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NPB wrap 7-4-21

Sunday’s news

Sugano out of Olympics

Yomiuri Giants ace Tomoyuki Sugano has dropped out of Japan’s team for the Tokyo Olympics and will be replaced on the roster by Nippon Ham Fighters rookie HIromi Ito.

Giants sell catcher Sumitani to Eagles

The Giants on Sunday were forced to acknowledge they have sold veteran catcher Ginjiro Sumitani to the Rakuten Eagles, who may be looking for a veteran catcher to pair with Masahiro Tanaka.

The strangest thing about the sale was not that it was made but that the Eagles made the announcement during their game, which reports have called “highly irregular.”

The thing is that sports teams in Japan like to announce news when it suits their schedules, regardless of how much is public knowledge beyond their control. This often results in international player movements that are common knowledge days or weeks before Japanese teams “announce” the news.

Buffaloes 3, Lions 2

At MetLife Dome, there was a well-pitched duel between Zach Neal (1-3)and 19-year-old Hiroya Miyagi (9-1). For Neal, it was a case of no good deed going unpunished – or in this case good pitches. Neal’s most costly mistake was a high pitch that Masataka Yoshida knocked for a tie-breaking RBI single. Otherwise, it was a case of two bunt singles by Buffaloes leadoff man Shuhei Fukuda and Buffaloes hitters making enough good contact on tough pitches to hit them where Lions fielders weren’t.

Neal also got a big assist from his defense when second baseman Shuta Tonosaki and shortstop Sosuke Genda turned a slick first-inning double play that allowed the righty to avoid surrendering more than a run.

Miyagi made few mistakes, but two of them ended up in the seats: Takeya Nakamura’s seventh homer to tie it in the second and Tonosaki’s first, to tie it 2-2 in the third.

Yoshihisa Hirano took over in the ninth and recorded his 11th save.

Marines 8, Eagles 6

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, the top third of Lotte’s order, Takashi Ogino, Kyota Fujiwara and Shogo Nakamura, combined for nine hits, two walks, three doubles, a home run (Fujiwara’s first), six runs and five RBIs.

Rakuten starter Ryota Takinaka (5-4) got beaten up for six runs over 2-1/3 innings. Brandon Dixon tied it 2-2 in the second with his third home run for the Eagles, but the Marines’ Shuhei Fukuda broke a 4-4 tie in the third with a two-run double.

Hawks 5, Fighters 0

At Naha’s Okinawa Cellular Field, SoftBank’s Colin Rea (2-1) worked five innings and the Hawks pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks.

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BayStars 3, Giants 2

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Toshiro Miyazaki’s two-run third-inning homer, his seventh, brought DeNA back from a 1-0 deficit against Yuki Takahashi (8-3), who had squeezed home the Giants’ first run. Shinichi Onuki (3-5) allowed one run over 5-2/3 innings despite giving up nine hits. He walked none and struck out five.

Takumi Oshiro hit his eighth home run in the ninth off closer Kazuki Mishima, who held on to record his 14th save.

The BayStars’ win was their first against the Giants this season.

Dragons 3, Swallows 3

At Nagoya‘s Vantelin Dome, Chunichi’s Dayan Viciedo’s 13th home run, a two-run shot off setup man Noboru Shimizu, tied it up for good.

Kozo Ota pointed out that when Yakult’s battery of41-year-old Masanori Ishikawa and 36-year-old Motohiro Shima pitched to 44-year-old Kosuke Fukudome, it probably represented the oldest possible battery vs batter trio in Japanese baseball this year. And since every oldest combination includes Fukudome, and interleague is now over, Kozo was right, since we can no longer hope to see 40-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada and 39-year-old Hiroaki Takaya take on Fukudome.

By virtue of their tie, the Swallows are now 3-1/2 games behind the first-place Tigers and two games back of the Giants.

Carp 4, Tigers 3

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Shogo Sakakura’s two-run two-out fifth-inning double capped a four-run Carp comeback against Hanshin. Jerry Sands’ two-run third-inning home run, his 14th, had made it 3-0 against Masato Morishita (5-4), who worked six innings to earn the win.

Active roster moves 7/4/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/14

Central League


GiantsP35Toshiki Sakurai
GiantsC38Yukinori Kishida


GiantsP90Natsuki Toda
GiantsC27Ginjiro Sumitani

Pacific League


MarinesP47Yasuhiro Tanaka
FightersP52Takahide Ikeda


LionsP34Yasuo Sano

NPB wrap 6-18-21

Revenge of the cellar dwellers

The Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes and Central League’s Yakult Swallows came out of interleague on a roll and both won Friday, leaving two teams who finished last in each of the last two seasons in sole possession of second place.

Friday’s games had an old-school look with all 12 starting pitchers getting a decision. I’ll bet that doesn’t happen too often anymore.

Eagles 5, Buffaloes 2

At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park, Yutaro Sugimoto hit his 14th home run and doubled in a run, while Steven Moya drove in two with his seventh and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (7-5) allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings. Three relievers each worked a scoreless inning for the Buffaloes, with Tyler Higgins doing the job in the eighth and Yoshihisa Hirano earning his sixth save.

Hideaki Wakui (6-5) allowed five runs over four innings to take the loss as the Eagles’ PL lead shrank to a run over the Buffaloes, who jumped from third to second by winning their seventh straight decision.

Fighters 2, Hawks 1

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, Naoyuki Uwasawa (6-2) allowed three hits and four walks over the distance, while Daiki Asama and Kazunari Ishii homered for last-place Nippon Ham.

Shuta Ishikawa (3-6) allowed both runs over six-plus innings.

Marines 5, Lions 0

At MetLife Dome, Daiki Iwashita (5-4) struck out seven over six innings, while Katsuya Kakunaka and Yudai Fujioka each scored two runs for Lotte. Hisanori Yasuda had a pair of RBI singles, while Shogo Nakamura hit his fourth homer.

Kona Takahashi (5-3) allowed two runs over six innings to take the loss.

Swallows 5, Dragons 2

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yakult’s 41-year-old lefty Masanori Ishikawa (3-1) delivered his third straight solid start, allowing two runs over six innings, while allowing five hits and no walks. Munetaka Murakami hit a two-run homer in the first, his Japan-leading 21st, and Jose Osuna hit a three-run homer in the sixth, his fourth. Three Swallows relievers worked 1-2-3 innings with Scott McGough striking out two in the ninth as he earned his 12th save.

Yuya Yanagi (5-3) after a nearly flawless start to the season, allowed five runs in back-to-back starts. Naomichi Donoue hit his second homer and Shohei Kato hit his first in the CL after the Dragons acquired him in a mid-week trade from Lotte.

Tigers 7, Giants 1

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin’s Jerry Sands cracked open the scoring in a three-run second inning with the second of four Tigers doubles off Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes (2-1). Sands also hit his 13th home run, a grand slam, to ice it in the third inning, as Yuki Nishi (4-3) scattered four walks, a hit batsman and five hits to allow just one run over seven innings.

Carp 7, BayStars 4

At Tokyo Dome, 20-year-old rookie Hiroshima lefty Shogo Tamamura (1-3) allowed two runs over seven while striking out 10 and singled in a run in the second to tie it 1-1 as he earned his first pro win in a game hosted by DeNA at Tokyo Dome as their home park is being prepared to host the Olympic baseball and softball tournament.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

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

Masahiro Tanaka (2-4, 2.90) vs Hiroya Miyagi (6-1, 2.31)

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

Tatsuya Imai (4-2, 2.53) vs Toshiya Nakamura (0-1, 3.15)

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

Nick Martinez (5-1, 2.20) vs Kazuaki Tateno (0-0, 1.80)

Central League

Swallows vs Dragons: Jingu Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Yasuhiro Ogawa (6-1, 3.33) vs Shinnosuke Ogasawara (4-2, 2.22)

BayStars vs Carp: Tokyo Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Michael Peoples (2-2, 4.66) vs Masato Morishita (3-4, 2.35)

Tigers vs Giants: Koshien Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Masashi Ito (4-3, 2.52) vs Shosei Togo (6-3, 4.22)

Active roster moves 6/18/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/28

Central League


GiantsIF93Hayato Hirama
GiantsOF8Yoshihiro Maru
TigersP13Suguru Iwazaki
DragonsOF52Shohei Kato
CarpOF55Ryuhei Matsuyama



Pacific League


HawksC65Ryuhei Kuki
MarinesP24Yusuke Azuma
MarinesC66Takuma Kato
MarinesOF38Akito Takabe
LionsIF6Sosuke Genda
EaglesP31Yuya Fukui
EaglesIF34Tsuyoshi Yamasaki


LionsIF4Kakeru Yamanobe