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NPB news: April 17, 2024

With the ball in Japan apparently as dead as can be, we had four shutouts Wednesday, although one of them was particularly weird. In two games this week in Nagoya, the four starting pitchers have combined to allow four runs over 22 innings.

Wednesday’s games

Dragons 2, Swallows 0: At Nagoya Dome, Seiya Hosokawa doubled high off the wall with a man on to set up Orlando Calixte‘s two-run sixth-inning RBI single off Yakult side-armer Reiji Kozawa (0-2), who had battled Hideaki Wakui to a scoreless draw for five innings. Raidel Martinez recorded his 7th save.

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NPB news: April 7, 2024

In Japan on Sunday, Roki Sasaki turned things around without his famous heat, Yakult’s bullpen didn’t blow up, Hiroshima completed a quiet weekend, the Giants are enjoying their newly acquired submarine and the Seibu Lions’ hitters took no prisoners in Hokkaido.

Sunday’s games

Swallows 3, Tigers 1: At Jingu “Tokyo’s Sacrifice to Corporate Greed and Governmental Malfeasance” Stadium, Yakult’s bullpen failed to lose its fifth straight game, providing scoreless relief after starter Miguel Yagure (2-0) went 5-2/3 innings

Yakult’s Jose Osuna scored Haruki Nishikawa with his first home run, in the first off Hiroto Saiki (0-1). Hanshin got a run back against new import Yagure on a Seiya Kinami leadoff single and a Koji Chikamoto one-out triple. Yagure issued five walks and left with two runners on base in the sixth, whom Taishi Ishiyama stranded before working another inning.

Setup man Noboru Shimizu, who took the loss in both of Yakult’s games in Hiroshima this week, allowed one hit to record his first save in three years.

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