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NPB news: July 16, 2023

The ball was flying, particularly in Chiba, where Gregory Polanco, hit three of the six homers there, while Leandro Cedeno, and Matt Davidson, and Yuhei Nakamura all hit big ones. There was some bad injury news, and a lot of good pitching and some sweet breath-taking defense.

Hanshin’s Takumu Nakano starts a beauty of a double play. Bring it on.

Sunday’s games

Buffaloes 2, Hawks 1, 10 innings: At Fukuoka Dome, Orix’s Hiroya Miyagi and SoftBank’s Nao Higashihama each allowed an early run over eight innings. Higashihama struck out nine, walked none and allowed three hits, retiring 19 straight after Yuma Mune tied the game with his second home run in the second.

Kensuke Kondo put SoftBank in front in the first, when he doubled with two outs and scored on a Yuki Yanagita single, but after the Hawks loaded the bases in the eighth on a single, an intentional walk and a hit batsman, he was hopping mad when a low-and-away 3-1 pitch he took for a called strike and then swung and missed 3-2 to leave the bags juiced.

Shota Abe (1-2) worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and Leandro Cedeno blasted a leadoff homer, his fourth, to open the 10th against Yuki Matsumoto (0-3), and Yoshihisa Hirano took out the bottom of the order for his 15th save and consigning the Hawks to their eighth straight loss.

Leadro “Leo” Cedeno torments the Hawks.
Continue reading NPB news: July 16, 2023

NPB news: June 25, 2023

DeNA entered Sunday’s game a half-game behind Hanshin, whom they’d beaten 12 straight times at home. SoftBank was also going for a sweep over Orix at home in Fukuoka, and Seibu was doing the same against Rakuten in Sendai.

Sunday’s games

Deniers 5, Tigers 3: At Yokohama Stadium, Hiroto Saiki’s trouble with his command continued, but his pitches in the zone were hittable, and DeNA took advantage of him, scoring four runs off him, the first he’d allowed since giving up a run in 7-2/3 innings against Yomiuri on May 28.

Hanshin threatened a few times, and DeNA was lucky not to blow the lead in the seventh, when a well-struck ball off the bat of Yusuke Oyama off J.B. Wendelken was snagged at short for the second out with two on. Yasuaki Yamasaki earned his 17th save while Saiki’s record fell to 5-4.

DeNA-Tigers highlights
Continue reading NPB news: June 25, 2023