FIGHTERS HAMMER DRAGONS TO EARN NIPPON SERIES
Sapporo crowd enjoyed jumping when Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters deserved a 4-1 series win over Chunichi Dragons in the best-of-seven Nippon Series. Fighters are the first title since moving the franchise to Sapporo, Hokkaido, and the twice in team history since the former club Toei Flyers in 1962.
Defence was the most factor towards the championship. In all five games, starting pitchers dicided each game to be marked a win or a loss. Ham's bullpen was almost perfect to give the Nagoya team just one run, which the best reliever in the Pacific League Hisashi Takeda allowed in Game 1. Dragons manager Hiromitsu Ochiai switched out relievers in less than an inning but unfortunately could not go ahead to a good direction.
I was disappointing for Dragons' four streak losing but at the same time I was excited at pitchers' battle coming to a deadlock. I expect to watch many games like these next season.
Nippon Series 2006
Nippon-Ham 2-4 Chunichi (21 Oct)
Nippon-Ham 5-2 Chunichi (22 Oct)
Chunichi 1-6 Nippon-Ham (24 Oct)
Chunichi 0-3 Nippon-Ham (25 Oct)
Chunichi 1-4 Nippon-Ham (26 Oct)