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NPB news: June 24, 2023

We had two sayonara walk-off wins Saturday, including one where suicide squeezes resulted in one team’s fans wishing their manager might put some cyanide to good use.

Saturday’s games

Deniers 2, Tigers 0: At Yokohama Stadium, DeNA got its second straight complete game with Katsuki Azuma (7-2) striking out nine without a walk as he outpitched Masashi Ito (2-2), who allowed two runs over seven to take the tough loss that trimmed Hanshin’s Central League lead to a half game.

Taiki Sekine singled, stole a base and scored on a Keita Sano single in the first. He reached base three times, lined out and swiped two bags. So like his former teammate Seiya Hosokawa this year with the Dragons, Sekine is doing this year exactly what he’s done for years on DeNA’s Eastern League farm team.

DeNA-Tigers highlights

Hawks 3, Buffaloes 2: At Koshien Stadium, both starting pitchers gave up two runs, Orix’s Taisuke Yamaoka gave away both in the first after a one-out single and two straight walks loaded the bases. Keita Nakagawa doubled in a run for Orix in the third off Nao Higashihama, and walked and scored the tying run off him in the sixth. Higashihama struck out the side in the seventh before leaving the game to Livan Moinelo, who struck out the side in the eighth.

Two more struck out in the ninth before Orix got its final base runner. Jacob Waguespack (3-4) allowed a leadoff infield single and a sacrifice before Akira Nakamura singled in the run to walk off the Buffaloes and increase SoftBank’s PL lead over Orix to a full game.

Marines 5, Fighters 4: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Nippon Ham might want to switch to decaf for a while after getting to much “El Coffee” on Saturday, although the way the Fighters finished this one some guys might have looked for something stronger.

Gregory Polanco brought in one run with a first-inning groundout, doubled and scored Lotte’s second on Koki Yamaguchi’s sixth home run, and tied the game 4-4 with his eighth homer of the year, in the sixth. Nippon Ham came from behind against C.C. Mercedes in a five-hit three-run second, and tacked on another run in the third when Kotaro Kiyomiya singled and scored on a Chusei Mannami double.

The Fighters offense then went into hibernation and probably woke up too soon in the ninth, when they put runners on second and third with no outs against Naoya Masuda. Daigo Kawakamibata doubled, and Taiga Egoshi reached when the Marines failed to get the lead runner on his obligatory sacrifice. Egoshi swiped second, but disaster then struck.

Lotte sniffed out a squeeze. Catcher Tatsuhiko Tamura called for a pitch well outside and then ran down Kawakamibata as Egoshi took third.

Not willing to leave well enough alone, the Fighters called for a second straight suicide squeeze, and Lotte saw it coming. Rinse and repeat. Kazunari Ishii bunted and missed again for the third strike, and Tamura ran down Egoshi for the third out.

Seiichiro Oshita, who left Orix as a second-chancer, reached on a one-out pinch-hit single off veteran lefty Naoki Miyanishi (1-2), and Tamura added to his ninth-inning heroics with a single before Hisanori Yasuda brought home the winning run with a sac fly.

Carp 3, Giants 1: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Daichi Osera (3-5) struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, Shota Dobayashi homered for Hiroshima, Ryoma Nishikawa tripled in a run in the fourth and scored on a Shota Suekane single.

Carp-Giants highlights

Lions 1, Eagles 0: At Miyagi Stadium, Junichiro Kishi hit his second home run, and Kona Takahashi (5-5) worked eight innings for his first win since he beat the Eagles on May 13.

Dragons 3, Swallows 1: At Nagoya Dome, Humberto Mejia allowed a run in four outstanding innings in his Japan debut. Seiya Hosokawa doubled in Yohei Oshima off Yasuhiro Ogawa (3-7) in the first to tie it. Ogawa was not dominant as he sometimes can be but pitched aggressively. With one on and one out in the seventh, Ogawa tried to set up reserve catcher Kota Ishibashi with a first-pitch fastball, but it wasn’t quite good enough to keep him from barreling it up and just over the wall for his first career home run. Raidel Martinez worked the ninth for his 16th save.

Dragons-Swallows highlights

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NPB news: June 7, 2023

There was some superb pitching and some tight games, one where a player who entered as a pinch-runner blasted a sayonara home run, while C.C. Mercedes gave the Yakult Swallows the bends, and Adam Walker went off against the Orix Buffaloes.

Wednesday’s games

Dragons 2, Lions 1: At Seibu Dome, Sosuke Genda broke up a scoreless game in the seventh inning with an RBI single off former Seibu ace Hideaki Wakui to plate pinch-runner Shinya Hasegawa. Chunichi tied it against Lions closer Taishi Masuda (2-1) in the ninth, but Hasegawa’s second career homer, off Daisuke Sobue (2-3) won it in the home half.

Carp 1, Fighters 0: At Kitahiroshima Taxpayers’ Burden Field, Allen Kuri (5-2) struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, while allowing two hits, and was not really any better than lefty Takayuki Kato (4-4), who gave up a solo homer to Shogo Sakakura in eight innings of work. Takuya Yasaki got his seventh save for the Carp.

Tigers 11, Eagles 3: At Miyagi Stadium, Teruaki Sato hit a three-run third-inning triple off Masahiro Tanaka, and tripled and scored off him in a two-run fifth. The Eagles narrowed the gap in the third on back-to-back homers by Yuma Yasuda and Ryosuke Tatsumi, and Johan Mieses chipped in his fourth homer in the seventh to make it 6-2. The Tigers rubbed salt in the Eagles’ wound with a five-run ninth.

Giants 10, Buffaloes 0: At Osaka Dome, Adam Walker tried to achieve baseball’s most meaningless trivia stat, but fell short in the ninth when his ball into the outfield failed to find the gap, forcing him to settle for a homer, a triple, three singles, three runs and three RBIs.

Shosei Togo (7-1) scattered six hits and four walks over seven innings in what was mostly a close game.

Orix outfielder Keita Nakagawa gifted Yomiuri a run when he lost a pop up off the bat of Adam Walker, who was credited with an RBI single, and made it 2-0 against the Buffaloes’ top draft signing last year, Ryuhei Sotani (0-1) in his major league debut. Walker hit his fifth home run in the sixth, singled in a run in the Giants’ five-run eighth, when Takumi Oshiro hit his eighth homer with two on.

Marines 6, Swallows 0: At Chiba Marine Stadium, C.C. Mercedes () ran roughshod over Yakult for seven innings, and Japan lefty Keiji Takahashi (), who on Sunday talked about the issues he’s had after the WBC, allowed three runs over 4-2/3 innings. Koki Yamaguchi singled to open the second and scored on Tatsuhiro Tamura‘s sac fly. Raito Ikeda singled in two in the fifth and Yamaguchi hit a three-run homer, his fourth, in the seventh.

The Marines were winless in their previous five games (0-4-1), while Yakult’s four-game win streak — after a 13-game winless run – ended.

Hawks 4, Deniers 0: At Fukuoka Dome, Nao Higashihama (4-5) struck out seven over seven innings, and former Yokohama High School standout Kensuke Kondo went 3-for-3 against the visitors from Yokohama, doubling in SoftBank’s first run and scoring its second. Takuya Kai also homered for the Hawks. Livan Moinelo took the mound in the ninth with one out and two on and ended the threat for his third save.

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