September 8, 2016 at 7:20 pm #8725
Nine TV cameras and about 100 reporters covered practices before tonight’s game.
Gates for non-reserved infield seats opened at 14:45, fifteen minutes earlier than usual.
The Carp recorded their eightieth victory last night, a first in franchise history. They were the only team in the NPB without an eighty-win season.September 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm #8726
As of 7:21pm:
Hiroshima is up 6-2 against Chunichi
Hanshin is up 1-0 against YomiuriSeptember 8, 2016 at 7:56 pm #8730
As of 7:55pm:
Hiroshima is up 6-3 against Chunichi after five full innings.
Hanshin is up 1-0 against Yomiuri after seven full innings.September 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm #8731
Unfortunately for the Carp, they could not clinch tonight.
The best would be for the Giants to beat the Swallows tomorrow, which would give the Carp a shot at clinching over the weekend against the Giants at Tokyo Dome.September 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm #8756
The Carp began taking apart the celebration area The 4800 bottles of beer and two barrels of sake were removed from the celebration area some time during the seventh inning, after the Giants finalized their victory over the Tigers. The Carp are now making preparations for a celebration at their hotel in Tokyo.
If the Carp clinch first place on their day off today, they will celebrate with beer, but will save doage celebrations (tossing people into the air) until they return to Mazda Stadium on September 15. If they clinch over the weekend, they will perform doage celebrations on the field.
Team owner Hajime Matsuda will be in Tokyo for an owner meeting on September 12. He will arrive in Tokyo on September 11.September 9, 2016 at 11:16 pm #8778
The players watched tonight’s Yomiuri-Yakult game at Jingu Stadium in a big room at their hotel.
Hiroki Kuroda will have the chance to help the team clinch tomorrow night. The Giants will be going with Miles Mikolas.
Source: Daily Sports 9/9/2016September 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm #8803
The Carp set up a celebration space at their hotel’s indoor parking garage on September 9. They are using an area about fifty parking spaces large and about two meters high. They prepared 4,800 bottles of beer at Mazda Stadium, but only 3,000 for the possible celebration in Tokyo.
Source: Daily Sports 9/10/2016September 10, 2016 at 9:29 pm #8812
The Carp are up 6-4 over the Giants in the ninth. They are three outs away from clinching first place.September 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm #8813
Kataoka strikes out for the first out.September 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm #8814
Shigenobu strikes out looking. One more out.September 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm #8815
Chono records a single to left. Runner on first, two out.
Many of the Carp players are ready to jump out of the dugout. Kuroda returned to the dugout and is watching the game with the team as well.September 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm #8816
Kamei grounds out to short. Carp win the Central League.September 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm #8817
Ogata tossed into the air seven times, Kuroda five times, and Arai five times.September 11, 2016 at 1:02 am #8832
The Carp went through 3,000 bottles of beer in about twenty minutes.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2016September 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm #8849
That was freaking amazing… Kuroda was in tears, truly a wonderful moment to remember. Will be rooting for the Koi to win it all this postseason!