The Bay Stars came back from a 10-3 game by scoring six in the the 7th and three in the 9th against the Yomiuri Giants on Friday. The last time they overcame a seven or more run deficit was on August 11, 2001 (eight runs vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium, from 2-10 to 11-10).
In the process of overcoming the seven-run deficit, the Bay Stars also slammed five home runs. The last time they connected for five or more home runs was on June 2, 2006 (six home runs vs Nippon Ham at Yokohama Stadium). The last time they hit five or more home runs against the Giants was on July 25, 2004 (five home runs at Yokohama Stadium).
A combined eight home runs were hit during the game -- five by the Bay Stars and three by the Giants. The last time the Bay Stars were involved in a game with eight home runs was on April 7 (vs Yakult at Jingu, four home runs for each team).
Source: Sanspo 5/11/2013
On Friday night, Hitoshi Tamura became the fifth player in NPB history, first since Yasuo Fujii on October 9, 1997, to record a pinch-hit home run (one on in the 7th inning) and a walk-off home run (two on in the 9th) in the same game.
The Bay Stars have now overcome seven or more run deficits against the Giants three times in franchise history: seven runs on July 15, 1998; eight runs on April 9, 1999; and seven runs on May 11, 2013.
Source: Sponichi 5/11/2013
Shigeo Nagashima was at Friday night's game and almost left before the Bay Stars staged their comeback -- he was scheduled to leave after the top of the 7th, but changed his mind after Yokohama scored six in the bottom of the inning and stayed until the end.
A little more on the billboard (Kiyoshi-san! Katte!!) in right-center at Yokohama Stadium that was covered up on Friday:
- the space likely costs about ten million yen for one year
- the terms of the contract included keeping the client's name a secret
- Yokohama Stadium failed to check with the Bay Stars' to see if the content of the billboard was ok; they did not think too deeply about the content and thought it was ok
- as noted by Trand25 in a comment (something I failed to mention in a previous update), the letters H and N were included under the two trailing exclamation marks in the billboard; the letters reminded Kiyoshi Nakahata of his late wife (Hitomi Nakahata)