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NPB news: June 28, 2023

A bunch of pitchers, including Carter Stewart Jr., did really well only to not figure in their team’s decisions, while two others were benefactors of unlikely home runs. Rain hit the Giants and Swallows Tohoku series for the second straight day, but not quickly enough for one of those clubs.

In Hiroshima, the once ubiquitous “jet balloons” made their first appearance at a Japanese park since they were banned during spring training as COVID was becoming a thing.

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Wednesday’s games

Hawks 3, Eagles 2: At Fukuoka Dome, two pitchers looking for their first pro win each did muxh of the heavy lifting needed to bring that about but neither reaped ny reward.

Rakuten right-hander Kosei Soji, one of two players in last year’s draft to be named as two teams’ first pick, allowed two runs over five innings, while Carter Stewart Jr. surrendered one unearned run but allowed only one hit, a sixth-inning Yuya Ogo infield single.

The Eagles took a third-run lead set up by Stewart’s wild throw to first that put leadoff man Tsuyoshi Yamasaki on second, and completed with two sacrifices, only for Yuki Yanagita to tie the game with his 250th career home run.

Stewart walked the bases loaded in the top of the fourth but two strikeouts got him off the hook.

Textbook small ball gave the Hawks the lead in the bottom of the inning with Tatsuro Yanagimachi singling and scoring via a sacrifice and a Takuya Kai single.

Livan Moinelo (3-0) blew the Hawks’ lead in the eighth, but a walk, a sacrifice and a Kenta Imamiya single set up the go-ahead run to score on a wild pitch.

In Stewart’s two starts this year, he’s allowed one run on seven hits and six walks while striking out 14 in 11-1/3 innings.

Buffaloes 10, Marines 0: At Kyocera Dome, rookie Shumpeita Yamashita (7-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded predicament in the first, found his rhythm and then got outs, while the meat of the Buffaloes’ batting order beat Kazuya Ojima (5-3) like nobody’s business after he cruised through the first four innings.

PL batting leader Yuma Tongu went 3-for-4 with his eighth homer and scored three runs, while 104-kilogram Yutaro Sugimoto had the maximum fun with two doubles and an inside-the-park home run. His seventh-inning drive off the wall in left got a good bounce that led center fielder Kyota Fujiwara on a merry chase as Sugimoto circled the bases.

“He’s very slow so I never expected it, but it bounced about 100 meters,” Marwin Gonzalez said, to which Sugimoto replied. “Rounding the bases about killed me, so I’ll do my best to get it over the wall after that. I personally think I’m fast, so I ran from the start with the belief I could score.”

Marwin Gonzalez’s two-run single.

Carp 6, Deniers 2: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Masato Morishita (4-1) was Shohei Ohtani for the day, allowing two runs over seven innings and breaking a 2-2 fifth-inning tie with a three-run home run, the first of his career.

Matt Davidson’s eighth home run, a two-run shot to the upper deck in left-center, brought the Carp from behind in the second, only for Shugo Maki to tie it with his 12th homer in the fourth. Another Davidson drive, off the wall in left for a fifth-inning leadoff double, got the Carp started. After a hit batsman by DeNA starter and Hiroshima native Kenta Ishida (2-4), Morishita reached the upper deck in left.

“It really carried,” he said.

Dragons 4, Tigers 2, 10 innings: At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin’s Kotaro Otake and Chunichi’s Hiroto Takahashi pitched to a seven-inning 2-2 stalemate, with Takahashi striking out 10. That left it to the bullpens, with Chunichi getting a one-out runner via a hit batsman, with two runs coming in via a Yuki Okabayashi two-out triple and a Dayan Viciedo single.

Chunichi took a second-inning lead. Seiya Hosokawa doubled, Takaya Ishikawa walked, and both scored after a sacrifice and a single by reserve catcher Kota Ishibashi. Takahashi escaped a one-out bases-loaded jam in the sixth when Yusuke Oyama grounded a splitter into a double play.

Seiya Kinami’s two-out fluke single made it 2-1 in the seventh. Takahashi hit Sheldon Neuse and Koji Chikamoto’s smash past third tied it. But that was it for Hanshin as three relievers held them to one walk over the final three innings with Raidel Martinez getting his 17th save.

Tigers-Dragons highlights

Lions 2, Fighters 0: At Naha Okunoyama Stadium, another pitchers’ duel broke out, with Seibu submariner Kaito Yoza and Nippon Ham’s Kenta Uehara, each from Okinawa, throwing seven scoreless innings. Uehara, who previously dabbled with being a two-way player, struck out nine. Two-out RBI singles by Shuta Tonosaki and Takeya Nakamura plated the Lions’ eighth-inning runs.

Tonosaki’s RBI single

Tatsushi Masuda recorded his 12th save thanks to some excellent defense from his middle infielders, shortstop Sosuke Genda and Tonosaki at second.

Swallows 6, Giants 0, 6 innings: At Morioka’s spanking new ballpark, in a pouring rain, Tetsuto Yamada and Hideki Nagaoka hit three-run home runs off Foster Griffin (4-4). Reiji Kozawa (3-1) went the (middle) distance for the Swallows.

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NPB news: June 3, 2023

Happy Roki Eve to all who celebrate.

Sasaki will get his first interleague start Sunday at Koshien against the Tigers with Lotte in a virtual tie for first with Orix, who came from behind thanks to some late pinch-hitting heroics, while there were plenty of squeezes and lots of runs at Jingu Stadium and more home run power from the surprising Gosuke Kato.

Holding out for a Hiro

Not only will Sasaki be part of a tasty matchup with Hiroto Saiki, and if Bonnie Tyler is still holding out for a hero, Hiroto Takahashi will start for the Dragons against Japan WBC teammate Hiroya Miyagi. So, we’ll be practically lousy with Hiros.

Saturday’s games

Giants 3, Fighters 2, 10 innings: At Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri’s Foster Griffin and Nippon Ham’s Hiromi Ito each allowed a run over seven innings. Hayato Sakamoto’s third-inning RBI double put the Giants ahead. New Fighter Gosuke Kato hit his fourth home run in five games to tie it in the fourth. Lewis Brinson singled off a tough 0-2 pitch off veteran lefty Naoki Miyanishi in the eight, but Nippon Ham tied it with a ninth-inning squeeze against closer Taisei Ota (2-0, who left the bases jammed and worked the 10th to get the win, when Kazuma Okamoto doubled in a runner from first.

Carp 4, Hawks 2: At New Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Shuta Ishikawa (3-2) walked two over six innings, not many for him, but they cost him a first-inning run that scored on a Ryoma Nishikawa infield single, when the Carp couldn’t get the ball out of the infield.

The Hawks, too, couldn’t do much against Masato Morishita (2-1), not getting a ball out of the infield until a flyout ended the fifth inning. The right-hander worked seven scoreless innings, and squeezed home a run in the sixth. The Carp offense then rinsed and repeated in a two-run seventh, two walks setting up a Nishikawa RBI single and another run scoring on a squeeze.

Takuya Yasaki allowed the Hawks to load the bases in the ninth and gave up an RBI single to Masaki Mimori. Sotaro Shimauchi surrendered Akira Nakamura’s sac fly for the first out, and then reloaded the bases before retiring the two toughest Hawks, Kensuke Kondo and Yuki Yanagita to end it for his first career save.

Swallows 9, Eagles 5: At Jingu Stadium, with Tetsuto Yamada, batting leadoff for the second straight game, and Norichika Aoki in Yamada’s No. 3 spot, Yakult’s offense exploded for eight early runs. Aoki hit a two-run first-inning homer off Takahisa Hayakawa (2-3) and Yamada hit a second-inning grand slam. Jose Osuna and Domingo Santana each singled in a run for the Swallows.

Lefty Dillon Peters (1-1) gave up four runs over five innings to earn the win.

Buffaloes 5, Dragons 1 At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi’s Takahiro Matsuba allowed his former team one hit and no walks over five innings and left with a 1-0 lead after Takaya Ishikawa doubled in Kenta Bright in the first. Orix lefty Sachiya Yamasaki (3-2), however, worked six innings and picked up the win after a five-run seventh inning. Marwin Gonzalez’s pinch-hit single tied it, and Keita Nakagawa’s two-run pinch-hit double put the Buffaloes in front.

Taishi Hirooka, recently acquired in a trade with the Giants, singled in two more to ice it.

Tigers 6, Marines 5, 11 innings: At Koshien Stadium, the CL-leading Hanshin Tigers made it hard on themselves after errors and an off-night for closer Atsuki Iwasa cost Kotaro Otake his seventh win of the season.

Yusuke Oshima cranked a three-run first-inning homer, his fifth, off Atsuki Taneichi (3-3), who left trailing by a run after Lotte second-chancer Seiichiro Oshita hit a two-run pinch-hit homer to chase Hanshin second-chancer Otake in the seventh.

Suguru Iwazaki worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and the Tigers hitters took out two runs of insurance from Hirokazu Sawamura. Koji Chikamoto walked, Takumu Nakano tripled and Sheldon Neuse made it 5-2 with a sac fly. The triple was the Tigers’ third hit of the game, but Marines pitchers issued six walks, three of which resulted in runs, while Lotte hitters had nine hits but no walks.

The Marines tied it in the ninth against Yuasa on an error, two hard-hit singles, a one-out Hiromi Oka double and a Yudai Fujioka two-run single. A two-out error on Nakano at second put the go-ahead run on second but Yuasa survived with the score tied.

Teruaki Sato singled to open the ninth for Hanshin. Ryutaro Umeno singled to put runners on the corners, and Ryuhei Obata singled to end it.

Deniers 6, Lions 2: At Yokohama Stadium, Yota Kyoda, whose tenure with the Chunichi Dragons reached its nadir last year when he was pulled off the field and ordered to report to the minors during the Dragons’ game in Yokohama, went 4-for-4 with a double, singled in the game’s first run and scored the tie-breaker, while Taiki Sekine went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI.

DeNA’s graduate of MLB’s sexual assault suspension program allowed two home runs over eight innings, improved to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 5.59.

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