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NPB wrap 7-3-21

Saturday stuff

The Yomiuri Giants kept pace in the Central League with the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday, 1-1/2 games back in second place as they improved to 8-0 with three ties against the DeNA BayStars, while the Yakult Swallows remained hot on their heals another 2-1/2 games back.

In the Pacific League, the Orix Buffaloes continued to rock and roll, playing with confidence. Their record is about what you’d expect for a team that has scored 330 runs and allowed 283. It isn’t like they lucked into a good record by winning close games.

In other news, the U.S. named its Olympic team with three members coming from NPB teams, DeNA’s Tyler Austin, SoftBank’s Nick Martinez, and Yakult’s Scott McGough. This marks a HUGE departure from how Team USA usually rolls.

Meanwhile, the DeNA BayStars have put outfielder Tomo Otosaka under house arrest, sort of.

Buffaloes 8, Lions 0

At MetLife Dome, Orix lefty Sachiya Yamasaki (4-5) worked seven innings, and diminutive leadoff hitter Shuhei Fukuda hit a three-run homer, his first, off Seibu’s Tatsuya Imai (5-3) in the second. Fukuda also had a sac fly, while Imai allowed six runs, four earned.

Yamasaki allowed four hits but no walks while striking out one, but was helped immensely by a number of hard-hit balls that ended up in his fielder’s gloves.

The Lions, who were hampered by injuries to three key players at the start of the season, got the last of those three back as star second baseman Shuta Tonosaki played for the first time since breaking his left fibula on April 3.

Marines 5, Eagles 3

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Shogo Nakamura’s two-run eighth-inning home run, his sixth, off Sung Chia-hao (1-1) brought Lotte back from a 3-2 deficit before Hiromi Oka hit his third of the season to complete the scoring.

Nakamura singled in a run and scored in the first on a Brandon Laird single off Hideaki Wakui before the Eagles came back with three runs over 4-1/3 innings off Fumiya Motomae. Jose Flores (1-0) struck out two of the six batters he faced over two perfect innings to earn the win. Naoya Masuda recorded his 19th save.

Hawks 7, Fighters 1

At Naha’s Okinawa Cellular Field, SoftBank’s Nick Martinez (6-2), one of three NPB players named to the U.S. Olympic baseball team, struck out seven while allowing a run over eight-plus innings, while the Hawks beat up on Nippon Ham’s best starter this season, Naoyuki Uwasawa (6-4), scoring six runs on six walks and three hits over four innings.

Pro Yakyu News analyst made a point of telling the audience that the reason the Hawks, who had been starved for runs, scored so many was their three sacrifice bunts, to which I would answer, well, yes, that and the six walks…

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Tigers 5, Carp 0

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Hanshin rookie Masashi Ito (5-4) pitched out of two jams, once with the help of a nifty double play started by rookie shortstop Takumu Nakano. Jefry Marte drove in three runs, with a third-inning ground out, a solo homer in the seventh, his 14th, and an RBI single in Hanshin’s three-run eighth.

Hiroshima rookie Haruki Omichi (3-2) allowed a run over five innings.

Swallows 5, Dragons 1

At Nagoya‘s Vantelin Dome, Yakult’s Yasuhiro Ogawa (7-3) allowed five hits but no walks while striking out six over the distance, went 1-for-2 with a single, and two sacrifices, including one that plated a run on a safety squeeze.

Reserve catcher Yudai Koga went 4-for-5 and drove in the Swallows’ first three runs off Chunichi’s Shinnosuke Ogasawara (5-4), who worked five-plus innings. Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada hit his 22nd home run.

Giants 3, BayStars 1

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, a trio of Yomiuri Giants, Yoshihiro Maru, Kazuma Okamoto, and Takumi Kitamura, hit solo home runs off DeNA starter Kousuke Sakaguchi (2-1, 3.67). C.C. Mercedes (3-1, 3.32) worked 5-2/3 scoreless innings, after Toyoki Tanaka retired Hikaru Ito for the final out in the sixth with two runners on.

Three two-out singles, the third by Ito off Rubby De La Rosa, made it 3-1 in the eighth. DeNA came close in the ninth with a walk, a line out, and a fly to the warning track but Thyago Vieira kept them off the board for his seventh save.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Fighters vs Hawks: Okinawa Cellular Field 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Takahide Ikeda (3-7, 2.98) vs Colin Rea (1-1, 3.12)

Lions vs Buffaloes: MetLife Dome 1 pm, 12 midnight EDT

Zach Neal (1-2, 4.08) vs Hiroya Miyagi (8-1, 1.93)

Marines vs Eagles: Zozo Marine Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Kazuya Ojima (4-2, 4.20) vs Ryota Takinaka (5-3, 4.04)

Central League

BayStars vs Giants: Jingu Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shinichi Onuki (2-5, 6.99) vs Yuki Takahashi (8-2, 2.64)

Dragons vs Swallows: Vantelin Dome (Nagoya) 2 pm, 1 am EDT

Akiyoshi Katsuno (3-5, 3.58) vs Masanori Ishikawa (3-2, 3.38)

Carp vs Tigers: Mazda Stadium 1:30 pm, 0:30 am EDT

Masato Morishita (4-4, 2.36) vs Takumi Akiyama (6-4, 3.46)

Active roster moves 7/3/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/13

Central League


GiantsP12Rubby De La Rosa
GiantsP26Nobutaka Imamura



Pacific League


MarinesP49Fumiya Motomae
MarinesOF2Kyota Fujiwara
MarinesOF7Shuhei Fukuda
LionsIF5Shuta Tonosaki
EaglesP16Hideaki Wakui
BuffaloesP49Keisuke Sawada


LionsP28Ryosuke Moriwaki

NPB wrap 6-23-21

Orix streak reaches 11

The Buffaloes became the first team owned by Orix to win 11 consecutive decisions on Wednesday, when their winning streak became the franchise’s longest since 1984, when the franchise, then known as the Hankyu Braves, were on their way to the PL pennant led by triple crown-winner Boomer Wells.

NPB ‘time off’ means ‘work’

Nippon Professional Baseball, which has no official games between July 14, the start of the all-star series break, and Aug. 12 after the end of the Tokyo Olympics, announced Wednesday that its teams have scheduled 58 exhibitions with fans in the stands during that time.

Buffaloes sign Sparkman

The Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes announced the signing of 29-year-old right-hander Glenn Sparkman on Wednesday. Sparkman was 4-14 with a 5.99 ERA in 52 major league games, of which he started 26 with 23 of those coming for the Kansas City Royals in 2019.

Buffaloes 3, Fighters 1

At Osaka‘s Kyocera Dome, rookie Kotaro Kurebayashi broke up a scoreless tie by leading off the third inning with Orix’s first hit, his fifth homer of the year, off Takahide Ikeda (3-7), who surrendered Masataka Yoshida’s 13th with two outs in the inning. Yutaro Sugimoto hit his 15th in the sixth inning to make it a 2-1 game.

Lefty Daiki Tajima (4-4) allowed a run over 5-2/3 innings while striking out eight, walking one and giving up six hits. Yang Chi, Tyler Higgins, and Yoshihisa Hirano finished up with one scoreless inning apiece with Hirano earning his ninth save.

Eagles 6, Lions 4

At MetLife Dome, Masahiro Tanaka (3-4) allowed four runs over six innings and earned his first win since May 1 after the Rakuten Eagles came from behind with two runs in the seventh against Lions rookie Yutaro Watanabe (0-1).

Tomohito Sakai, Sung Chia-hao and Yuki Matsui finished up for the Eagles with Matsui notching his 19th save. Tanaka struck out seven, walked one, hit one, and gave up eight hits. Takero Okajima brought the Eagles from behind in the seventh with a two-run triple.

Marines 1, Hawks 1

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Nobuhiro Matsuda tied it up with his eighth home run in the third. Lotte’s Frank Herrmann struck out the side in the seventh, and SoftBank loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against Chihaya Sasaki,, but the right-hander Olympians Yuki Yanagita and Ryoya Kurihara to escape the jam.

Lotte rookie Shota Suzuki went six innings, while SoftBank’s Nao Higashihama worked six-plus.

Dragons 6, Tigers 2

At Nagoya’s Vantelin Dome, Hanshin’s Teruaki Sato scored twice, tying the game 2-2 in the sixth with his 19th home run, which tied a record if you believe the nonsense Japan’s media pumps out. Unfortunately, Shintaro Fujinami (3-2) surrendered four runs in the seventh as Chunichi blew the game out of the water.

Fujinami walked Dayan Viciedo with the bases loaded before surrendering a three-run double to Naomichi Donoue. Chunichi’s Opening Day starter Koji Fukutani (4-6) was the fortunate winner after allowing two runs on twelve hits over seven innings. Hanshin’s Raul Alcantara gave up two runs, one earned, over six innings. He struck out six while walking one.

Giants 4, BayStars 2

At Toyama Alpen Stadium, Yomiuri’s Yoshihiro Maru hit a pair of home runs, his seventh and eighth, and drove in three runs for the second straight day to make a winner out of Shun Yamaguchi (1-0), who allowed a run in 5-2/3 innings in his first game back in Japan.

BayStars ace Shota Imanaga (1-2) gave up four runs over six innings. Kevin Shackelford and Edwin Escobar each gave DeNA a scoreless inning of relief. Thyago Vieira recorded his fourth save for the Giants.

Giants-BayStars highlights

Swallows 8, Carp 5

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, Jose Osuna’s fifth home run, a three-run third-inning shot did most of the damage against Hiroshima’s Allen Kuri (5-5), who allowed seven runs, five earned, over four innings. Norichika Aoki reached base four times, scored twice and drove in a run for the Swallows.

Shogo Sakakura was the big hitter for the Carp, reaching base three times, scoring a run and driving in two. Yakult starter Cy Sneed (2-1) got whacked for five runs, four earned, in 3-2/3 innings. Scott McGough worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 14th save.

The Swallows lost Munetaka Murakami after he fouled a pitch off his right knee in the fourth inning. Manager Shingo Takatsu said Murakami wouldn’t be deactivated.

The Carp were without Seiya Suzuki, who suffered from side effects after being vaccinated for his role on Japan’s Olympic team.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Marines vs Hawks: Zozo Marine Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Roki Sasaki (1-0, 3.38) vs Shota Takeda (3-3, 2.43)

Buffaloes vs Fighters: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Hirotoshi Masui (2-4, 3.94) vs Hiromi Ito (4-4, 2.77)

Central League

Dragons vs Tigers: Vantelin Dome (Nagoya) 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Yuichiro Okano (0-1, 9.00) vs Joe Gunkel (5-0, 2.44)

Carp vs Swallows: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Koya Takahashi (2-2, 5.02) vs Keiji Takahashi (1-0, 2.84)

Active roster moves 6/23/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 7/3

Central League


GiantsP99Shun Yamaguchi
TigersP44Raul Alcantara
BayStarsC10Yasutaka Tobashira
CarpOF59Minoru Omori
SwallowsP54Cy Sneed


BayStarsP48Masaya Kyoyama
BayStarsP93Koo Nakagawa
CarpOF1Seiya Suzuki

Pacific League


MarinesP35Shota Suzuki
MarinesC22Tatsuhiro Tamura
FightersP52Takahide Ikeda
BuffaloesP29Daiki Tajima
BuffaloesP98Chang Yi


MarinesC32Toshiya Sato
BuffaloesP19Taisuke Yamaoka
BuffaloesP49Keisuke Sawada