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[8/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.29, 2015 @ 4:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Through August 28, the offense has been held to two runs or less in sixty-two games this season. The franchise record of sixty-four was set in 2011. Sixty-two, good for second most in franchise history, tied a record set in 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata is 4-10 with a 3.63 ERA in eighteen games against the Hiroshima Carp over his career. Source: Sanpo 8/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Potential starters for upcoming Hanshin series: September 1-3 at Koshien: Kris Johnson, Kenta Maeda, Yuya Fukui; September 11-13 at Koshien: Hiroki Kuroda, Kris Johnson, Kenta Maeda; September 25-27 at Mazda: Kris Johnson, Kenta Maeda, Yusuke Nomura. Source: Sanspo 8/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows recorded back-to-back shutouts against the Yomiuri Giants on August 26 and 27. It was the first time they tossed back-to-back shutouts against the Giants since 1997 (September 13 and 14) and the first time they tossed back-to-back shutouts against the Giants at Jingu Stadium since 1979 (September 1 and 2). Source: Sanspo 8/28/2015

[8/27/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.28, 2015 @ 4:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano threw fifty-one pitches in the 4th inning of a game against Yakult on August 26. The last Yomiuri pitcher to throw fifty or more pitches in one inning was Hisanori Takahashi on September 4, 2007 (against Chunichi, 5th inning, fifty-seven pitches). Source: Sanspo 8/27/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Nelson Perez has hit three home runs in his last two Ni-gun games: he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI against Orix on August 26 and 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against Orix on August 27. He has ten home runs in thirty games at Ni-gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda picked up his tenth win of the season on August 27 and became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record ten or more victories in at least six consecutive seasons. The other three: Ryohei Hasegawa (1950-1957), Manabu Kitabeppu (1978-1988), and Kazuhisa Kawaguchi (1986-1991). Source: Sponichi 8/27/2015
  • Kris Johnson picked up his tenth victory of the year on August 26 and became the sixth foreign pitcher in franchise history to win at least ten games in their first year in Japan. The other five: Robinson Checo 15-8 in 1995, Nathan Minchey 15-11 in 1998, John Bale 11-10 in 2004, Colby Lewis 15-8 in 2008, and Bryan Bullington 11-9 in 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015, Daily Sports 8/27/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that the uniform Motonobu Tanishige wore when he played in his 3,018th game will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars became the first team in the NPB (excluding the Pacific League years where seasons were split in two) to fall into last place in the second-half of the season after finishing the first-half in first place. The worst finishes at this point belong to the 1960 Chunichi Dragons and the 2012 Cihba Lotte Marines -- both teams finished the first-half in first place but ended in fifth at the end of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2015, Sponichi 8/27/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Through August 17, Yasuhiro Ogawa is 16-4 with a 3.00 ERA in twenty-six games at Jingu Stadium over his career. Source: Sanspo 8/27/2015

[8/26/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.27, 2015 @ 2:00 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Potential starters for the Yomiuri series at Koshien that begins on September 8: Minoru Iwata, Shintaro Fujinami, Randy Messenger. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi could get up to three starts against the Hiroshima Carp in September: the 1st and 11th at Koshien and the 25th at Mazda Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2015
  • Yuya Yokoyama was scheduled for a start at Ichi-gun on August 26 against Hiroshima, but was sent back to Osaka after the rain out on August 25. He will remain on the Ni-gun roster until another start opens up for him at Ichi-gun. Takumi Akiyama's next start at Ichi-gun could come against Chunichi during a series at Nagoya Dome that begins on September 4. Source: Sanspo 8/26/2015
  • The Tigers held an organizational meeting in Hiroshima on August 25. Owner Nobuo Minami, general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura, and manager Yutaka Wada were among those in attendance. Source: Sanspo 8/26/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroki Kuroda could get up to three starts during the team's twelve-game stretch in September: 18th against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome, 23rd against Yakult at Jingu, 28th against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada blasted his thirty-second home run of the year on August 25 and became just the fourth Japanese player in franchise history to hit thirty-two or more home runs in one season. The other three: Toru Sugiura (thirty-four in 1985), Takahiro Ikeyama (thirty-four in 1989, thirty-two in 1991), and Akinori Iwamura (forty-four in 2004 and thirty-two in 2006). Yamada and Akiyama are the only right-handed hitters to accomplish the feat in franchise history.Source: Sanspo 8/26/2015
  • Masanori Ishikawa is 24-24 against the Giants over his career. Among active pitchers, only Masahiro Yamamoto has more wins with forty-three. Ishikawa is tied with Kenshin Kawakami for second. Three other pitchers in franchise history have more victories against the Giants: Masaichi Kaneda with sixty-five, Hiromu Matsuoka with thirty-four, and Kenjiro Kawasaki with twenty-nine. Source: Sanspo 8/26/2015

[8/26/2015] Yakult Swallows hit one million in attendance on August 4

by on Aug.27, 2015 @ 1:57 am, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows hit one million in attendance in their forty-seventh home game of the season. It took the Swallows fifty-one home games to reach one million last year.

Date Opponent Venue Attendance
03/31 Tue Hanshin Jingu 26,280
04/01 Wed Hanshin Jingu 18,945
04/02 Thu Hanshin Jingu 22,138
04/07 Tue Chunichi Jingu 10,160
04/08 Wed Chunichi Jingu 9,204
04/09 Thu Chunichi Jingu 13,575
04/15 Wed Hiroshima Matsuyama 17,328
04/17 Fri Yokohama Jingu 15,968
04/18 Sat Yokohama Jingu 25,839
04/19 Sun Yokohama Jingu 18,878
04/24 Fri Yomiuri Jingu 20,812
04/25 Sat Yomiuri Jingu 29,278
04/26 Sun Yomiuri Jingu 25,518
05/01 Fri Hiroshima Jingu 29,819
05/02 Sat Hiroshima Jingu 30,777
05/03 Sun Hiroshima Jingu 30,254
05/09 Sat Chunichi Akita 6,153
05/10 Sun Chunichi Akita 6,823
05/13 Wed Hanshin Jingu 21,377
05/14 Thu Hanshin Jingu 20,083
05/19 Tue Yokohama Jingu 15,128
05/20 Wed Yokohama Jingu 18,752
05/21 Thu Yokohama Jingu 17,959
05/26 Tue Nippon Ham Jingu 19,912
05/27 Wed Nippon Ham Jingu 20,221
05/28 Thu Nippon Ham Jingu 20,089
06/02 Tue Rakuten Jingu 14,467
06/03 Wed Rakuten Jingu 13,405
06/04 Thu Rakuten Jingu 16,069
06/06 Sat Lotte Jingu 27,637
06/07 Sun Lotte Jingu 27,502
06/15 Mon Lotte Jingu 18,303
06/27 Sat Yomiuri Shizuoka 20,526
06/28 Sun Yomiuri Jingu 31,531
06/30 Tue Hanshin Jingu 20,964
07/01 Wed Hanshin Jingu 17,879
07/02 Thu Hanshin Jingu 25,339
07/10 Fri Yokohama Jingu 28,429
07/11 Sat Yokohama Jingu 31,027
07/12 Sun Yokohama Jingu 26,592
07/24 Fri Chunichi Jingu 23,683
07/25 Sat Chunichi Jingu 26,635
07/26 Sun Chunichi Jingu 21,109
07/28 Tue Hiroshima Jingu 30,868
07/29 Wed Hiroshima Jingu 28,956
07/30 Thu Hiroshima Jingu 30,136
08/04 Tue Yomiuri Fukushima 12,361
        1,004,688

[8/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.26, 2015 @ 3:33 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Potential starters for the Yakult series that started on August 25: Yuki Koyama, Tomoyuki Sugano, Aaron Poreda. Source: Sponichi 8/25/2015
  • Potential starters for the Chunichi series that begins on August 28: Hayato Takagi, Kan Otake, Kazuto Taguchi. Source: Sponichi 8/25/2015
  • The Giants swapped third base coaches before the Yakult game on August 25: head coach Masahiro Kawai took over for infield/base coach Hironori Suguro. Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Suguru Iwazaki is expected join the starting rotation as the fifth man. Source: Sanspo 8/25/2015
  • Through August 25, Matt Murton had 994 hits in 802 NPB games. Only two foreign players have recorded 1,000 hits in fewer games: Boomer Wells in 781 games and Wally Yonamine in 793 games. Leon Lee is currently in third at 821 games. Source: Sanspo 8/25/2015
  • The rain out on August 25 means the Tigers will play a string of ten consecutive games in September, from the 18th until the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2015
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura returned from his scouting trip to Korea on August 24. Source: Sanspo 8/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp are scheduled to play twelve straight in September (from the 18th until the 29th) after their game against the Hanshin Tigers was rained out on August 25. Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yakult Swallows

  • Potential starters for the Yomiuri series that began on August 25: Masanori Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Ogawa, and Tetsuya Terada. Source: ZakZak 8/25/2015
  • Shohei Tateyama's next start could come on August 30 against Hanshin at Koshien on six days of rest. Source: ZakZak 8/25/2015