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NPB news: July 2, 2022

For the second straight day, Hiroshima’s Ryan McBroom lowered the McBoom on the Giants, while both league leaders came from behind in the late innings to win, causing some sports desk editors to wet themselves across Japan.

We’ve also got Japanese pro baseball’s longest hit streaks, including an homage to the great Tom Lehrer, and the late-inning records of all NPB teams this year. Some of you can guess what this has to do with the Yomiuri Giants.

There were also a ton of deactivations on Saturday, including Masahiro Tanaka and Roki Sasaki after their duel on Friday, so let’s get to it.

Carp 2, Giants 0: At Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Ryan McBoom accounted for both runs with his ninth home run, with no outs in the ninth off Ryuta Heinai (3-3) to pull Hiroshima to within a half-game of second-place Yomiuri.

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NPB news: July 1, 2022

Roki Sasaki was too hot for his own good on Friday, when he burned out of his start with a broken blister on his pitching hand after being absolutely dominant in his second career duel with Masahiro Tanaka, but neither pitcher ended up with a decision, despite two homers and four RBIs from Rakuten’s Hiroaki Shimauchi.

In Hiroshima, Ryan McBroom won the first-year-import showdown with Matt Shoemaker, while Nefatali Soto homered and drove in three for the DeNA BayStars, Koji Chikamoto extended his hitting streak, and Joe McCarthy had the hits but Orix couldn’t find the runs.

So let’s get to it.

Marines 6, Eagles 4: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Roki Sasaki struck out 10 with an unhittable forkball and a good slider. He started the game with four in the first, the 27th time that’s happened in Japan’s majors, allowed a single and a walk and a pair of groundouts before striking out six more.

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