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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 6-24-21

Fighters snap Buffaloes’ streak

The Buffaloes continued to play hard on Thursday, but couldn’t get past rookie Hiromi Ito in Osaka as their streak of winning 11 consecutive decisions came to an end.

Fighters 5, Buffaloes 2

At Osaka‘s Kyocera Dome, Hiromi Ito (5-4) who was named the PL’s best player in interleague after Orix ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who won the MVP award, ended the winning streak of this year’s top interleague team, by stranding seven runners over six innings, allowing two runs and winning his fourth straight start.

Former Fighters closer Hirotoshi Masui (2-5) started for the Buffaloes, and unlike Ito, couldn’t keep the visitors from cashing in their runners. Kensuke Kondo doubled with two outs in the first, and scored on a Wang Po-jung single.

Haruki Nishikawa reached on a third-inning infield single, stole second and scored on a Yuto Takahama single. Wang doubled, again with two outs, to make it a 3-0 game. Yuki Nomura made it 4-0 in the fourth with his first homer. After Orix scored in the fourth, Ito stranded two more runners in the fifth, and that ended the Buffaloes’ chances.

Toshihiro Sugiura saved his 13th game.

Hawks 7, Marines 2

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, it was Yuki Yanagita vs Roki Sasaki (1-1), as the SoftBank Star opened the scoring in the first with his 17th home run off the rookie. Hawks starter Shota Takeda (4-3) had one rough inning in the first, when the Marines took a 2-1 lead, Brandon Laird’s RBI single breaking a 1-1 tie.

Sasaki struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits over 5-1/3 innings. He retired 13 batters before Kenta Imamiya’s leadoff double in sixth. A Masaki Mimori triple tied it and Yanagita ripped a single up the middle to put the Hawks up for good. He’d add a solo homer in the Hawks’ four-run ninth.

Takeda struck out six, walked three, hit one and gave up five hits.

Tigers 6, Dragons 0

At Nagoya‘s Vantelin Dome, Hanshin’s Joe Gunkel (6-0) allowed six hits but no walks while striking out five over seven innings, while rookie Takumu Nakano, Jefry Marte and Yusuke Oyama powered the offense. Nakano reached base three times, scored three runs and drove in one with a sacrifice fly. Marte singled twice, doubled, walked and drove in two runs, while Oyama singled twice and had a pair of sacrifice flies.

Chunichi’s Yuichiro Okano (0-2) allowed four runs over four-plus innings.

Swallows 4, Carp 1

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Keiji Takahashi (2-0) allowed a run over 6-2/3 innings, Munetaka Murakami hit a two-run homer, his Japan-best 22nd, Jose Osuna doubled twice and singled, and Scot McGough saved his 15th game.

The Swallows have now won four straight and eight of nine to set up a battle for second place with the Giants over the weekend. Yakult trails the Tigers by five games, with Yomiuri a half-game back in third.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Eagles vs Hawks: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Takahiro Norimoto (5-3, 3.28) vs Shuta Ishikawa (3-6, 2.93)

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

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (7-5, 2.04) vs Kona Takahashi (5-3, 3.81)

Central League

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

Masanori Ishikawa (3-1, 2.05) vs Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes (2-1, 4.30)

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

Yuki Nishi (4-3, 3.01) vs Haruhiro Hamaguchi (4-5, 3.39)

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

Shogo Tamamura (1-3, 3.54) vs Yuya Yanagi (5-3, 2.31)

Active roster moves 6/24/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/4

Central League


TigersP49Joe Gunkel
CarpP34Kouya Takahashi
CarpOF1Seiya Suzuki
SwallowsP47Keiji Takahashi


GiantsIF93Hayato Hirama
CarpOF59Minoru Omori
SwallowsP54Cy Sneed

Pacific League


MarinesP17Roki Sasaki
BuffaloesP17Hirotoshi Masui


MarinesP41Kakeru Narita
LionsOF72Seiji Kawagoe
FightersP52Takahide Ikeda
BuffaloesP21Daichi Takeyasu