Npb Wrap 6-15-21

The CL wins interleague! Hurray!

The Central League’s Hiroshima Carp clinched a winning interleague season for the CL with a 5-3 win over the Pacific League’s Seibu Lions on Tuesday.

With one game remaining, the CL leads 49-47-11 with the PL leading in runs, 467-442. The interleague win was the CL’s second and its first since 2009.

Carp 5, Lions 3

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, a trio of Carp rookies put the finishing touches on the Pacific League’s ambition for an 11th straight interleague overall championship. Kota Hayashi reached base four times contributing to the Carp’s second run and then singling with two outs in the eighth, ahead of Koki Ugusa’s second home run off reliever Reed Garrett (1-3).

Closer Ryoji Kuribayashi bounced back from allowing his first run as a pro on Monday and suffering his first loss, and did so with a vengeance, striking out the side in the ninth to record his 12th save.

Seiji Kawagoe tied the game 2-2 with a pinch-hit homer, his second, off Carp starter Daichi Osera, who went seven, and Hotaka Yamakawa’s 10th, tied it 3-3 in the seventh.

The Lions put the first two runners on in the eighth inning, sacrificed, and then grounded out twice with nothing to show.

Trades

The Lotte Marines took part in a pair of trades this week. On Monday, they sent a right-handed pitcher named Yuki, Yuki Ariyoshi, to the DeNA BayStars for a right-handed pitcher named Yuki, Yuki Kuniyoshi.

On Tuesday, they sent an outfielder named Kato, Shohei Kato, to the Chunichi Dragons, for a catcher named Kato, Takuma Kato.

Shohei Kato is a 30-year-old who was once a prospect whom the Marines never committed to, while Kuniyoshi is a big hard-thrower who has yet to master the rest of his game.

Starting pitchers

Interleague

Carp vs Fighters: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Allen Kuri (5-3, 3.00) vs Hiromi Ito (3-4, 3.07)

Active roster moves 6/15/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/25

Central League

Activated

None

Dectivated

GiantsIF32Taishi Hirooka
GiantsIF37Akihiro Wakabayashi
CarpP23Kazuki Yabuta

Pacific League

Activated

None

Dectivated

MarinesC53Naoya Emura

NPB wrap 6-14-21

Inter-mission Day 1

OK, we’re now in the part of the season I like to call Inter-mission, the break of often glorious weather and no baseball between the end of interleague and the resumption of league play. Ok, there is baseball, three makeup games in Hiroshima, but it’s the most laid-back time of the year in Japanese baseball.

The Lions’ win on Monday leaves the CL leading interleague 48-47 with 11 ties. The PL is running away in terms of runs scored, again, 464-437.

Lions 3, Carp 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Seibu broke a 2-2 sixth inning fly that makes me think NPB’s scorers have definitely been given some hard and fast rules on how to do things, and that scoring rules are different from how they used to be.

With one out and the bases loaded, Takeya Nakamura hit a high pop to shallow center, where rookie outfielder Ryutaro Hatsuki, with his on holding the runner at third, dropped the ball. The runner on third scored easily but the runner on first was forced easily at second.

Traditionally this would have been ruled a groundout to center, but for some reason, the official scoring went as a sacrifice fly — in which the batter was not retired, but the runner on first was forced at second.

What happened is not in question. I’m just curious why it was scored that way and not some other way.

The game came down to which team could walk the fewest batters in critical situations. The Lions went to a bullpen day so their pitchers wouldn’t have to bat, and Ken Sasaki, their second pitcher, issued four walks and two hits, including a two-run single by rookie Kota Hayashi, that made it 2-1.

Kazuki Yabuta, who got into hot water for not being able to throw strikes in the spring and was making his season debut, walked five in his 4-2/3 innings. Robert Corniel (0-1), who has been very solid for the Carp this year, took the mound and surrendered a Tomoya Mori single. Corniel stayed in the game in the sixth.

The first batter reached on a third-strike passed ball. A single and a walk loaded the bases before the “sacrifice fly” which garnered Nakamura an RBI.

Lions submariner Kaito Yoza threw three scoreless innings. Rookie Yutaro Watanabe struck out three of the batters he faced over two scoreless innings in another bright showing for a young Lions player. Kaima Taira finished with his 33rd consecutive scoreless game since the start of the season, which is a record I’m not certain why anyone cares about. It was also his seventh save.

Starting pitchers

Interleague

Carp vs Lions: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Daichi Osera (2-2, 2.89) vs Wataru Matsumoto (5-3, 2.88)

Active roster moves 6/14/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/24

Central League

Activated

CarpP23Kazuki Yabuta
CarpP42Kyle Bird
CarpC62Tomoki Ishihara
CarpIF0Takashi Uemoto

Dectivated

TigersP49Joe Gunkel
TigersP66Ippei Ogawa
BayStarsP92Yuki Kuniyoshi
CarpP34Kouya Takahashi
CarpIF00Kaisei Sone
CarpIF10Kevin Cron
SwallowsP47Keiji Takahashi

Pacific League

Activated

None

Dectivated

HawksC62Takashi Umino
EaglesP53Hosei Takata
EaglesOF50Atsuki Mutoh
FightersP35Takahiro Nishimura
BuffaloesP17Hirotoshi Masui

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