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NPB news: May 4, 2024

Masato Morishita almost bid for the kind of no-hitter that Japanese baseball doesn’t count, but had to settle for being Hiroshima’s offensive sparkplug, Anderson Espinoza had an off-day and was still better than most. C.C. Mercedes and Neftali Soto led the Marines, the Seibu Lions extra-inning nightmare is finally over, and Seiya Hosokawa was outstripped by Munetaka Murakami for the CL home run lead but outslugged the Swallows’ big wheel to power a Chunichi comeback.

Saturday’s games

Buffaloes 3, Fighters 1: At Osaka UFO Dome, Anderson Espinoza (4-0) had an off day, but picked up the win after allowing a run on eight hits and a walk over six innings. His teammates turned two double plays behind him and scraped out three runs against Takayuki Kato (1-4) as Orix snapped its four-game losing streak and Espinoza’s ERA climbed to 0.55.

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NPB news: May 3, 2024

Rakuten’s Takahisa Hayakawa got a lot of help and made the most of it. Munetaka Murakami is now two homers shy of becoming the youngest player to hit 200 in Japan.

Friday’s games

BayStars 2, Carp 0: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Katsuki Azuma (3-0) worked 7-1/3 innings, Hiromu Ise stranded the tying runs in scoring position, and Kohei Morihara worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his sixth save as the BayStars won their third straight.

A hit batsman and a Keita Sano double set up a first-inning run off Makoto Aduwa (2-1), and three singles from Yota Kyoda, Yudai Yamamoto and Taiki Sekine set up Masayuki Kuwahara‘s second-inning sacrifice fly. The Carp are winless in four straight with two losses and two ties.

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