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NPB news: April 24, 2024

It was tough-luck Wednesday for Anderson Espinoza in Osaka, “let’s throw away a lead in the name of history” Wednesday in Yokohama, and Dragons’ drought-ending Wednesday at Tokyo Dome.

In other news, Giants lefty Foster Griffin rejoined the team for the first time since he was deactivated following an oblique muscle injury suffered on April 6 against the DeNA BayStars.

In South Korea, SSG Landers slugger Choi Jeong set KBO’s career home run record Wednesday with his 468th, eight days after he pulled into a tie with former Lotte Marines, Yomiuri Giants and Orix Buffaloes slugger Lee Seung Yuop.

According to Yeohap’s Yoo Jee Ho, Lee set his record in 1,906 career games, while Choi needed 2,183 to match him. Lee hit 159 homers in Japan over 797 games.

Wednesday’s games

Buffaloes 4, Lions 3: At Osaka UFO Dome, Seibu scored three ninth-inning runs off Yoshihisa Hirano, costing Anderson Espinoza his fourth win, but Kenya Wakatsuki‘s ninth-inning leadoff single set the table for Kotaro Kurebayashi‘s walk-off single.

Marwin Gonzalez homered off a low 1-2 fastball from rookie Natsuki Takeuchi to open the scoring in the third. Leandro Cedeno doubled and scored on a Tomoya Mori single. It was the second hit for each. Mori scored from second on a Yuma Mune single.

Takeya Nakamura homered to open the ninth against Orix closer Yoshihisa Hirano, Ryusei Sato tripled high off the wall and scored when Shota Hiranuma doubled. The runner was sacrificed to third, Jesus Aguilar struck out, ShuJta Tonosaki walked and Yuji Kaneko got a happy 34th-birthday single off the end of the bat to tie it.

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NPB news: April 11, 2024

On Thursday in Japan, Tomoyuki Sugano and the curse of the shallow outfield both struck again, while Leandro Cedeno appears to be getting into a groove for the Orix Buffaloes.

Hanshin’s Kaito Shimomura, the joint overall fifth pick in last year’s NPB draft has had Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, the team announced Thursday. He’s the second first-round signing from that draft to have Tommy John, after Chunichi’s Sho Kusaka.

Joining them on the cutting edge of modern baseball was lefty Yamato Shiroki, the Giants’ sixth pick in 2021, whom Yomiuri announced had surgery recently.

Thursday’s games

Carp 1, Tigers 0: At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin surrendered the game’s only run when a two-out routine fly to deep center got over the drawn-in outfield for an RBI triple. Yuki Nishi worked eight scoreless innings for the Tigers, and the Nikkan Sports happily blamed reliever Javy Gellar for allowing a runner to get to second with two outs that FORCED Tigers manager Akinobu Okada to shoot himself in the foot.

In case you’re curious how less often Japanese teams record outs when there’s a runner on second, see my research article “Shallow Thoughts.”

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