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Practice Games from February 18, 2012

by on Feb.18, 2012 @ 10:57 pm, under NPB

[Post will be updated as needed - LAST UPDATE 2/19 @ 9:04pm]

Orix Buffaloes vs Hanshin Tigers (@ Ginoza)

Hanshin 18 - Orix 1

  • The Tigers scored eighteen runs on seventeen hits.  They also connected for three homers. [Yomiuri TV Twitter]
  • The Buffaloes scored on run on three hits. [Sports Hochi Osaka]
  • Takumi Akiyama started the game for the Tigers and tossed three shutout innings.  He did not allow any hits and topped out at 139km/h. [Nikkan Sports]
  • 4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito entered the game for the Tigers in the 4th inning and gave up a run on two hits over an inning of work. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Tomoyuki Kubota entered the game in the 9th for the Tigers and tossed a shutout inning while allowing one hit. [Sanspo]
  • Yuki Nishi started the game for the Buffaloes and gave up three runs on three hits over three innings of work.  All three runs scored on a three-run homer by Taichi Okazaki. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Masaki Ihara relieved Nishi and allowed thirteen runs on thirteen hits over three innings of work. [Sponichi Twitter]
  • Dae-Ho Lee (ORI) started at first and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-1 with a walk: led off the 2nd inning with a walk (he was apparently hit by a pitch on his left pinky, but the umpire did not call an HBP), flew out to shallow center with runners on first and second and no out in the 4th inning. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]
  • Masahiro Nakatani (HAN) started in right and batted fourth.  He collected a single to left in his first at bat. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Taichi Okazaki (HAN) was the starting catcher and batted eighth. [Daily Sports]
  • Hiroki Uemoto (HAN) hit a three-run double in the 4th inning.  Yamato (HAN) followed with hit a two-run homer.  The Tigers scored a total six runs in the 4th. [Daily Sports]
  • Ryota Arai (HAN) hit a two-run homer to left off Yuji Maeda in the 8th inning.  He went 2-for-4 with three RBI. [Sanspo, Sanspo]
  • Uemoto started at second, batted ninth, and had two hits, both doubles, and five RBI; Yamato collected three hits and two RBI. [Sponichi, Sports Hochi Osaka, Nikkan Sports, Sanspo, Sanspo]
  • Issei Morita (HAN) started at first, batted fifth, and banged out three hits. [Sanspo]
  • Haruki Kurose (HAN) hit RBI singles to left in the 4th and 5th innings.  He also hit a triple with the bases loaded in the 6th inning. [Sanspo]
  • Shinji Takahashi (ORI) drove in the lone run for the Buffaloes with an RBI single to left in the 4th inning. [Sanspo]

Seibu Lions vs Lotte Giants (@ Nango)

Lions 4 - Giants 4

Nikkan Sports Line-up

  • Yusei Kikuchi started the game and allowed one run on two hits over three innings of work.  He topped out at 145km/h. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
  • Tatsuya Oishi entered the game in the 6th inning and tossed two shutout innings while allowing one hit.  He topped out at 139km/h. [Sponichi]
  • Takeya Nakamura hit a homer in his second at bat. [Sports Hochi]

Nippon Ham Fighters vs Samsung Lions (@ Nago)

Lions 8 - Fighters 2

Fighters official coverage

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa started the game for the Fighters and tossed three shutout innings.  He also walked one (the only base-runner he allowed) and struck out three. [Nikkan Sports, Sanspo]
  • Atsunori Inaba started at first and batted third.  He went 1-for-2: strikeout in the 1st inning, double to right in the 4th inning. [Nikkan Sports]
  • 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Terrmel Sledge in the 6th inning and lined out to third.  He followed that up with a single to center in his second at bat in the 9th. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]
  • Yoshio Itoi started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-3: infield single, ground out to second, ground out tosecond. [Sponichi]

Yokohama Bay Stars vs Rakuten Eagles (@ Ginowan)

Eagles 3 - Bay Stars 1

Eagles official coverageNikkan Sports coverage

  • Was a charity match -- the teams collected donations (264,569 yen) for relief efforts in northern Japan from fans. [Daily Sports, Sports Hochi]
  • The Eagles scores three runs on three hits while the Bay Stars scored one run on seven hits. [Nikkan Sports]
  • The Eagles three hits: triple by Fuminori Yokogawa in the 3rd inning; and singles by Kensuke Uchimura and Toshihito Abe single in the 6th inning. [Sponichi]
  • Brandon Mann started the game for Yokohama and tossed two shutout innings.  He did not allow any hits and topped out at 145km/h.  Of the six out he recorded, five were on the ground; the other was a strikeout. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sports Hochi]
  • Ryohei Isaka started the game for the Eagles and tossed three shutout innings while allowing one hit.  Of the nine outs he recorded, five were on the ground.  Isaka threw a total twenty-four pitches and topped out at 138km/h. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi]
  • Kazuo Matsui (RAK) started at short and batted third.  He went 0-for-2. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Fuminori Yokogawa (RAK) started at first and batted seventh.  He led off the 3rd inning with a triple to right-center. [Nikkan Sports]
  • With runners on first and second and two out in the 9th inning, Yuki Yoshimura (YOK) hit an RBI single to center.   It was Yoshimura's first hit in eleven trips to the plate. [Sponichi]

Chunichi Dragons vs LG Twins (@ Chatan)

Twins 4 - Dragons 3

  • Yudai Kawai tossed two shutout innings in relief and allowed one hit. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Ryosuke Hirata fouled a ball of his left knee in the 4th inning and was removed from the game.  He was later taken to the hospital. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Hirokazu Ibata started at short and went 0-for-2.  Masahiko Morino started at third, batted fourth, and went 1-for-1 with a walk. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi Osaka]
  • 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi was the starting DH and batted third.  He banged out two doubles, one to left in the 6th inning and another to center in the 8th inning. [Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi Osaka]
  • Victor Diaz collected singles to left in consecutive trips to the plate (2nd and 4th inning). [Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi Osaka]
  • Ryoji Nakata played the 5th and 6th innings at third. [Nikkan Sports]

Ni-gun Seibu Lions vs Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers (@ Haruno)

Lions 3 - Tigers 0

  • The Tigers offense collected ten hits.
  • Daiki Kiyohara started the game for Hanshin and allowed two runs over three innings of work.  Kai-Wen Cheng relieved Kiyohara and allowed one run on six hits over three innings of work. [Daily Sports]

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Chiba Lotte Marines Intra-squad Game

Whites 7 - Reds 0

  • Yoshihisa Naruse was one of two starters and tossed two shutout innings. he did not allow any hits.  Naruse faced the minimum six batters and threw twenty-one pitches. [Sponichi, Sponichi]
  • Shunichi Nemoto collected three hits: single to center off Shunsuke Watanabe in the 1st inning; double to center off Yasutaka Hattori in the 6th inning; and a run-scoring single to right in the 7th inning.  He was also caught trying to steal second in the first inning. [Sponichi]
  • 3rd round draft pick Daichi Suzuki recorded a double to center in the 4th inning off Shingo Ono. [Sponichi, Sports Hochi]
  • Josh Whitesell went 2-for-2 with three RBI: walk in the 2nd inning, hit to left-center and ended up on third, three-run double to right in the 7th inning. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Softbank Hawks Intra-squad Game

Reds 4 - Whites 3

  • Nagisa Arakaki started for the Reds and gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work. [Nikkan Sports]
  • Renyel Pinto started for the Whites and did not allow a run or a hit over three innings of work.  He also struck out four, topped out at 143km/h, and retired the side in order in the 2nd and 3rd.  Pinto faced a total ten batters.  He also walked a batter and was called for a balk in the first inning. [Sponichi, Sports Hochi Osaka, Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi]
  • Masahiko Morifuku tossed a shutout inning in relief while allowing two hits. [Nikkan Sports]
  • With a runner on second and one out in the 1st inning, Hitoshi Tamura hit an RBI single to center. [Sponichi]
  • Wily Mo Pena batted fourth for the Reds and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  Pena is hitless in his last seven trips to the plate. [Sports Hochi Osaka, Nikkan Sports]