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NPB news: May 21, 2023

Yomiuri’s Foster Griffin had his obligatory good outing against Chunichi, two second-chancers had big games for their clubs, while another guy who badly needed a second chance but finally got playing time with the team that drafted him in 2013 also delivered. The red-and-black attack keeps rolling, a former closer threw a complete game, and a rookie named Morishita got the better of a former rookie of the year named Morishita.

Minor moves

On Friday, the SoftBank Hawks called up a minor league pitcher, which is not really news worthy, other than that the team ordered him pulled off the mound in his Western League game so he could report to the major league club.

Meanwhile, DeNA announced it was letting the team’s recent graduate of MLB’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse suspension program to pitch in the Eastern League Sunday against Lotte as a tune-up for his next start. He was not deactivated.

Saturday’s games

Giants 6, Dragons 2: At Tokyo Dome, Foster Griffin (4-1) held Chunichi to two runs over six innings to improve to 3-0 against the Dragons, who coughed up the game’s first run on one-out singles by Takumi Oshiro and Yuto Akihiro and an error by shortstop Ryuku Tsuchida.

Naoki Yoshikawa doubled off Shinnosuke Ogasawara (3-2) and scored on a Kazumasa Okamoto third-inning single, while Yoshikawa and Okamoto reached in the fourth and Takumi Oshiro followed with his sixth homer, and his first career grand slam.

Second-chancer Seiya Hosokawa had two doubles for the Dragons and scored on Takaya Ishikawa’s fourth home run, while the Giants bullpen didn’t make the game interesting for a change.

Continue reading NPB news: May 21, 2023

NPB news: May 6, 2023

With Tigers rookie Shoki Murakami’s start in Hiroshima wiped out by rain in Hiroshima Saturday’s big event became the mouthwatering matchup between a pair of pitchers aspiring to pitch in MLB, Orix’s Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Seibu’s Kona Takahashi.

The only downside to that matchup was having to either turn down the volume or bear the brunt of umpire Kazuyuki Shirai’s screeching strike calls. On the bright side, if one dislikes posing, Yuki Yanagita prevented Hirokazu Sawamura from scaring the children with his Randy Arozarena look in Chiba.

Saturday’s games

Dragons 2, Giants 1: At Nagoya Stadium, first-year Yomiuri import Foster Griffin allowed a run over seven innings to outlast Chunichi lefty Takahiro Matsuba, who allowed a run in six innings, but the Dragons scratched out a tie-breaking run in the eighth inning off Tomoya Mikami (0-1).

Rookie Hiroki Fukunaga, whose two-out sixth-inning single contributed to the Dragons tying it 1-1, singled in pinch-runner Wataru Takamatsu after Takaya Ishikawa reached on a one-out walk. Raidel Martinez worked a 1-2-3 ninth against the heart of the Giants’ order to record his ninth save.

Continue reading NPB news: May 6, 2023