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NPB news: June 6, 2024

On Thursday in Japan, the CL finished off their home series with four wins ahead of their final interleague home sets over the weekend. Two starting pitchers made early injury exits, and for the third straight day critical runs scored because a manager brought his outfield in with two outs and a runner on second.

Thursday’s games:

Eagles 4, Tigers 1: At Koshien Stadium, Rakuten’s Masaru Fujii (4-1) struck out seven while allowing a run on three hits and a walk, while Daichi Suzuki singled in two runs and scored another as Rakuten moved to the top of the interleague standings with a sweep of the defending Central League champions.

Yuki Nishi (2-3) issued a first-inning leadoff walk, and Rakuten took a 2-0 lead on a Ryosuke Tatsumi double and Suzuki’s RBI single. The Tigers got a run back on a Ryotaro Umeno double and a Yuki Nishi single, but the Eagles added on in the fourth. Suzuki led off the fourth with a single and scored when Nishi fumbled a two-out batted ball and then made a wild throw for two errors on the play.

Sung Chia-hao retired both batters he faced and Shoten Suzuki stood in for closer Takahiro Norimoto in the ninth against the heart of the Hanshin order to earn his first save.

Carp 3, Fighters 1: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Shota Suekane hit a two-run first-inning homer off submariner Kenya Suzuki (1-2), and Allen Kuri (2-4) allowed a seventh inning run before the bullpen took over.

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NPB news: May 30, 2024

On Thursday, Gregory Polanco provided Lotte’s necessary ninth-inning caffeine for the second straight night and Yakult a bad case of déjà vu. Sachiya Yamasaki had a night to remember his high school heroics at Koshien Stadium and a Marines pitcher went under the knife.

I also wrote about how MLB is completely right to recognize the Negro Leagues as small “m” major leagues, but incorporating those great ballplayer’s stats alongside those of American and National league players represents the worst side of MLB, its major-league identity crisis.

Thursday’s games:

Fighters 6, Tigers 0: At Koshien Stadium, Sachiya Yamasaki, who was unable to relive his high school glory as a hitter at Koshien when he went hitless last year in the Japan Series with the Orix Buffaloes, struck out eight over seven innings and went 1-for-3, with a run and an RBI, and two relievers completed the four-hit shutout.

Nippon Ham took a four-run fourth-inning lead after an Ariel Martinez double and a Go Matsumoto single set the table against Yuki Nishi (2-2). Yamasaki (6-1), a former high school batting star, singled in the first run. Torai Fushimi squeezed in another and reached on the fielder’s choice ahead of Tatsuki Mizuno‘s two-run single. A Martinez single and a Matsumoto double set up a two-run fifth. New Fighters import Aneurys Zabala worked a scoreless ninth in his Japan debut.

As the slugging ace pitcher of Tokyo’s Nichidai Sanko high school, Yamasaki had a tournament record-tying13 hits while pitching his team to the semifinals of the 2010 national spring invitational at Koshien.

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