2006 Japan Series

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2006 Japan Series
2006 JS logo.png
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (4) Trey Hillman 82–54–0, .603, GA: 1
Chunichi Dragons (1) Hiromitsu Ochiai 87–54–5, .617, GA: 3.5
Dates: October 21 – October 26
MVP: Atsunori Inaba (Fighters)
Television:
  • CBC (JNN, Game 1)
  • Tokai TV and Fuji TV (Fuji Network, Game 2)
  • TV Asahi (ANN, Game 3, 5)
  • TV Tokyo (Game 4 aired on 6 TXN stations, Gifu Broadcasting, Mie TV, Biwako Broadcasting, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, Nara TV and TV Wakayama)
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The 2006 Japan Series, the 57th edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's championship series, began on October 21 and ended on October 26, and matched the Central League champion Chunichi Dragons against the Pacific League champion, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The Fighters won the Series in five games, taking Games 2,3,4 and 5.

Matchups[edit]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Time Attendance
1 October 21 Nippon Ham 2 Chunichi 4 6:10 pm 38,009
2 October 22 Nippon Ham 5 Chunichi 2 6:10 pm 38,095
3 October 24 Chunichi 1 Nippon Ham 6 6:10 pm 41,798
4 October 25 Chunichi 0 Nippon Ham 3 6:10 pm 41,835
5 October 26 Chunichi 1 Nippon Ham 4 6:10 pm 42,030
Nippon Ham wins 4-1

Game 1[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Chunichi 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 X 4 6 0
WP: Kenshin Kawakami (1-0)   LP: Yu Darvish (0-1)   Sv: Hitoki Iwase (1)

Game 1 saw both aces pitch for their respective teams: Darvish for the Fighters, Kawakami for the Dragons. Both pitchers started off well, but Darvish, who had bouts with wildness in the regular season, saw his control unravel in the 2nd inning, giving away the 2-0 Fighters lead that he had been staked to in the top of the inning. Chunichi scratched across one more in the 3rd and one in the 8th to put the home Dragons on top, 4-2. Longtime Dragons closer Iwase shut down the Fighters in the 9th to put the Dragons on top 1 game to none.

Game 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 9 0
Chunichi 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Tomoya Yagi (1-0)   LP: Masa Yamamoto (0-1)   Sv: Micheal Nakamura (1)
Home runs:
Nip: Fernando Seguignol (1)
Chu: Hirokazu Ibata (1), Kosuke Fukudome (1)

Super rookie Tomoya Yagi took the mound for Nippon Ham in Game 2, still flying high from out-dueling SoftBank Hawks ace Kazumi Saitoh. He would out-duel another veteran, this time screwballer Masahiro Yamamoto. In the battle of the lefties, the only two mistakes Yagi would make would be to Hirokazu Ibata and Kosuke Fukudome, both solo shots.

Game 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
Nippon Ham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 6 7 0
WP: Masaru Takeda (1-0)   LP: Kenta Asakura (0-1)
Home runs:
Chu: None
Nip: Atsunori Inaba (1)

Game 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
WP: Satoru Kanemura (1-0)   LP: Kenichi Nakata (0-1)   Sv: Michael Nakamura (2)

Game 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 X 4 8 0
WP: Yu Darvish (1-1)   LP: Kenshin Kawakami (1-1)   Sv: Michael Nakamura (3)
Home runs:
Chu: None
Nip: Fernando Seguignol (2), Atsunori Inaba (2)

References[edit]