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From now on I won’t be able to write about the games on a regular basis as my work schedule changed back to normal. I had some problems getting out of bed today and I definetely didn’t get enough sleep last night. Still I was surprised to find the last game of today still up and running. I didn’t expect that to happen.  In the meantime be sure to check out what Deanna has to say about her trip to Koushien. She’s also got some very nice pictures there (as always). I think I like the one of those two Nihon Bunri players best.  And for the Inning-by-inning reports go to the always hard working Goro Shigeno‘s site. (more…)

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The nightshifts of the past week finally caught up with me and sent me to bed early last night so I wasn’t able to watch a complete game at all. I sticked around long enough to catch a glimpse of the PL Gakuen game though and I was very impressed by the turnout at the stadium. The game started at 8:30 am local time at Osaka and the place was packed. PL Gakuen is the Osaka prefecture representative, of course, but I didn’t expect so many people to show up at such an early time. If this was taking place here people would still be in bed at such a time. (more…)

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NPBTracker posted a great article about the different approach on pitch counts. Now I have never thrown a baseball, so I don’t know anything about how fast your arm will tire if you keep on throwing for a long time, but I just don’t see the point of taking out a pitcher as soon as a certain number of pitches is reached. Especially when the guy on the mound keeps throwing good stuff. I my opinion you rob yourself of winning a game if you hand it over to another pitcher. (more…)

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While tempers were flaring high in MLB with the Tigers and the Red Sox or the Dodgers and the Giants going for each other’s throats in benches clearing brawls, it’s always nice to see how well behaved and friendly the players interact at Koushien. Actually I like this a lot more as it increases the tempo of the game. Things move a lot faster when there aren’t that many discussions. (more…)

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The summer returned to Koushien in full force as the cameras were showing a lot of people. Some nice background information was provided as well as the commentators during the Heian-Chuykou game pointed out that Chukyou C Isomura‘s father and some of his brothers (if I recall this correctly, it was already way past 4 am over here, so I apologize beforehand if I messed this up) went to Koushien before him and they also had an interview with his father in the middle of the 6th inning. (more…)

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After two days of rain the sun came up again and they boys were finally able to play ball again. Because of all the rainouts they had pushed the Jyousuikan vs Kochi match to the last spot of the day, I think to get both teams some rest. I was able to chat a little bit with the people at the Koushien chatrrom over at japanesebaseball.com, that was very nice. (more…)

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Somewhow I feel a little sorry for the boys of Jyousuikan and Kochi. They were sent out yesterday again and right from the start it didn’t look like they were going to finish this one in time either. However they were able to bring in 4 complete innings with a score of 6-5 in Jyousuikan‘s favour. Lot’s of errors, of course, but I take it that those happened due to the very hard conditions on the field. Jyousuikan changed pitchers in the 4th while Kochi stuck with their ace.
Anyway, they will try to make up all the games today. I don’t really know the schedule, but I think they will start at 08:30 am Osaka time and then continue from there. When I was looking at the weather forecast things didn’t look bright. By the way, Patrick of NPBTracker tweets that it’s the first time since 1975 that two consecutive days have been rained out.
If I read this article in Nikkan Sports (Japanese) correctly the game between Jyousuikan and Kochi will be scheduled as the fourth game for Tuesday. They will reshufle the order a little bit, starting with Tohoka Tachibana 常葉橘 (Shizuoka) vs Ashigawadai 旭川大 (Kita Hokkaido) followed by Nagano Nichidai 長野日大 (Nagano) vs Sakushin Gakuin 作新学院 (Tochigi) and Tenri 天理 (Nara) vs Nanto Sougou Fukuno 南砺総合福 (Toyama).

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