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[6/23/2013] Yomiuri, Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jun.23, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Yoshinobu Takahashi played in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Saturday.  He started in left and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.

Source: Sponichi 6/23/2013

Chunichi Dragons

At forty-seven years and ten months, Masahiro Yamamoto set a new NPB record for oldest pitcher to record a victory against the Yomiuri Giants today.  The previous record of forty-six years and seven months was set by Shinji Hamazaki on July 21, 1948.

The NPB record for oldest pitcher to record a victory is Hamazaki at forty-eight years and four months.  Yamamoto holds the record for oldest starting pitcher to record a victory.

Source: Daily Sports 6/23/2013, Sports Hochi 6/23/2013, Sponichi 6/23/2013


Takuya Asao pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work.  He entered the game in the 7th and needed nine pitches to retire the side in order (two outfield fly outs and one infield ground out).  He topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/23/2013, Sponichi 6/23/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2013


Yudai Ono was sent down to Ni-gun in May because he was having problems with a blood blister on his left middle finger.  The problem: when throwing the two-seamer, the ball was getting caught on the side area near the fingernail and was causing damage to the skin.

Source: Sanspo 6/23/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien is 20-for-38 with eight home runs and sixteen RBIs in games that 2nd round draft pick Yasuhiro Ogawa starts.

Balentien jokingly told reporters on Saturday that Ogawa agreed to pay him five percent of his salary.

Source: Sanspo 6/23/2013


Ogawa is the first rookie in franchise history to record his seventh victory of the season in June.  He has also been a better pitcher on the road than at home this season: 3-1 with a 4.86 ERA at home and 4-1 with a 1.48 ERA on the road.  The four road victories actually accounts for half of the team's eight (8-22-1) road victories this season (as of Saturday).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome walked up and down an incline for about ten minutes during workouts at Naruohama on Saturday.  It was the first time he started walking up and down inclines since he had left knee surgery.  He also played catch at a max distance of about sixty meters.

Source: Sponichi 6/23/2013


Saturday's Ni-gun game against Orix:

Takumi Akiyama started the game and gave up one run on four hits and two walks over five innings of work.  He struck out six and topped out at 146km/h.  He is currently slated to start an Ichi-gun game on the 29th against Hiroshima at Koshien.  Source: Sanspo 6/23/2013, Daily Sports 6/23/2013 ... Yasutomo Kubo entered the game in the 9th and retired the side in order.  He struck out one.  Source: Sanspo 6/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Daisuke Miura notched his forty-sixth victory against the Hanshin Tigers and moved into sole possession of fifth on the all-time list for victories against the Tigers.

Source: Daily Sports 6/23/2013


Keiji Narita (1950) and Shingo Matsuzaki (2007) set NPB records by starting their careers with eleven-game losing streaks.  Atori Ota avoided tying the record by snapping a personal ten-game losing streak with his first victory in thirty-one career appearances.

Source: Daily Sports 6/23/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2013