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[8/2/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.03, 2015 @ 4:46 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • On August 1, Hayato Sakamoto recorded the seventh walk-off of his career, first since September 21, 2010. It was his second walk-off with the Giants trailing, first since June 4, 2010. The seven walk-offs is good for a seventh place tie on the franchise's all-time list. The Giants recorded three walk-offs in a span of four games (July 29, 30 and August 1) for the first time in franchise history and three walk-offs in a span of a week for the second time in franchise history (the first time in 2001 on April 13, 14, and 19). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2015, Sponichi 8/2/2015
  • Kazuma Okamoto recorded his first Ni-gun home run on August 1 in a Rakuten game. It came in his fifty-fifth game, 195th plate appearance. Source: Sponichi 8/2/2015
  • Alex Castellanos will be returning to the United States at some point this month to be with his pregnant girlfriend. Source: Daily Sports 8/2/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger is 2-4 in eight games on five days of rest and 1-2 in three games on four days of rest. Not including his first start of the year, he is 4-1 in seven games on at least six days of rest. Shintaro Fujinami has not made any starts on four days of rest this year. He is 2-3 in five games on five days of rest and 5-2 in twelve games on at least six days of rest. Source: Sanspo 8/2/2015
  • Messenger has racked up fifteen victories against the Yakult Swallows over his career. He lost to the Swallows at Koshien Stadium on August 1 for the first time since September 11, 2012. Source: Sponichi 8/2/2015
  • Koshien Stadium celebrated its ninety-first birthday on August 1. Source: Sports Hochi 8/2/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi was added to the active roster on August 2. He will be used in relief. Source: Sanspo 8/2/2015
  • Yasuaki Yamasaki picked up his twenty-fifth save of the year on August 1 moved into a first place tie with Katsuhiro Nagakawa (2003) for most saves in a season by a rookie out of college. Source: Sponichi 8/2/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Hirofumi Yamanaka recorded another victory on August 2 and is now 5-0 in five starts. The last pitcher in franchise history to start a season 5-0 in five games was Masaichi Kaneda in 1958. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2015