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[5/5/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.05, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Monday.  He gave up one run (unearned) on four hits over six innings of work.  He struck out nine, walked none, and topped out at 143km/h.  He faced twenty-one hitters and threw seventy-two pitches. Source: Sports Hochi 5/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2014, Sponichi 5/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ken Togame will get another shot at the starting rotation with Michael Bowden moving back to the bullpen.  The starting rotation will most likely be: Kazuhisa Makita, Ryoma Nogami, Yusei Kikuchi, Takayuki Kishi, and Togame. Source: Sponichi 5/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw twenty-four consecutive fastballs between the 1st inning and the slider he threw to Orix's Hikaru Ito in the 3rd inning.  Of the thirty pitches he threw in the first three innings, just one was a breaking pitch (slider). Source: Sanspo 5/5/2014 ... Seventy-seven of the ninety-three pitches Otani threw were fastballs.  Forty-seven were at or over 150 km/h.Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014