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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: April 6, 2012

by on Apr.06, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons recorded their third shutout in their fifth game of the season on Thursday night.  That is a franchise first since 1950.  Prior to 1950: three shutouts in five games in 1940 and four shutouts in five games in 1943.  The last team to recorded three shutouts in five games: Nankai in 1978.

They recorded their third straight shutout victory tonight (no runs allowed in twenty-nine innings) and now have four shutouts in their first six games of the season.

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According to Nikkan Sports, Masahiko Morino is responsible for driving in the game-winning runs in all four of the team's victories so far: RBI single to center in the 5th inning on March 30; RBI single to center in the 1st inning on March 31; sac fly to left in the 6th inning on April 4; and a two-run homer to right in the 6th inning on April 5.

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto extended his streak of consecutive chances without an error, at third base, to 215 on Thursday night.  That broke the CL record of 214, set by Shigeo Nagashim in 1969.  The PL streak of 210 is held by Hiroki Kokubo.

Yomiuri Giants

Yuya Kubo was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right elbow.

Said Tatsunori Hara of Kubo's condition, "Kubo is not in any condition to throw right now.  And it might take some time before he can throw again."

General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi had a slightly different assessment and told reporters, "With regards to Kubo's elbow, this is something he has had and the tightness just got a little worse.  He did not go through spring training so he will be sent down in order to build himself up again."

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The Giants suffered their third shutout loss on Thursday in their sixth game of the season.  The last, and only time, the Giants started the season in similar fashion was in 1948.

They suffered a second straight shutout loss today (no runs over twenty-two innings) and now have four shutout losses in their first seven games of the season, which is a franchise first in sixty-four years.

Hanshin Tigers

Craig Brazell hit two homers on Thursday.  His last two homer game: October 6, 2011.

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Yasutomo Kubo could make his first Ichi-gun start of the year on April 11 (vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium).  Kubo started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Wednesday and allowed an unearned run over five innings of work (5 IP, 85 NP, 21 BF, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 R, 0 ER).

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Yuya Ando won his start on Thursday, his first since August 19, 2010.

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Hayata Ito went 1-for-3 (started in right and batted second) during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Thursday.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp swept their season opening series against the Yomiuri Giants.  It was their first series sweep of the Giants since 2007 (August 14-16) and their first opening series sweep since 1998 (April 8-10 vs Hanshin).

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars suffered their third straight shutout tonight and have not scored a run in twenty-nine innings.