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NPB game, news of Sept. 7, 2019

I’ll admit, Paul Simon probably won’t be updating the Joe DiMaggio line in “Mrs. Robinson” to account for Yangervis Solarte’s departure from the Hanshin Tigers, but the CL club was indeed wondering where he’d gone after he failed to report to the farm team.

Solarte, who sparked joy into the Tigers after stepping into the starting lineup soon after his arrival from the States, was demoted to the farm team on Aug. 19 after batting .188 in 80 plate appearances.

The Tigers announced his signing on July 7, and arrived 14 days later. He practiced on July 23, played in a farm game the next day and was activated for first-team duty on July 26. After hitting four home runs in 20 games, he was gone.

The Tigers were anticipating his activation on Friday, but he informed manager Akihiro Yano that he was “unmotivated” and was returning to Osaka.

Central League

Dragons 8, BayStars 3

At Nagoya Dome, Yuya Yanagi (10-5) bounced back from allowing two first-inning home runs to work seven innings and earn his first win since July 7 as Chunichi came from behind to beat DeNA.

“I felt in my bones how hard just one win is to come by,” said Yanagi after achieving a new career high in wins.

BayStars rookie Taiga Kamichatani (6-6) gave up the lead in the bottom of the first and then made things hard on himself by rushing on a sacrifice bunt and juggling the ball for an error, and then throwing a two-strike forkball in the strike zone when it didn’t need to be. The pitch was hit for an RBI double in Chunichi’s four-run second.

Tigers 7, Carp 3

At Mazda Stadium, Yuki Nishi (7-8) allowed three runs over eight innings. He allowed 11 hits but no walks, and escaped more trouble by serving up three double play ground balls as Hanshin beat Hiroshima.

Giants 10, Swallows 6

At Jingu Stadium, Hayato Sakamoto doubled twice and hit his 36th home run, scoring three runs and driving in two to pace Yomiuri past Yakult. Alex Guerrero homered to open the fourth and break a 3-3 tie as the Giants snapped a six-game losing streak

Pacific League

Marines 4, Hawks 0

At Yafuoku Dome, Yuji Nishino (2-2), who has spent the bulk of his career as a reliever — including three seasons as Lotte’s closer — threw a four-hitter for his first career shutout to beat SoftBank.

Tsuyoshi Wada (4-4) surrendered two runs over 4-1/3 innings to take the loss. Nishino allowed the first two runners to reach in the first and fourth innings. The Hawks tried to steal a run in the fourth, but Yurisbel Gracial was out at home on a delayed double steal to end the inning.

Leonys Martin, whose two dropped balls in center were instrumental in both of SoftBank’s runs on Friday, iced the game for the Marines in the sixth with a two-run home run.

Game highlights are HERE.

Fighters 8, Buffaloes 7

At Sapporo Dome, Taishi Ota singled four times, scored three runs and drove in one, while Ryo Watanabe singled, homered, scored twice and drove in four as Nippon Ham held off Orix.

The Fighters rocked Andrew Albers (2-4) for six runs, five earned, over three-plus innings, while Kohei Arihara (14-7) allowed four runs over six innings to earn the win, giving away three runs in the sixth after he had an 8-1 lead.

Ryo Akiyoshi struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 21st save.

Game highlights are HERE.

Eagles 5, Lions 3

At Rakuten Seimei Park, Rakuten whacked Seibu starter Kona Takahashi (10-6) for four runs in the fourth inning — two scoring on Hiroaki Shimauchi’s tie-breaking two-run double.

Game highlights are HERE.

NPB games, news of Sept. 6, 2019

Kodai Senga, who lobbied the SoftBank Hawks last winter in vain to post him, became the first player who turned pro after signing a developmental contract to throw a no-hitter.

He did it touching 98.8 mph with his fastball and throwing bulls eyes with his breaking pitches, and as the game went on shifting to more splitters, the pitch he ended the game with.

“Before the game I wanted to use more big breaking pitches, and (catcher Takuya) Kai called those really effectively.”

Marines manager Tadahito Iguchi said he instructed his batters to be aggressive on the first pitch, but it was no good.

“He located his breaking pitches well,” the skipper said. “We talked about swinging at the first pitch, but we weren’t able to get good swings against him.”

No hits are not enough

Senga led 2-0 in the ninth, when he walked the first two batters. With one out, he had a runner on third, and couldn’t afford a wild pitch, since even if he won 2-1 and didn’t allow a hit, it wouldn’t enter the record books in Japan, which doesn’t count no-hitters, but only no-hit shutouts.

Excluding Japan’s newest team, the Rakuten Eagles formed in 2005, the Hawks have gone the longest without having a pitcher throw a no-hitter. In fact, Senga’s was the first they’ve had since the Pacific and Central leagues were formed in 1950’s expansion.

The last Hawks pitcher to achieve the feat did so on May 26, 1943 in Kobe, when future Hall of Famer Takehiko Bessho beat Yamato, also by a score of 2-0.


In addition to Senga, who was undrafted in 2010 until taken by the Hawks in the fourth round of the subsequent supplemental draft, catcher Takuya Kai was taken shortly after, in the sixth round.

Can’t touch this

“His fastball and breaking pitches were amazing,” said Lotte slugger Seiya Inoue, who struck out to end the game with the tying runs on base. “It’s always fun facing him.”

“At the end, he was really throwing at his best. He didn’t throw me anything good to hit, so it would have been hard to just wait for him to throw something I could handle.”

Pacific League

Hawks 2, Marines 0

At Yafuoku Dome, SoftBank’s Kodai Senga (12-7) threw the 91st regular season no-hitter in Japan’s elite level pro ranks in a pitchers’ duel with Mike Bolisnger (4-5) thanks to two routine fly balls dropped in center field by Lotte’s Leonys Martin.

Martin let two nearly identical flies hit off the heel of his glove, one in the fifth, that led to the Hawks’ first run, and one in the sixth that scored an insurance run from first with one out.

Game highlights are HERE.

Lions 5, Eagles 4

At Rakuten Seimei Park, Takeya Nakamura was at it again with the bases loaded, hitting his 20th career grand slam as Seibu held on to beat Rakuten 5-4.

In his past three games, Nakamura has had two grand slams and a three-run double. Of his PL-leading 115 RBIs, 49 have come with the bases loaded.

“I was half laughing (when I came up with the bases loaded again), thinking this can’t be happening,” Nakamura said of his fly that just barely cleared the fence in left. “I got jammed a bit, but I did put a good swing on it.”

Game highlights are HERE.

Fighters 6, Buffaloes 2

At Sapporo Dome, Toshihiro Sugiura (3-4) won for the first time since May 23, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six over six scoreless innings as Nippon Ham beat Orix to snap an eight-game losing streak and drop the Buffaloes into last place.

Taisuke Yamaoka (10-4) allowed five runs on five walks and nine hits over five innings to take the loss.

Game highlights are HERE.

Central League

Swallows 5, Giants 2

At Jingu Stadium, Wladimir Balentien reached 30 home runs for the eighth time in his NPB career with a two-run shot in the first inning, and Masanori Ishikawa (7-5) allowed one run over six innings.

The Giants’ only run off the lefty came in the fourth, when the first four batters singled. The win was the 170th of his career.

Carp 6, Tigers 3

At Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima blew the game open in a five-run third against Hanshin’s Haruto Takahashi (3-7) to move within 4-1/2 games of the league-leading Giants.

Dragons 8, BayStars 4

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi hammered DeNA right-hander Kentaro Taira (5-4) for seven runs over 3-2/3 innings to collect their fourth-straight win. Dayan Viciedo walked and scored in the first, broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the third and singled in a run in the fourth to lead the Dragons offense.


Chikamoto moving up in rookie ranks

Hanshin rookie Koji Chikamoto’s double and single on Friday against Hiroshima lifted his season hit total to 139, tying him with Shinichi Eto, who went on to win three batting titles, for fourth on the CL rookie hit list. The record is held by Hall of Famer Shigeo Nagashima with 153.

Blister disappoints scouts as Sasaki makes early exit

A flock of scouts who descended on Japan’s WSBC Under-18 World Cup game against South Korea on Friday were disappointed when flame throwing high schooler Roki Sasaki left the game in the first inning after breaking a blister on his pitching hand.