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[5/17/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on May.18, 2015 @ 4:48 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ni-gun game against Softbank on May 17: Frederich Cepeda hit two home runs, one off Rick van den Hurk and the other off Shingo Tatsumi. Cepeda also hit a home run on May 16. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama could make his Ichi-gun debut with a start on May 21 against Yomiuri at Koshien Stadium. Yokoyama started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on May 15. He gave up a run on four hits over five innings of work. Mario Santiago could get another Ichi-gun start on May 22 against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015,
  • Randy Messenger threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eyes of Ni-gun pitching coach Yasuo Kubo at the Naruohama facilities on May 17. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015
  • Through May 16, the Tigers were 82-for-410 with eight home runs and twenty-eight RBI against left-handed starters and 120-for-499 with six home runs and forty-two RBI against right-handed starters. Source: Sanspo 5/17/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi was scratched from his start against Hanshin on May 17 at the last minute because of some tightness in his right elbow. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015
  • Yudai Ono picked up his second 1-0 shutout victory of the season on May 16 and became the first Chunichi pitcher since Masahiro Yamamoto in 1993 (April 25 vs Hiroshima and July 8 vs Yakult) to record two 1-0 shutout wins in the same season. Only two other pitchers in franchise history have managed to toss two 1-0 shutout victories before the end of May: Toshitake Nakayama in 1956 (April 24 vs Taiyo and May 2 vs Kokutetsu) and Senichi Hoshino in 1976 (April 3 and May 18 against Taiyo). Source: Sponichi 5/17/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars went 17-3 over a twenty game stretch between April 22 and May 16. They have won seveteen or more games over a twenty-game span two other times in franchise history: eighteen wins between June and July 1964 and seventeen wins between July and August 1997. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015

[5/16/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.17, 2015 @ 5:21 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto became the franchise's eighty-second clean-up hitter on April 11. He hit a home run while batting fourth on May 15. He has now hit at least one home run while batting anywhere between first and eighth in the line-up. Nine players in NPB history have managed to hit at least one home run out of all nine spots in the line-up. The last player to accomplish the feat was Mitsutaka Goto in 2011. Source: ZakZak 5/16/2015, Sanspo 5/16/2015 ... Sakamoto's home run breakdown by spot in the line-up: first (sixty-five), second (one), third (thirty-two), fourth (one), fifth (one), sixth (two), seventh (five), eighth (seven), ninth (none), off the bench (two). Source: Sponichi 5/16/2015 ... There have been four clean-up hitters this year: Sakamoto, Shinnosuke Abe, Taishi Ota, and Daisuke Nakai. Sakamoto was the first to blast a home run while batting clean-up this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015
  • Scott Mathieson was not available to play on May 16 because his wife gave birth to the couple's second chlid, a girl weighing 3,500 grams, at 5:45am on the same day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015
  • Through May 15, the Giants were 3-0 while wearing their orange tokon uniforms. In the past three seasons, they were 19-6. Source: Sponichi 5/16/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mario Santiago could get another start at Ichi-gun. A lot will depend on how Randy Messenger is doing at Ni-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kosuke Tanaka became the seventh player in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games (May 14, 15). The other six: Hiroaki Inoue on October 13, 16 in 1970; Sachio Kinugasa on October 4, 5 in 1977; Yoshihiko Takahashi on June 4, 6 in 1989; Koichi Ogata on July 17, 18 in 1996; Kenjiro Nomura on August 21, 22 in 1997; and Masato Akamatsu on April 29, 30 in 2008. Source: Daily Sports 5/16/2015 ... The NPB record of three games was set by Hiromi Matsunaga in 1993. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015
  • Shota Dobayashi confirmed to reporters on May 16 that his wife was pregnant and due in October. Source: Sanspo 5/16/2015

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are 12-4 in games with a one-run difference. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015 ... Yokohama won their seventh straight series on May 16, a first in franchise history since 1964. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015, Sponichi 5/16/2015, Daily Sports 5/16/2015 ... The Bay Stars moved ten games above .500 in their fortieth game of the season on May 15. The team has made it to ten games above .500 in eleven different seasons, five in forty or fewer games (twenty-eighth game in 1952, twenty-fourth game in 1973, fortieth game in 1978, twentieth game in 1996, and fortieth game in 2015). Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2015, Sanspo 5/16/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa was 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven starts over his career against the Yomiuri Giants before suffering a loss at their hands on May 15. Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2015

[5/15/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on May.16, 2015 @ 6:56 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi set a new NPB record on May 14 by appearing in his 117th career game without suffering a single loss. The previous record of 116 games was set by Masashi Sajikihara in 2009. Source: Sanspo 5/15/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami has three complete game victories: July 15, 2014 against Chunichi, one run; September 12, 2014 against Hiroshima, two runs; and May 14, 2015 against Yakult, one run. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015
  • On May 14, Tsuyoshi Nishioka became the 469th player in NPB history to play in 1,000 games. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are 13-0 when Takehiro Ishikawa records a hit in his first trip to the plate this year. Source: Sponichi 5/15/2015
  • Yokohama moved ten games above .500 on May 15 for the first time since 1998. Source: Sponichi 5/15/2015, Daily Sports 5/15/2015
  • The Bay Stars have won ten or more in a row at home four times in franchise history: ten-game winning streak in 1970, between June and July, at Kawasaki Stadium; ten-game winning streak in 1998, between July and August, at Yokohama Stadium; eleven-game winning streak in 2006, between June and July, at Yokohama Stadium; and a ten-game winning streak in 2015, between April and May, at Yokohama Stadium. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars 6 – Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5 (May 15, 2015)

by on May.15, 2015 @ 5:58 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars vs Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Yamaguchi, Shun (YOK) 3-1, 3.02 - Kuroda, Hiroki (HIR) 3-2, 3.46

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yokohama 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 0 6 9 1
Hiroshima 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 12 1

Attendance: 29819 | Time: 3h28m | Yokohama leads series, 6-1-0

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[5/14/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on May.15, 2015 @ 5:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi set a new NPB record by appearing in 117 consecutive games, from his debut, without suffering a loss. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2015
  • Kan Otake dropped his weight to eighty-six kilograms from 94.5 during the winter. The big drop was apparently too much, too soon and he found himself struggling. He has since pushed his weight back up to ninety-one kilograms. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2015
  • On May 13, against Hiroshima, Taishi Ota became the sixth lead-off hitter in franchise history to hit a home run in a 1-0 victory, first since Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a home run in the 4th inning of a 1-0 win on April 17, 2008 against Chunichi. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2015
  • The Central League announced that the Giants' game administrator was changed from team representative Atsushi Harasawa to general manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Minoru Iwata is 3-8 with a 4.81 ERA in eleven starts at Jingu Stadium over his career. His win at the stadium on May 13 was his first since August 17, 2012. He was 0-4 in four starts in between the victories. Source: Sanspo 5/14/2015
  • Kentaro Sekimoto has been used as a pinch-hitter 338 times over his career and is 65-for-273 with seven home runs and fifty-six RBI. Source: Sanspo 5/14/2015
  • According to Sanspo, the Tigers are planning to offer Tsuyoshi Nishioka a multi-year deal. Source: Sanspo 5/14/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki set a new franchise rookie record with his eighth save in the month of May. The previous record of seven was set by Tomoya Mikami in May 2014. Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2015
  • The Bay Stars won their tenth straight game at Yokohama Stadium on May 14. The last time they won ten or more straight at Yokohama Stadium was when they went on an eleven-game winning streak in 2006. Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2015 ... The Bay Stars also won six series in a row for the first time since 1998 and are nine game above .500 for the first time since October 1999. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2015
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata (200-254-16) became the fifth manager in franchise history to win 200 games on May 13. The other four managers: Kaoru Betto (494-498-67), Osamu Mihara (461-490-21), Akihiko Oya (259-328-3), and Hiroshi Gondo (219-186-2). It took Nakahata 470 games to reach 200, more games than any of the other four managers (Betto in 417, Mihara in 423, Oya in 416, and Gondo in 373). Source: Sanpso 5/14/2015

General

  • There were two lead-off home runs on May 14: Kosuke Tanaka for Hiroshima against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome and Tsuyoshi Nishioka for Hanshin against Yakult at Jingu Stadium. The last time two Central League hitters recorded lead-off home runs was on June 9, 2012: Hisayoshi Chono for Yomiuri against Seibu at Tokyo Dome and Masahiro Araki for Chunichi against Rakuten at Nagoya Dome. The last time two Central League hitters hit lead-off home runs in the top of the 1st was on June 11, 2011: Matt Murton for Hanshin against Seibu at Seibu Dome and Yoshiyuki Kamei for Yomiuri against Orix at Kyocera Dome. The last time two Pacific League hitters recorded lead-off home runs was on June 15, 2013: Shunichi Nemoto for Lotte against Chunichi at QVC Marine and Shogo Akiyama for Seibu against Yokohama at Seibu Dome. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2015

Chunichi Dragons 3 – Yokohama Bay Stars 4 (May 14, 2015)

by on May.14, 2015 @ 2:59 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Chunichi Dragons vs Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium - 18:00
Starters: Valdes, Raul (CHU) 0-3, 2.45 - Mishima, Kazuki (YOK) 3-1, 3.72

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

Attendance: 22748 | Time: 2h51m | Yokohama leads series, 8-3-0

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[5/13/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on May.14, 2015 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mario Santiago joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on May 12. He worked on bunting with fielding/base coach Naoyuki Kazaoka and then threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen. Someone with the team told reporters that when it comes to bunts, Santiago had little to no experience. Source: Sponichi 5/13/2015, Daily Sports 5/13/2015
  • Randy Messenger joined Ni-gun practices at Naruohama on May 13. Source: Sanspo 5/13/2015
  • Through May 12, Matt Murton was 87-for-216 with twelve home runs and fifty-one RBI in fifty-five games at Jingu Stadium. Against Yakult, 183-for-467 with fifteen home runs and eighty-three RBI in 120 games. Source: Sanspo 5/13/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata notched his 200th managerial victory on May 13 and became just the fifth manager in franchise history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 5/13/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Akihisa Nishida was not feeling well on May 12 but still played on May 13 because he has been catching Nagisa Arakaki this season. Source: Sanspo 5/13/2015