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CL News and Notes: Yakult Swallows almost pulled off a historic comeback

by on Aug.15, 2011 @ 5:06 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi will probably start tomorrow's game against the Hanshin Tigers.

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Shinjiro Hiyama collected his 128th pinch-hit at bat last night.  That's good for a 4th place tie with Yukio Fujinami on the CL's All-time list.

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Owner Shinya Sakai traveled to Atlanta on the 13th from New York to watch a Cubs - Braves games.  Sakai is scheduled to return to Japan on the 15th.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants have hit 17 homers in 12 games in August (6 at Tokyo Dome and  11 on the road).

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Hisayoshi Chono leads the CL with a .309 batting average (he's the only batter in the CL with an average over .300).

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Hirokazu Sawamura took a batted ball of his right knee during his last start on Friday (8/12) against Hiroshima but appeared to be ok during practice at Giants Stadium earlier today.  Said Sawamura, "There's still some swelling and it's a little tender, but I was able to run today so everything is fine."

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Alex Ramirez played in his 1,500th career game last night.

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Yuya Kubo set a new franchise record last night by appearing in 19 consecutive games without allowing a run (0 runs over 18.2 innings).

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Takahiro Suzuki met with a children's baseball team from his hometown of Soma, Fukushima last night.

Yakult Swallows

Josh Whitesell recorded a homer in his pinch-hit at bat last night.  He also recorded pinch-hit homers in his previous two at bats (6/4 vs Nippon Ham and 5/25 vs Orix), giving him three consecutive pinch-hit at bat homers and making him the fourth player in NPB history to achieve the feat.  The other three: Marshall Brant in 1984; Akinobu Mayumi in 1989; and Jiro Fujitate in 1996.

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The Swallows almost pulled off the biggest comeback in NPB history last night, but fell just short.  Trailing 8-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Yakult scored 6 runs before Shinichi Takeuchi struck out swinging to end the game.

The largest deficit that was overturned in the 9th inning in NPB history: Kintetsu overcame a 6 run deficit by scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat Daiei 9-8 on 6/5/1993.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura had a no-hitter going last night against Chunichi until Masahiko Morino broke it up with a 1-out single to left in the bottom of the 7th.