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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Yokohama: August 16, 2012

by on Aug.16, 2012 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi is 8-0 in eight starts at Nagoya Dome so far this year.  He ended last season 5-0 in his last six starts at Nagoya Dome.  The thirteen-game winning streak at Nagoya Dome is the second longest for a Chunichi pitcher.  Takuya Asao holds the record with a fifteen-game winning streak; Hitoki Iwase and Kenichi Nakata are tied with Yoshimi for second longest streak.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Takanobu Tsujiuchi was called up; Yuki Koyama was sent down.

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Wednesday: 1 IP, 12 NP, 3 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.  He also topped out at 143km/h.

Enokida will not travel with the Ni-gun team on their next road trip and will instead remain at Naruohama -- he is scheduled to pitch situational batting practice on Friday and Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2012


Kenji Jojima played in a Ni-gun game against Orix today (started at first and batted fourth) and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.  He played through five innings.  Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2012, Sponichi 8/16/2012


In the top of the 2nd inning of Wednesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars, the Tigers had Akihito Fujii on first and Takahiro Arai on second with one out and Jason Standrige up to bat.  On the third pitch, Arai took off for third and was thrown out; Fujii remained at first.

Said Yutaka Wada after the game to reporters, "If it was a hit-and-run, the runner on first would have gone too.  It was not a hit-and-run."

Strangely, the other people involved in the play had something slightly different to say.

Arai: "I cannot comment [on what we were trying to do].  It was my mistake."

Standridge: "I do not know what happened.  It was supposed to be a slash bunt, but I messed up because I could not get the bat on the ball."

Third base coach Teruyoshi Kuji: "I can not say anything about the strategy.  There probably was a mistake somewhere."

Source: Sanspo 8/16/2012


When team owner Shinya Sakai was asked if Wada would return if the Tigers finished in last place, he replied, "I can not respond to hypothetical questions."  Source: Sanspo 8/16/2012, Sanspo 8/16/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura recorded his tenth homer of the season on Wednesday.  That made him the second player in NPB history to record double-digit homers with five different teams (Kintetsu, Orix, Chunichi, Rakuten, and Yokohama).  The other: Makoto Kozuru (Nagoya/Chubu Nihon, Kyuei, Toei, Shochiku, Hiroshima).  Source: Sanspo 8/16/2012