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[8/2/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.03, 2014 @ 12:43 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe recorded his tenth home run of the season during Saturday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He has now hit ten or more home runs in fourteen consecutive seasons, beginning with his first year. Source: Daily Sports 8/2/2014, Sponichi 8/2/2014
  • Shuichi Murata not only became the fortieth player in NPB history to hit 300 home runs on Friday, but also became, at thirty-three years and seven months, the sixth youngest player out of college to reach the milestone.  The other five Tokuji Nagaike (1975, thirty-one years and four months), Koichi Tabuchi (1978, thirty-one years and eight months), Tatsunori Hara (1991, thirty-two years and nine months), Shigeo Nagashima (1969, thirty-three years and three months), and Koji Yamamoto (1980, thirty-three years and five months). Source: Sponichi 8/2/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yuta Iwasada will not get to start Sunday's because Saturday's starter, Randy Messenger, was pushed back a day with the rain out.  Iwasada could still get another chance next week. Source: Sanspo 8/2/2014, Sponichi 8/2/2014
  • Hiroki Uemoto tied a Central League record by hitting two triples in one game on Friday against the Yokohama Bay Stars. Source: Sanspo 8/2/2014 ... The last Tiger to hit two triples in one game was Yamato on April 22, 2012. Source: Sponichi 8/2/2014
  • At twenty years and three months, Shintaro Fujinami became the youngest Tiger to strike out seven hitters in a row on Friday.  The previous record of twenty-one years and seven months was set by Masaaki Koyama in 1956.  Yukio Ozaki hold the NPB record at seventeen years and seven months in 1962 (eight strikeouts in a row).  Fujinami became the second youngest in NPB history, behind Ozaki. Source: Sanspo 8/2/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome notched his second walk-off of the season on Friday.  It was his third with the Tigers and fifth overall.  He became the first Tiger to record two walk-offs in extra innings in one season since Andy Sheets in 2006. Source: Sanspo 8/2/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • At least one person with connections to the MLB is concerned that Kenta Maeda might be hurt.  A quote from ZakZak: "He threw one pitch at 150km/h [on Friday].  It looked like his velocity was a little down compared to before.  He threw fewer sliders.  That could be an indication that he's having trouble throwing the pitch.  He got by on skill but was not really overpowering.  I'm not sure if he'll make it against Major League hitters if he pitches like that."  A person with connections to Japanese baseball points out that Meada might be trying out new things in preparation for a possible departure to the Majors. Source: ZakZak 8/2/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Ono had a rough start against the Yakult Swallows on Friday: 5.0+ IP, 9 H, 1 HR, 3 SO, 1 BB, 5 R, 5 ER.  He was required to sit and reflect on his start while watching the game on Saturday for hints on what to do. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Nagisa Arakaki will most likely get a start within the next few days.  Since Chris Narveson is not scheduled for another start within the next ten days, he will most likely be taken off the active roster to make room for Arakaki. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2014