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[8/14/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.15, 2015 @ 7:07 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Prior to his loss on August 13, Tomoyuki Sugano was 25-0 in thirty games where the Giants scored first. His loss on August 13 ended the streak: the Giants had a 2-1 lead until he gave up a one-out, two-run home run to Yokohama's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo in the 9th. Source: Sponichi 8/14/2015
  • Takehiro Donoue recorded a pinch-hit grand slam against Yokohama on August 12. It was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, first since July 22. It was the first grand slam of his career. He became the first player to hit a pinch-hit grand slam since Hiroshima's Tetsuya Kokubo on May 2 and the first Yomiuri player since Hisayoshi Chono on October 22, 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2015 ... Donoue became the nineteenth player to record the franchise's twenty-third pinch-hit grand slam. The slam came on the first pitch he saw. Only two other players have recorded pinch-hit grand slams on the first pitch they saw: Isao Hirono on April 27, 1973 and Kenji Yano on September 30, 2011. Source: Sponichi 8/13/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi is 50-26 in games between August and the end of the season (26-8 over the last five years). Source: Sponichi 8/13/2015
  • Susumu Orui's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,322 grams, on August 12. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami recorded a victory against Yakult on August 14 and became the first pitcher in the Central League to win ten games this season. He also became the first pitcher out of high school to record at least ten wins in each of his first three seasons in the NPB since Daisuke Matsuzaka (1999-2001, three years) and the first Hanshin pitcher out of high school since Yutaka Enatsu (1967-1975, nine years). Source: Daily Sports 8/14/2015, Daily Sports 8/14/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takahiro Arai recorded four hits and four RBI against Yakult on August 13. It was his first four-hit, four-RBI game since June 27, 2012. One of his hits was a grand slam. It was the ninth grand slam of his career, first since August 15, 2014. Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2015 ... Arai hit seven grand slams with Hiroshima and two with Hanshin. The seven he hit with Hiroshima is good for second on the franchise's all-time list. Source: Sponichi 8/14/2015
  • Five members of the Arizona Diamondbacks' front office -- including chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa and special assistants to the president and CEO Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez -- are in Japan. They will be joined by president and CEO Derrick Hall on August 15. They were at the Yokohama-Hiroshima on August 14 and are scheduled to watch the Seibu-Softbank and Yokohama-Hiroshima games on August 15. They will be appearing in an event for the MLB in Ishinomaki, Miyagi on August 17. They will be in Japan until August 20. Source: Sponichi 8/14/2015, Daily Sports 8/14/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa likes pitching at Mazda Stadium (through August 14): 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA in eight games. Ogawa and Hirofumi Yamanaka recorded back-to-back shutouts on August 11 and 12. It was the first time Yakult pitchers recorded back-to-back shutouts since 2012 (August 25 and 26, Shohei Tateyama and Kyohei Muranaka). Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2015 ... Ogawa is 10-1 with a 1.97 ERA in thirteen games against the Carp. Source: Sponichi 8/13/2015