging), Fukudome strikeout (swinging). 0 hits, 0 runs.

Bottom 4: Abe grounder to second, Chono foul fly to first, Kamei fly out to center. 0 hits, 0 runs.

Top 5: Murton single to left, advanced to second on wild pitch, Egoshi strikeout (swinging), Umeno pop up to second, Fujinami grounder to short. 1 hit, 0 runs.

Bottom 5: Ibata bloop single to right, Kobayashi sacrifice bunt, Mikolas RBI double to right center, Tateoka grounder to third, Kataoka walk, Sakamoto strikeout (swinging). 2 hits, 1 run. SCORE: Giants 1, Tigers 0.

Top 6: Uemoto grounder to third, Imanari strikeout (swinging), Toritani double to left center, Gomez grounder to short. 1 hit, 0 runs.

Bottom 6: Abe strikeout (swinging), Chono single to center, Fujinami throwing error (pickoff), runner to third, Kamei RBI single to pitcher (ricocheted off Fujinami’s glove into left), Ibata single to right, Kobayashi strikeout (swinging), Mikolas strikeout (swinging). 3 hits, 1 run. SCORE: Giants 2, Tigers 0.

Top 7: Fukudome single to left, Murton single to left, Shunsuke (pinch bunting for Egoshi) sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Umeno RBI single to center (video here), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (pinch hitting for Fujinami) sacrifice fly to center (video here), Umeno thrown out at second on pickoff. 3 hits, 2 runs. SCORE: Tigers 2, Giants 2.

Bottom 7: Suguru Iwazaki replaces Fujinami. Tateoka single to pitcher (ricocheted off Iwazaki’s leg), Kataoka sacrifice bunt, Sakamoto strikeout (swinging), Abe grounder to first. 1 hit, 0 runs.

Top 8: Yamaguchi replaces Mikolas. Uemoto single to right, Imanari sacrifice bunt, Toritani grounder to second, Gomez walk, Fukudome grounder to short. 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs.

Bottom 8: Chono liner to shortstop, Kamei liner to shortstop, Ibata foul fly to first. 0 hits, 0 runs.

Top 9: Sawamura replaces Ibata, Murata replaces Yamaguchi. Murton strikeout (swinging), Shunsuke liner to second, Umeno single to left, Hayata Itoh (pinch hitting for Iwazaki) strikeout (swinging). 1 hit, 0 runs.

Bottom 9: Yuya Andoh replaces Iwazaki. Donoue (pinch hitting for Kobayashi) grounder to second, Murata single to left, Tateoka grounder to second (Murata out at second), Kataoka strikeout (swinging). 1 hit, 0 runs.

Top 10: Uemoto pop foul to first, Imanari strikeout (swinging), Toritani grounder to third. 0 hits, 0 runs.

Bottom 10: Sakamoto walk. Kazuya Takamiya replaces Andoh. Abe grounder to third, runner advances to second. Shunsuke replaces Murton in left, Yamato replaces Shunsuke in center. Chono intentional walk, Kamei walk, Takahashi (pinch hitting for Sawamura) walk. 4 walks, 1 run.

FINAL SCORE: GIANTS 3, TIGERS 2.

WP: Sawamura (1-0); LP: Andoh (0-1)
(Giants lead series 1-0)
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