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[8/31/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 1:42 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Takaaki Yokoyama became the third pitcher in franchise history on Saturday to record a victory on one pitch.  The other two: Kenta Satake on October 7, 2008 and Hiroki Yamamura on August 25, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... Yokoyama also joined Ryohei Isaka (May 5, 2009) and Takahiro Shiomi (May 5, 2011) as the only players in franchise history to record victories in their first outing. Source: Sanspo 8/31/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuki Karakawa will likely head to the bullpen with Yuta Omine getting another shot at starting rotation. Source: Sponichi 8/31/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters won their tenth straight against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Saturday.  They have gone on one other ten-or-more-game winning streak against one team in franchise history: eleven-game winning streak against Rakuten in 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014 ... The streak ended on Sunday with a loss.

One comment on “[8/31/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Nippon Ham Fighters

  1. Steve Novosel

    I’m beginning to think this team just values chaos. Karakawa was sent to the pen for poor performance, had one great relief appearance and was back in the rotation. One nice start and one not-so-nice start later, he’s back in the pen.

    Meanwhile poor Ohmine’s been jerked around from the pen to the rotation all year. He’s never allowed to go deep into games (hasn’t even cracked 90 pitches on the year), and in his last start he went just 5 IP on 66 pitches of 1-run ball. SEND THAT GUY TO THE PEN!

    It’s painfully obvious to everyone but those making the decisions that this chaos is the main contributor to the team’s under-performance this season. There’s only something like 12 guys on the 70-man roster who haven’t been at ichi-gun this year. Two guys who were in the starting lineup on opening day – Kiyota and Inoue – have seen only around 50 AB in ichi-gun this season (basically no time since Golden Week), but have been destroying Eastern League pitching all season.

    It’s weird, folks.

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