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NPB news: May 7, 2023

Rain across Japan washed out the three games played outdoors Sunday, when all three late leads nearly vanished, with only one of three visitors holding on to its lead, and since the Giants were one of the victimized teams, Tatsunori Hara made his obligatory hard-to- decipher take on the subject.

Sunday’s games

Dragons 2, Giants 1: At Nagoya Stadium, for the third straight day, the Chunichi Dragons came from behind and seized and eighth-inning lead. Dragons right-hander Hiroto Takahashi gave up the first run on a home run by his Japan WBC teammate Takumi Oshiro.

Twenty-three-year-old iants starter Yuji Akahoshi, who a few weeks earlier had been ordered by manager Hara to recover his missing confidence, was victimized with two outs when Dragons catcher Takumi Kinoshita went after a low 1-2 splitter but somehow got under it and lofted it off the wall to plate Takaya Ishikawa with the tying run.

Hara went to his bullpen and got out of the inning, but 22-year-old Daisuke Naoe (0-1) took over in the eighth and couldn’t find the strike zone with eight of his nine pitches. Lefty Ryusei Oe, who at 24 is a bit more experienced, ran the count full on Yohei Oshima before striking him out. Rookie right-hander Taiki Kikuchi came in and walked the bases loaded before surrendering a sac fly to Ishikawa.

A 1-2-3 ninth by Raidel Martinez for his 10th save of the season and the 101st of his career, wrapped up the series sweep, leaving Hara with nothing to do but explain that his young pitchers need to learn from these painful lessons, and for once didn’t pretend like he knew the easy answer for their problems.

“In the end, it doesn’t matter what we say, it’s those guys who have to overcome this,” Hara said. “All they are extremely young pitchers, they must take what’s happening now and turn it into nourishment to grow on. At the same time, we have to nurture them.”

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NPB news: April 19, 2023

It’s not like they were calling him “Losing pitcher Sumida” or anything, but Chihiro Sumida, Seibu’s top signing from the 2021 draft, did snap an unenviable streak on Wednesday, while Orix’s Frank Schwindel had a belated but memorable Japan debut in a game he didn’t expect to play in and which ended in riveting fashion.

Wednesday’s games

Buffaloes 2, Eagles 1: At Osaka Dome, Frank Schwindel went 3-for-4 in his Japan debut that helped lefty Daiki Tajima (2-1) pick up the win after he allowed a run over eight innings. Maikel Franco had one of the Eagles’ four hits off Tajima and scored the game’s first run on a fourth-inning single by Hiroto Kobukata.

Rakuten lefty Takahisa Hayakawa worked six scoreless innings innings before Orix tied it against the bullpen in the seventh on a walk, a sacrifice and a Yuma Tongu pinch-hit RBI single.

Orix catcher Tomoya Mori reached base for the third time, opening the eighth with an infield single and scored on Schwindel’s third single of the game.

Frank Schwindel breaks a 1-1 eighth-inning tie in his Japan debut.

Mori then secured the win in the ninth when he applied the tag on a play at the plate to end the game on a throw from substitute right-fielder Yuya Oda.

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