Marines vs. Eagles at Chiba Marine Stadium, September 13, 2006
(Also Marines Museum)

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Balloons go flying into the rain!

It's sort of funny. You can see balloons flying, cheerleaders cheering, people under umbrellas, and people huddled in the back for cover.

Akira Ohtsuka.

Satozaki hits a double.

Fans of Benny Agbayani wave American flags in the stands.

Benny tried to stretch a single into a double, but ended up having to slide back into first instead.

Benny, now complete with muddy uniform.

Ground crew tries to dry out home plate a bit between innings.

Dust storms envelop the ground crew by the pitcher's mound.

Vendors commisserate about having to walk around in the rain.

Lotte stadium at night.

The final score. Shingo Ono pitched a complete game shutout.

(c) Deanna Rubin 2006. All rights reserved, all lefties in the outfield.