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NPB news: May 16, 2023

Sorry this is coming out so late, but things happen. Tuesday was a home run night with 14 in 12 games. But because it’s now 2 a.m. and I’m dead tired, I’m going to skip videos and such so my apologies.

Tuesday’s games

Marines 1, Buffaloes 1, 12 innings : At Chiba Marine Stadium, Atsuki Taneichi and Hiroya Miyagi locked horns in a pitchers’ duel with each giving up one run. Taneichi gave up three hits and two walks while allowing a run on Kotaro Kurebayashi‘s first homer. He struck out nine over Miyagi was not as sharp as usual, missed his spots and a couple of fourth-inning singles set up Lotte’s tying run.

Giants 9, Swallows 8: At Shizuoka, Yuto Akihiro broke a 5-5 seventh-inning tie with a two-run double, and Naoki Yoshikawa doubled in two more as the Giants beat up on Yakult’s fourth-pitcher Taichi Ishiyama (3-2) on his return from COVID deactivation.

But on a night when home runs were the name of the game across the country, Yakult narrowed the gap in the home half on a pair of pinch-hit singles and a three-run jack from leadoff man Yasutaka Shiomi. Taisei Ota, who gave up runs in both of his last two relief appearances, put the tying runner on but ended the game by striking out Japan WBC teammate Munetaka Murakami.

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NPB news: April 23, 2023

Sunday brought us another round of what sounds like a baseball version of dueling banjos between rookie pitchers Shoki Murakami of the Tigers and Orix’s Shumpeita Yamashita.

Sunday’s games

Buffaloes 4, Lions 1: At Osaka Dome, Yamashita (2-0) whose previous start came on April 11, the day before Murakami’s seven perfect innings at Tokyo Dome, this time followed a Murakami gem with one of his own.

Shumpeita Yamashita.

Orix’s top draft signing from 2020 struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, and has now allowed one run in 17-1/3 innings this season. Compared to Murakami, Yamashita’s been fairly pedestrian, allowing nine hits and six walks this season while striking out 25. Murakami has not yet walked a hitter and retired 37 consecutive batters at one stretch.

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