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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: April 8, 2012

by on Apr.08, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Takuya Asao recorded his 141st career hold today and tied Jeff Williams' NPB record for most Holds.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Saturday and gave up a run on three hits over three innings of work.  He also walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 147km/h.

No timetable on when Yoshinori will pitch again, but he will probably require at least one more start at Ni-gun (five innings or so) before getting a chance to rejoin the active roster.

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni (19) became the first pitchers under twenty to record a victory for the team in his first Ichi-gun start since Hiromi Makihara in 1983.  Miyaguni also helped stop the team's five-game losing streak.

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According to Nikkan Sports... The Giants have been shutout three times in a row three times in franchise history: August 28-30 in 1960; April 26-29 in 2009; and April 5-7 in 2012.  The five shutout losses within the team's first eight games of the season is a first in pro yakyu history.  Two teams have scored eight or fewer runs within the first eight games of the season: the 1961 Hankyu Braves scored six and the 1958 Kintetsu Pearls scored eight.  The Giants are the first Central League team.

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According to Nikkan Sports... Three pitchers in franchise history have recorded seven consecutive strikeouts: Takumi Otomo (1954); Yuya Kubo (2003); and now Toshiya Sugiuchi (2012).  Sugiuchi also recorded seven consecutive strikeouts on October 8, 2011 against Orix.  Fumiya Nishiguchi (SEI) and Sugiuchi are the only two pitchers to strikeouts seven or more batters in a row twice in their careers.  Sugiuchi is the first to accomplish it in either league.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers tied a franchise high when seven batters (Jason Standridge, Keiichi Hirano, Yamato, Takashi Toritani, Takahiro Arai, Craig Brazell, and Matt Murton) went down in a row on strikeouts on Saturday against Toshiya Sugiuchi (YOM).

In thirteen games against the Tigers, Sugiuchi is 5-2 with a 1.71 ERA.

Hiroshima Carp

Nick Stavinoha did not play on Saturday because of neck pains.  He did not play today either.

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The pitchering managed to extend the team's scoreless innings streak to a franchise high thirty-nine innings today before surrendering two runs in the bottom of the 9th.  The previous high of thirty-four innings was set in 1979.

The Carp also set a franchise record with four shutouts over a span of five games; the one run they allowed during the five-game stretch also broke the previous record of two runs set in 1960 and 1986.

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The Carp will sell 500 special limited edition Kenta Maeda no-hitter t-shirts, beginning on April 11.

Yokohama Bay Stars

According to Nikkan Sports... On Saturday, the Bay Stars set a new franchise record with their fourth straight shutout loss.  The previous franchise record of three was set nine times in the past.  The Bay Stars did avoid setting a new Central League record of five straight shutout losses by scoring two runs against Hiroshima today.  The pro yakyu record of five straight shutout losses was set by the 1953 Daiei Stars.

The Bay Stars did set a new franchise record today with forty-six consecutive scoreless innings -- the previous record of thirty-nine innings was set back in 1955.