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CS Final Stage Game 2: This Is It

In Chiba Lotte Marines, Game Report, Playoffs by Steve Novosel0 Comments

Our Marines have reached the end of the season: Thursday’s 6-1 loss at Fukuoka means that if Chiba is to play on we must win 4 in a row.

Doable!

But, not so easy. Remember back to 2010 and this team was in a similarly precarious position. Down 3-1, needing to win out to advance, having far from the best starters available for the first two games (Shunsuke and Yuta, actually), the guys took those first two close games before Naruse shut down the Hawks to advance.

In some ways what faces Lotte is a bit simpler – yes, it’s 4 in a row instead of 3 in a row, but the next three starting pitchers are sure to be Ishikawa, Chen, and Wakui. That’s really good! All bats are available. The small visitor section is still mighty in voice, easily louder than the rest of the stadium combined. We can do this!

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If It’s Lotte Golden Year, We Must Go Through Fukuoka

In Chiba Lotte Marines, Game Report, Playoffs by Steve Novosel0 Comments

I have no voice, nothing left in me at all right now.  But I must tell you this, fellow traveller in Lotte fandom – Our beloved Marines sent Nippon Hamu to an early bedtime on this Monday with a tense, thrilling 2-1 win in Sapporo.  The streak of first round victories in the playoffs is intact, the Golden Year dream lives on.  It’s a wonderful day to be a Lotte supporter.