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|2013 Japan Series|
|Dates||October 26 – November 3, 2013|
|MVP||Manabu Mima (RAK)|
|FSA||Hisayoshi Chōno (YOM)|
KHB (Games 1, 2 and 7)
NTV (Games 3, 4 and 5)
TBC (Game 6)
The 2013 Konami Japan Series was the 64th edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) championship series known colloquially as the Japan Series. The best-of-seven playoff was won by the Pacific League champion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in seven games over the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants. It was the Eagles' first Japan Series appearance and their first win since the team's creation in 2005. The series began on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and ended on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Miyagi Baseball Stadium in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Eagles' starting pitcher Manabu Mima, who was the winning pitcher in Games 3 and 7, was named the Japan Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).
|First Stage||Final Stage||Japan Series|
|Central League||C1||Yomiuri Giants||4|
|C2||Hanshin Tigers||0||C3||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||0|
|C3||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||2||C1||Yomiuri Giants||3|
|P1||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles||4|
|Pacific League||P1||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles||4|
|P2||Saitama Seibu Lions||1||P3||Chiba Lotte Marines||1|
|P3||Chiba Lotte Marines||2|
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won the series, 4–3.
|1||October 26||Yomiuri Giants – 2, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 0||Kleenex Stadium||3:20||25,209|
|2||October 27||Yomiuri Giants – 1, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 2||Kleenex Stadium||3:16||25,219|
|3||October 29||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 5, Yomiuri Giants – 1||Tokyo Dome||3:26||44,940|
|4||October 30||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 5, Yomiuri Giants – 6||Tokyo Dome||4:07||44,968|
|5||October 31||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 4, Yomiuri Giants – 2 (10)||Tokyo Dome||3:49||44,995|
|6||November 2||Yomiuri Giants – 4, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 2||Kleenex Stadium||3:16||25,271|
|7||November 3||Yomiuri Giants – 0, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – 3||Kleenex Stadium||3:15||25,249|
|WP: Tetsuya Utsumi (1–0) LP: Takahiro Norimoto (0–1) Sv: Kentaro Nishimura (1)|
YOM: Shuichi Murata (1)
Yomiuri Giants' starter Tetsuya Utsumi and relievers Scott Mathieson, Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Kentaro Nishimura combined on a nine-hit shutout to beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and take one-game lead in the Series. Even though they failed to score in the game, the Eagles had several scoring opportunities. Their leadoff man reached base in six innings and they also ended six innings with at least one runner in scoring position. Eagles' rookie-starter Takahiro Norimoto performed well, holding the Giants to only four hits through eight and a third innings. The Giants' two runs came from a Hisayoshi Chono RBI-single in the fifth inning and Shuichi Murata's solo homerun in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half of the inning, Giants' outfielder Yoshiyuki Kamei stopped a potential game-tying play by making an impressive catch at the wall to retire Kazuo Matsui with runners on first and second with two outs.
|WP: Masahiro Tanaka (1–0) LP: Tomoyuki Sugano (0–1)|
YOM: Takayuki Terauchi (1)
Tying the Series at a game a piece, Eagle's ace Masahiro Tanaka earned a victory in Game 2 by striking out 12 in his complete game performance. The game's first run came with Ginji Akaminai's RBI single for the Eagles in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the next inning, with runners on first and third, Kazuya Fujita hit a ground ball to second base. Giants' second baseman Takayuki Terauchi fielded the ball and threw it to first base in an attempt to throw out a head-first-sliding Fujita. First base umpire Kenjiro Mori called Fujita safe, however replays showed that he should have been out as the ball reached the base first. Giants' manager Tatsunori Hara came onto the field to argue the call with Mori but the call stood. Mori's blown call was exaggerated when Terauchi hit what should have been a game-tying solo home run the next inning.
|WP: Manabu Mima (1–0) LP: Toshiya Sugiuchi (0–1)|
YOM: Kenji Yano (1)
After collecting only two runs on nine hits in each of the Series' first two games, the Eagles capitalized on 13 hits in Game 3 getting five runs and the victory. Giants' starter Toshiya Sugiuchi was removed from the game in only the second inning after giving up four runs. Eagles' starter Manabu Mima held the Giants to just four singles and no runs through 52⁄3 innings before leaving the game after being hit in the left foot with a ball hit by Shinnosuke Abe. Mima was relieved by Ken Ray, who pitched though the eighth inning and gave up the Giants' only run, a Kenji Yano leadoff, solo home run in the eighth inning.
|WP: Scott Mathieson (1–0) LP: Kohei Hasebe (0–1) Sv: Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1)|
RAK: Andruw Jones (1)
|WP: Takahiro Norimoto (1–1) LP: Kentaro Nishimura (0–1)|
YOM: Shuichi Murata (2)
After blowing a save in the ninth inning, the Eagles came back to win Game 5 in 10 innings. They led the majority of the game after scoring two runs off of Tetsuya Utsumi in the second. Rakuten starter Wataru Karashima and Takahiro Norimoto pitched five innings a piece. Karashima got through the first four innings without giving up a hit and allowed his first and only hit in the fifth inning. Relieving Karashima, Norimoto blew the game's save opportunity in the ninth only to earn a win in the tenth inning. Yomiuri's Shuichi Murata scored both of the Giants' runs off of Norimoto. His first RBI came from a solo home run in the seventh inning and his game-tying RBI hit came in the ninth sending the game into extra innings.
In the top of the tenth inning, Norimoto drew a lead off walk from Yomiuri reliever Kentaro Nishimura. He went on to reach second base on a sacrifice bunt by Takero Okajima. Next, Kazuya Fujita was hit in the calf with a pitch and took first base. Rakuten then took the lead with a single from Ginji Akaminai. On Akaminai's single, Fujita went from first to third but was then taken out and replaced by pinch runner Toshihito Abe. Abe then scored on Andruw Jones' infield single giving the Eagles an insurance run. Norimoto pitched a hitless bottom half of the inning to win the game.
|WP: Tomoyuki Sugano (1–1) LP: Masahiro Tanaka (1–1) Sv: Scott Mathieson (1)|
YOM: José López (1)
|WP: Manabu Mima (2–0) LP: Toshiya Sugiuchi (0-2) Sv: Masahiro Tanaka (1)|
RAK: Akihisa Makida (1)
Rakuten brought home their first Japan Series win after their Game 7 home win over the Giants. Eagles' starter Mima pitched for six innings and gave up only one hit, struck out five and walked three. Norimoto then relieved Mima to pitch two scoreless innings, and Tanaka came in to close out the ninth earning him a save. Tanaka's one-inning save came the day after he pitched a 160-pitch complete game loss. The Giants' offensive problems throughout the series hurt them again in Game 7 where they hit only 5 singles and were shutout. The Eagles immediately took the lead in the first inning on a run-scoring error by Giants' shortstop Hayato Sakamoto. The following inning, they added to their lead with Takero Okajima’s RBI-double. The final insurance run came with Akihisa Makida's solo home run in the fourth inning.