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Dragons up 2-0 in Central League
2007-10-19 06:37
by Bob Timmermann

The Chunichi Dragons took a 2-0 lead in their second stage playoff series in the Central League with a 7-4 win over the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome. Game 3 will be Saturday.

Boxscore by request!

The Dragons can win one of the next three to move on to the Japan Series to take on the Nippon Ham Fighters. The Fighters manager, Trey Hillman, is reported to be in negotiations with the Kansas City Royals to take over the job there.

The Dragons are aiming for their eighth Central League title and their second straight.

The Fighters are attempting to win back-to-back Japan Series titles, something that has not been done since the Seibu Lions won three straight from 1990-92. The Dragons have never won the Central League in consecutive years and have not won the Japan Series since 1954.

Real English language boxscore.


2007-10-19 09:47:41
1.   Woden325
I ran the boxscore through Google's translatomat, and I'm even more confused. In the top of the 4th, Masahiko Morino got a "Direct Investment." And in the bottom of the 1st, Michihiro Ogasawara was "Lower Right Goldwin."
There are players playing the "Slaughter" position, and a category in the box score for "Cheap Shots."

It's like looking at a BlurnsBall scorecard.

2007-10-19 10:35:25
2.   Ken Arneson
1 Wow, Valley Motonobu Shigeru provided four cheap shots!

Also, the Giants seem to have been the victim of some sort of flood. Their boxscore sections are preceded with phrases like, "After flooding hit record giants" and "Giants pitching performance after flooding".

First midges, and now floods. This year's postseason is reaching biblical proportions.

2007-10-19 10:36:40
3.   Ken Arneson
Here's the tinyurl to the translated boxscore:

2007-10-19 11:53:20
4.   Josh Wilker
1 , 3 : Oh my god, this is the greatest thing I've ever seen.

As if the box score weren't enough, you can also click on players' names. About "Hollins" it is written:

"Homer strikeout or a roughing the surface with, but if you stand up in sweeten skip batting is very attractive. As a regular, 30 home runs more than hope."

2007-10-19 12:07:34
5.   kylepetterson
I am now interested in Japanese baseball

"見三振 Look at the strikeouts"

Seriously, look at them.

Plus with Woods getting "four death" twice! Awesome!

2007-10-19 12:42:22
6.   Ken Arneson
My favorite thing is clicking on the "Team" link at the top, and then clicking on "pitchers" for one of the teams. The statistical categories are awesome.

I think from now on, I'm going to analyze every pitcher by his "traffic vibration rate".

2007-10-19 13:04:57
7.   Josh Wilker
Are there Japanese box scores of American baseball (that can in turn be fed through a translator)? I feel as if the enigma of Daisuke Matsuzaka could be unraveled if I could only see his numbers as they were meant to be seen.
2007-10-19 13:07:50
8.   kylepetterson
What the hell is a "pressurized death sphere"?!?!
2007-10-19 13:09:05
9.   kylepetterson
7 Someone once told me that his traffic vibration rate is off the charts.
2007-10-19 16:09:51
10.   Bob Timmermann

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