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CL News and Notes: Bay Stars record first 3-game series sweep since 2009

by on May.09, 2011 @ 12:55 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Shinjiro Hiyama picked up a pitch-hit RBI single in yesterday's against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  That gives him 86 career pinch-hit RBIs, good for a third place tie with Akinobu Mayumi on the franchise all-time list.

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The Tigers' three mascots (ToLucky, Lucky, and Keyta) met with fans at Awaji Stadium before yesterday's Ni-gun game against Chunichi.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants failed to record their first series sweep at Nagoya Dome last night since 2009 (8/25 - 8/27).

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars recorded their first 3-game series sweep since they swept the Hiroshima Carp in 2009 (7/14 - 7/16 at Mazda Stadium).  It was also their first 3-game series sweep of the Hanshin Tigers since 2008 (8/15 - 8/17 at Kyocera Dome).

Incidentally, the longest winning streak the Bay Stars have had over the last 5 years was 6 games in 2006 (6/24 - 7/1) and 2007 (6/19 - 6/26).

FYI: the Bay Stars finished 51-93-0 in 2009; 48-94-2 in 2008; 71-72-1 in 2007; and 58-84-4 in 2006.

13 comments on “CL News and Notes: Bay Stars record first 3-game series sweep since 2009

  1. EJH

    “The Bay Stars recorded their first 3-game series sweep since they swept the Hiroshima Carp in 2009.”

    Even as bad as Yokohama is, to go nearly two full seasons without sweeping a 3-game series is pretty incredible. I, for one, am impressed. Good job, BayStars!

    1. Gen Post author

      The Bay Stars are playing pretty exciting baseball right now. Even when they’re losing, it doesn’t always feel hopeless. What’s more, it isn’t just one batter that’s driving the offense right now.

      But inconsistency is still a big issue — it’s a big reason why they’re 9-13-1 and in last place.

  2. steve

    I am going to this saturdays game in yokohama vs. yakult…….i hope have many more 3 game sweeps this season…….

    1. EJH

      For the sake of all you die-hard BayStars fans, I hope so, too (especially when they play the Giants). I wouldn’t bet on it, though. Seriously Steve, don’t go putting money on Yokohama. Breaking your heart is bad enough. Don’t let them break your bank account, too.

    2. Gen Post author

      The thing about the Dragons, Tigers, and Giants is that sooner or later, they’re going to start turning things around. The question is how much of an advantage teams like the Carp, Swallows, and Bay Stars can take in the meantime.

  3. steve

    Yokohama just defeated the Giants 8-1…Thats 4 wins in row…Any one want to discuss this historic victory?

    1. Gen Post author

      Wish I had some more facts to give, but for now, I’m all out.

      Although… Let’s see. The Giants are 1-2 at Tokyo Dome this season and have scored 8 runs and allowed 12 runs.

      Yokohama hasn’t played a game at Tokyo Dome yet but did go 3-7 in 2010, 3-7 in 2009, 1-8 in 2008, 2-7 in 2007, and 3-6 in 2006.

      The Bay Stars are also 1-1 (2 games, 5 RS, 5 RA) in Wednesday road games this year while the Giants are 2-0 (2 games, 7 RS, 3 RA) in Wednesday home games.

      The Giants also have a tendency to give up runs in the middle innings (33 of 78 RA have come between the 4th and 6th innings; 27 RA between the 1st and 3rd innings and 18 runs from the 7th inning on) this season while the Bay Stars have actually scored quite a bit in the middle innings (35 of 95 runs have come between the 4th and 6th innings; 32 runs have come between the 1st and 3rd innings and 28 between the 7th and 9th innings).

      ‘twould be great if Yokohama could also take the final two games at Tokyo Dome, but I’m not sure if that’s possible, regardless of how poorly the Giants are playing right now.

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