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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
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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

[7/31/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 6:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons on July 31. The victory was their 1,000th at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2015
  • The Giants recorded back-to-back walk-off victories on July 29 and 30 (against Yokohama) for the first time since October 10 and 11, 2011 (against Hanshin). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun game against Softbank on July 30: Takumi Akiyama started the game and gave up three earned runs over four innings of work. He faced sixteen hitters, allowed four hits, including a two-run home run to Nobuhiko Matsunaka in the 2nd inning, walked none, hit one, and struck out six. Yuta Iwasada relieved Akiyama and tossed three shutout innings. He faced fourteen, allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out one. Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2015
  • Takumi Akiyama and Yuta Iwasada are candidates to get a start during a Hiroshima series that begins on August 4. Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2015, Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami started feeling like he might develop a cramp in his leg while throwing his warm-ups in the 3rd inning of a game against Yakult on July 31. The team trainer visited the mound in the 4th to check on him. Fujinami did not want to use the cramp as a reason for his poor performance and early exit: six runs, all earned, on six hits and three walks over 3.2 innings of work. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh notched his thirtieth save of the year on July 31 and joined Kyuji Fujikawa (2007-2008) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record two consecutive thirty-save seasons. Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino has not won a game since May 30. Kiyoshi Nakahata is planning to skip his next turn in the rotation because he feels extra rest will get him back on the right track. Source: Sanspo 7/31/2015
  • The Bay Stars decided to scratch Yoshiki Sunada from his start on August 1 because he was not feeling well. He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with gastroenteritis. Source: Sponichi 7/31/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada stole his twentieth base of the year on July 30 and became just the second Japanese Yakult player to record twenty home runs and twenty stolen bases in the same season. The other was Takao Sato in 1957 (twenty-two home runs, twenty-three stolen bases). Source: Sports Hochi 7/31/2015

[7/30/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.31, 2015 @ 5:44 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei recorded the fifth walk-off home run of his career on July 29 and moved into a fifth place tie on the franchise's all-time list with five other players: Tatsunori Hara, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, Hideki Matsui, Hayato Sakamoto, and Shinnosuke Abe. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2015, Sanspo 7/30/2015
  • Miles Mikolas' wife, Lauren, participated in a public relations event for Beaute et Sante Laboratories on July 30. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015 ... The media was misinformed when they reported that Lauren signed a contract with the Motoko Inagawa talent agency back in June. She told the media through her Twitter account on July 8 that they should contact her through her blog, Fearless Charm, and not the agency. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yutaka Wada recorded his 250th managerial victory on July 29 against Chunichi. The 250 wins is good for ninth most in franchise history. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ni-gun game against Orix on July 30: Masahiro Yamamoto started the game and gave up a run over six innings of work. He faced twenty-three hitters, threw eighty-three pitches, allowed seven hits, walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 133km/h. Source: Daily Sports 7/30/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada recorded his tenth home run in the month of July on the 29th and joined Toru Sugiura (ten in May 1985) and Akinori Iwamura (eleven in June and August 2004 and twelve in August 2006) as the only Japanese players in franchise history to hit at least ten home runs in one month. He is the first to accomplish the feat in franchise history as a right-handed hitter. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2015 ... Yamada recorded the fortieth modasho of his career, tenth of the current season, on July 29. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2015

[7/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.29, 2015 @ 8:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Ibata was not available to play on July 28 because he was not feeling well. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami could make his next start on six days of rest against Yakult at Koshien on July 31. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • Randy Messenger's next start will most likely come on five days of rest against Yakult at Koshien on August 1. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • Through July 27, Minoru Iwata was 3-2 with 2.13 ERA in ten games at Nagoya Dome over his career. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015
  • General manager Katsuhiro Nakamura will be heading to the United States on July 28 to check on talent for the 2016 season. Nakamura told reporters he will most likely be checking on relievers and position players with pop that can play third or the outfield. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015 ... Among names on their list of relievers: Marcos Mateo, Jairo Asencio, Jumbo Diaz, and Jon Velasquez. The Tigers could be looking for an arm in case Seung-Hwan Oh does not return next year. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015, Sponichi 7/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Rafael Perez and Drew Naylor could make their debuts during the Yomiuri series that begins on July 31. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars sent personnel to the United States to check on field conditions at MLB stadiums because they interested in replacing the turf at Yokohama Stadium with natural grass. Staff from the Bay Stars and Yokohma Stadium visited the United States between July 4 and 12 and studied stadiums belonging to the Diamondbacks, Astros, Marlins, and Mariners. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows will most likely give starters at least seven days of rest over the next few weeks. The core starting rotation could include Yasuhiro Ogawa, Masanori Ishikawa, Nagisa Arakaki, Yoshihisa Naruse, and Hirofumi Yamanaka. Other pitchers that need extra rest or have yet to nail down a spot in the rotation, like Shohei Tateyama, Taichi Ishiyama, and Masato Furuno, would get spot starts to fill the gaps. They are also planning to go with eight relievers to offset the workload for each pitcher. The Swallows play thirty-three of their next thirty-six games at outdoor stadiums, including twenty-six straight between August 11 and September 10. Source: Sanspo 7/28/2015 ... The Swallows do not want to work their pitching staff too hard down the stretch during the hot summer. They would like to give starters seven days of rest and go with eight relievers. The base rotation could include Ogawa, Ishikawa, and Arakaki. Tateyama could pitch on ten days of rest because he is coming off an injury. Pitchers like Yamanaka, Naruse, Ishiyama, and Furuno could compete for starts to fill the gaps. Source: Sponichi 7/28/2015

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 11 – Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 (July 28, 2015)

by on Jul.28, 2015 @ 7:24 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Kuroda, Hiroki (HIR) 6-4, 2.68 - Arakaki, Nagisa (YAK) 3-8, 4.28

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hiroshima 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 4 11 14 0
Yakult 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 11 1

Attendance: 30868 | Time: 3h24m | Hiroshima leads series, 7-6-0

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