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NPB 2020 8-10 games and news

Kuri’s escape artist act lifts Carp over Dragons

Allen Kuri repeatedly pitched out of trouble on Monday to work seven scoreless innings and earn the win in the Hiroshima Carp’s 6-1 Central League victory over the Chunichi Dragons at Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium.

“It’s like I put runners on in every inning. Thanks to big plays by my teammates I was able to keep them off the board,” Kuri said, who twice retired Dragons No. 3 hitter Toshiki Abe to end innings with runners on.”

“Abe hit a home run off me last time, so I was really focused on him. I wasn’t going to let him get me.”

Kuri (2-2) scattered six hits and a walk while striking out seven. He went to the mound in the seventh with a 3-0 lead having thrown 101 pitches with the end of his evening in sight when the leadoff batter grounded his first pitch to third but reached on a Shota Dobayashi throwing error.

A single brought the tying run to the plate, but Kuri made his pitches and got three straight outs, the third on a diving stop by first baseman Ryuhei Matsuyama.

“I was trying to keep them off the board, but I also thought that one run wouldn’t be the worst. I’m really grateful to him (Matsuyama) for that play,” Kuri said.

Carp lefty Atsuya Horie found himself in the same spot in the eighth after a throwing error by Dobayashi and a no-out single. Dragons captain Shuhei Takahashi put a good swing on a low fastball for an RBI single, but shortstop Kosuke Tanaka made a good stop to start a double play, and Horie ended the inning with a strikeout.

Hisayoshi Chono doubled and scored in the first on a Matsuyama single. He doubled home Ryoma Nishikawa in the third to make it 2-0. A walk, a single and a passed ball made it 3-0 in the fourth, and the Carp tacked on three more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Dragons lefty Shinnosuke Ogasawara (0-1) made his season debut and had trouble commanding his pitches. He allowed three runs, two earned on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman over four innings while striking out five. Trailing by a run in the second, Ogasawara had a chance to help his cause after catcher Takuya Kinoshita led off with a double, but his bunt went nowhere and the lead runner was out at third.

Reliever Yuki Kuniyoshi’s first hit in seven years, a two-run double, broke up an early tie and the DeNA BayStars held on for a 6-4 win over the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium.

Kuniyoshi took the mound after Yuta Muto allowed a run over three innings and came out with two on and one out against Tigers lefty Yuta Iwasada.

Ramirez gambles on relief batting

Manager Alex Ramirez let reliever Yuki Kuniyoshi swing away and he delivered his first hit in seven years, a two-run double, broke up an early tie and the DeNA BayStars held on for a 6-4 win over the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium.

Kuniyoshi took the mound in a BayStars bullpen day after Yuta Muto allowed a run over three innings and came out with two on and one out against Tigers lefty Yuta Iwasada.

“I thought of having him bunt, but I had a good feeling about him. He’s always taking batting practice, and he’s always hitting home runs, so I wanted to give it a try.” Ramirez said.

Kuniyoshi hit a first-pitch fastball from Iwasada and drove it into the gap in right.

“Just before that, coach Tsuboi (batting coach Tomochika Tsuboi) said, ‘It’s OK to swing at the first pitch.’  So, if he threw me a strike, I was going to swing at it. It’s been some years, I don’t remember how many, so I was pretty happy.”

Captain Keita Sano made it 4-1 in the fifth with his eighth home run, and Yamato Maeda, who had driven in the tying run in the first, drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a four-run game. Kuniyoshi surrendered RBI singles to Jerry Sands and Yusuke Oyama in the sixth, and closer Yasuaki Yamasaki, currently working in middle relief, gave up a run in the seventh.

Spencer Patton worked a scoreless eighth for DeNA, and Kazuki Mishima recorded his sixth save in the ninth.

Pacific League goes global

Pacific League Marketing on Monday announced its first partnership to broadcast Pacific League games in the United States through FTF (ftfnext.com). Until now, the PL has focused on cultivating its market in Taiwan, and previously had a broadcast deal in South Korea.

Games will be available via cable or streaming with live broadcasts and rebroadcasts and will include all PL games with the exception of the Climax Series playoffs. The Japan Series, whose rights are owned by Nippon Professional Baseball, are also not included.

The Central League does not have a marketing arm that can sell its games overseas, so it is up to each team to market its own rights as best it can.

A brief history of the Pacific League

Active roster moves 8/10/2020

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 8/20

Central League


TigersOF9Shun Takayama
DragonsP11Shinnosuke Ogasawara
DragonsC44Yuya Gunji


GiantsP45Nobutaka Imamura
GiantsOF2Yang Dai-kang
GiantsOF43Shinnosuke Shigenobu
TigersOF53Kairi Shimada
DragonsP41Akiyoshi Katsuno
DragonsC57Ariel Martinez
SwallowsIF66Taisei Yoshida

Pacific League




MarinesP28Takahiro Matsunaga
BuffaloesOF1Steven Moya

Starting pitchers for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

Pacific League

Lions vs Eagles: MetLife Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Kona Takahashi (2-4, 6.23) vs Hayato Yuge (2-1, 3.26)

Marines vs Fighters: Zozo Marine Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Manabu Mima (2-2, 5.71) vs Naoyuki Uwasawa (2-1, 3.57)

Hawks vs Buffaloes: PayPay Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Kodai Senga (3-1, 4.25) vs Yoshinobu Yamamoto (3-1, 3.33)

Central League

BayStars vs Tigers: Yokohama Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Shoichi Ino (3-2, 2.48) vs Onelki Garcia (0-4, 4.19)

Carp vs Dragons: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yusuke Nomura (2-0, 0.86) vs Koji Fukutani (0-1, 2.45)

Japan’s going to miss Akiyama

Just combing through video from last season from Pacific League TV, which I strongly recommend for anyone interested in watching Japanese games, and found a little highlight video of Shogo Akiyama’s hits in May, when he won his fourth career PL monthly MVP award and his first in nearly two seasons.

He probably wasn’t quite the league’s best offensive player that month, although he did lead the PL in runs scored, but he also lead the league with a .402 batting average and that will win you the award more often than not, and he did hit nine homers and go 4-for-5 as a base stealer.

Akiyama also played defense — which the league’s most productive hitter that month, Alfredo Despaigne of the Hawks, doesn’t. Although to be fair, or unfair even, the award selectors consider defense as often as people regain their virginity.