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[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

[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


  • 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