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NPB wrap 9-24-21

The Hanshin Tigers on Friday survived with a tie awkward start from Yuki Nishi, who was called into a meeting with manager Akihiro Yano after a game in which both Nishi and catcher Ryutaro Umeno were yanked after the third inning.

The Tigers tied with the Giants, allowing Yakult to pull a half-game ahead of both clubs in the CL race as they ran their unbeaten streak to 10 games. Their seven straight winning decisions is the team’s longest win streak in three years.

In the PL, the Rakuten Eagles were the big winners. They beat second-place Orix to gain one game on the first-place Lotte Marines, and the Buffaloes, and the Hawks.

Friday’s games

Lions 5, Marines 4

At MetLife Dome, Shuta Tonosaki snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning winning a single-handed battle with the Marines battery. He walked with two outs, stole second on a ball that got away from catcher Takuma Kato. The passed ball moved him to third, from where Tonosaki scored on a wile pitch from reliever Yasuhiro Tanaka (1-2).

Seibu starter Tatsuya Imai allowed three runs over three innings thanks to seven walks and four hits. Rookie Junichiro Kishi’s two-run home run, his ninth, off Kota Futaki made it 3-2 in the third before Lotte’s Hisanori Yasuda made it 4-2 in the fourth with his eighth home run off Ichiro Tamura (1-0), who threw two innings and earned his first pro win.

Seibu’s six-time PL home run champ Takeya Nakamura homered to open the fourth and Sosuke Genda singled in the tying run after an error and two singles loaded the bases against Futaki.

With the lead in hand, Yoshinobu Mizukami worked a 1-2-3 sixth. Demoted closer Tatsushi Masuda worked around a pair of two-out singles in a scoreless seventh, and Ryosuke Moriwake stranded two more in the eighth before Kaima Taira finished with his 17th save.

Eagles 4, Buffaloes 3

At Kyocera Dome Osaka, Daichi Suzuki singled twice and scored twice on hits by Hiroaki Shimauchi, as the Eagles spotted Takahiro Norimoto (10-5, 3.33) a 4-1 lead against rookie Hiroya Miyagi (11-3, 2.44) after Eigoro Mogi’s fourth-inning sac fly broke a 1-1 tie.

Rookie Kotaro Kurebayashi had three hits for the Buffaloes. His eighth home run tied it 1-1 in the third. He singled with one out in the eighth and came home when Yutaro Sugimoto retook the PL home run lead with his 38th off Norimoto’s 127th and final pitch – into the top deck in dead center.

Sung Chia-hao got the final two outs with the potential tying run on third base in the ninth to earn his fourth save.

Fighters 4, Hawks 1

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, Nippon Ham’s Naoyuki Uwasawa (10-6, 3.08) struck out 11 while walking two and allowing three hits. His shutout bid ended in the eighth when Takuya Kai halved the Fighters’ lead with his 10th home run.

SoftBank’s 1.93-meter rookie right-hander Kazuki Sugiyama (1-1, 2.51) allowed a run over five innings. He struck out six and walked four while allowing one hit, Ronny Rodriguez’s fourth home run.

Kensuke Kondo hit his eighth home run off Livan Moinelo in the eighth to make it 2-0, Yushi Shimizu hit a two-run homer, his third, off closer Yuito Mori in the ninth before Toshihiro Sugiura closed it out in the bottom of the ninth for his 22nd save.

Giants 6, Tigers 6

At Tokyo Dome, rookie shortstop Takumu Nakano saved the game by making a tricky play on a bases-loaded grounder to get the second out at home plate thanks to a good scoop by backup catcher Seiichiro Sakamoto, and then caught Sho Nakata’s little liner for the third out as Robert Suarez worked around a Hayato Sakamoto double a Kazuma Okamoto single to secure the tie for Hanshin.

Hanshin’s Yuki Nishi allowed five runs over three innings, blowing an early 3-0 lead. A Jefry Marte RBI single highlighted Hanshin’s two-run first against C. C. Mercedes, who escaped a bases-loaded third-inning jam with just one run scoring and was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the home half.

Nishi surrendered a leadoff pinch-hit single but got a do-over by starting a double play before the real trouble started. After a walk and a single, Okamoto moved ahead of Munetaka Murakami in the home run race with his 38th. Yoshiyuki Kamei doubled and Yoshihiro Maru hit his 17th home run. Even with two multi-homer home runs and a double play, the Giants still managed to strand two runners in the inning.

Sakamoto singled in a run in the Giants’ fourth, but Yomiuri failed to mount another scoring threat until the ninth. Marte’s two-run fifth-inning home run, his 19th, off Toshiki Sakurai made it a one-run game, but the Giants bullpen followed that by retiring 10 straight.

Thyago Vieira back on the first-team mound after 19 days on the farm due to fitness issues, walked the first batter he faced and surrendered Jerry Sands’ game-tying RBI double. Vieira blew the save but did not let Hanshin take the lead.

Giants-Tigers highlights

 Swallows 3, Dragons 0

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yakult’s Hirotoshi Takanashi (3-1, 3.35) struck out seven while allowing five hits and getting some big plays from his defense, and the Swallows scored three second-inning runs off Yudai Ono (6-10, 2.97) on a Yasutaka Shiomi double, a Norichika Aoki RBI single and Munetaka Murakami’s career-high 37th home run.

Noboru Shimizu worked the eighth for the Swallows, who pulled a half-game ahead of Hanshin, while Scott McGough threw 10 of his 11 in the ninth as he locked down his 23rd save.

Dayan Viciedo set the team record for hits by an import player with the first of his two singles, surpassing the mark of 766 he shared with current batting coach Alonzo Powell.

Carp 9, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, Kaito Kozono had five hits, including a two-run home run, his second, scored four and drove in three while Daichi Osera (7-5, 3.08) gave up two runs over 7-2/3 innings. The BayStars scored first, on Toshiro Miyazaki’s two-run solo homer, his 13th, in the second, but singles by Osera and Kozono and a Seiya Suzuki walk set up a three-run inning, capped Shogo Sakakura’s two-run double. Kozono’s fifth-inning homer stuck a fork in DeNA.

Ryosuke Miyaguni (1-1, 6.30) surrendered five runs over five innings.

Saturday’s starting pitchers

Lions vs Marines: MetLife Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Katsunori Hirai (4-3, 4.15) vs Tokito Kawamura (2-0, 4.32)

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

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (14-5, 1.46) vs Takayuki Kishi (7-8, 3.59)

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

Shuta Ishikawa (5-9, 3.37) vs Drew VerHagen (4-7, 4.50)

Giants vs Tigers: Tokyo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Tomoyuki Sugano (5-6, 3.52) vs Haruto Takahashi (1-1, 4.09)

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

Keiji Takahashi (3-1, 3.21) vs Yariel Rodriguez (0-3, 4.66)

BayStars vs Carp: Yokohama Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Masaya Kyoyama (2-5, 4.59) vs Koya Takahashi (3-6, 5.53)

Active roster moves 9/24/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 10/4

Central League


TigersP16Yuki Nishi
BayStarsP34Shingo Hirata
SwallowsP14Hirotoshi Takanashi


TigersP48Yukiya Saitoh
BayStarsP14Kenta Ishida
SwallowsP68Kohei Miyadai

Pacific League


HawksP40Kazuki Sugiyama
MarinesP19Yuki Karakawa


MarinesP17Roki Sasaki
MarinesP34Seiya Dohi

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NPB wrap 9-21-21

After Japan’s long weekend for its respect for the elderly day, there were only three Central League games on the calendar in a kind of interleague competition, with each of the three playoff teams on the road against the three teams who are fighting to avoid finishing last. And like in interleague, these series open the possibility for one team to make up a lot of ground on its two rivals.

Second-place Yakult was poised to gain a half-game on the first-place Tigers until Hanshin broke a ninth-inning tie to keep the the Swallows from closing to within a game.

The Dragons opened the door for analyst Masaji Hiramatsu to open his mouth and insert his foot in his praise of Hanshin’s Jerry Sands, so let’s get to the games.

Swallows 5, BayStars 2

At Yokohama Stadium, there was good news and bad news for DeNA starting pitcher Yuya Sakamoto (4-5, 4.81), who pitched out of a one-out, two-on first-inning jam but only after allowing four straight hits to open the game, culminating in a Munetaka Murakami grand slam, his 36th home run of the season.

Yakult’s Albert Suarez (5-3, 3.80) made things interesting in the third, when DeNA loaded the bases with no outs, and Tyler Austin doubled in two runs. The Swallows scored a sixth-inning run off Kevin Shackelford, who allowed two singles and contributed with an error.

Suarez went five innings. He walked two, struck out three and gave up five hits and one scoreless inning apiece from Tomoya Hoshi, Ryuta Konno, CL holds leader Noboru Shimizu and Scott McGough, who earned his 21st save.

Tigers 3, Dragons 2

At Vantelin Dome Nagoya, Chunichi closer Raidel Martinez (0-3), pitching for the first time in eight days, struggled with his command, surrendered a Kairi Shimada seeing-eye leadoff single. Shimada stole second, took third on a ground out and scored the tie-breaking run on Seiya Kinami’s sacrifice fly.

During his playing career, Chunichi manager Tsuyoshi Yoda was a top reliever and it’s hard to imagine he wanted his closer sitting on the sidelines for a week. This leads me to think that the burden of managing is a little too much for him, if something simple like making sure the guys you count on the most get to pitch at least every five days or so.

CL ERA leader Yuya Yanagi allowed two runs over six innings, all of his troubles coming in the third. A hit batsman, a sacrifice by Tigers starting pitcher Takumi Akiyama, an RBI double by leadoff man Koji Chikamoto and rookie Takumu Nakano’s run-scoring single accounted for the damage.

The Dragons stranded three runners in the fourth and two in the fifth, when leadoff runner Yota Kyoda was picked off first. They tied it in the sixth after Ippei Ogawa retired only one of the three batters he faced.

Kyoda singled in two with two outs against lefty Masaki Oyokawa. The inning could have been worse, but Jefry Marte made a sweet play at first to throw out the lead runner at third with no outs and two on.

Oyokawa stayed in the game to work a scoreless seventh, Suguru Iwazaki (2-3) and closer Robert Suarez, who earned his 33rd save, finished up to keep Hanshin 1-1/2 games ahead of Yakult.

An epilogue to the game was provided on Pro Yakyu News by Masaji Hiramatsu, who praised Jerry Sands for not being like “your typical foreign player” in the ninth inning . Sands swung at a pitch well out of the zone that helped Shimada steal on a run and hit and then hit behind the runner on another ball out of the zone that moved him to third.

“Your foreign hitter understands hits, home runs and RBIs, and typically they don’t care about walks since those don’t help him make more money,” Hiramatsu said.

Carp 2, Giants 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Carp lefty Hiroki Tokoda (4-3, 2.71) stranded two runners in the second, third and fourth innings, but struck out nine in a 125-pitch six-hit shutout in which he walked one and hit one. 

Yomiuri’s Shun Yamaguchi (2-6, 3.34) walked five hitters, but only the last one cost him, when he walked Ryoma Nishikawa with one out and a man on before surrendering back-to-back RBI singles to Seiya Suzuki and Shogo Sakakura.

New Giant Scott Heineman is showing a knack for making catches at the wall. He saved three runs with a ninth-inning catch last week that set the stage for a huge come-from-behind victory, and saved a run on Tuesday with a tough catch to get the first out in the sixth before the Carp hits shit the fan.

Wednesday starting pitchers

On Wednesday, Kodai Senga will see if it takes more than 14 strikeouts to stop the Lotte Marines. A week ago, he got the Ks but took the L.

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

Shota Hamaya (1-3, 7.02) vs Takahisa Hayakawa (8-5, 3.63)

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

Manabu Mima (5-4, 5.52) vs Kodai Senga (5-2, 3.12)

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

Soichiro Yamazaki (0-2, 5.30) vs Hiromi Ito (9-5, 2.59)

BayStars vs Swallows: Yokohama Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shinichi Onuki (6-5, 4.50) vs Yasuhiro Ogawa (8-4, 3.96)

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

Takahiro Matsuba (4-3, 3.21) vs Koyo Aoyagi (10-3, 2.55)

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

Allen Kuri (9-6, 3.96) vs Shosei Togo (8-6, 4.03)

Active roster moves 9/21/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 10/1

Central League


GiantsP49Thyago Vieira
GiantsIF10Sho Nakata
DragonsIF37Taiki Mitsumata
BayStarsP20Yuya Sakamoto
CarpP98Robert Corniel


DragonsIF45Ryuku Tsuchida
BayStarsP42Fernando Romero
CarpP41Takuya Yasaki

Pacific League




HawksP21Tsuyoshi Wada
MarinesOF79Leonys Martin
LionsIF31Shota Hiranuma
FightersP41Bryan Rodriguez
BuffaloesP46Hitomi Honda