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NPB news: June 7, 2024

The season’s second no-hit shutout was thrown Friday, when the first time in a while, it was Roki Eve in Japan, as Lotte right-hander Roki Sasaki was named to start Saturday in Hiroshima for the first time since his May 24 outing against SoftBank. On the field Friday, there was an old-teammate showdown between a pair of former bullpen mates with the SoftBank Hawks, as DeNA sent former Hawks closer Yuito Mori out to start against converted bullpen ace Livan Moinelo.

Friday’s games:

Buffaloes 2, Giants 0: At Tokyo Ugly Dome, Kohei Azuma (2-3) bounced from four forgettable starts to throw eight shutout innings and Andres Machado recorded his third save in three straight games as Orix knocked Yomiuri into second place in the Central League behind Hiroshima

Orix took a 1-0 first-inning lead against Shosei Togo (5-3) when Giants center fielder Elier Hernandez misjudged a line drive from Masahiro Nishino and let it get over his head for a triple before Ryoma Nishikawa singled the runner in. Kotaro Kurebayashi homered in the fourth off Giants starter Shosei Togo, who floated a 1-1 slider up there like it was BP.

But Togo did well to hold Orix to two runs with Hernandez having a series of misadventures in center field.

Azuma warmed up on the sidelines ahead of the ninth so there was some surprise that he went back to the clubhouse and Machado took his place.

“I was hoping,” Azuma said. “I was supposed to start the ninth if we got a four-run lead, but it was only two.”

In his three May starts, Azuma went 0-2 and surrendered 11 runs in 20-1/3 innings. In his first June start, he worked 3-1/3 scoreless innings before receiving the required automatic ejection for hitting a batter on the helmet.

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NPB news: May 28, 2024

The 20th season of Interleague play started Tuesday, with the Pacific League holding a 1,253-1,122-71 record for a .526 winning percentage. The current format is for each team to play six three-game series, one against each of the other league’s teams, playing home and away in alternate years. I have some interleague notes below, as well as some news regarding Roki Sasaki, and a new Buffalo.

Roki Sasaki was deactivated Tuesday, due to his inability to recover sufficiently from upper-body fatigue following Friday’s start against the SoftBank Hawks, when he overcame a stressful 35-pitch first inning to go seven in a 3-1 win. Sasaki is currently 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA in eight games.

The Orix Buffaloes have signed 31-year-old right-hander Luis Perdomo, making him the second former Marine on the roster, after Luis Castillo. Perdomo posted 41 holds and went 1-3 in 53 games last year with a 2.13 ERA. He struck out 41 batters in 50-2/3 innings while walking 15 and allowing one home run.

Tuesday’s games:

Carp 2, Buffaloes 1: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Anderson Espinoza (4-3) allowed two runs on two walks and three hits over seven innings but came out on the short end when both of his first-inning walks scored on a Shota Suekane single, while Hiroki Tokoda (6-2), stranded seven runners over seven innings to earn the win after Sotaro Shimauchi retired the heart of the order 1-2-3 in the eighth and Ryoji Kuribayashi did the same in the ninth for his 15th save and Hiroshima’s fourth straight win. The Buffaloes lost their third straight.

Ryoma Nishikawa returned to Hiroshima and Yuma Tongu returned to Orix’s lineup for the first time in 13 games. Singles by Tomoya Mori and former Carp Nishikawa set up Tongu’s sacrifice fly that halved Hiroshima’s lead.

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