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NPB wrap 10-25-21

Monday’s games

It was ace of aces day, although the Rakuten Eagles don’t have anyone they’re going to call an ace, Masahiro Tanaka, the pitcher everyone wants to see in a big game for them, got the start against the guy who replaced him as Japan’s No. 1, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and a superb pitching duel ensued.

In Chiba, Kodai Senga went to the mound for the SoftBank Hawks, who had nothing to lose but could make a minor statement.

On Tuesday, while the Nippon Ham Fighters and Seibu Lions fight to avoid finishing last in the Pacific League, the Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers resume their struggle for dominance, against the DeNA BayStars and Chunichi Dragons, respectively, the CL’s two bottom feeders.

If Hanshin wins that final game, Yakult needs to win two. A Tigers loss or a tie, leaves Yakult needing to win one of its last three games.

Buffaloes 4, Eagles 0

At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, Yoshinobu Yamamoto (18-5, 1.39) threw a four-hit shutout thanks to a string of superb plays from Orix’s defense, while the Buffaloes scratched out two runs over eight innings against Masahiro Tanaka (4-9, 3.01), who pitched one of his best games of the season but had nothing to show for it.

The win ended the Buffaloes’ regular season, and after the Marines got thumped for only their second loss in two weeks, Orix now has a magic number of one to clinch. Lotte has three games remaining, and need at least two wins and a tie to win the league.

Against Rakuten, the Buffaloes’ runs were more luck than quality, although a bit of artistry scored the final two against Alan Busenitz in the ninth. Orix broke through in the fifth on a one-out Takahiro Okada walk, a ground out and a broken-bat single by rookie Kotaro Kurebayashi, who also put on a fielding clinic at shortstop.

New Buffalo Rangel Ravelo singled to open Orix’s seventh went to third on a two-out error and scored on Kurebayashi’s second single.

Scratch singles by Ravelo and Yutaro Sugimoto put runners on the corners in the ninth with no outs. With the infield in as far as it would go, the runner on second, Shunta Goto got a huge lead and when the throw went to first on Ryoichi Adachi’s suicide squeeze, Goto was already rounding third and scored.

Yamamoto nearly gave up the game’s only extra-base hit in the ninth, but Goto, now in right, robbed Hideto Asamura of a double with a good catch at the wall.

Marines 15, Hawks 7

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Kodai Senga (10-3, 2.66) allowed three runs, starting with Leonys Martin’s solo home run in the first, his 27th, over six innings, and SoftBank stepped on Manabu Mima (6-7, 4.92) after he retired the first four batters.

A one-out second inning error opened the door for the Hawks, and back-to-back singles tied it. Richard Sunagawa’s sac fly put the visitors up for good, and Mima surrendered four more hits before leaving after facing just 12 hitters. Alfredo Despaigne, who led off the inning, singled SoftBank’s seventh run off Daiki Iwashita.

SoftBank led 10-1 before the Marines’ rear guard responded. Brandon Laird hit his 29th homer, while the Hawks’ Ryoya Kurihara hit his 21st.

Tuesday’s starting pitchers

Fighters vs Lions: Sapporo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Naoyuki Uwasawa (12-6, 2.95) vs Kaito Yoza (1-1, 3.31)

BayStars vs Swallows: Yokohama Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shota Imanaga (5-4, 2.77) vs Hirotoshi Takanashi (4-1, 3.72)

Tigers vs Dragons: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Koyo Aoyagi (13-5, 2.51) vs Shinnosuke Ogasawara (7-10, 3.80)

Active roster moves 10/25/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 11/4

Central League


Yomiuri deactivated its entire roster ahead of the postseason.

Pacific League


BuffaloesOF8Shunta Goto
BuffaloesOF25Ryo Nishimura


MarinesP42Frank Herrmann
FightersP33Kazuaki Tateno
BuffaloesP13Hiroya Miyagi
BuffaloesP26Atsushi Nomi

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NPB 2020 Nov. 4

Through their first 16 games, the Lotte Marines have been the SoftBank Hawks’ worst nightmare, but all that appears to be changing.

Wednesday’s games

Other news

Senga goes to top of class

Kodai Senga (11-6) got a late start to the season but qualified for the Pacific League’s ERA title with eight innings in the SoftBank Hawks’ 2-0 win on Wednesday at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, over the Lotte Marines, who fell into third place, a game behind the Seibu Lions for the final playoff spot.

The Hawks’ win left them tied in their season series against Lotte after the three-time defending Japan Series champs starting the season 4-11-1 against the Marines.

With nine strikeouts over eight innings, Senga now leads the league with a 2.16 ERA and is tied with Orix’s Yoshinobu Yamamoto for the strikeout lead with 149 and tied with Hideaki Wakui for the lead in wins.

The Hawks scored on solo homers by Alfredo Despaigne, his sixth, and Ryoya Kurihara, his 17th, off former major leaguer Chen Wei-yin (0-3), and have now beaten the Marines in seven straight games. Yuito Mori notched his 32nd save.

Spangenberg, Lions feast on rookie Yoshida

Corey Spangenberg homered for the second straight night and drove in four runs as the Seibu Lions tattooed rookie Kosei Yoshida (0-2) for eight runs over two innings in a 10-3 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters at MetLife Dome.

Zach Neal (6-8) allowed three runs over five innings to pick up the win. Shuta Tonosaki homered, drove in two runs and scored three, and Reed Garrett worked a scorless inning of relief for the Lions.

Buffaloes bounce Eagles

The Orix Buffaloes broke an eighth-inning tie with two runs off Alan Busenitz (1-4) in an 8-7 win at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome over the Rakuten Eagles, who fell 3-1/2 games out of the final playoff spot with four games left to play.

Orix lit up Hideaki Wakui for six runs over five innings before the visitors came back to tie it.

Endo goes distance for Carp

Atsushi Endo (5-6) threw a four-hitter for the Hiroshima Carp in a 5-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants at Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium.

Hisayoshi Chono went 2-for-3 with two walks a homer three RBIs and his first stolen base since he was with the Giants two years ago, while Jose Pirela had three hits for the Carp.

Giants captain Hayato Sakamoto went 0-for-4 to remain three hits shy of 2,000 in his career.

Fujinami goes 6 scoreless innings in Tigers’ win

Shintaro Fujinami overcame three two-out walks to go six scoreless innings in the Hanshin Tigers’ 3-2 walkoff win over the Yakult Swallows at Koshien Stadium.

Yusuke Oyama homered in the ninth off Yugo Umeno (4-2) to end it and make a winner out of closer Robert Suarez (3-1) after the Swallows tied it with single runs in the seventh, off Suguru Iwazaki, and in the eighth, off Jon Edwards.

Takahashi lifts Dragons over ‘Stars

Dragons captain Shuhei Takahashi scored twice and hit a tie-breaking eighth-inning home run in a 5-4 win at Nagoya Dome after the DeNA BayStars tied it on home runs by Neftali Soto and Jose Lopez.

Soto’s 25th made it a 4-1 game in the fifth and Lopez’s 12th, with two on, tied it in the sixth.

Kodai Senga fastest NPB starter to 1,000 Ks

SoftBank Hawks right-hander Kodai Senga, whose family name literally means “1,000 celebrations,” notched his 1,000th strikeout in his 855-1/3 inning on Wednesday night at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium.

Only Kyuji Fujikawa, the longtime former closer of the Central League’s Hanshin Tigers, who will retire this year, reached 1,000 in fewer innings. Fujikawa notched 92 of his strikeouts in 102 career innings as a starter, but he was primarily used as a reliever whose 243 saves are fourth-most in NPB history.

Senga, however, took over the Pacific League record from Hall of Famer Hideo Nomo. Senga started his career as a reliever and has pitched 82 career innings out of the bullpen. Signed after being taken in the developmental draft, Senga notched his first strikeout on April 30, 2012, fanning Lotte catcher Tomoya Satozaki, who was working the game as an analyst on TV Tokyo.

Kyuji FujikawaHanshin Tigers771-2/3
Kodai SengaSoftBank Hawks855-1/3
Hideo NomoKintetsu Buffaloes913

Active roster moves 11/4/2020

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 11/14

Central League


GiantsP95Hayato Horioka


GiantsP49Thyago Vieira

Pacific League


HawksOF54Alfredo Despaigne
FightersC68Ryo Ishikawa
BuffaloesP21Daichi Takeyasu


HawksP44Rick van den Hurk
HawksOF4Wladimir Balentien
HawksOF60Go Kamamoto
FightersP35Takahiro Nishimura

Starting pitchers for Nov. 5, 2020

Pacific League

Marines vs Hawks: Zozo Marine Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Manabu Mima (9-4, 4.21) vs Nao Higashihama (9-1, 2.02)

Buffaloes vs Eagles: Kyocera Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Daiki Tajima (4-6, 4.21) vs Wataru Karashima (1-3, 5.46)

Central League

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

Yudai Ono (10-6, 1.91) vs Kentaro Taira (4-5, 2.30)

Tigers vs Swallows: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yuki Nishi (11-5, 2.03) vs Yuto Kanakubo (0-0, 0.00)

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

Kazuki Yabuta (1-2, 4.75) vs Angel Sanchez (8-4, 3.05)