Pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo on the current closing situation, via Sports Hochi, "The time has come to think about other possibilities. With regards to the last person we use. Up until now, we used [Iwase] without much though, but we will think about righty and lefty match-ups."
Tomoaki Kanemoto was selected as the Hanshin Tigers, Sports Hochi Series MVP. Kanemoto went 11-for-38 (.289) with two homers and eight RBI during the twelve games at Koshien between June 8 and July 15. Kanemoto was presented with sake and a plaque during a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/18/2012
Ryota Arai's homer on Tuesday (5th inning, off Yomiuri's Dicky Gonzalez) was the franchise's 7,000th homer since the two league format began in 1950, and 7,365th homer since the team was first established in 1936. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2012
A number of young Ni-gun players, like Kazuhito Futagami and Hiroaki Saiuchi, are scheduled to join the Ichi-gun players for workouts during the All-Star break. Source: Sanspo 7/18/2012
The Carp will finished at or above .500 for the first half of the season for the first time since 2002.
They also executed the NPB's first walk-off squeeze play since September 16, 1996 (Lotte vs Orix). In the CL: August 13, 1994 (Hiroshima vs Yakult). NOTE: the play on Tuesday did end up as a single in the box score, but it was executed as a squeeze.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Norihiro Nakamura likes to hit when Daisuke Miura is on the mound: 18-for-50 with three homers and fourteen RBI. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2012
The Bay Stars went back-to-back twice on Tuesday: Nakamura and Alex Ramirez in the 1st inning and Nakamura and Masaaki Koike in the 8th inning. The last time Yokohama went back-to-back twice in one game: September 3, 2008. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2012