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NPB news: May 3, 2024

Rakuten’s Takahisa Hayakawa got a lot of help and made the most of it. Munetaka Murakami is now two homers shy of becoming the youngest player to hit 200 in Japan.

Friday’s games

BayStars 2, Carp 0: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Katsuki Azuma (3-0) worked 7-1/3 innings, Hiromu Ise stranded the tying runs in scoring position, and Kohei Morihara worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his sixth save as the BayStars won their third straight.

A hit batsman and a Keita Sano double set up a first-inning run off Makoto Aduwa (2-1), and three singles from Yota Kyoda, Yudai Yamamoto and Taiki Sekine set up Masayuki Kuwahara‘s second-inning sacrifice fly. The Carp are winless in four straight with two losses and two ties.

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NPB news: May 1, 2024

There were six games in Japan on Wednesday, as the country went back to work in the middle of the “Golden Week” holidays that started last Friday. On a night when a closer was going for his 250th save in Japan, a ninth-inning defensive replacement playing behind him had an inning to forget. And is it just me or does it seem like the Carp are tying at least one game a week?

We also had non-news that I’m guessing is actual news concerning the Yomiuri Giants and whether they will still be playing at Tokyo Dome in 2032.

Wednesday’s games

Swallows 4, Giants 0: At Tokyo Ugly Dome, Jose Osuna put Yakult in front with a three-run first-inning homer off Yuji Akahoshi (0-3), and Munetaka Murakami added a solo shot in the third. It kept them one behind Chunichi’s Seiya Hosokawa, who hit his seventh.

Kojiro Yoshimura (2-2) struck out six while walking one and two relievers combined to complete the seven-hit shutout and Yakult’s first three-game win streak and mark the first time the Giants have been swept in three this year.

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