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NPB Roundup – 9/20

by on Sep.20, 2008 @ 10:58 am, under NPB

Central League

With only 8 home games left in the season, Hiroshima Carp fans continued to come out in droves to see their team play at Hiroshima Municiple Stadium. This is the final season for the 51 year old stadium.

Kenta Maeda pitched a complete game, 4-hit shut-out against the Chunichi Dragons and helped them increased their lead to 2 for the final Climax Series spot. Maeda faced 30 batters and only needed 102 pitches to through 9 frames (he also struck out 7).

Susumu Kawai lasted 3.1 innings and gave up 2 runs (both earned) on 6 hits, 2 walks, and a strike out. Shinsuke Saito finished out the 4th without giving up a run (but did walk 2). The bullpen didn't have much success after that -- Takashi Ogasawara (5 H, 1HR, 2 SO, 2 BB) and Shoji Nagamine (4 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 HBP) both gave up 4 runs in 2 innings work.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
CHU  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    0   4   0
HIR  2  0  0  0  0  4  4  0  0    10  15  0

WP: Kenta Maeda (7-2)
LP: Susumu Kawai (1-5)
HR: CHU: None. HIR: Alex Ochoa (14).

The Yakult Swallows beat the Yokohama Bay Stars, 4-1.

Ryo Kawashima managed to hold the Bay Stars to 1 run (earned) despite giving up 5 hits and 6 walks over 5.2 innings (he also struck out 2). The one run that scored came on Shuichi Murata's league leading 41st home run. Masao Kida and Kenichi Matsuoka followed with 2 innings of 1-hit shut-out ball. Ryota Igashira pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his first save of the season.

Mike Wood lost his 12th game of the season while throwing 5 innings and giving up 2 runs (both earned) on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strike outs. Yukiya Yokoyama and Yasuhiko Oyamada followed and tossed 3 innings while giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, 2 hbps, 1 walk, and 1 strike out.

Norichika Aoki went 1-for-3 and finished the day with a .354 batting average. Seiichi Uchikawa went 1-for-5 and saw his average drop from .379 to .377.

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

WP: Ryo Kawashima (7-6)   SV: Ryota Igashira (1)
LP: Mike Wood (3-12)
HR: YOK: Shuichi Murata (41). YAK: None.

The Yomiuri Giants are on a roll. Big time. With their win against the Hanshin Tigers earlier tonight, they are now 9-1 over their last ten and 12-4 in the month of September. The Giants now have a chance to move into a first place tie with the Tigers, something many thought would be impossibe just a few weeks back. On a side note: it has been 16 years since the Giants last won 9 games in a row.

Tetsuya Utsumi started for the Giants pitched 8 innings of 8 hit, 1 run ball. He also walks 2, hit 1 and struck out 5. It was Utsumi's 10th victory of the season and 3rd consecutive season of 10 or more wins. Takahiko Nomaguchi tossed a perfect ninth to finish off the game.

The Tigers turned to the 40-year-old veteran Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi in hopes of breaking up the Giants winning streak, but a victory was not in the cards. Shimoyanagi lasted on 1.2 innings and gave up 7 run (all earned) on 9 hits (including 3 homers), 1 walk, 1 hbp, and 1 strike out. Shimoyanagi saw his ERA rise from 2.68 to 3.08 in the outing. Kenta Abe, Ryo Watanabe, Shinobu Fukuhara, and Yutaka Tamaki followed with 6.1 innings of 2-run, 4 hit (including 1 home run) ball.

Shinnosuke Abe led the Giants hit parade by going 3-for-4 with 2-run home run and 3 rbi. Michiro Ogasawara (3-for-4; BB, 2-run HR, 1B, FO, 1B) and Alex Ramirez (2-for-5; 3-run HR, 1B, GIDP, FO, SO) also contributed some firepower to the 13 hit attack.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
HAN  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    1   8   1
YOM  4  3  0  2  0  0  0  0  x    9   13  0

WP: Tetsuya Utsumi (10-8)
LP: Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (11-6)
HR: HAN: None. YOM: Alex Ramirez (40), Seung-Yeop Lee (6),
Michihiro Ogasawara (31), Shinnosuke Abe (20)
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB   RM
Hanshin Tigers     76  52  1  .594  -    15
Yomiuri Giants     75  53  2  .586  1    14
Hiroshima Carp     64  62  4  .508  11   14
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Chunichi Dragons   62  64  5  .492  13   13
Yakult Swallows    58  66  3  .468  16   17
Yokohama Bay Stars 43  83  1  .341  32   17


Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi knocked out after
only 1.2 innings.

Pacific League

The Seibu Lions beat the Softbank Hawks in extra innings, 1-0.

Tsuyoshi Wada tossed all 10 innings in taking his 6th loss of the season. He faced 36 batters, tossed 142 pitches, gave up 7 hits (including a game winning HR in the top of the 10th), and struck out 12.

The Lions spread out the 10 inning workload amongst 4 pitchers. Kazuyuki Hoashi started the game and tossed 8 innings and gave up 8 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 6. Koji Onuma followed (.2 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) and Tomoki Hoshino finished off the 9th (.1 IP, 1 SO) to become the winning pitcher on record. Alex Graman tossed a perfect 9th for his 30th save of the season.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10    R   H   E
SEI  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1     1   7   0
SOF  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0   10  0

WP: Tomoki Hoshino (4-1)   SV: Alex Graman (30)
LP: Tsuyoshi Wada (8-6)
HR: SEI: Toru Hosokawa (15). SOF: None.

The Orix Buffaloes beat the Nippon Ham Fighters, 6-1.

The Fighters dropped their 4th straight game and fell to fourth in the standings. Ryan Glynn lost his 14th game of the season (a complete 180 from his 9-8 season last year) as he went the distance (8 IP, 9 H, 1 HR, 4 SO, 4 BB, 6 ER) for the Fighters.

Shogo Yamamoto got the start and win for the Buffaloes as he tossed 6.1 innings while giving up a run on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strike outs. Ryota Katsuki, Kazuo Yamaguchi, and Hidetaka Kawagoe followed with 2.2 innings of 2-hit, shut-out ball.

The Buffaloes scored all 6 runs in the bottom of the 6 when they sent 10 players to the plate. Tuffy Rhodes capped off the inning with a 3-run homer, his 39th of the season.

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

WP: Shogo Yamamoto (10-6)
LP: Ryan Glynn (6-14)
HR: HAM: None. ORI: Tuffy Rhodes (39).

The Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Rakuten Eagles, 4-1, behind a strong start by Yoshihisa Naruse. Naruse tossed 7 innings of 1-run, 2-hit ball and also gave up 4 walks and struck out 6. Brian Sikorski followed with a perfect 8th and Tadahiro Ogino picked up his 27th of the season.

The Eagles sent 8 pitchers to the mound, starting with Hisashi Kitani (2 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 0 SO, 2 BB, 4 ER), then Akira Matsumoto (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER), Kenta Satake (.1 IP, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER), Shinichiro Koyama (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 ER), Marcus Gwyn (1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER), Kanehisa Arime (.2 IP, 1 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER), and finished with Tsuyoshi Kawagishi (.1 IP, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER).

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

WP: Yoshihisa Naruse (7-6)   SV: Tadahiro Ogino (27)
LP: Hisashi Kitani (0-3)
HR: RAK: None. LOT: Julio Zuleta (8).
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB   RM
Seibu Lions        74  56  4  .569  --   9
Orix Buffaloes     70  64  1  .522  6    9
Lotte Marines      67  67  1  .500  9    8
---------------------------------------------
Ham Fighters       66  68  2  .493  9    8
Softbank Hawks     61  68  3  .473  12.5 9
Rakuten Eagles     57  70  3  .449  15.5 9


Tuffy Rhodes admires his 39th homer of the season.

4 comments on “NPB Roundup – 9/20

  1. Gwynar

    I really wanted to go down to Hiroshima to see a game at Hiroshima Municipal Stadium, but it looks like I won’t have that chance.

    You can see some pics of the new stadium over here. There are some nice construction images here.

    Incidentally, the Carp are also set to wear throwbacks during the series against the Yomiuri Giants (9/23-9/25).

  2. knucklehead7

    I think what I read about the uniforms was probably not as accurate as your post, so thanks for the information Gen. They do look pretty sweet.

    There are some more pictures of the new stadium’s progress at this blog as well.

  3. Gwynar

    Thanks for the link (I’ve seen the site before but lost track of the link).

    BTW: a little more info about the uniforms for those interested:

    Red became the official team color in 1975 to symbolize the team’s fighting spirit when the team started using red baseball caps and batting helmets. (Incidentally, Joe Lutz was managing the Carp 1975 and left the team later on during the season.) In 1977, the throwback uniforms that will used against the Giants, were introduced. The lettering, numbers, undershirt, and socks were all red.

    The color red actually goes back a few years prior to 1975. It was in 1973 when Kaoru Betou became manager of the Carp and wanted to change the team’s image by introducing red borders to the lettering and numbers and added red lines to the sleeves, hip areas, and socks.

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