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CL News and Notes: Katsuhiro Nagakawa (HIR) dominates in first outing since 2010

by on May.18, 2011 @ 11:32 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers planned on using Tomoaki Kanemoto as a DH during Inter-league games at PL parks, but with Takashi Toritani not able to play the field, Kanemoto start in left with Toritani at DH.

Kanemoto also made a big play in the 6th inning: with the bases loaded and two out, Yusuke Kajimoto hit a long drive out to left that Kanemoto may have had a hard time tracking, but he still somehow managed to make the play while awkwardly tumbling into the wall out in left.

Offensively, Kanemoto went 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs; Toritani went 0-for-2 with a walk; and Hiroki Uemoto, the player that took over at short for Toritani (it was his first pro start at short and his first pro start batting second), went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases.

And for those wondering why Toritani was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th, batting coach Yutaka Wada didn't mention specifically why he was substituted, but did say it wasn't because he aggravated his injury (laceration on the finger bed of his right index finger).

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants pulled off a come-from-behind victory with 2 outs in the 9th inning last night.  The last time they managed that was back on 5/21/1995 vs Chunichi.

Yakult Swallows

Shohei Tateyama recorded his 3rd victory of the season last night.  While Tateyama has given up 9 runs (8 earned) this year, none of them have come in games he has won.

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Hiroyasu Tanaka notched his 200th sac hit in his first at bat in the 1st inning and his 201st sac hit in his second at bat in the 3rd inning.  Tanaka is the 30th player in NPB history to reach the 200 sac hit milestone.  He also currently leads both leagues in sac hits with 21 (fairly wide margin as the highest total after 21 is 13 in either league).

Hiroshima Carp

Katsuhiro Nagakawa was dominant in his first outing since 6/6/2010: he pitched 2 innings, topped out at 150km/h, faced 6 batters (Munenori Kawasaki, Yuichi Honda, Seiichi Uchikawa, Alex Cabrera, Hiroki Kokubo, and Hitoshi Tamura), and struck out 6.