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Oh no Osada

4 replies. Most recent reply: Sep 7, 2012 8:59 AM by lionsfan

Tough loss for the Leos tonight at the Jo. Shuichiro Osada coughed up a few hits to the Hawks in the 10th inning and that was it. Hats of to the Softbank hitters but it begs the question, why didn't Nabe-Q use Williams or Wakui after a day off? Were they worn out after a stellar weekend?

Can't complain too much about this loss though after the weekend whitewash of the Marines. The pen was particularly sharp as the big cats took all three games from the slumping M's to strengthen their hold on first place.

The Lions got contributions from many different sources who stepped up to help out a hobbled Hiroyuki Nakajima. (Nakaji was suffering the after effects of a foot injury suffered in that scary collision with Kensuke Tanaka of the Fighters last week in Hokkaido).

Friday, it was the big guy leading the charge. Okawari-kun had three hits including a three-run homer, driving in four, in a 5-3 win backed by some stellar work from the bullpen. Ken Togame put out a fire in the 7th, while Randy Williams and his 149 kph heat struck out Tad Iguchi and Josh Whitesell back-to-back in the 8th inning. Hideaki Wakui got the save and seems to have his velocity back, topping out at 145 kph.

Saturday, Nakaji returned to spark the offense with a key, two-run single in the second inning. That was enough to help Kaz Ishii and the bullpen earn the W. Who would've thought that Ishii would have 10 wins at this point in the season?

Sunday, the big surprise was the starter: former Toronto Blue Jay Michael (don't call me Nakamura) Nakamura. He allowed only one run over four innings in the first start of his NPB career. The bullpen again protected the lead as the Lions won it 2-1.

Overall, the pen crew of Osada, Williams, Togame and Wakui collectively had an outstanding weekend, tossing 11-1/3 innings over the three games, allowing only 1 ER on 4 hits. Nice work guys. Hero interviews all round.

Wakui saved all three games and now has 21 saves on the season. Perhaps he did need the rest tonight.

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Re: Oh no Osada

[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 10:45 PM | Posts: 35252 | From: Yokohama, Japan | YBS Fan | Registered: Aug, 2001 ]
Nice recap of the weekend series. As a closet Marines fan, though, it was double painful as my 'Stars were swept by the Giants. (I can usually get at least one win between the two teams over a weekend.)

As a fellow Michael, I know it is painful, but Nakamura spells his first name with the a and e inverted. Micheal. His father, charged with doing the paper work, couldn't remember the proper spelling of the name he and his wife had decided on at Micheal's berth. So now every spell checker and auto-corrector is going to be wrong for his name from now to eternity.

Re: Oh no Osada

[ Author: lionsfan | Posted: Sep 5, 2012 7:36 AM | Posts: 20 | From: Shin Tokorozawa | SEI Fan | Registered: Aug, 2009 ]
Very good catch on the "Micheal," Michael. I have noticed that and wondered about it... considering that's the name on the back of his shirt. Thanks for explaining.

I guess with a more well known Nakamura on the same team, I'd go with my first name too.

Re: Oh no Osada

[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:25 AM | Posts: 35252 | From: Yokohama, Japan | YBS Fan | Registered: Aug, 2001 ]
It sounds like you aren't aware of Micheal's beginnings.

Deanna Rubin's Marinerds blog would be the best place to catch up on that. I think that that's where I read about it.

Nonetheless, he went by "Micheal" instead of Nakamura since arriving in Japan to play for Nippon Ham. I think that he had to go by Nakamura or M. Nakamura while with the Giants who frown up first names and/or nicknames as players' registered names.

I've long thought that he preferred his first name to emphasize that he isn't Japanese, as he was raised in Australia and the U.S. Having another Nakamura on the team just helps in making the distinction, but is not the primary motivation, I don't think.

Re: Oh no Osada

[ Author: lionsfan | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 8:59 AM | Posts: 20 | From: Shin Tokorozawa | SEI Fan | Registered: Aug, 2009 ]
Cool. I actually remember seeing him pitch briefly for the Blue Jays (I'm from Toronto). I recall the announcers saying that he was their first "Japanese" player because he was born in Nara. But as you indicate, he was raised elsewhere.
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