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NPB news: April 10, 2022

The rocket blasted off on Sunday, as Roki Sasaki threw what was may have been the best nine-inning game by a professional pitcher ever, a 19-strikeout perfect game that tied Japan’s nine-inning strikeout record and included a record run of 13 in a row, snapping a record of nine that hadn’t been accomplished in 64 years.

Did I mention that this kid’s 20 and his catcher, Ko Matsukawa is an 18-year-old fresh out of high school?

Sasaki promises to be like the Ed Sullivan Show of my youth, and like former Lotte Hall of Famer Choji Murata’s late-career success, Sunday’s “really big show” for some time.

It wasn’t the only show, however, as Nippon Ham scraped out its second walk-off win of the season, while new Seibu imports Brian O’Grady and Dietrich Enns had big firsts in Japan, the Tigers’ struggles continue.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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NPB news: April 9, 2022

I came across the word “triaphillia” Saturday, which supposedly means a belief in the superstition that bad things occur in threes, something that might start afflicting the Hanshin Tigers and their fans after their most recent game with the Hiroshima Carp.

Also on Saturday, Matt Shoemaker got over an inauspicious start to his Japan career, thanks to Soichiro Tateoka hitting a ball where his infamous baserunning couldn’t get in the way, Brandon Laird and Yoshinobu Yamamoto each hit milestones, while the Nippon Ham Fighters scored a season-high five runs, but thanks to a solid day at the plate from new Eagle José Marmolejos, allowed a season-high eight.

Shall we get started?

Saturday’s games

Giants 3, Swallows 2: At Tokyo Dome, Yasutaka Shiomi hit Matt Shoemaker’s first pitch as a Yomiuri Giant into the stands – “I was looking fastball and timed it by counting ‘1, 2, 3′” – but settled down in a battle with another pitcher who modeled his delivery after Nolan Ryan, Swallows right-hander Yasuhiro “Nolan” Ogawa.

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