Beerleaguer will be publishing automated entries until next week and will resume flesh-and-bone posting Thursday, Sept. 13. Don’t let that stop you from discussing the latest Phillies scoop and news from around the league as the Phillies get set to take on the Marlins tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Meanwhile in Japan, Tokyo sight-seeing is scheduled, followed by Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Giants from the raucous Tokyo Dome.
10:45 a.m. update
TOKYO -- The Phillies aren't the only team squandering their high-powered offense. Halfway around the world, seven home runs, including three by Korean standout Seung Yeop Lee, wasn't enough firepower for the Yomiuri Giants as the visiting Hanshin Tigers held on to win a 9-8 shootout at Tokyo Dome Friday night.
The Tigers capitalized on shaky control by the Giants' pitching staff and delivered timely hits to stay even, but the deciding blow came on the Tigers' only home run of the night: a game-winning shot by a nameless .190 hitter off Giants' star closer Koji Uehara. Uehara's Tiger counterpart, closer Kyuji Fujikawa, finished the job in the bottom of the ninth, preserving the 9-8 victory.
The loss spoiled a seven-homer Yomiuri outburst, five of them coming off Kutztown University product and former Pirate Ryan Vogelsong, who was charged with six runs over the first 4 1-3 innings. Former Devil Ray Damon Hollins was among those who homered for Yomiuri, playing before an estimated 46,000-plus. Former Expos hurler Jeremy Powell, pitching his 7th season in Japan, started for the Giants and was chased early.
Other notable contributors in Hanshin's win included first baseman Andy Sheets, Venezuelan right-hander Darwin Cubillan and Australian left-hander Jeff Williams, former Dodgers property playing his fifth season in Japan.
12 noon video update:
An usher encourages Giants fans that the game is safely in the hands of the bullpen with the game tied 8-8. [Video]
Teams have organized cheers for each player, but here's one that seemed to be a more general medley by the home fans. Unlike the first one, this one is very beautiful. (Note: These may take a while to load, and you may need Quicktime to view them.) [Video]