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NPB Roundup – 9/18

by on Sep.18, 2008 @ 9:27 am, under NPB

Central League

There were no games played in the CL today, but beginning tomorrow night, the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers will begin a three game series at the Tokyo Dome. The Giants don't have to sweep, but they'll probably want to at least take 2 of 3. The two teams will meet up again on the 27th (Koshien) and then again next month on the 8th (Tokyo Dome). Last 10: Giants 7-3. Tigers 6-4. The Tigers lead the season series, 10-9.

The Chunichi Dragons and Hiroshima Carp will be duking it out for third place at Hiroshima. Last 10: Carp 7-3. Dragons 5-5. The Dragons lead the season series, 12-7-2.

The Yakult Swallows and Yokohama Bay Stars will begin a three game series at Jingu Stadium. The Swallows do still have a chance if they can overtake the Dragons and Carp. After this series with the Bay Stars, the Swallows will begin a three games series against the Dragons and then a three games series against the Carp. If they want to keep their hopes alive, they'll need to try and sweep the series against the Bay Stars. Last 10: Swallows 2-8. Bay Stars 3-7. The Swallows lead the series, 11-9.

Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB   RM
Hanshin Tigers     76  50  1  .603  -    17
Yomiuri Giants     73  53  2  .579  3    16
Chunichi Dragons   62  62  5  .500  13   15
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Hiroshima Carp     62  62  4  .500  13   16
Yakult Swallows    56  66  3  .459  18   19
Yokohama Bay Stars 43  81  1  .347  32   19

Pacific League

The Chiba Lotte Marines helped their cause by beating the Lions, 6-3. With the Eagles beating the Fighters, the Marines have pulled even with the Fighters in the won/loss columns. Marines have a 2 games series with the Fighters later on this month (28 and 29), but depending on how things turn out between now and then (3 games against the Eagles, 2 against the Buffaloes, and 1 against the Lions), the race for third place might be decided by then.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
LOT  0  0  2  0  1  1  0  2  0    6   11  1
SEI  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    3   6   1

WP: Naoyuki Shimizu (12-9)   SV: Tadahiro Ogino (26)
LP: Hideaki Wakui (9-10)
HR: LOT: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (13). SEI: Takeya Nakamura (42).

Takeshi Hidaka went big fly twice as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Softbank Hawks, 7-1. This was an important game for the Hawks to win, especially with the Marines beating the Lions, but they could not contain the Buffaloes offense. The Hawks don't lose any ground, but with only 10 games remaining, and only 3 victories over last that 14 games, it doesn't look very bright for Oh and company.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
SOF  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0    1   6   2
ORI  1  0  2  0  0  2  2  0  x    7   7   0

WP: Kazuki Kondo (8-7)
LP: D.J. Houlton (4-6)
HR: SOF: None. ORI: Tuffy Rhodes (38), Takeshi Hidaka (11, 12).

The Rakuten Eagles beat the Nippon Ham Fighters, 5-2, and end up sweeping the three games series. After being held to no decisions in his first two starts after returning from the Olympics, Masahiro Tanaka has now won two straight. The Eagles still have 11 games remaining on their schedule and I'd have to imagine that they'll give Tanaka at least two more starts before the season ends.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
HAM  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0    2   7   0
RAK  0  0  0  0  0  4  0  1  x    5   10  0

WP: Masahiro Tanaka (8-6)
LP: Shugo Fujii (3-8)
HR: HAM: Yoshio Itoi (5). RAK: Daisuke Kusano (2).
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB   RM
Seibu Lions        73  56  4  .566  --   10
Orix Buffaloes     69  64  1  .519  6    10
Ham Fighters       66  67  2  .496  9    9
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Lotte Marines      66  67  0  .496  9    10
Softbank Hawks     61  67  3  .477  11.5 10
Rakuten Eagles     57  69  2  .452  14.5 11


Kiyohara salutes Tuffy after he goes deep
for his 38th homerun of the season.

0 comments on “NPB Roundup – 9/18

  1. knucklehead7

    Rhodes now has 440 career homeruns in Japan. I’m guessing at this point, he’s the best foreign-born player in history? What is the prevailing opinion of him in Japan? It seems like he must have assimilated himself (in addition to being so successful) quite well to have lasted twelve seasons there.

  2. Gwynar

    Rhodes currently holds the record for most career homers for a foreign-born player. And if I’m not mistaken, he only trails Kiyohara as active players with the most career homeruns (Kiyohara has 525). I think Rhodes is also currently in 18th place for career RBI (1,195) and in third behind Kiyohara (1,529) and Kanemoto (1,315) for active players.

    I think he may very well be the most successful foreign-born player to play in the NPB. He may also end up being the first foreign-born player to break into the top 100 for most games played — he’s currently sitting at 1,579 and player number 100 on the list is Junichi Kashiwabara with 1,642.

  3. thebishop

    dang, Tuffy’s hit 440 homers there? Crazy to think. I wonder what kind of numbers he might have put up here in the States had he gotten more of a shot or had come back after having some success there.

  4. Gwynar

    I never realized how long he’s been around in the NPB until fairly recently (when he joined the Giants back in 2004).

    What’s more, he’s doing this now at age 40.