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Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 – Yokohama Bay Stars 6 (July 20, 2015)

by on Jul.20, 2015 @ 10:34 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yakult Swallows vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Arakaki, Nagisa (YAK) 2-8, 4.30 - Kubo, Yasutomo (YOK) 7-4, 3.28

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Yakult 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 17 2
Yokohama 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 6 8 1

Attendance: 27928 | Time: 3h22m | Yakult leads series, 10-6-0

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[7/18/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.19, 2015 @ 4:27 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takumi Akiyama, Akira Iwamoto, Suguru Iwazaki pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Koshien on July 18. The three pitchers are candidates for the back-end of the starting rotation. Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2015, Daily Sports 7/18/2015 ... Akiyama and Iwazaki could be competing for a start on July 25 against Yokohama at Koshien with Iwamoto eying a spot in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Rafael Perez pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Dome on July 17. He faced thirteen hitters, allowed two hits, and topped out at 138km/h. He picked off Kyohei Kamezawa twice at first base. Drew Naylor also pitched in the batting practice scrimmage. He faced ten hitters and allowed five hits, including a home run to Kazuyuki Akasaka. He topped out at 147km/h. Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2015, Sports Hochi 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015
  • There was a vehicle fire near Nagoya Stadium on July 18 that resulted in the death of man in his sixties or seventies. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars have reportedly offered Kiyoshi Nakahata a contract for the 2017 season. Source: Sponichi 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015 ... Nakahata admitted to reporters on July 18 that he met with the owner, president, and general manager and was asked to return next season, win or lose. "I feel if things don't go well, I can't really keep going. I need to put up results. Every year is a new challenge. But I appreciated the offer and it showed me that they trust me. Nothing could make me happier," said Nakahata. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2015

[7/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.17, 2015 @ 2:15 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on July 20: Miles Mikolas, Aaron Poreda, and Tomoyuki Sugano. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2015
  • The Giants are under .500 at the All-Star break for the tenth time in franchise history, first since 2011. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger is 5-8 with a 3.39 ERA in seventeen games on four days of rest over his NPB career. He is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in two games on four days of rest so far this year. Source: Sanspo 7/16/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are in last place at the All-Star break for the first time since 1995. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars became the sixth team in NPB history to move into first place after playing their last game before the All-Star break. The other five teams: Hanshin in 1962 and 1975, Seibu in 2000 and 2004, and Orix in 2014. Yokohama is the only team that won their game on a walk-off. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2015 ... The Bay Stars are the first team in Central League history to head into the break with a .500 record. The previous "low" was six games above .500: Daiei at 30-24-3 in 1953, Nankai at 30-24-1 in 1953, Yomiuri at 41-35-0 in 1992, and Seibu at 42-36-3 in 2000. It is the first time the first and last place teams were separated by just four games. Before this year, the closest the last place team was to the first place team at the break was six games in 1993. It is the fourth time in NPB history teams in second place or lower have records under .500. The other three times: 1962 and 1965 in the Pacific League and 2011 in the Central League. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2015, Sanspo 7/16/2015

[7/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.16, 2015 @ 8:34 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi was taken off the active roster on July 14 for an adjustment. He is not expected to miss the All-Star series. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2015
  • Former Giant Kazumi Takahashi died of multiple organ failure after he was taken to a hospital in Tokyo at around 4:00pm on July 14. He was sixty-nine. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/15/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Through July 15, Atsushi Nomi was 79-66 with a 3.23 ERA over his career. He has done well against Hiroshima with a 21-9 record and a 2.38 ERA. He has struggled the most against Yakult at 8-12 with a 4.27 ERA. Source: Sanspo 7/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yokohama finished the first-half in first place for the third time in franchise history (1965, 1998, 2015). Source: Sponichi 7/15/2015, Sponichi 7/15/2015
  • The Bay Stars blasted three home runs in one inning against the Yomiuri Giants on July 14 and became the first team in either league to hit three or more in one inning this season. Yokohama last hit three home runs in one inning on September 23, 2005 vs Yakult (four home runs in the 9th inning). They hit three home runs in one inning against the Giants for the first time since May 3, 2005 (three in the 9th). It was the first time in franchise history that the Bay Stars recorded sixteen or more hits in two consecutive games against the Giants (sixteen on July 13 and sixteen on July 14). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2015

[7/14/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.15, 2015 @ 4:20 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Potential starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 20: Minoru Iwata, Randy Messenger, and Atsushi Nomi. Shintaro Fujimani could get a during the Yomiuri series over Nomi, but will most likely be pushed back to the Yokohama series that begins on July 24. Takumi Akiyama and Suguru Iwazaki are candidates for starts during the Yokohama series. Akiyama and Iwazaki are scheduled to join Ichi-gun workouts beginning on July 17. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2015
  • Akira Iwamoto joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Koshien on July 14. He could be added to the active roster to help bolster the bullpen. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015
  • The team hotel in Tokyo had electrical problems on July 12. Elevators were not working and players were advised to wait until the power came back online. Matt Murton and Mauro Gomez did not want to wait and decided to take the stairs up to the thirty-second floor, where their rooms were located. It apparently took the two players about ten minutes to climb 990 steps. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015
  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama could start the Fresh All-Star game for the Western League on July 16. Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015
  • Former Tiger Choei Shirasaka died of an illness at a hospital in Nishinomiya on July 8. He was ninety-two-years-old. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Rafael Perez participated in practices before the Yakult game on July 14. Source: Sports Hochi 7/14/2015
  • The Dragons announced on July 14 that they terminated Ikusei pitcher Leandro Mella's contract. Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on July 13: Duane Below started the game and gave up a run (unearned) over three innings of work. He faced fourteen hitters, allowed one hit, walked three, and struck out two. He could make his Ichi-gun debut before the end of the month. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2015
  • The first two hitters in the line-up against Yomiuri on July 13, Takayuki Kajitani and Keijiro Matsumoto, got the offense started with back-to-back home runs. It was the thirty-eighth time in NPB history the first two or more hitters in the line-up, beginning with the lead-off man, hit home runs in consecutive at bats. It was the fifth time the feat was accomplished in franchise history, first since June 1, 2005 (Takuro Ishii and Masaaki Koike vs Rakuten at Yokohama). Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2015, Sponichi 7/14/2015

[7/14/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars reach one million in attendance

by on Jul.15, 2015 @ 1:31 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars reached the one million mark in attendance on July 14 and set a new franchise speed record by reaching the milestone in forty-two home games. The previous record of forty-eight was set last year. (Records go back to 2005, when teams began making the information available.)

Date Opponent Venue Attendance
03/31 Tue Hiroshima Yokohama 28,941
04/01 Wed Hiroshima Yokohama 24,298
04/02 Thu Hiroshima Yokohama 23,774
04/03 Fri Yakult Yokohama 16,583
04/04 Sat Yakult Yokohama 27,224
04/05 Sun Yakult Yokohama 22,240
04/15 Wed Yomiuri Yokohama 23,194
04/16 Thu Yomiuri Yokohama 23,404
04/21 Tue Hanshin Yokohama 21,256
04/22 Wed Hanshin Yokohama 21,456
04/24 Fri Chunichi Yokohama 20,436
04/25 Sat Chunichi Yokohama 28,519
04/26 Sun Chunichi Yokohama 28,936
05/04 Mon Yakult Yokohama 28,954
05/05 Tue Yakult Yokohama 28,960
05/06 Wed Yakult Yokohama 28,936
05/08 Fri Yomiuri Yokohama 26,711
05/09 Sat Yomiuri Niigata 24,119
05/10 Sun Yomiuri Niigata 21,444
05/13 Wed Chunichi Yokohama 19,458
05/14 Thu Chunichi Yokohama 22,748
05/22 Fri Hanshin Yokohama 28,582
05/23 Sat Hanshin Yokohama 28,924
05/24 Sun Hanshin Yokohama 28,914
05/26 Tue Orix Yokohama 19,182
05/27 Wed Orix Yokohama 21,492
05/28 Thu Orix Yokohama 18,404
06/02 Tue Softbank Yokohama 28,524
06/03 Wed Softbank Yokohama 24,623
06/04 Thu Softbank Yokohama 26,587
06/05 Fri Seibu Yokohama 19,387
06/06 Sat Seibu Yokohama 28,955
06/07 Sun Seibu Yokohama 28,961
06/19 Fri Hiroshima Yokohama 26,953
06/20 Sat Hiroshima Yokohama 28,962
06/30 Tue Chunichi Naha 10,292
07/01 Wed Chunichi Naha 12,758
07/03 Fri Hanshin Yokohama 21,438
07/04 Sat Hanshin Yokohama 28,709
07/05 Sun Hanshin Yokohama 25,368
07/13 Mon Yomiuri Yokohama 27,484
07/14 Tue Yomiuri Yokohama 27,685

[7/13/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jul.14, 2015 @ 2:35 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in five games on four days of rest over his career. Source: Sanspo 7/13/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • On July 13, Yasutomo Kubo became the 143rd player in NPB history to reach the 1,000 strikeout milestone. The strikeout came in the 3rd inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants with Hisayoshi Chono up to bat. Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2015
  • Daisuke Miura set a new franchise high for starting pitchers when he recorded the 167th victory of his career on July 13 (170 overall wins) . Miura was previously tied with Masaji Hiramatsu (201 overall wins, 166 as a starter). Source: Sponichi 7/13/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Shinichi Takeuchi was issued a stern warning and fined 100,000 yen by the NPB commissioner's office for his ejection from a Yokohama game on July 12. Takeuchi slid into second base in the 9th inning and was called for interference. He was ejected when he threw his helmet to the ground while arguing with the umpire. Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2015


  • Chunichi's Daisuke Yamai became the eighth Central League pitcher to be ejected from a game for throwing a dangerous pitch this year. The eight ejections tied the league high for most dangerous pitch ejections in one season, set in 2006. Between the two leagues, eleven pitchers have been ejected for throwing dangerous pitches this season. That total is good for fourth on the all-time list, behind fifteen in 2006, fourteen in 2008, and twelve in 2013. Eleven pitchers were also ejected for throwing dangerous pitches in 2005. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2015