2007 Japan Series

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2007 Japan Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Chunichi Dragons (4) Hiromitsu Ochiai 78–64–2, .549, GB: 1.5
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (1) Trey Hillman 79–60–5, .568, GA: 2
Dates: October 27 – November 1
MVP: Norihiro Nakamura (Dragons)
Television:
  • TV Asahi (ANN, Game 1)
  • TV Tokyo (Game 2, 5, aired on 6 TXN stations, Gifu Broadcasting, Mie TV, Biwako Broadcasting, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, Nara TV and TV Wakayama)
  • Tokai TV and Fuji TV (Fuji Network, Game 3)
  • CBC (JNN, Game 4)
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The 2007 Japan Series, the 58th edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's championship series, began Saturday, October 27, 2007, pitting the Pacific League Regular League and Climax Series' Champion, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and the Chunichi Dragons, winners of the Central League's Climax Series, in a rematch of the previous year's Japan Series, won by the Fighters.

In a virtual mirror image of the 2006 series, the Dragons won in the same manner that the Fighters had the previous year, losing the first game and sweeping the next four.

Climax Series[edit]

  First stage     Final stage     Japan Series
                           
  Central League     C1  Yomiuri Giants 0  
  C2  Chunichi Dragons 2     C2  Chunichi Dragons 3    
  C3  Hanshin Tigers 0         C2  Chunichi Dragons 4
      P1  Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1
  Pacific League     P1  Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3    
  P2  Chiba Lotte Marines 2     P2  Chiba Lotte Marines 2  
  P3  Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 1  

Summary[edit]

Game Date Score Attendance Location
1 October 27 Chunichi 1 at Nippon Ham 3 40,616 Sapporo Dome
2 October 28 Chunichi 8 at Nippon Ham 1 40,770 Sapporo Dome
3 October 30 Nippon Ham 1 at Chunichi 9 38,068 Nagoya Dome
4 October 31 Nippon Ham 2 at Chunichi 4 38,059 Nagoya Dome
5 November 1 Nippon Ham 0 at Chunichi 1 38,118 Nagoya Dome
Chunichi wins 4–1

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Saturday, October 27, 2007 at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Hokkaidō

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Nippon Ham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0
WP: Yu Darvish (1–0)   LP: Kenshin Kawakami (0–1)
Home runs:
CHU: None
NIP: Fernando Seguignol (1)

Game 2[edit]

Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Hokkaidō

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 1 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 0 8 8 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
WP: Kenichi Nakata (1–0)   LP: Ryan Glynn (0–1)
Home runs:
CHU: Lee Byung-Kyu (1), Masahiko Morino (1)
NIP: Fernando Seguignol (2)

Game 3[edit]

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
Chunichi 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 9 12 0
WP: Kenta Asakura (1–0)   LP: Masaru Takeda (0–1)

Game 4[edit]

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Chunichi 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 4 5 1
WP: Yoshihiro Suzuki (1–0)   LP: Mitsuo Yoshikawa (0–1)   Sv: Hitoki Iwase (1)

Game 5[edit]

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya

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

This was the first perfect game in Japan Series history, but it is not recognised by NPB as such as NPB does not recognise combined perfect games or no-hitters . Under the definition recognised by IBAF and most federations, it would be recognised as such.