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Chunichi Dragons 3 – Yokohama Bay Stars 5 (April 26, 2015)

by on Apr.26, 2015 @ 8:31 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 13:00
Starters: Wakamatsu, Shunta (CHU) 0-0, 1.50 - Takasaki, Kentaro (YOK) 1-1, 2.84

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
Yokohama 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 X 5 10 2

Attendance: 28936 | Time: 3h19m | Yokohama leads series, 4-2-0

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[4/25/2015] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.26, 2015 @ 8:31 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda is 20-10 against the Hanshin Tigers over his career. Source: Sponichi 4/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons could swap Tomoya Yagi with Ryosuke Oguma in the starting rotation. Yagi was sent down to Ni-gun on April 25 after dropping his third start in a row on April 24. Oguma is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA in five games (25.0 innings) at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015, Sponichi 4/25/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a grand slam on April 24. He became the first Yokohama clean-up hitter to hit a grand slam since Tony Blanco on April 8, 2014; and the first Japanese Yokohama clean-up hitter since Shuichi Murata on July 24, 2007. Source: Sponichi 4/25/2015
  • Former Bay Stars Norihiro Nakamura started a baseball school. Source: official site

[4/25/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters, Rakuten Eagles

by on Apr.26, 2015 @ 7:40 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters recorded a walk-off HBP on April 24 against Orix. It was their first walk-off HBP since June 13, 1977. Source: Sponichi 4/25/2015
  • 1,238 fans attended the game against Lotte on April 24 that featured Yuki Saito and Lotte's Eisuke Tanaka. Twelve television cameras and about forty members of the media covered the game. Source: Sponichi 4/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui recorded the 171st modasho of his career during a game against Lotte on April 24. Source: Sanspo 4/25/2015
  • Kenny Ray became the first pitcher in his forties to win his first four games of the season. The previous record of three wins in as many games from the start of the season was set by Choji Murata in 1990. Ray joined Masahiro Tanaka (2009, seven) as the only players in franchise history to start the season with four or more victories in as many games from the start of the season. The record for most consecutive wins in as many games from the start of the season by a foreign pitcher is six, set by Leo Kiely in 1953 and Dicky Gonzalez in 2009. Source: Sanspo 4/25/2015, Sponichi 4/25/2015

[4/25/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 6:38 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/24 SFG 4
COL 6
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .311
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Yusmeiro Petit in the top of the 9th. Results: Ks. Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/24 WSH 2
MIA 3
LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .263
Batted seventh. Results: L3, 1B6-R[6], G3. Ichiro tied Sadaharu Oh's NPB record with his 1,967 career NPB (658) + MLB (1,309) run. Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/24 SAV 0
CRD 1
2B 3 0 0 0 0 1   .156
Batted sixth. Results: F8, G1, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/24 BOS 7
BAL 5
18-12 5 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 1.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 7-4. He picked up a hold (4). Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 4/24 BOS 7
BAL 5
23-16 5 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 7-5. He recorded a save (3). Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Toru Murata CLE 4/24 LOU 7
COL 11
70-40 15 3.0 3 4 4 4 0 0 4.00
Started the game. Left the game after three innings with Columbus down 4-3. Did not factor into the decision Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.

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[4/24/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:37 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez did not participate in practices at Koshien on April 24 because of a fever. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • Yutaka Wada might sit Matt Murton if he feels it will benefit everyone. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015, Sanspo 4/24/2015
  • Randy Messenger appeared to lack focus and drive during his two at bats on April 22 -- he did not lift the bat off his shoulder during his first at bat in the 3rd inning and struck out looking on four pitches; and attempted a slash bunt during his second at bat in the 4th and ultimately struck out looking. Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters on April 23, without revealing anything that might give away their strategies, that there were misunderstandings. During his first at bat, he was reportedly waiting for a slider to hit. During his second at bat, he missed the bunt sign and tried the slash bunt on his own. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sponichi 4/24/2015, Daily Sports 4/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi's next start could come during a Yokohama series that begins on May 1 at Nagoya Dome. Source: Sports Hochi 4/24/2015 ... Yoshimi has not allowed a run in twenty innings from his first outing of the season. The NPB record of 38.1 scoreless innings from the pitcher's first outing of the season was set by Satoshi Takahashi in 1939. The Central League record of thirty-one was set by Etsuo Nakai in 1963. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Hisanori Takahashi could get Guillermo Moscoso's next start on April 29 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. Moscoso was diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring and taken off the active roster on April 23. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sports Hochi 4/24/2015

[4/25/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ni-gun game against Lotte on April 24: Yuki Saito started the game and gave up eight runs on ten hits over 3.1 innings of work. He did not allow a run in the 1st, surrendered a solo home run in the 2nd, did not allow a run in the 3rd, and gave up seven runs on seven hits in the 4th. He faced twenty-one hitters, walked none, hit one, and struck out two. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara could make his Ichi-gun debut in June. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on April 24: second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka started the game and gave up four runs on five hits over two innings of work. He did not allow a run in the 1st and gave up four runs on five hits, including four doubles, in the 2nd. He faced fifteen, walked three, struck out one, and topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015, Sports Hochi 4/24/2015
  • Yuhei Nakaushiro (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman on April 22. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2015
  • Seven Lotte personnel, including players Takayuki Kanamori and Katsuya Kakunaka, have recently recently been diagnosed with the flu. Source: Sponichi 4/24/2015

Seibu Lions

Orix Buffaloes 7 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (April 25, 2015)

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 12:10 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Orix Buffaloes vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 14:00
Starters: Dickson, Brandon (ORI) 1-3, 2.17 - Uwasawa, Naoyuki (HAM) 1-2, 2.66

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Orix 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 7 9 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 9 2

Attendance: 27257 | Time: 3h24m | Nippon Ham leads series, 4-1-0

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