The Pacific League’s top-of-the-table clash between SoftBank and Seibu moved on to Game 2 on Wednesday, while the DeNA BayStars entered their game against Yomiuri with a 12-game home winning streak on the line, and the Hanshin Tigers looking to break their seven-game skid against Yakult.
Rain washed out Roki Sasaki’s start against Orix in Kobe, and the Marines are off on Thursday, so who knows when we’ll see if the kid can keep sizzling the way he did for most of his start last week.
Let’s get to the games shall we?
Carp 1, Dragons 0, 11 innings: At Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Chunichi’s Hiroto Takahashi struck out 10 over seven innings, and Hiroshima’s Allen Kuri threw nine innings, but neither got a decision after the Carp cashed in their only good scoring opportunity of the game on veteran pinch-hitter Ryuhei Matsuyama’s walk-off 11th-inning double against newbie pitcher Akira Neo.
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The Central League didn’t let the Pacific League rest on its laurels on Thursday, answering the PL’s 5-1 interleague Wednesday with a 5-1 mark the day after, although it required a big comeback from Yakult to attain that.
Elsewhere, the players union met with NPB in a working session and presented its ideas for an “active player draft” that ideally would give some players without opportunities at their present clubs another chance with a different team. The union also submitted a list of questions about NPB’s umpiring policies so that players can be better informed of how things stand. This was a response to Roki Sasaki‘s May 24 confrontation with umpire Kazuyuki Shirai.
Swallows 7, Marines 3: At Jingu Stadium, Yakult overcame an early three-run deficit to maintain their three-game CL lead.
Yakult lefty Andrew Suarez threw a bunch of first-inning strikes with mistakes in the heart of the zone and it cost him three runs.
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