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NPB wrap 7-12-21

Rea pitches Hawks to 3rd straight win

Colin Rea threw his first Japan shutout on Monday, as the fourth-place SoftBank Hawks beat the third-place Rakuten Eagles to move a half game behind them and three back of the Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes.

In the Central League, the Hanshin Tigers rallied for four runs in the ninth to scrape out a walk-off win that moved them two games clear of the second-place Yomiuri Giants, who were idle.

Hawks 8, Eagles 0

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, SoftBank’s Colin Rea (3-1) struck out eight over the distance. The right-hander, who held Rakuten hitless through 7-2/3, allowed two hits, issued three walks and hit a batter.

The Hawks loaded the bases with one out in the first off Takahiro Norimoto (7-3, 2.94) and Yuya Hasegawa brought home all three with a double. Ryoya Kurihara singled off the top of the fence in right to bring in the first of three third-inning runs and the last to be charged to Norimoto in his three-inning start.

Tigers 4, BayStars 3

At Koshien Stadium, Yusuke Oyama completed a four-run ninth-inning comeback against closer Kazuki Mishima, smashing the last of a series of fat pitches in a six-single barrage.

Hanshin starter Koyo Aoyagi issued four walks and allowed four hits and four runs, one earned, over seven innings. The BayStars scratched out a run in the third on a single, an error, a walk and a groundout, and for the second straight day appeared headed for a 1-0 loss until Aoyagi walked a pair of hitters and rookie Kaito Mori’s double was misplayed in left by Jerry Sands, allowing a second run to score on the play.

DeNA’s Shinichi Onuki struck out six over six scoreless innings. Edwin Escobar and Yasuyuki Yamasaki each worked a scoreless inning before closer Kazuki Mishima ran into a rough patch. With two outs and a man on, three straight Tigers hitters hit line-drive singles to make it a one-run game and bring Jefry Marte to the plate with the tying run on third and the winning run on first.

Mishima appeared to have ended the game on an 0-2 outside pitch to Marte that umpire Hidetomo Ashihara called a ball, causing catcher Hikaru Ito to collapse back on his butt in disbelief. Mishima followed with a 154-kph fastball down the pipe that Marte lined into center to tie it. The next pitch, a 144-kph slider up and in the heart of the zone did the trick for the Tigers.

Carp 6, Dragons 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Seiya Suzuki doubled in three first-inning runs off Yudai Ono (3-7), who surrendered another run in the first before settling down and being pulled for a pinch-hitter after four.

Daichi Osera (3-3) gave up a run after Yota Kyoda’s first-inning leadoff triple. He held the Dragons to a run in the fourth after back-to-back singles and worked a scoreless seventh after Chunichi again opened with two singles.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Fighters vs Buffaloes: Kushiro Stadium 1 pm, 12 midnight EDT

Takahide Ikeda (3-8, 3.19) vs Hirotoshi Masui (2-5, 4.42)

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

Wataru Matsumoto (7-3, 2.72) vs Daiki Iwashita (7-4, 3.01)

Hawks vs Eagles: PayPay Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Shuta Ishikawa (3-7, 3.02) vs Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.00)

Central League

Giants vs Swallows: Tokyo Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Angel Sanchez (5-4, 4.31) vs Yasunobu Okugawa (3-2, 4.15)

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

Raul Alcantara (2-1, 3.41) vs Yuya Sakamoto (2-2, 4.74)

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

Allen Kuri (6-5, 3.29) vs Koji Fukutani (4-8, 4.59)

Active roster moves 7/12/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/22

Central League


BayStarsP93Ko Nakagawa


GiantsP47Yuki Takahashi
BayStarsP42Fernando Romero

Pacific League




HawksP21Tsuyoshi Wada
FightersP33Kazuaki Tateno

NPB wrap 4-2-21

Wakui solid again

At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park, Hideaki Wakui (2-0) struck out nine without a walk as he allowed two runs over seven innings in the Rakuten Eagles’ 4-2 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Friday.

Sachiya Yamasaki (0-1), the fourth left-handed starter the Eagles have faced in seven games, allowed two runs over five innings to take the loss in his season debut. He struck out seven.

Daichi Suzuki singled in a run in the Eagles’ two-run first, and doubled and scored in the sixth.

Wakui took a three-run lead into the seventh but gave up back-to-back doubles to Masataka Yoshida and Steven Moya and a pinch-hit RBI single to Adam Jones. Eagles leadoff hitter Kazuki Tanaka led off the first with a single and scored, and then scored an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh after leading off with a walk off Tyler Higgins.

Right-hander Tomohito Sakai worked around a pair of two-out walks in the eighth, and closer Yuki Matsui worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.

For the second straight week, Wakui established his fastball early and then mauled batters with his slider, sinker and curve, although he did use the heater more this time around as the game progressed.

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, Kona Takahashi (2-0) was sharp for the Seibu Lions, striking out eight over eight innings, while Shuta Ishikawa (1-1) had an uncharacteristic start for the SoftBank Hawks in their 6-2 loss.

Ishikawa tends to have so much movement on his pitches that he walks three or four batters a start but rarely gives up a lot of hits. But this time out, when he walked two and hit one, the Lions teed off on straight pitches in the zone, scoring six runs on nine hits, the biggest a three-run Takeya Nakamura homer.

At Sapporo Dome, the PL needs to start thinking about a delay of game penalty to keep the Nippon Ham Fighters from taking at least 3-1/2 hours to play every one of their games.

That’s how long this one took as the Lotte Marines hammered former high school baseball star Kosei Yoshida (0-1) for seven runs over two innings.

Hisanori Yoshida homered, doubled and drove in four runs, while Shogo Nakamura had four hits, scored two and drove in three, while Leonys Martin walked twice, homered and scored three runs.

Kota Futaki (1-1), Lotte’s Opening Day starter, scattered four walks and two hits over seven innings.

Carp run over winless BayStars

At Yokohama Stadium, Daichi Osera (1-0) struck out seven over seven innings, and Ryuichi Matsuyama drove in three runs as the Hiroshima Carp continued the DeNA BayStars’ winless streak with a 4-0 victory in the Central League.

Haruhiro Hamaguchi (0-1) allowed two runs over six innings to take the loss.

At Tokyo Dome, Yasuhiro Ogawa (1-0) worked 7-2/3 innings and Munetaka Murakami hit his third home run, a two-run shot off Ryoma Nogami (0-1) in the Yakult Swallows’ 2-0 win over the Yomiuri Giants.

Zelous Wheeler hit two balls to the wall, one went for a double, and the other a single after he over-slid second base and was tagged out.

Swallows reliever Scott McGough retired the top of the Giants’ order 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his first save.

Giants-Swallows highlights

At Koshien Stadium, the Hanshin Tigers’ bullpen wasted a good start from enigmatic right-hander Shintaro Fujinami in a 6-3 loss to the Chunichi Dragons.

Fujinami allowed a run on seven hits and two walks while striking out six, but new Tiger Ren Kajiya allowed three runners to reach with out in the eighth. Dragons catcher Takuya Kinoshita drove him from the mound with a two-run double and scored on a Yohei Oshima single.

Kinoshita doubled in two more in the ninth to ice it for the visitors.

Minor goings on

Sasaki pitches

Hard-throwing Lotte Marines teenager Roki Sasaki pitched in his first official pro game on Friday, allowing an infield single and a stolen base in two scoreless innings in an Eastern League game against the Yakult Swallows, Nikkan Sports reported.

The 19-year-old, who was clocked at 163 kph (101.3 mph) in a national team training camp in 2019, touched 153 kph (95.1) in the game at the Swallows’ minor league park in Toda, Saitama Prefecture.

Swallows suck it up

The Swallows have been forced to improvise in the wake of a number of staff members and No. 2 catcher Akihisa Nishida testing positive for the coronavirus. The subsequent deactivation of players considered to have had close contact with those testing positive has forced the Swallows to cancel Saturday’s and Sunday’s Eastern League games with the Marines.

On Thursday, thanks to the heads up from Deanna Rubin @marinerds, we learned that the short-handed minor league squad was forced to skip the DH at the Nippon Ham Fighters’ park and used a pitcher as a substitute outfielder.

Tigers Girls put on hold

The Hanshin Tigers’ cheerleading squad, the Tigers Girls, not to be confused with the organization’s amateur baseball club, the Tigers Women, will not appear in games at Koshien Stadium for the time being after more than one of the club’s cheerleaders tested positive for the coronavirus, Daily Sports reported.

Starting pitchers

Taguchi gets 1st shot at old team

So Taguchi, traded from the Yomiuri Giants to the CL rival Yakult Swallows in March, will get his first crack at his old team on Saturday when the Giants host the Swallows at Tokyo Dome.

The lefty got hammered in his first outing against the Tigers last weekend, giving up six runs in 2-1/3 innings.

Pacific League

Fighters vs Marines: Sapporo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Naoyuki Uwasawa (0-1, 11.57) vs Manabu Mima (0-0, 1.50)

Eagles vs Buffaloes: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Hayato Yuge (-) vs Taisuke Yamaoka (0-1, 6.00)

Hawks vs Lions: PayPay Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Rei Takahashi (0-0, 2.84) vs Shota Hamaya (0-1, 5.79)

Central League

Giants vs Swallows: Tokyo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Shosei Togo (1-0, 1.29) vs Kazuto Taguchi (0-1, 19.29)

BayStars vs Carp: Yokohama Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Masaya Kyoyama (0-1, 6.75) vs Allen Kuri (1-0, 1.50)

Tigers vs Dragons: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Koyo Aoyagi (1-0, 4.76) vs Yuya Yanagi (0-1, 6.75)

Active roster moves 4/2/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 4/12

Central League


GiantsP23Ryoma Nogami
BayStarsP35Tomoya Mikami
SwallowsP62Hiroaki Saiuchi


SwallowsP21Taichi Yamano

Pacific League


FightersP18Kosei Yoshida
BuffaloesP11Sachiya Yamasaki


HawksP10Kotaro Otake
EaglesP59Shu Sugahara
BuffaloesP58Kazuyuki Kaneda