NPB news: Aug. 18, 2022

Sorry folks, but I’m going to need to keep this super short tonight, since I have an early morning podcast recording, think you’ll enjoy that, and a hospital visit to get an appointment for hip surgery.

So here are the scores:

  • Tigers 10, Swallows 2 — Mel Rojas broke up a scoreless game with a three-run third-inning homer off Cy Sneed (6-5) and the Tigers, losers of eight straight, poured it on late.
  • BayStars 4, Giants 3 — DeNA extended its franchise-record home winning streak to 14 games after the third straight game with a tie-breaking homer, after Neftali Soto did those honors for two days, it was Keita Sano’s turn. The win pulled DeNA to within six games of the first-place Swallows.
  • Dragons 6, Carp 1 — The Dragons avoided being swept on the road, which is a moral victory for Japan’s worst road team. Dayan Viciedo doubled in a pair of first-inning runs and scored another.
  • Lions 8, Hawks 5 — Brian O’Grady broke a first-inning tie with a three-run homer as Seibu took two of three from the second-place Hawks to increase their PL lead to 2-1/2 games.
  • Eagles 2, Fighters 1 — Rakuten battling tooth and nail with Orix for the third playoff spot, sweep their series in Sapporo.

On Friday, Roki Sasaki, who was rained out of his start against Orix on Wednesday, will start against Rakuten. He’s 0-1 against them in three starts this year with a 4.70 ERA.

Friday’s starting pitchers

Eagles vs Marines: Miyagi Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Takayuki Kishi (7-6, 3.21) vs Roki Sasaki (6-3, 1.96)

Lions vs Buffaloes: Seibu Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Tatsuya Imai (3-1, 2.70) vs Yoshinobu Yamamoto (10-5, 1.70)

Hawks vs Fighters: Fukuoka Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yugo Bando (0-0, 3.12) vs Cody Ponce (2-3, 3.58)

Giants vs Tigers: Tokyo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Iori Yamasaki (4-3, 3.25) vs Yuki Nishi (8-7, 2.19)

BayStars vs Carp: Yokohama Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Shinichi Onuki (9-4, 2.44) vs Shogo Tamamura (1-1, 3.60)

Dragons vs Swallows: Nagoya Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yudai Ono (5-7, 2.70) vs Yasuhiro Ogawa (5-7, 2.89)

Active roster moves 8/18/2022

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 8/28

Central League


TigersP15Junya Nishi
TigersIF51Takumu Nakano
BayStarsP42Fernando Romero


TigersOF32Kota Inoue
DragonsP17Yuya Yanagi
BayStarsC36Shuto Takajo

Pacific League


EaglesP41Yoshinao Kamata
FightersC30Shingo Usami


BuffaloesOF27Kendai Gen
EaglesP71Kazuki Yoshikawa
FightersP62Daiki Mochizuki
FightersC65Yuki Umebayashi

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NPB news: Aug. 17, 2022

The Pacific League’s top-of-the-table clash between SoftBank and Seibu moved on to Game 2 on Wednesday, while the DeNA BayStars entered their game against Yomiuri with a 12-game home winning streak on the line, and the Hanshin Tigers looking to break their seven-game skid against Yakult.

Rain washed out Roki Sasaki’s start against Orix in Kobe, and the Marines are off on Thursday, so who knows when we’ll see if the kid can keep sizzling the way he did for most of his start last week.

Let’s get to the games shall we?

Wednesday’s games

Carp 1, Dragons 0, 11 innings: At Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Chunichi’s Hiroto Takahashi struck out 10 over seven innings, and Hiroshima’s Allen Kuri threw nine innings, but neither got a decision after the Carp cashed in their only good scoring opportunity of the game on veteran pinch-hitter Ryuhei Matsuyama’s walk-off 11th-inning double against newbie pitcher Akira Neo.

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