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NPB news: May 24, 2022

Welcome to interleague 2022, where Day 1 looked like a summary of last year’s competition, when the Central League won the most games but was outscored. On Tuesday, CL clubs went 4-2, while PL clubs scored 21 and allowed 17.

But baseball isn’t about who is better or plays better, it’s about who wins, because the championship matters.

We also had a milestone of sorts for Tatsunori Hara, and some heroics that really got Tsuyoshi Shinjo excited.

While PL TV is once more streaming the Giants’ and Tigers’ home interleague games, the highlights are not part of the package…

Shall we get to it?

Giants 4, Buffaloes 2: At Tokyo Dome, Orix setup man Jesse Biddle (3-2) issued back-to-back no-out walks in the eighth, and Adam Walker singled in a run to break the 2-2 tie. Kazuma Okamoto, who opened the scoring with a two-run fourth-inning homer, his 13th, off Taisuke Yamaoka, brought home an insurance run with a ground ball.

Adam Walker hero interview

The Buffaloes, last year’s interleague winners, tied it in the seventh against Giants lefty C.C. Mercedes. Keita Nakagawa, whose been on an absolute tear, doubled to open the inning with his third hit of the game. Joe McCarthy was hit for the second time, and Yutaro Sugimoto singled to load the bases. Mercedes got two outs before Kodai Sano’s pinch-hit single tied it.

Continue reading NPB news: May 24, 2022

NPB news: May 22, 2022

On Sunday in Japan, Yuya Yanagi put an end to the Hiroshima Carp’s huge offensive outputs, but Drew Anderson did him one better.

Dietrich Enns had it going for Seibu, while 41-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada had a good day for the SoftBank Hawks. Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Shinjo took to social media and I’m the happier for it.

Sunday was also the final day of league play before three weeks of interleague, and former Lotte ace Tomohiro “Johnny” Kuroki wants you to know who he thinks will be on top, while I see it differently.

Shall we get started?

Carp 1, Dragons 0: At Hiroshima Citizens Stadium, Drew Anderson (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out five without issuing a walk over six innings. Shota Dobayashi batted for in the bottom of the inning, and got the Carp’s second hit off Yuya Yanagi (4-2) a leadoff home run and his third of the season.

Continue reading NPB news: May 22, 2022