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[8/29/2015] Kochi Fighting Dogs: Kyuji Fujikawa tosses complete game in loss, fans eleven

by on Aug.30, 2015 @ 3:36 am, under Independent
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Kyuji Fujikawa tossed a complete game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners on August 29. He threw 121 pitches and gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits, including a solo home run in the 6th. He struck out eleven and walked none. He did hit a batter.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kochi 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Kagawa 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 3 9 0

Attendance: 1390 | Time: 2h20m | Venue: Rexxam Stadium

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Date Opp   Role IP NP BF H SO BB R ER Max Vel Venue Att
06/20 Kagawa X SP 4.0 57 18 5 2 1 1 1 146km/h Kochi 2865
06/27 Ehime X RP 2.0 34 6 0 3 1 0 0 150km/h Kochi 726
07/12 Kagawa X RP 2.0 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 146km/h Kochi 452
08/06 Tokushima   SP 0.0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 146km/h Kochi 767
08/07 Ehime   RP 5.0 73 17 1 12 1 0 0   Kochi 354
08/14 Ehime   SP 5.0 77 19 3 7 1 0 0   Botchan 1608
08/21 Tokushima   SP 6.0 71 22 5 9 0 1 0 147km/h Kochi 1321
08/29 Kagawa   SP* 8.0 121 33 9 11 0 3 2 144km/h Rexxam 1390

* denotes complete game

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Source: official report, Daily Sports 8/29/2015

[8/29/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Aug.30, 2015 @ 3:34 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • With their victory on August 28, the Giants pushed their record against Chunichi to 1,000-806-54. The Dragons are the second team the Giants have beaten at least 1,000 times. The Giants notched their 1,000th victory against Hanshin earlier this year on April 4. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2015 ... Through August 28, the Giants are 1,012-784-67 against the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sanspo 8/29/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Through August 29, Matt Murton is four away from 1,000 NPB hits.
  • Shintaro Fujinami picked up his third shutout of the year on August 28 and became the first Hanshin pitcher to toss three shutouts in one season since Randy Messenger recorded three in 2013 and 2014; and the first Japanese Hanshin pitcher since Kei Igawa notched three in 2006. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2015 ... Fujinami is the first Hanshin pitcher out of high school to record three shutouts in a season within his first three years in the NPB since Yutaka Enatsu tossed seven in 1969. Source: Sanspo 8/29/2015
  • Braves' scout Hiroyuki Oya on Shintaro Fujinami: "He's a top level pitcher in Japan. He could pitch in the Majors. He's the type people in America like. He's a power pitcher that can hit the upper 150s (km/h) and he's big. There's a lot of eyes on Hiroshima's [Kenta] Maeda, but [Fujinami's] a different kind of pitcher and he's wonderful. Nippon Ham's [Shohei] Otani is in the same age group, but Fujinami has kept his spot in the starting rotation for three years. I think he might be the best young pitcher in Japan." Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015

Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars set a new franchise record on August 28 with their thirty-third sellout. The previous record of thirty-two was set in 1998, the last time they won the pennant and the Nippon Series. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2015

[8/29/2015] Rakuten Eagles: Hiromoto Okubo planning to step down after the season

by on Aug.30, 2015 @ 2:12 am, under NPB
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According to various reports filed on August 29, Hiromoto Okubo wants to take responsibility for the team's poor performance this season by stepping down after the season.

"I am always prepared. I will talk to the team when the time is right. I have been prepared to take responsibility by stepping down since the day I accepted this job. That hasn't changed at all. But right now, there are still thirty games we have to play hard," said Okubo to reporters on August 29.

Source: Sponichi 8/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015

[UPDATE 8/31 @ 4:26am]

If Okubo does not return as manager in 2016, the Eagles are planning to explore all possibilities, including senior adviser Senichi Hoshino. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/30/2015 ... The Eagles could consider candidates like former Nippon Ham manager Masataka Nashida, former WBC pitching coach Tsuyoshi Yoda, and current head coach Hideki Hashigami. Source: Sponichi 8/30/2015

[8/29/2015] Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Aug.29, 2015 @ 7:12 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 8/28 MIA 4
WSH 3
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .251
Batted second. Results: F6, Ks, G6, G4. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015, Sponichi 8/29/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 8/28 STL 4
SFG 5
LF 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 .296
Batted lead-off. Results: 2B9[12], E5f-R[41], G1, G1, BB. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015, Sponichi 8/29/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/28 PAW 7
BUF 6
SS 5 0 1 0 0 0   .253
Batted second. Results: 1B8-SB[8], L8, G6, G1, G6. Committed throwing error(4) in the top of the 8th. Daily Sports 8/29/2015, Sponichi 8/29/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/28 PUL 9
BRI 10
2B 4 2 2 2 0 0   .289
Batted fifth. Results: F7, E8f, HR9[5] one R[30] two RBI[19,20], SH1, 1B8-R[31]. Committed a throwing error(8) in the bottom of the 7th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 8/28 NYY 15
ATL 4
100-70 27 7.0 5 3 3 1 7 1 3.62
Started the game. Left after seven full innings with New York up 9-3. He picked up the win (10-6). He went 0-for-3 (G4, Ks, BB, G5) at the plate. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015, Sponichi 8/29/2015, Sponichi 8/29/2015. MLB.tv: Tanaka's strong start.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/28 BOS 6
NYM 4
28-11 6 0.2 1 1 1 4 0 0 3.79
Entered the game in the bottom of the 10th with Boston up 6-3. Recorded two outs before walking four batters in a row. Left the game with the bases loaded, two out, and Boston up 6-4. He recorded a hold (15). Nikkan Sports 8/29/2015, Sponichi 8/29/2015. MLB.tv: Bogaerts' turns double play, Tazawa gets shaken up.

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5 (August 29, 2015)

by on Aug.29, 2015 @ 4:55 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters vs Softbank Hawks @ YafuOku Dome - 14:00
Starters: Arihara, Kohei (HAM) 7-4, 4.94 - Takeda, Shota (SOF) 10-5, 3.52

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

Attendance: 38500 | Time: 3h35m | Softbank leads series, 11-6-0

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3 – Yokohama Bay Stars 2 (August 29, 2015)

by on Aug.29, 2015 @ 4:55 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hiroshima Carp vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kuroda, Hiroki (HIR) 8-6, 2.85 - Sunada, Yoshiki (YOK) 2-4, 2.56

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

Attendance: 28913 | Time: 3h38m | Yokohama leads series, 13-8-0

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