In the Central League on Wednesday, DeNA closer Yasuaki Yamasaki owned up to sucking as he set a milestone, Munetaka Murakami didn’t hit a home run but did get walked four times, and we have a new Pacific League leader!
A day after I wrote about a player hitting a ball into the next zip code, Kensuke Kondo actually did that.
We also had a manager who is gaining a reputation, sending his slugging catcher to the minors for his pitch calling.
So let’s get to it shall we?
Continue reading NPB news: Aug. 24, 2022
Roki Sasaki pitched and won a different kind of game than the one’s we’re used to seeing from him, while Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitched like an old-school ace and Yuki Yanagita had a big game for the Hawks in what looks like it might be an exciting weekend in the Pacific League.
A few days after looking dead and buried, again, the Hanshin Tigers got a big start when they needed it, while the DeNA BayStars look unstoppable and the Yakult Swallows vulnerable.
Let’s get to the games shall we?
BayStars 8, Carp 3: At Yokohama Stadium, Hiroki Minei’s three-run fourth-inning double overturned a 2-1 deficit before DeNA showed their offensive genes in a win that pulled them within five games of the first-place Swallows.
Continue reading NPB news: Aug. 19, 2022