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NPB news: April 21, 2024

Five more teams failed to score Sunday in Japanese baseball, although to be fair, three of those teams did not get a full nine innings worth of chances as two games were shortened by rain. Still, entering Sunday’s games, home runs in the Central League were down 47 percent from the previous three years, while the PL blast rate was down by 35%%. Still six teams each played six games, and teams failed to score 18 percent of the time, scored just one run 9.7 percent of the time, and two runs 15.3 percent of the time.

There was no blog on Saturday, because I was rushing to get home and left it in a word file at the office with no way to retrieve it, so I’ll share a couple of goodies I picked up yesterday before the Lions-Eagles game.

But first the games…

Sunday’s games

Fighters 5, Marines 0: At Kitahiroshima Taxpayers Burden Field, Fighters complete sweep of Marines with back-to-back complete game shutouts. After being flummoxed by hard-throwing Koki Kitayama on Saturday, soft-tosser Takayuki Kato scattered nine hits and a walk, and Chusei Mannami and Ariel Martinez hit back-to-back homers in a five-run fourth off Atsuki Taneichi.

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NPB news: April 18, 2024

After not homering in Yakult’s first 12 games, Munetaka Murakami needed only three more to hit his second Thursday, when Tomoyuki Sugano took his scoreless-inning streak to start the season into the Giants’ and Tigers’ low-scoring series at Koshien and the Orix Buffaloes and Rakuten Eagles played a rubber match in Sendai.

After four out of 12 teams were shut out Wednesday, we came close to having two out of six on Thursday, but had to settle for one.

Thursday’s games

Tigers 2, Giants 1, 10 innings: At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin became the first team to score off Tomoyuki Sugano, with Shota Morishita doing the honors in the eighth after singles by pinch-hitter Ukyo Maegawa and Koji Chikamoto. The run scored on Sugano’s 112th pitch and snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak. Sugano struck out nine for the third time since 2021 while allowing six hits and two walks.

“It’s not like I’ve throwing any particularly good pitches, but I’ve been locating well,” the 34-year-old Sugano said after strikeouts got him out of a couple of early scrapes.

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