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NPB news: April 5, 2024

There were three pitchers’ duels Friday, two of which finished 1-0, one of which was a complete game, and a pair of extra-inning games, where Japan still sees MLB’s Manfred Man as unnecessary.

Friday’s games

Marines 1, Buffaloes 0: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Kazuya Ojima (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six to outduel Hiroya Miyagi (0-2), who went eight innings and allowed the only run when Kenta Chatani singled with two outs and Hiromi Oka fouled off two 0-2 pitches before smacking an RBI double.

Dragons 1, Carp 0: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Sho Nakata doubled to lead off the Dragons’s seventh and broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel between Chunichi’s Yuya Yanagi (1-0) and Allen Kuri (0-1), when he scored on a the third double play the Carp infield turned behind their starter.

BayStars 2, Giants 1: At Tokyo Ugly Dome, lefty Katsuki Azuma (1-0), voted the CL’s best pitcher last year over MVP Shoki Murakami, allowed a run over seven innings to outduel Shosei Togo (1-1).

Kazuma Okamoto doubled and scored on a Takumi Oshiro single to open the scoring against Azuma in the second. Rookie Ryuki Watarai singled home Takuma Hayashi with one out in the sixth off Togo.

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NPB news: April 3, 2024

Wednesday brought us a showdown between last year’s PL rookie of the year, Orix’s Shumpeita Yamashita, and last year’s top pitching prize in the draft, Seibu’s Natsuki Takeuchi. We also got home runs from DeNA’s former import power duo, Tyler Austin and Neftali Soto, and a no-hit bid.

Due to rain across the country, every game played without benefit of a roof was rained out. In other words, NPB picked a good day to have five of its six major league games rain-proofed.

Wednesday’s games

Lions 3, Buffaloes 0: At Seibu Half Dome, catcher Ginjiro Sumitani is still playing baseball, back with the team he began his career with after three seasons each with the Giants and Eagles. He shepherded highly touted rookie lefty Takeuchi through seven scoreless innings in his pro debut during which he walked two and allowed a single.

Seibu scored in the first off Yamashita, who struck out the first two batters he faced in dominant fashion before Shuta Tonosaki walked, stole second and scored on a Jesus Aguilar single. Yamashita walked off the mound with no outs in the sixth, after running his walk total to seven with three straight to open the inning. Yamashita was charged with two runs over six-plus innings.

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