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[8/7/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.08, 2014 @ 12:03 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hector Mendoza worked out at Giants Stadium on Thursday for the first time since he arrived in Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata's next start will most likely come on the 13th against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 8/7/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred has been struggling this month.  Through Wednesday, he had eleven strikeouts in twenty-four trips to the plate.  The one hit he recorded was a single to center on the 3rd.  Since then, he has gone 0-for-10 with a walk and four strikeouts.  Kenjiro Nomura feels he needs to do something to help the slugger out of the funk, including the possibility of giving him the day off. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014, Daily Sports 8/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars evened their season record against the Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday with a victory.  It was the first time Yokohama managed a .500 record against the Giants since they went 1-1 on April 15, 2012.  The last time they were .500 against Yomiuri in the second-half was when they were 4-4 on July 27, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014 ... They completed their first three-game series sweep against the Giants since June 2006. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014
  • Daisuke Miura recorded his first nine-inning complete game victory against the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday since September 5, 2001. Source: Daily Sports 8/7/2014, Daily Sports 8/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Hiroki Yamada became the first Japanese player in the Central League (second in the NPB) to hit twenty home runs this season.  He also leads both leagues in runs (75), hits (132), doubles (32), and total bases (226). Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014
  • The Swallows tied a franchise record on Wednesday by collecting at least ten hits in their seventh consecutive game.  The Swallows have banged out at least ten hits in seven straight five other times in the past: once 1980, twice in 2002, once 2003, and once between August 6-13, 2010.  The NPB record of fifteen consecutive games was set by Shochiku in 1950.  Through Wednesday, the Swallows led the NPB with fifty-one ten or more hit games this season (the Hawks were in second with fifty). Source: Sanspo 8/7/2014 ... They set a new franchise record on Thursday with their eighth straight ten or more hit game. Source: Daily Sports 8/7/2014