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NPB wrap 6-10-21

Interleague Day 15 PL goes in front

The Pacific League, which has led the Central League in interleague wins in 14 of the 15 previous interleague tournaments, and led the CL in runs scored in all 15, went 4-1-1 on Thursday to take their first lead this year with basically seven series remaining, six over the weekend at PL parks and three coronavirus makeup games from Monday to Wednesday in Hiroshima, giving the Carp a stretch of nine straight games.

The PL now leads in runs scored 400-353.

As a result of Thursday’s games, the Orix Buffaloes and PL-leading Rakuten Eagles took over the interleague lead with 9-5-1 records with the Chunichi Dragons a half-game back at 8-5-2. The Eagles will be at home when their interleague ends with a series against the CL-leading Hanshin Tigers, so it should be fun.

Yamaguchi to Giants

Shun Yamaguchi, the first player ever posted by the Giants — in a bizarre situation in which some of the team’s top executives were unaware they’d signed a free agent with a contractual obligation to post him — will return to the Giants after playing a handful of games for the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A club.

Tigers 4, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Nippon Ham’s Robbie Erlin (1-2) put in a decent start, allowing a run over 4-1/3 innings, while Hanshin’s Raul Alcantara (2-1) held the Fighters scoreless through six-plus, leaving after a batted ball struck him on the ankle to open the seventh.

Rookie Takumu Nakano reached base four times and singled in the game’s first run in the fifth inning. Koji Chikamoto made it 2-0 with his fourth home run in the seventh.

Jefry Marte reached doubled and reached base three times, while Jerry Sands, playing first for a change, turned a nifty double play, had two singles and an RBI.

The Fighters scored a run off closer Robert Suarez and threatened but he made his escape with a double play to record his Japan-best 19th save.

Eagles 6, Dragons 2

At Rakuten Seimei Park, Rakuten leadoff man Hiroto Kobukata scored four runs, while No. 2 hitter Daichi Suzuki scored twice and drove in two with his third home run. Ryota Takinaka (5-2) allowed a two runs over five innings to earn the win, while Chunichi’s Akiyoshi Katsuno (3-4) gave up four over four.

Lions 5, BayStars 3

At MetLife Dome, it seems I need a word processor that appends every Lions player with the word “rookie” after rookie Junichiro Kishi led off the bottom of the first with a game-tying home run, his third, had three hits, scored twice and drove in two to help 39-year-old lefty Tetsuya Utsumi (1-0) earn the win after allowing three runs in five innings.

BayStars rookie Shugo Maki hit a two-run homer, his 11th, in the fourth to make it a 4-3 game but Takumi Kuriyama singled home Kishi in the home half. Yuya Sakamoto (1-2) took the loss after allowing four runs in 2-2/3 innings.

Seibu’s Kaima Taira tied the NPB record by pitching his 31st straight scoreless outing since the start of the season and earning his fifth save.

Marines 2, Swallows 1

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Yakult’s Munetaka Murakami took over the Japan home run lead with his 18th of the season, off 19-year-old rookie Roki Sasaki, who allowed a run over six innings – his longest pro start – while touching 155 kph (96.3 mph) in the first inning and sitting easily at 95 mph.

Brandon Laird broke up the 1-1 tie with his 15th home run, off Noboru Shimizu (0-3) in the eighth inning, while Naoya Masuda worked the ninth for his 16th save.

Cy Sneed started for Yakult and allowed one unearned run in five innings, although he twice left the bases loaded.

Buffaloes 6, Giants 0

At Osaka‘s Kyocera Dome, Orix’s Sachiya Yamasaki (2-5) walked one, hit two and allowed four hits over six innings, and the Buffaloes bullpen held the Giants to one hit the rest of the way.

Yomiuri’s Yuki Takahashi (6-2) had two bad innings, surrendering three in the first with Yutaro Sugimoto doubling in two, and three in the fifth on Takahiro Okada’s seventh home run.

Hawks 1, Carp 1

At Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome, 22-year-old Hawks leadoff man Masaki Mimori went 4-for-4 and tripled in the tying run in the eighth inning to take Colin Rea off the hook after he allowed a run Kevin Cron’s sixth home run in the third inning. Rea struck out seven and allowed four hits but no walks.

Sho Iwasaki worked a scoreless ninth to keep the Carp from winning. Hiroshima starter Shogo Tamamura went six innings, and rookie Daisuke Moriura worked the seventh before Takuya Kai singled to leadoff the eighth against Atsuya Horie.

The Hawks threatened to end rookie Ryoji Kuribayashi’s run of scoreless games since his debut, but stranded two runners when he struck out rookie pinch-hitter Tatsuru Yanagimachi to run his streak to 22 games.


Starting pitchers

Fighters vs BayStars: Sapporo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Chihiro Kaneko (0-2, 4.50) vs Haruhiro Hamaguchi (3-4, 3.00)

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

Hideaki Wakui (6-3, 4.08) vs Koyo Aoyagi (4-2, 2.31)

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

Kona Takahashi (5-1, 3.79) vs Yudai Ono (2-4, 3.45)

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

Fumiya Motomae (1-1, 7.07) vs C.C. Mercedes (1-0, 0.00)

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

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (5-5, 2.29) vs Haruki Omichi (2-0, 3.20)

Hawks vs Swallows: PayPay Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Shuta Ishikawa (3-4, 3.12) vs Masanori Ishikawa (1-1, 2.70)

Active roster moves 6/10/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/20

Central League


GiantsIF52Takumi Kitamura
BayStarsP41Shuto Sakurai
CarpP65Shogo Tamamura


GiantsP35Toshiki Sakurai
BayStarsP93Ko Nakagawa
CarpP19Yusuke Nomura

Pacific League


MarinesP17Roki Sasaki
LionsP69Yoshinobu Mizukami
LionsIF4Kakeru Yamanobe
EaglesP64Hiroyuki Fukuyama
FightersP29Kazutomo Iguchi
FightersP44Robbie Erlin
BuffaloesIF5Masahiro Nishino


LionsP98Matt Dermody
LionsIF63Ryusei Tsunashima
EaglesP32Alan Busenitz
FightersP14Takayuki Kato
BuffaloesIF64Shinya Hirosawa

NPB wrap 6-4-21

Interleague Day 10

The CL and PL split their games for the second straight day. The Yakult Swallows’ beatdown of the Seibu Lions behind 41-year-old Masanori Ishikawa allowed the CL to nearly pull even in runs scored with the PL, opening the possibility that the CL might lead in runs scored for the first time since interleague arrived in 2005. The CL now leads this year’s series 27-23-7.

Marines lose pitcher Ishikawa for season

Lotte Marines right-hander Ayumu Ishikawa, who ended last season looking at a move to the major leagues through the posting system, had season-ending elbow-cleaning surgery on June 3.

Buffaloes 2, Dragons 1

At Nagoya‘s Vantelin Dome, Orix ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (5-5) was only a little better than Sawamura Award winner Yudai Ono (2-4), thanks to some solid work from his infielders, but he was much more efficient, allowing one run over seven innings.

The Buffaloes made Ono throw 35 pitches to get out of the first inning and another 24 in the second before he found his rhythm. The first five Orix hitters reached, but only two scored, on a Yutaro Sugimoto single.

Tyler Higgins worked a scoreless eighth and former Diamondback reliever Yoshihisa Hirano pitched the ninth for his third save.

Giants 6, Fighters 0

At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri’s C.C. Mercedes (1-0) allowed two hits and no walks over 5-2/3 innings in his season debut, while striking out five.

Zelous Wheeler sparked a two-run first inning with a one-out double off former Rakuten teammate Takahide Ikeda (2-5, 2.85). He scored on a Naoki Yoshikawa single and Justin Smoak capped the rally with a double.

Shinnosuke Shigenobu capped a three-run Giants seventh with a two-run home run and Smoak added an insurance run in the eighth with his seventh.

Giants-Fighters highlights.

Swallows 10, Lions 1, 5 innings, rain

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Yakult battered Seibu’s best pitcher, Kona Takahashi (5-1) for 10 runs, nine earned on four walks and 11 hits, including home runs by Tetsuto Yamada, his 12th, Norichika Aoki, his second, and Munetaka Murakami, his 16th. Cory Spangenberg got the Lions on the board against Masanori Ishikawa (1-1) in the third with his third home run. Ishikawa sacrificed in each of his first three trips to the plate, something that doesn’t happen a lot.

Ishikawa’s set a franchise record by posting at least one win in 20 consecutive seasons, and for being the team’s oldest winning pitcher at 41 years, 4 months.

Marines 11, BayStars 7

At Yokohama Stadium, Leonys Martin hit his Japan-leading 17th home run, and Brandon Laird his 13th in a three-run third inning. Martin, doubled in the first and then singled in with a man on in the Marines’ two-run fifth, when Laird doubled in Lotte’s go-ahead run.

Toshiya Sato doubled and homered twice for Lotte, scoring three runs and driving in three.

Tigers 6, Hawks 1

At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin side-armer Koyo Aoyagi (4-2) man-handled the SoftBank Hawks, allowing one run over eight innings, while Koji Chikamoto and Yusuke Oyama each drove in two runs. The Hawks loaded the bases in the second while trailing 2-0, but Hanshin got out of the inning against SoftBank starter Shuta Ishikawa (3-4), who surrendered five runs over six innings.

Eagles 12, Carp 5

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Rakuten’s Hideaki Wakui (6-3) had another tough slog of it, allowing five runs over six innings, but had seven runs to work with. Fumiya Kurokawa capped a four-run first off Yuta Nakamura (0-3), whose ERA rose to 11.08 over three games after allowing five runs in four innings.

Kevin Cron went 2-for-4 for Hiroshima with his fifth home run.

Starting pitchers


Giants vs Fighters: Tokyo Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shosei Togo (5-2, 3.91) vs Kazuaki Tateno (-)

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

Yasuhiro Ogawa (5-1, 3.52) vs Tatsuya Imai (3-2, 2.34)

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

Haruhiro Hamaguchi (2-4, 2.95) vs Manabu Mima (3-2, 3.45)

Dragons vs Buffaloes: Vantelin Dome (Nagoya) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Kodai Umetsu (0-1, 1.93) vs Daiki Tajima (2-3, 4.38)

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

Masashi Ito (3-2, 2.43) vs Nick Martinez (4-1, 1.97)

Carp vs Eagles: Mazda Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Masato Morishita (3-3, 1.84) vs Masahiro Tanaka (2-3, 2.54)

Active roster moves 6/4/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 6/14

Central League


GiantsP42Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes
TigersP19Shintaro Fujinami
BayStarsP48Masaya Kyoyama
CarpP67Yuta Nakamura
SwallowsP19Masanori Ishikawa


GiantsC38Yukinori Kishida
TigersP13Suguru Iwazaki
BayStarsP49Kevin Shackelford
CarpP28Hiroki Tokoda

Pacific League


HawksIF68Masaki Mimori
MarinesP76Jose Flores
FightersIF6Sho Nakata
FightersIF24Yuki Nomura
BuffaloesIF36Tatsuya Yamaashi


HawksIF36Taisei Makihara
MarinesP42Frank Herrmann
FightersIF53Ronny Rodriguez
BuffaloesIF53Sho Gibo