NPB news: May 22, 2022

On Sunday in Japan, Yuya Yanagi put an end to the Hiroshima Carp’s huge offensive outputs, but Drew Anderson did him one better.

Dietrich Enns had it going for Seibu, while 41-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada had a good day for the SoftBank Hawks. Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Shinjo took to social media and I’m the happier for it.

Sunday was also the final day of league play before three weeks of interleague, and former Lotte ace Tomohiro “Johnny” Kuroki wants you to know who he thinks will be on top, while I see it differently.

Shall we get started?

Carp 1, Dragons 0: At Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Drew Anderson (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out five without issuing a walk over six innings. Shota Dobayashi batted for in the bottom of the inning, and got the Carp’s second hit off Yuya Yanagi (4-2) a leadoff home run and his third of the season.

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Johnny: CL has caught up

Former Lotte ace Tomohiro “Johnny” Kuroki sees the Central League having a huge advantage in interleague play this year, Sponichi Annex reported Sunday.

Although the CL teams were outscored last year, the CL won last year’s interleague competition for just the second time since the program started in 2005 and the first time since 2009. The season also ended with the Yakult Swallows beating the Orix Buffaloes in the Japan Series for the league’s first victory since 2012.

“I see the CL having the higher winning percentage this year. I get a sense there is a gap,” Kuroki said. “I think the CL hitters are stronger, it’s not an individual thing, but that all the CL teams appear stronger. There’s no real basis for this, but that’s how it seems to me.”

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