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NPB wrap 7-6-21

Olympic previews

In his season reboot, Kodai Senga, who was named to Japan’s Olympic team on Monday, got whacked in his first start in exactly three months, while one Olympic teammate, reliever Kaima Taira, saw a record streak snapped. Two other Olympic pitchers had solid efforts, lefty Yudai Ono and side-arm right-hander Koyo Aoyagi.

Let’s not leave out Team USA, whose Tyler Austin smashed his 18th homer to contribute to his club’s win.

All that and the Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes hitting a pot hole while they appeared to be in high gear.

Marines 11, Hawks 3

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, the season reboot of SoftBank Hawks ace Kodai Senga (1-1) did not go as planned. The right-hander threw hard but location and feel came and went, and when it went it left for good in a nine-run third inning in which he issued two bases-loaded walks. Senga, who was coming off a three-month layoff, walked three, struck out none and surrendered nine hits, facing 20 batters over 2-2/3 innings.

Lotte’s Kota Futaki (4-4) held the Hawks to two runs over seven innings. Kyota Fujiwara tripled and scored the opening run in the first and had a pair of RBI doubles in the third. Adeiny Hechavarria hit his third home run, and his second in two days for the Marines.

Fighters 4, Lions 3

At Asahikawa Starffin Stadium, Nippon Ham’s Yushi Shimizu and Wang Po-jung homered in a three-run third inning, and Yuto Takahama broke up the tie in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI double. The run was charged to Japan Olympian Kaima Taira (1-1), snapping his record streak of 39 games without being charged with a run.

Eagles 7, Buffaloes 2

At Kyocera Dome Osaka, Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto (7-3) allowed two runs over eight innings and his teammates opened a can of whoop-ass on Orix closer Yoshihisa Hirano (1-1) in the ninth, starting with Brandon Dixon’s fourth home run way up into the nose bleed seats.

Although he only struck out four, Norimoto was tough, but Orix rookie Hitomi Honda allowed two runs over five solid innings, and three relievers, including Tyler Higgins in the eighth, were lights out.

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Dragons 3, Giants 2

At Maebashi Shikishima Stadium, Dayan Viciedo reached base four times, and his third single, put Chunichi ahead in the ninth after Yohei Oshima tied it with an RBI single. Raidel Martinez earned his seventh save, and his first since May 23 – just prior to his departure to compete with Cuba in Olympic qualifying.

Giants starter Angel Sanchez allowed a run over seven innings, while Dragons lefty Yudai Ono, one of two Olympic team pitchers who had solid nights, but a pitcher who has often struggled in outdoor parks over his career. He gave up two runs, one earned, while striking out eight and walking none over six innings.

Giants-Dragons highlights

Tigers 5, Swallows 1

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Hanshin Olympic team member Koyo Aoyagi (8-2) delivered yet another solid performance, working eight scoreless innings, while Yusuke Oyama gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the third with his ninth home run, before his teammates piled on against lefty Kazuto Taguchi (4-6) with three runs in the fourth.

I expect Aoyagi will be named CL pitcher of the month for June on Wednesday, but he’s already won, by my count.

The Swallows loaded the bases in the ninth with one out against Kosuke Baba, forcing closer Robert Suarez into the game to get two outs and record his 24th save.

The Swallows had a bit of a spaz when Tigers leadoff man Koji Chikamoto appeared to be signaling the batter from second base about how Yakult’s catcher was setting up, which no one really minds if it’s subtle because it’s expected, but he wasn’t subtle and the game was already out of hand by the time it happened, so no harm, no foul.

BayStars 4, Carp 2

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Keita Sano broke a 2-2 eighth-inning tie with a two-run home run, his seventh, off Geronimo Franzua (0-1) after USA Olympic team member Tyler Austin tied it 2-2 in the fourth when he homered with a man on, his 18th, off Daichi Osera. The Carp ace worked seven innings, but allowed only two base runners through six, a two-out Sano single and Austin’s home run.

Kevin Shackelford (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh to earn the win, before Edwin Escobar and Kazuki Mishima finished up. Mishima earned his 15th save.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Fighters vs Lions: Asahikawa Starffin Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Robbie Erlin (1-2, 3.27) vs Kona Takahashi (7-3, 3.27)

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

Tokito Kawamura (0-0, 6.00) vs Nao Higashihama (2-0, 2.84)

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

Daiki Tajima (5-4, 3.70) vs Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.00)

Central League

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

Shun Yamaguchi (1-1, 1.32) vs Koji Fukutani (4-7, 4.60)

Swallows vs Tigers: Jingu Stadium 5:30 pm, 4:30 am EDT

Hirotoshi Takanashi (2-1, 3.41) vs Akira Niho (0-1, 4.76)

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

Allen Kuri (6-5, 3.18) vs Shota Imanaga (2-2, 4.19)

Active roster moves 7/6/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/16

Central League


TigersP21Minoru Iwata
SwallowsC2Yuhei Nakamura


SwallowsC32Naoki Matsumoto

Pacific League


HawksP41Koudai Senga
MarinesC45Yuito Munetsugu
MarinesIF5Hisanori Yasuda
EaglesP32Alan Busenitz
BuffaloesP46Hitomi Honda


MarinesC99Tomoya Kakinuma
MarinesIF00Takashi Toritani
EaglesP40Takuma Uchima
BuffaloesP26Atsushi Nomi

NPB wrap 6-23-21

Orix streak reaches 11

The Buffaloes became the first team owned by Orix to win 11 consecutive decisions on Wednesday, when their winning streak became the franchise’s longest since 1984, when the franchise, then known as the Hankyu Braves, were on their way to the PL pennant led by triple crown-winner Boomer Wells.

NPB ‘time off’ means ‘work’

Nippon Professional Baseball, which has no official games between July 14, the start of the all-star series break, and Aug. 12 after the end of the Tokyo Olympics, announced Wednesday that its teams have scheduled 58 exhibitions with fans in the stands during that time.

Buffaloes sign Sparkman

The Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes announced the signing of 29-year-old right-hander Glenn Sparkman on Wednesday. Sparkman was 4-14 with a 5.99 ERA in 52 major league games, of which he started 26 with 23 of those coming for the Kansas City Royals in 2019.

Buffaloes 3, Fighters 1

At Osaka‘s Kyocera Dome, rookie Kotaro Kurebayashi broke up a scoreless tie by leading off the third inning with Orix’s first hit, his fifth homer of the year, off Takahide Ikeda (3-7), who surrendered Masataka Yoshida’s 13th with two outs in the inning. Yutaro Sugimoto hit his 15th in the sixth inning to make it a 2-1 game.

Lefty Daiki Tajima (4-4) allowed a run over 5-2/3 innings while striking out eight, walking one and giving up six hits. Yang Chi, Tyler Higgins, and Yoshihisa Hirano finished up with one scoreless inning apiece with Hirano earning his ninth save.

Eagles 6, Lions 4

At MetLife Dome, Masahiro Tanaka (3-4) allowed four runs over six innings and earned his first win since May 1 after the Rakuten Eagles came from behind with two runs in the seventh against Lions rookie Yutaro Watanabe (0-1).

Tomohito Sakai, Sung Chia-hao and Yuki Matsui finished up for the Eagles with Matsui notching his 19th save. Tanaka struck out seven, walked one, hit one, and gave up eight hits. Takero Okajima brought the Eagles from behind in the seventh with a two-run triple.

Marines 1, Hawks 1

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Nobuhiro Matsuda tied it up with his eighth home run in the third. Lotte’s Frank Herrmann struck out the side in the seventh, and SoftBank loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against Chihaya Sasaki,, but the right-hander Olympians Yuki Yanagita and Ryoya Kurihara to escape the jam.

Lotte rookie Shota Suzuki went six innings, while SoftBank’s Nao Higashihama worked six-plus.

Dragons 6, Tigers 2

At Nagoya’s Vantelin Dome, Hanshin’s Teruaki Sato scored twice, tying the game 2-2 in the sixth with his 19th home run, which tied a record if you believe the nonsense Japan’s media pumps out. Unfortunately, Shintaro Fujinami (3-2) surrendered four runs in the seventh as Chunichi blew the game out of the water.

Fujinami walked Dayan Viciedo with the bases loaded before surrendering a three-run double to Naomichi Donoue. Chunichi’s Opening Day starter Koji Fukutani (4-6) was the fortunate winner after allowing two runs on twelve hits over seven innings. Hanshin’s Raul Alcantara gave up two runs, one earned, over six innings. He struck out six while walking one.

Giants 4, BayStars 2

At Toyama Alpen Stadium, Yomiuri’s Yoshihiro Maru hit a pair of home runs, his seventh and eighth, and drove in three runs for the second straight day to make a winner out of Shun Yamaguchi (1-0), who allowed a run in 5-2/3 innings in his first game back in Japan.

BayStars ace Shota Imanaga (1-2) gave up four runs over six innings. Kevin Shackelford and Edwin Escobar each gave DeNA a scoreless inning of relief. Thyago Vieira recorded his fourth save for the Giants.

Giants-BayStars highlights

Swallows 8, Carp 5

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Jose Osuna’s fifth home run, a three-run third-inning shot did most of the damage against Hiroshima’s Allen Kuri (5-5), who allowed seven runs, five earned, over four innings. Norichika Aoki reached base four times, scored twice and drove in a run for the Swallows.

Shogo Sakakura was the big hitter for the Carp, reaching base three times, scoring a run and driving in two. Yakult starter Cy Sneed (2-1) got whacked for five runs, four earned, in 3-2/3 innings. Scott McGough worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 14th save.

The Swallows lost Munetaka Murakami after he fouled a pitch off his right knee in the fourth inning. Manager Shingo Takatsu said Murakami wouldn’t be deactivated.

The Carp were without Seiya Suzuki, who suffered from side effects after being vaccinated for his role on Japan’s Olympic team.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

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

Roki Sasaki (1-0, 3.38) vs Shota Takeda (3-3, 2.43)

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

Hirotoshi Masui (2-4, 3.94) vs Hiromi Ito (4-4, 2.77)

Central League

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

Yuichiro Okano (0-1, 9.00) vs Joe Gunkel (5-0, 2.44)

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

Koya Takahashi (2-2, 5.02) vs Keiji Takahashi (1-0, 2.84)

Active roster moves 6/23/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/3

Central League


GiantsP99Shun Yamaguchi
TigersP44Raul Alcantara
BayStarsC10Yasutaka Tobashira
CarpOF59Minoru Omori
SwallowsP54Cy Sneed


BayStarsP48Masaya Kyoyama
BayStarsP93Koo Nakagawa
CarpOF1Seiya Suzuki

Pacific League


MarinesP35Shota Suzuki
MarinesC22Tatsuhiro Tamura
FightersP52Takahide Ikeda
BuffaloesP29Daiki Tajima
BuffaloesP98Chang Yi


MarinesC32Toshiya Sato
BuffaloesP19Taisuke Yamaoka
BuffaloesP49Keisuke Sawada