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NPB wrap 5-28-21

Interleague Day 4 — Sato makes it rain

The Pacific League teams returned home after going 5-9-2 during the week at the Central League parks, and though the PL won the three blowouts, the CL escaped with three wins on Friday, thanks to the heroics of rookie Teruaki Sato.

In Japan, a teru teru bozu, is a kind of talisman, made of cloth or paper in the shape of a Halloween ghost figure that kids hang from windows in hopes of bringing good weather.

In this case, Tigers fans must have been crossing an awful lot of fingers, because the rookie rained home runs, pulled into a tie for the CL home run lead with 13 and became the first CL rookie to hit three in a game since Hall of Famer Shigeo Nagashima in 1958.

Fighters 10, Dragons 1

At Sapporo Dome, the big matchup appeared to be Nippon Ham rookie Hiromi Ito (2-4, 3.67) against Chunichi’s Sawamura Award-winning lefty Yudai Ono (2-3), but that pitchers’ duel turned one-sided in a hurry as the Fighters outhit the Dragons 16-5.

Ono struck out two walked one and allowed 11 hits over four innings as he surrendered six runs. Only two Fighters starters didn’t score, and those two, Kensuke Kondo and Ryo Watanabe, combined to drive in seven runs.

Dayan Viciedo had three hits, including a double, that set up Chunichi’s only run.

BayStars 7, Eagles 6

At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park, Yamato Maeda chased Hideaki Wakui (5-3), who allowed two two-out sixth-inning singles before Maeda’s second home run made it a 5-4 game.

DeNA rookie Shugo Maki scored twice, and his eighth-inning solo homer, his ninth, turned out big after closer Kazuki Mishima surrendered a run in the ninth and ended the game with the go-ahead run on base to record his seventh save.

Lions 10, Tigers 7

At MetLife Dome, Sato crashed this party with his three homer night to send the Tigers to their third interleague win, Jerry Sands also homered for Hanshin, while Jefry Marte and Yusuke Oyama each had one-out RBI singles in the ninth that made it a 7-7 game against Reed Garrett (0-2), who served up Sato’s third.

Robert Suarez struck out the side in the ninth for his Japan-best 15th save.

Wu Nien-ting had three hits. His RBI double tied it 2-2 it 4-4 in the sixth. After the Tigers moved ahead in the seventh on an Oyama RBI single, Takeya Nakamura two-run homer was the big blow in Seibu’s three-run seventh.

Carp 10, Marines 8

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, it was open season on pitchers as Lotte scored four runs with the help of five walks off Takuya Yasaki, and Hiroshima did the same against rookie Shota Suzuki (1-3), who allowed nine hits in his four innings.

Alejandro Mejia had four hits and scored twice for the Carp, who got four RBIs from Ryuhei Matsuyma. Brandon Laird led Lotte’s offense with a two-run first-inning homer and an RBI on a flyout to second, with Leonys Martin walking and scoring both times.

Carp rookie Ryoji Kuribayashi worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save and remained unscored upon in 19 games.

Buffaloes 9, Swallows 2

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Masataka Yoshida hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot in the first off Rick van den Hurk (0-1), while Orix ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (4-5) had the kind of game we associate with him, two runs on three walks, five hits and nine strikeouts over seven innings. Kotaro Kurebayashi and Stefen Romero also homered for the Buffaloes.

Hawks 9, Giants 3

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, Wladimir Balentien hit two of the SoftBank Hawks’ four home runs as the defending Pacific League champs crushed the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants 9-3 in interleague play on Friday.

Balentien’s first home run of the season, a solo shot off Seishu Hatake (2-3) broke a 2-2 tie in the second. His two-run shot in the fourth capped four-run rally and iced the game at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome.

“From the first home run, I felt, I was able to get good swings and hit them both on the button,” Balentien said.

The Giants opened the scoring on a two-run error in the first before Ryoya Kurihara tied it in the home half of the inning with a two-run homer, his fifth. Yuki Yanagita’s 11th home run, a third-inning, two-run shot made it 5-2.

SoftBank right-hander Shuta Ishikawa (3-3)  gave up three runs over six innings. He walked four, hit one and allowed five hits while striking out eight.

The Hawks and Giants have played the last two Japan Series, with the Hawks winning all eight games. The win was SoftBank’s 10th straight against Yomiuri, having won their final interleague game in 2019 and with no interleague last season.

Starting pitchers


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

Drew VerHagen (1-4, 6.38) vs Kodai Umetsu (0-1, 0.00)

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

Masahiro Tanaka (2-3, 2.84) vs Haruhiro Hamaguchi (2-4, 3.29)

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

Tatsuya Imai (2-2, 2.62) vs Masashi Itoh (3-1, 2.57)

Marines vs Carp: Zozo Marine Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Manabu Mima (2-2, 3.51) vs Shogo Tamamura (0-2, 5.40)

Buffaloes vs Swallows: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Daiki Tajima (2-2, 3.69) vs Yasuhiro Ogawa (4-1, 3.47)

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

Nick Martinez (3-1, 1.44) vs Angel Sanchez (4-2, 3.96)

Active roster moves 5/28/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/7

Central League


DragonsIF63Naomichi Donoue
BayStarsP20Yuya Sakamoto
BayStarsP49Kevin Shackelford
BayStarsOF37Taishi Kusumoto
BayStarsOF52Seiya Hosokawa
CarpP41Takuya Yasaki


DragonsIF1Yota Kyoda
BayStarsP42Fernando Romero
BayStarsIF0Daisuke Nakai
BayStarsOF33Tomo Otosaka
SwallowsP11Yasunobu Okugawa

Pacific League


HawksP39Shuto Ogata
HawksP42Tomohisa Ozeki
LionsC78Masato Saito
LionsIF31Ryusei Sato
LionsIF63Ryusei Tsunashima
LionsIF99Ernesto Mejia
LionsOF68Junichiro Kishi
LionsOF72Seiji Kawagoe
BuffaloesP52Tyler Higgins


HawksP67Shunsuke Kasaya
MarinesP17Roki Sasaki
LionsP34Yasuo Sano
LionsP54Zach Neal
LionsC37Sena Tsuge
LionsIF6Sosuke Genda
LionsOF7Yuji Kaneko
LionsOF9Fumikazu Kimura
LionsOF53Aito Takeda
LionsOF58Masato Kumashiro
BuffaloesP98Chang Yi

NPB wrap 5-23-21

Saturday’s news

Kiyota dishonorably discharged

The Pacific League’s Lotte Marines announced Sunday that they have voided the contract of outfielder Ikuhiro Kiyota, Nikkan Sports reported. The married outfielder was reinstated on May 1 from an indefinite suspension after a weekly magazine outed him for breaking coronavirus protocols while dining out with another woman in Sapporo last year immediately before the team suffered a coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, however, another report emerged, alleging further infidelities and that proved to be the last straw for the club.

“We made up our minds and have notified the player,” said the team’s director of communications, Noriaki Kajiwara. “We apologize to our supporters for the betrayal.”

Kuri next Carp player to test positive

The Hiroshima Carp, whose Central League games have been postponed since Friday following a slew of infections within the first team, added pitcher Allen Kuri to the infected list.

Buffaloes warn players over female hotel visitors

The Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes issued “strict warnings” to three players on Sunday, for inviting women to their hotel rooms in violation of coronavirus protocols while the team was in Tokyo on May 10 to play the Nippon Ham Fighters, Nikkan Sports reported.

The players who were outfielders Yutaro Sugimoto and Yuya Oda, and infielder Koji Oshiro. Sugimoto started Sunday’s games against the Hawks, while the other two, both reserves, started on the bench.

Hawks 7, Buffaloes 2

At Fukoka’s PayPay Dome, former Cub Tsuyoshi Wada (3-2) bounced back from three lousy starts to allow a run in 6-1/3 innings, while SoftBank built a 3-0 lead over four innings against Sachiya Yamasaki (1-5).

The Hawks’ Taisei Makihara reached base three times, scored the opening run in the first on a Yuya Yangita single and doubled in two runs in the four-run seventh before scoring again. Yuma Mune had two of Orix’s five hits, with a pair of doubles. He led off the seventh and scored on a Steven Moya sacrifice fly after Wada left the mound.

Fighters 10, Lions 3

At MetLife Dome, Nippon Ham’s Robbie Erlin (1-0) cut his ERA in half from 7.20 to 3.60 with five scoreless innings to earn his first win in Japan after the Fighters capitalized on both their scoring chances against Katsunori Hirai (3-2) who cruised through four of his first five innings, surrendering three runs in the third and two more in the sixth.

Erlin walked one, struck out six and surrendered five singles, while Haruki Nishikawa did most of the damage with a two-run third-inning double and a two-run eighth-inning single.

Eagles 6, Marines 5

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Rakuten broke the game open in a five-run sixth, with two runs scoring on an Eigoro Mogi double and three more on Brandon Dixon’s second homer. Rookie lefty Takahisa Hayakawa (6-2) allowed five runs over 6-2/3 innings to take the Japan lead in wins.

Leonys Martin tied the game 1-1 in the third with an RBI single, and hit his Japan-best 14th homer, a monstrous two-run shot in the seventh. Tomohhiro Anraku, Sung Chia-hao and Yuki Matsui finished up with Matsui earning his 13th save.

Marines starter Kazuya Ojima (1-2) allowed five runs in 5-1/3 innings to take the loss.

Swallows 10, BayStars 5

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yakult’s Albert Suarez (2-2) allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings, while the Swallows gave DeNA ace Shota Imanaga (0-1) a trial by fire in his return from surgery last autumn to clean out his left shoulder. The southpaw surrendered six runs over 4-2/3 innings.

New import Jose Osuma homered, doubled, singled and scored three runs, while Yuhei “Get that good-hitting catcher out of the No. 2 spot” Nakamura tied it 1-1 in the Swallows’ three-run first with an RBI double.

Domingo Santa capped the rally with an RBI double and drew a pair of walks, while Munetaka Murakama hit his Central League-leading 13th home run for the Swallows.

Tyler Austin singled, walked twice and scored a run for the last-place BayStars.

Dragons 4, Giants 1

At Nagoya’s Vantelin Dome, Chunichi’s Opening Day starter Koji Fukutani (2-4) held Yomiuri to a run over six innings while striking out eight and singling in a run. Dayan Viciedo homered, singled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Dragons, who hung three runs on Giants lefty Nobutaka Imamura (2-2) in one-plus innings in what became a bullpen game for the visitors.

Raidel Martinez pitched the ninth for Chunichi to record his 13th save.

Active roster moves 5/23/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/2

Central League


DragonsP59Takumi Yamamoto
SwallowsP43Albert Suarez


TigersOF63Yutaro Itayama
DragonsP67Yariel Rodriguez
CarpP18Masato Morishita
CarpP34Koya Takahashi

Pacific League


HawksP21Tsuyoshi Wada
MarinesP43Kazuya Ojima
BuffaloesOF69Stefen Romero