스포츠토토 The game’s start time was delayed by an hour, and then by 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no weather-related delays.
After a three-game midweek series in Fukuoka against the SoftBank Hawks, the Rakuten Eagles are scheduled to host the Oryx Buffaloes for a three-game weekend home series starting on the 11th. After a night game on Tuesday, Rakuten traveled from Fukuoka to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on a morning flight on the 11th.
The first game of the three-game series was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on the 11th, but was pushed back an hour to 7 p.m., then another 45 minutes. Spectators at the stadium were informed of the news via an in-stadium broadcast.
The delay was caused by the late arrival of the Rakuten team’s uniforms and other equipment on travel day.
According to Japanese media, the truck carrying the team’s supplies was traveling from Fukuoka to Sendai when an accident on the highway caused a traffic jam. Traffic conditions worsened, making it impossible to arrive on time.
The truck arrived at the stadium at around 7:10 p.m., and the players, as well as club staff, helped carry the supplies.
Japanese media reported that the delay of more than an hour was unprecedented.
Their opponents, the Oryx, traveled directly to Sendai after playing an away game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Chiba Marine Stadium the previous day (10).