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NPB wrap 7-4-21

Sunday’s news

Sugano out of Olympics

Yomiuri Giants ace Tomoyuki Sugano has dropped out of Japan’s team for the Tokyo Olympics and will be replaced on the roster by Nippon Ham Fighters rookie HIromi Ito.

Giants sell catcher Sumitani to Eagles

The Giants on Sunday were forced to acknowledge they have sold veteran catcher Ginjiro Sumitani to the Rakuten Eagles, who may be looking for a veteran catcher to pair with Masahiro Tanaka.

The strangest thing about the sale was not that it was made but that the Eagles made the announcement during their game, which reports have called “highly irregular.”

The thing is that sports teams in Japan like to announce news when it suits their schedules, regardless of how much is public knowledge beyond their control. This often results in international player movements that are common knowledge days or weeks before Japanese teams “announce” the news.

Buffaloes 3, Lions 2

At MetLife Dome, there was a well-pitched duel between Zach Neal (1-3)and 19-year-old Hiroya Miyagi (9-1). For Neal, it was a case of no good deed going unpunished – or in this case good pitches. Neal’s most costly mistake was a high pitch that Masataka Yoshida knocked for a tie-breaking RBI single. Otherwise, it was a case of two bunt singles by Buffaloes leadoff man Shuhei Fukuda and Buffaloes hitters making enough good contact on tough pitches to hit them where Lions fielders weren’t.

Neal also got a big assist from his defense when second baseman Shuta Tonosaki and shortstop Sosuke Genda turned a slick first-inning double play that allowed the righty to avoid surrendering more than a run.

Miyagi made few mistakes, but two of them ended up in the seats: Takeya Nakamura’s seventh homer to tie it in the second and Tonosaki’s first, to tie it 2-2 in the third.

Yoshihisa Hirano took over in the ninth and recorded his 11th save.

Marines 8, Eagles 6

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, the top third of Lotte’s order, Takashi Ogino, Kyota Fujiwara and Shogo Nakamura, combined for nine hits, two walks, three doubles, a home run (Fujiwara’s first), six runs and five RBIs.

Rakuten starter Ryota Takinaka (5-4) got beaten up for six runs over 2-1/3 innings. Brandon Dixon tied it 2-2 in the second with his third home run for the Eagles, but the Marines’ Shuhei Fukuda broke a 4-4 tie in the third with a two-run double.

Hawks 5, Fighters 0

At Naha’s Okinawa Cellular Field, SoftBank’s Colin Rea (2-1) worked five innings and the Hawks pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks.

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BayStars 3, Giants 2

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Toshiro Miyazaki’s two-run third-inning homer, his seventh, brought DeNA back from a 1-0 deficit against Yuki Takahashi (8-3), who had squeezed home the Giants’ first run. Shinichi Onuki (3-5) allowed one run over 5-2/3 innings despite giving up nine hits. He walked none and struck out five.

Takumi Oshiro hit his eighth home run in the ninth off closer Kazuki Mishima, who held on to record his 14th save.

The BayStars’ win was their first against the Giants this season.

Dragons 3, Swallows 3

At Nagoya‘s Vantelin Dome, Chunichi’s Dayan Viciedo’s 13th home run, a two-run shot off setup man Noboru Shimizu, tied it up for good.

Kozo Ota pointed out that when Yakult’s battery of41-year-old Masanori Ishikawa and 36-year-old Motohiro Shima pitched to 44-year-old Kosuke Fukudome, it probably represented the oldest possible battery vs batter trio in Japanese baseball this year. And since every oldest combination includes Fukudome, and interleague is now over, Kozo was right, since we can no longer hope to see 40-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada and 39-year-old Hiroaki Takaya take on Fukudome.

By virtue of their tie, the Swallows are now 3-1/2 games behind the first-place Tigers and two games back of the Giants.

Carp 4, Tigers 3

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Shogo Sakakura’s two-run two-out fifth-inning double capped a four-run Carp comeback against Hanshin. Jerry Sands’ two-run third-inning home run, his 14th, had made it 3-0 against Masato Morishita (5-4), who worked six innings to earn the win.

Active roster moves 7/4/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/14

Central League


GiantsP35Toshiki Sakurai
GiantsC38Yukinori Kishida


GiantsP90Natsuki Toda
GiantsC27Ginjiro Sumitani

Pacific League


MarinesP47Yasuhiro Tanaka
FightersP52Takahide Ikeda


LionsP34Yasuo Sano

NPB wrap 6-22-21

Buffaloes stampede to 10th straight win

OK, not exactly their 10th straight win, because this is Japan there was a tie, but ties are essentially ignored, Orix’s streak of winning 10 straight decisions is their longest such streak since 1997 — when they were known as the BlueWave, and one year removed from the franchise’s last Japan championship behind MVP Ichiro Suzuki

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 2

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Nobuyoshi Yamada worked 2-2/3 scoreless innings of relief after pitching out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the first inning, when Orix starter Taisuke Yamaoka let in a run on a leadoff single and three straight one-out walks.

Nippon Ham starter Drew VerHagen (1-6) was the unfortunate looser in a game in which he pitched well, allowing two runs on three walks and three hits over 5-1/3 innings. Takahiro Okada tied the game in the second with his eighth home run, and Yuma Mune energized two late Buffaloes rallies. He singled, stole a base and scored in the sixth, capped by Yutaro Sugimoto’s two-run double.

Mune doubled in an insurance run in the seventh, and Sugiura singled in another in the eighth to make it 5-2. Buffaloes manager Satoshi Nakajima gave his top-tier relievers a break and the other guys got the job done, in precarious fashion.

Hawks 6, Marines 4

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Colin Rea (1-0) dodged five walks worth of bullets to allow one run on two hits over six hits and earn his first win in Japan. SoftBank’s leadoff man Masaki Mimori and No. 9 hitter Nobuhiro Matsuda each scored a pair of runs, while No. 2 hitter Akira Nakamura had a pair of sac flies, and No. 3 hitter Yuki Yanagita had a sac fly and two-run home run, his 16th, to make it a 6-1 game in the seventh.

Shogo Nakamura hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his fifth, and Tsuyoshi Sugano made it less of a blowout with a solo homer off Sho Iwasaki, who recorded his first save, in the ninth Lotte starter Kota Futaki (3-4) allowed all six SoftBank runs.

Lions 2, Eagles 0

At MetLife Dome, Seibu’s Aito Takeda accounted for all the scoring with a two-out two-run, fourth-inning home run, his eighth, off former Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (3-5). Kishi lasted six innings, striking out six while walking two and allowing six hits.

Wataru Matsumoto (6-3) struck out nine over eight innings. He walked four and gave up three hits. Kaima Taira stranded two runners in the ninth to earn his eighth save.

Tigers 2, Dragons 1

At Nagoya’s Vantelin Dome, Chunichi’s Sawamura Award-winning lefty Yudai Ono (3-5) gave Hanshin one scoring chance, and they made the most of it. A one-out Teruaki Sato double and a Jerry Sands walk set the table for back-to-back RBI singles by captain Kento Itohara and catcher Ryutaro Umeno.

Sato’s double was off the top of the wall at Nagoya Dome and would have been a home run at every other park in Japan except Sapporo Dome, where it would have hit the wall, or Koshien, where it would have been caught for an out because of the park’s massive power allies.

Side-armer Koyo Aoyagi (6-2) allowed an unearned run over seven innings, Suguru Iwazaki worked the eighth and Robert Suarez the ninth for his 22nd save.

Giants 6, BayStars 1

At Ishikawa Prefectural Stadium, Yomiuri’s Angel Sanchez (5-4) allowed a run over six innings, allowing six hits and hitting a batter while striking out six, while Yoshihiro Maru and career minor leaguer Takumi Kitamura each hit three-run homers. Maru’s was his sixth.

Giants-BayStars highlights

Swallows 6, Carp 1

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima ace Daichi Osera (2-3) surrendered four runs, one earned, in the second inning and gave up two more before leaving after six. Lefty Kazuto Taguchi (4-4) gave up nine hits but no walks over seven innings while allowing one run.

Osera kept the Swallows’ big guns quiet but his error on Taguchi’s one-out sacrifice in the second opened the door for three runs to score.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Lions vs Eagles: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Takeru Sasaki (0-0, 4.91) vs Masahiro Tanaka (2-4, 2.90)

Marines vs Hawks: Zozo Marine Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shota Suzuki (1-3, 4.05) vs Nao Higashihama (1-0, 3.86)

Buffaloes vs Fighters: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Daiki Tajima (3-4, 4.33) vs Takahide Ikeda (3-6, 2.79)

Central League

Giants vs BayStars: Toyama Alpen Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Shun Yamaguchi (-) vs Shota Imanaga (1-1, 3.47)

Dragons vs Tigers: Vantelin Dome (Nagoya) 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Koji Fukutani (3-6, 3.99) vs Raul Alcantara (2-1, 4.38)

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

Allen Kuri (5-4, 3.05) vs Cy Sneed (1-1, 4.19)

Active roster moves 6/22/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/2

Central League


GiantsP15Angel Sanchez
GiantsOF13Takayuki Kajitani
DragonsP22Yudai Ono
DragonsC44Yuya Gunji
BayStarsP49Kevin Shackelford
BayStarsP93Koo Nakagawa
BayStarsC50Yudai Yamamoto
CarpOF5Hisayoshi Chono


GiantsP41Kota Nakagawa
DragonsOF51Kaname Takino

Pacific League


MarinesP18Kota Futaki
EaglesP11Takayuki Kishi
BuffaloesP19Taisuke Yamaoka
BuffaloesP26Atsushi Nomi