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NPB news: June 28, 2023

A bunch of pitchers, including Carter Stewart Jr., did really well only to not figure in their team’s decisions, while two others were benefactors of unlikely home runs. Rain hit the Giants and Swallows Tohoku series for the second straight day, but not quickly enough for one of those clubs.

In Hiroshima, the once ubiquitous “jet balloons” made their first appearance at a Japanese park since they were banned during spring training as COVID was becoming a thing.

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Wednesday’s games

Hawks 3, Eagles 2: At Fukuoka Dome, two pitchers looking for their first pro win each did muxh of the heavy lifting needed to bring that about but neither reaped ny reward.

Rakuten right-hander Kosei Soji, one of two players in last year’s draft to be named as two teams’ first pick, allowed two runs over five innings, while Carter Stewart Jr. surrendered one unearned run but allowed only one hit, a sixth-inning Yuya Ogo infield single.

The Eagles took a third-run lead set up by Stewart’s wild throw to first that put leadoff man Tsuyoshi Yamasaki on second, and completed with two sacrifices, only for Yuki Yanagita to tie the game with his 250th career home run.

Stewart walked the bases loaded in the top of the fourth but two strikeouts got him off the hook.

Textbook small ball gave the Hawks the lead in the bottom of the inning with Tatsuro Yanagimachi singling and scoring via a sacrifice and a Takuya Kai single.

Livan Moinelo (3-0) blew the Hawks’ lead in the eighth, but a walk, a sacrifice and a Kenta Imamiya single set up the go-ahead run to score on a wild pitch.

In Stewart’s two starts this year, he’s allowed one run on seven hits and six walks while striking out 14 in 11-1/3 innings.

Buffaloes 10, Marines 0: At Kyocera Dome, rookie Shumpeita Yamashita (7-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded predicament in the first, found his rhythm and then got outs, while the meat of the Buffaloes’ batting order beat Kazuya Ojima (5-3) like nobody’s business after he cruised through the first four innings.

PL batting leader Yuma Tongu went 3-for-4 with his eighth homer and scored three runs, while 104-kilogram Yutaro Sugimoto had the maximum fun with two doubles and an inside-the-park home run. His seventh-inning drive off the wall in left got a good bounce that led center fielder Kyota Fujiwara on a merry chase as Sugimoto circled the bases.

“He’s very slow so I never expected it, but it bounced about 100 meters,” Marwin Gonzalez said, to which Sugimoto replied. “Rounding the bases about killed me, so I’ll do my best to get it over the wall after that. I personally think I’m fast, so I ran from the start with the belief I could score.”

Marwin Gonzalez’s two-run single.

Carp 6, Deniers 2: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Masato Morishita (4-1) was Shohei Ohtani for the day, allowing two runs over seven innings and breaking a 2-2 fifth-inning tie with a three-run home run, the first of his career.

Matt Davidson’s eighth home run, a two-run shot to the upper deck in left-center, brought the Carp from behind in the second, only for Shugo Maki to tie it with his 12th homer in the fourth. Another Davidson drive, off the wall in left for a fifth-inning leadoff double, got the Carp started. After a hit batsman by DeNA starter and Hiroshima native Kenta Ishida (2-4), Morishita reached the upper deck in left.

“It really carried,” he said.

Dragons 4, Tigers 2, 10 innings: At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin’s Kotaro Otake and Chunichi’s Hiroto Takahashi pitched to a seven-inning 2-2 stalemate, with Takahashi striking out 10. That left it to the bullpens, with Chunichi getting a one-out runner via a hit batsman, with two runs coming in via a Yuki Okabayashi two-out triple and a Dayan Viciedo single.

Chunichi took a second-inning lead. Seiya Hosokawa doubled, Takaya Ishikawa walked, and both scored after a sacrifice and a single by reserve catcher Kota Ishibashi. Takahashi escaped a one-out bases-loaded jam in the sixth when Yusuke Oyama grounded a splitter into a double play.

Seiya Kinami’s two-out fluke single made it 2-1 in the seventh. Takahashi hit Sheldon Neuse and Koji Chikamoto’s smash past third tied it. But that was it for Hanshin as three relievers held them to one walk over the final three innings with Raidel Martinez getting his 17th save.

Tigers-Dragons highlights

Lions 2, Fighters 0: At Naha Okunoyama Stadium, another pitchers’ duel broke out, with Seibu submariner Kaito Yoza and Nippon Ham’s Kenta Uehara, each from Okinawa, throwing seven scoreless innings. Uehara, who previously dabbled with being a two-way player, struck out nine. Two-out RBI singles by Shuta Tonosaki and Takeya Nakamura plated the Lions’ eighth-inning runs.

Tonosaki’s RBI single

Tatsushi Masuda recorded his 12th save thanks to some excellent defense from his middle infielders, shortstop Sosuke Genda and Tonosaki at second.

Swallows 6, Giants 0, 6 innings: At Morioka’s spanking new ballpark, in a pouring rain, Tetsuto Yamada and Hideki Nagaoka hit three-run home runs off Foster Griffin (4-4). Reiji Kozawa (3-1) went the (middle) distance for the Swallows.

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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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