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NPB news: July 1, 2022

Roki Sasaki was too hot for his own good on Friday, when he burned out of his start with a broken blister on his pitching hand after being absolutely dominant in his second career duel with Masahiro Tanaka, but neither pitcher ended up with a decision, despite two homers and four RBIs from Rakuten’s Hiroaki Shimauchi.

In Hiroshima, Ryan McBroom won the first-year-import showdown with Matt Shoemaker, while Nefatali Soto homered and drove in three for the DeNA BayStars, Koji Chikamoto extended his hitting streak, and Joe McCarthy had the hits but Orix couldn’t find the runs.

So let’s get to it.

Marines 6, Eagles 4: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Roki Sasaki struck out 10 with an unhittable forkball and a good slider. He started the game with four in the first, the 27th time that’s happened in Japan’s majors, allowed a single and a walk and a pair of groundouts before striking out six more.

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NPB news: June 18, 2022

Yoshinobu Yamamoto became the 86th pitcher to throw a no-hit shutout in Japanese pro baseball on Saturday, giving us a record four no-hitters in a season before July and the most since four were thrown in 1943, one shy of the record in 1940 in the deadest of Japan’s dead-ball eras.

Of course, we also had Yudai Ono taking a perfect game into the 10th and Roki Sasaki throwing eight perfect innings in May, so it’s been some season, huh?

Shall we get started?


Saturday’s games

Buffaloes 2, Lions 0: At Seibu Dome, Yoshinobu Yamamoto (7-3) threw 102 pitches, walked one and struck out nine for his first career no-hitter. He threw 20 first-pitch strikes to the 28 batters he faced and only two batters got to three balls against him.

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