Hitoki Iwase saved the 381st game of his career on Sunday and tied Kazuhiro Sasaki's (252 NPB + 129 MLB) all-time saves record. Iwase recorded his first save on June 23, 1999.
Source: Daily Sports 9/15/2013
Kenta Maeda made his start on Sunday against the Yomiuri Giants on four days of rest. It was the first time he started a game on four days of rest since September last year and the eighth time over his career. He also recorded the second victory of his career (to four losses) on four days of rest, first since August 17, 2008 (vs Yomiuri).
The Tigers were handed their twenty-first shutout loss on Sunday. The franchise high of twenty-five was set in 1963.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2013
Takashi Toritani reached base in his forty-seventh consecutive game on Sunday and moved into a third place tie with Shinnosuke Abe on the CL list. Toritani is three away from tying Sadaharu Oh for second.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2013
Daiki Enokida will be sent down to Ni-gun after he gave up five runs in 2.2 innings of work and lost his ninth game of the year on Sunday.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2013
Team director Keiichiro Yotsubushi told reporters on Friday he did not think Matt Murton's slide was over-the-top.
"I believe that was a result of Murton playing hard. There is [going to be contact] during that kind of play," said Yotsubushi.
Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2013
Yokohama Bay Stars
Kiyoshi Nakahata blames the chief umpire for messing with the games momentum on Sunday.
With runners on first and third and one out in the 4th inning, pitching coach Yui Tomori visited Kota Suda on the mound. The Chunichi Dragons called for a pinch-hitter and sent in Takehiro Donoue. Suda threw one pitch to Donoue and the Bay Stars went to the bullpen.
Futoshi Kobayashi started throwing his warm-ups on the mound and play was soon to resume when the chief umpire informed Yokohama the change could not be made and asked that Suda return. The umpires convened to the confirm the rules and the initial ruling was overturned; Kobayashi returned to the mound.
According to rule 8.06, pitchers must face the batter currently up to bat, after a visit to the mound by the manager or pitching coach, until the batter makes an out, reaches bases, or the inning ends. However, the pitcher can be changed if a pinch-hitter replaces the current batter. The chief umpire mistakenly thought the visit to the mound came after the pinch-hitter was called, when in fact it was the other way around.