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Chibba Lotte Marines win Japan Series crown

Nov 7, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

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Bailey Stephens of MLB.com has an update from our baseball friends overseas.

The Chibba Lotte Marines defeated the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 on Sunday to win the Japan Series — a series that featured the longest game in the league’s history.

The Marines and Dragons battled to a 2-2 tie* after six hours and 43 minutes in Game 6 Saturday.

That led to Sunday’s decisive Game 7, whenYoshifumi Okada knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI triple in the top of the 12th to lead the Marines to the club’s first Japan Series title since 2005.  Current ESPN analyst and active managerial candidate Bobby Valentine was that 2005 team’s manager.

The Marines finished third place in the Pacific League regular season standings, but had a Giants-like run through the playoffs.

*Bud Selig was not spotted in the stands.  No word yet on whether he called for the cease in action from another locale.

  1. dbs13 - Nov 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    If it wasn’t Bud’s idea, then why did game 6 end in a tie?

    • michaelqpublic - Nov 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM

      NPB declares a game a tie after 15 innings.

      Just another reason why the “no ties in baseball” joke is, well, a joke.

  2. dsmaxsucks - Nov 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I’m no expert, but it appears the Marines (Japan has marines? I feel dumber) won the 7 game series 4 games to 2. So that game 6 was a tie, and thats that. Game 7 had a first inning, and a 12th inning, and if the other team had won they’d be playing game 8 right about now. And if you don’t like it, who asked?

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