1989 Japan Series

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1989 Japan Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Yomiuri Giants (4) Motoshi Fujita 84–44–2, .656, GA: 9
Kintetsu Buffaloes (3) Akira Ohgi 71–54–5, .568, GA: 0
Dates October 21 – October 29
MVP Norihiro Komada (YOM)
FSA Hiromasa Arai (KIN)
Broadcast
Television ABC (Games 1-2), NTV (Games 3-5), MBS (Game 6), YTV (Game 7), NHK BS-1 (All Games, Tape Delay), NHK General TV (Game 4, Tape Delay)
Radio NHK Radio 1, TBS (JRN), JOQR (NRN), NBS (NRN), Radio Nippon, MBS Radio
← 1988 Japan Series 1990 →

The 1989 Japan Series was the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) championship series for the 1989 season. It was the 40th Japan Series and featured the Pacific League champion Kintetsu Buffaloes against the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants. Kintetsu barely scraped into the series with a winning percentage only .001 higher than the second place Orix Braves, and Yomiuri won the CL pennant by 8 games to return to the series for the 25th time in franchise history. Played at Fujiidera Stadium and Tokyo Dome, the Giants won the series after losing the first three games to the underdog Buffaloes and staging a miraculous comeback, winning four games in a row with the final two wins coming on the road. Yomiuri slugger Norihiro Komada was named Most Valuable Player of the series. The series was played between October 21 and October 29 with home field advantage going to the Pacific League.

Summary

CL Yomiuri Giants (4) vs. PL Kintetsu Buffaloes (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 21 Yomiuri Giants – 3, Kintetsu Buffaloes – 4 Fujiidera Stadium 2:40 23,477[1] 
2 October 22 Yomiuri Giants – 3, Kintetsu Buffaloes – 6 Fujiidera Stadium 3:40 24,207[1] 
3 October 24 Kintetsu Buffaloes – 3, Yomiuri Giants – 0 Tokyo Dome 2:50 45,711[1] 
4 October 25 Kintetsu Buffaloes – 0, Yomiuri Giants – 5 Tokyo Dome 3:05 45,825[1] 
5 October 26 Kintetsu Buffaloes – 1, Yomiuri Giants – 6 Tokyo Dome 3:01 45,717[1] 
6 October 28 Yomiuri Giants – 3, Kintetsu Buffaloes – 1 Fujiidera Stadium 3:31 23,030[1] 
7 October 29 Yomiuri Giants – 8, Kintetsu Buffaloes – 5 Fujiidera Stadium 3:11 23,091[1]

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 21, 1989 at Fujiidera Stadium, Fujiidera, Osaka
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
Kintetsu 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Hideyuki Awano (1–0)   LP: Masaki Saito (0–1)
Home runs:
YOM: Kaoru Okazaki (1)
KIN: Daijiro Oishi (1), Takahisa Suzuki (1)

Game 2

Sunday, October 22, 1989 at Fujiidera Stadium, Fujiidera, Osaka
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 1
Kintetsu 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 X 6 10 2
WP: Hideaki Sato (1–0)   LP: Masumi Kuwata (0–1)
Home runs:
YOM: Takayoshi Nakao (1)
KIN: None

Game 3

Tuesday, October 24, 1989 at Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kintetsu 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
WP: Tetsuro Katoh (1–0)   LP: Kazutomo Miyamoto (0–1)   Sv: Masato Yoshii (1)
Home runs:
KIN: Hidekazu Mitsuyama (1)
YOM: None

Game 4

Wednesday, October 25, 1989 at Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kintetsu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Yomiuri 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 X 5 8 0
WP: Isao Koda (1–0)   LP: Kazuyoshi Ono (0–1)   Sv: Masato Yoshii (2)

Game 5

Thursday, October 26, 1989 at Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kintetsu 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 X 6 8 1
WP: Masaki Saito (1–1)   LP: Hideyuki Awano (1–1)
Home runs:
KIN: Ralph Bryant (1)
YOM: Tatsunori Hara (1)

Game 6

Saturday, October 28, 1989 at Fujiidera Stadium, Fujiidera, Osaka
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 9 2
Kintetsu 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 0
WP: Masumi Kuwata (1–1)   LP: Shintaro Yamasaki (0–1)   Sv: Katsuhito Mizuno (1)
Home runs:
YOM: Kaoru Okazaki (2)
KIN: Herman Rivera (1)

Game 7

Sunday, October 29, 1989 at Fujiidera Stadium, Fujiidera, Osaka
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 1 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 8 10 0
Kintetsu 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 7 3
WP: Isao Koda (2–0)   LP: Tetsuro Katoh (1–1)   Sv: Kazutomo Miyamoto (1)
Home runs:
YOM: Norihiro Komada (1), Tatsunori Hara (2), Kiyoshi Nakahata (1), Warren Cromartie (1)
KIN: Yasunaga Makishi (1), Takayuki Murakami (1), Daijiro Oishi (2)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 1989年度日本シリーズ 試合結果 (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved June 8, 2011.

External links

  • Nippon Professional Baseball—Official website (in English)
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