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Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: July 4, 2012

by on Jul.04, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

General coach Takao Ise told reporters the offense lucked out because the home plate umpire was not calling the low strike.

"Tonight's home plate ump did not call the low strike.  We were lucky.  Yoshimi makes a living with his control down low.  That must have been the reason why he struggled," said Ise.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012


Wladimir Balentien blasted three home runs tonight and now has twenty-three in the team's sixty-eighth game of the year.  If he continues at the same pace, he has a good shot at breaking the franchise season high of forty-four, set by Roberto Petagine (1999) and Akinori Iwamura (2004).

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today and tossed two shutout innings.  He allowed two hits, struck out two, threw twenty-six pitches, and topped out at 148 km/h.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers lost tonight and dropped into fifth place in the CL for the first time since June 14, 2011.  Source: Sponichi 7/4/2012

Hiroshima Carp

According to Sponichi, of the eleven pitches Kam Mickolio threw, ten were fastballs and all ten were clocked at or above 155km/h.  Yahoo Sports has a slightly wider range that goes from 146km/h and 156km/h with nine of the ten pitches clocked at or above 152km/h.

2 comments on “Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: July 4, 2012

  1. Christopher Pellegrini

    Sorry, Mr. Ise, but the ump called the low strike plenty, although the calls (may have) increased in the later innings which could easily go unnoticed because we already had a commanding lead.

    For what it’s worth, the ump also called the high and outside strike quite a bit. Many of those calls went against us. Just ask Hatakeyama.

    All in all, I’d agree that it was not a well-called game, but you can’t deny that the team has been hitting a ton recently. They’re averaging seven runs a game over their last six contests.

    Your humility is acknowledged though.

    1. Nathan

      Couldn’t disagree with you more. The strike zone in NPB is generally much wider compared to MLB, but last night’s game was just terribly called. I take down notes from each game, because it helps me a lot with my sports betting. Last night’s strike zone was one of the worst according to my notes. The umpire’s name was 原, and the guy just had no consistency at all.

      The first home run hit by Balentien was due to the fact that Yoshimi wasn’t getting the borderline low strikes called. He had to up his pitch a bit and bam, there she went. The saddest part about the game was that the zone changed drastically after the outcome of the game has been pretty much dictated.

      Now, I am not blaming Chunichi’s loss solely on the umpire. Yoshimi didn’t bring his A game. Nowhere near. The umpire was terrible though. One of the worst in the league for sure. There are a few in the league that are just as bad as this guy. I can name a few, but what’s the point.

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