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NPB wrap 9-20-21

The Lotte Marines have outscored Japan with 501 runs this season, but their defense showed Monday why this team is going to be tough to beat as the pennant race winds down, even with the Orix Buffaloes playing such tenacious and resilient baseball.

Appropriately enough on Japan’s national “Respect for the elderly” day, the day’s top match-up was, in the mind of this old fart, 40-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada against 32-year-old Masahiro Tanaka, but it was more reality check than anyone wanted to see.

There were only two CL games and the Yakult Swallows showed some of that same resilience behind their 41-year-old lefty Masanori Ishikawa, to come from behind against Hiroshima’s young hotshot Masato Morishita while DeNA’s Fernando Romero continues to look like a big pitching find.

Marines 1, Fighters 0

At Sapporo Dome, the Marines’ defense continued to produce highlight-reel fodder as Lotte’s Ayumu Ishikawa (3-2, 4.24) threw his second straight quality start since returning from elbow cleaning surgery in June.

Marines leadoff man Takashi Ogino had three hits and was a constant menace but the big impact came after Takuma Kato doubled to open the sixth against Ryusei Kawano (2-4, 2.51) and Ogino sacrificed him to third from where he scored on Kyota Fujiawara’s sacrifice fly.

Ishikawa allowed three hits but no walks over six, while Kawano walked to and allowed three hits over 6-1/3.

Frank Herrmann worked a scoreless seventh thanks to a good catch in center by Fujiwara to open the inning. Chihaya Sasaki allowed two to reach in the eighth with no out but a sacrifice, a lineout on a superb catch by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and a flyout ended that threat.

Six years after saving his last game for DeNA, Yuki Kuniyoshi equaled his career-high with his second despite walking two in the ninth.

Hawks 5, Eagles 4

At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, this was like watching a superhero movie where two heroes are aging and no longer up to the task. Forty-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada allowed three runs on three walks and four hits over four innings as he missed a lot of his pitches, while Masahiro Tanaka (4-6, 3.08) threw a lot of bad pitches as he gave up five runs in five innings before getting the hook.

Alfredo Despaigne and Ryoya Kurihara homered for the Hawks, while Yuki Yanagita scored twice. Yuki Matsumoto (2-3) got the win for three innings of solid relief, while the Hawks wheeled out Livan Moinelo in the eighth and Yuito Mori in the ninth for perhaps the first time this season. Moinelo stranded two, and Mori’s command was inconsistent. He gave up a one-out homer to Daichi Suzuki but stranded the tying run to earn his ninth save and his first since April.

Lions 6, Buffaloes vs 4

At Kyocera Dome Osaka, Seibu scored six runs off rookie right-hander Hitomi Honda (0-1, 7.45) who seemed to lose it a bit after a couple of good pitches were hit to open a three-run third, Wu Nien-ting leading off with his eighth home run.

The Buffaloes got on the board against Kona Takahashi (11-5, 3.29) on rookie Kota Kurebayashi’s seventh homer in the fourth but Seibu scored three more in the fifth, Tomoya Mori doubling in two and scoring on Shuta Tonosaki’s double.

Orix’s bullpen entered and shut down the Lions, and Steven Moya’s ninth homer in the fifth made it 6-2. The Buffs could only score once in the sixth on a groundout after a Yuma Mune double put two in scoring position with one out—Kurebayashi missing an opposite-field three-run homer by a foot or two.

Three-straight two-out eighth-inning singles against Takahashi made it 6-4 but Takahashi got out of the inning and Kaima Taira cleaned up in the ninth for his 16th save as Orix fell 3-1/2 games back of the Marines.

Swallows 2, Carp 2

At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, lefty Masanori Ishikawa started for Yakult and did what he’s now done in 10 of his 11 starts, keep opponents from scoring more than two runs while going five or six innings. He surrendered back-to-back fifth-inning homers to rookie Tomoki Ishihara, his third, and Ryosuke Kikuchi, his 14th.

Masato Morishita (6-7, 3.12), who’d allowed 14 runs in his previous three starts, walked nobody for the first time in four starts, and held the Swallows off the board until they tied it on four straight one-out singles in the eighth. Two pinch-hit singles set the table and the red-hot Yasutaka Shiomi and Norichika Aoki tied it.

Swallows catcher Yuhei Nakamura made the defensive play of the game in the eighth, gunning down a runner trying to advance to third on a poor bunt in front of the plate to help keep it a two-run game.

BayStars 6, Dragons 0

At Yokohama Stadium, DeNA’s Fernando Romero (3-2, 3.17) scattered six walks and three hits thanks to serving up four double plays in a 107-pitch shutout, and at the plate had two hits and scored a run.

Masayuki Kuwahara led off the BayStars’ first with a home run for the second straight day with his 12th homer off lefty Shinnosuke Ogasawara (7-8, 3.42). He doubled in a run after Romero singled to put two on DeNA’s three-run second and saved at least one run with a one-out catch at the wall in the fourth inning.

Keita Sano, who doubled in a run in the second, hit a solo homer, his 13th, in the fifth.

Tuesday’s starting pitchers

BayStars vs Swallows: Yokohama Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Yuya Sakamoto (4-4, 4.41) vs Albert Suarez (4-3, 3.82)

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

Yuya Yanagi (9-5, 2.12) vs Takumi Akiyama (10-5, 2.81)

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

Hiroki Tokoda (3-3, 3.12) vs Shun Yamaguchi (2-5, 3.33)

Active roster moves 9/20/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 9/30

Central League


SwallowsP68Kohei Miyadai


GiantsOF39Soichiro Tateoka
TigersOF97Dan Onodera
SwallowsP16Juri Hara

Pacific League


MarinesP12Ayumu Ishikawa
BuffaloesP46Hitomi Honda


BuffaloesIF40Seiichiro Oshita

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NPB wrap 9-12-21

Another week is a wrap, in which the Pacific League’s Lotte Marines were the clear winners, going 1-1-1 against their closest rival, the Orix Buffaloes and then dealing a body blow to the third-place Rakuten Eagles, while the SoftBank Hawks got beat on in Sapporo.

The Buffaloes pennantless streak is now the longest in NPB, running back to 1996. Although Lotte has won two Japan Series since then, Lotte last finished the regular season in first place in 1974. The Marines’ 2005 PL championship–and the Lions’ in 2004–came after they finished second and beat the regular-season leaders, the Hawks, in the PL playoffs.

The Hanshin Tigers finished Sunday three games ahead of the Swallows and Giants in a week when Seiya Suzuki’s home run streak was the league’s biggest news.

Marines 9, Eagles 2

At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Lotte rookie Tokito Kawamura (2-0, 4.32) improved to 2-0 as a starter after his second straight five-inning, one-run outing, while Shogo Nakamura homered in the third off Ryota Ishibashi (0-1, 3.46), tying it 1-1 with eighth homer and Brandon Laird followed a Leonys Martin double with a two-run homer, his 23rd and third of the series. The Marines swept the third-place Eagles to move two-games ahead of second-place Orix.

Laird, who reached base four times a day after his 34th birthday, had a two-run single in the fourth. Eagles captain Hideto Asamura hit his 11th homer in the sixth off former teammate Frank Herrmann.

Lions 3, Buffaloes 1

At MetLife Dome, Cory Spangenberg homered for the second straight day, driving in three with his seventh, off Sachiya Yamasaki (5-9, 3.83), and 20-year-old Seibu rookie Yutaro Watanabe (3-3, 4.44) needed 106 pitches to get through five innings, but allowed only two walks and three hits, including Yutaro Sugimoto’s 26th home run. 

Kaima Taira earned his 14th save for the Lions, while deposed closer Tatsushi Masuda retired Takahiro Okada to end the eighth with two on.

Fighters 3, Hawks 0

At Sapporo Dome, right-hander Kazuaki Tateno (2-1, 3.12) allowed three walks and two singles over 6-1/3 innings and fellow Nippon Ham rookie Yuma Imagawa had his first career hit, a one-out, two-run homer off 40-year-old former Cub Tsuyoshi Wada (5-6, 4.38), who worked five and also surrendered Yuto Takahama’s eighth homer in the third.

Toshihiro Sugiura, the Fighters’ fourth pitcher, completed the three-hit shutout as he worked the ninth for his 18th save.

BayStars 8, Tigers 1

At Yokohama Stadium, DeNA lefty Shota Imanaga (4-4, 2.96) surrendered a first-inning run but struck out 11 over eight innings without issuing a walk. Koji Chikamoto had three of Hanshin’s six hits, starting with a double to lead off the game. He scored from third after a sacrifice and a Jefry Marte infield single.

The BayStars took the lead off Joe Gunkel (7-2, 2.86) in the home half on a walk and Keita Sano’s 12th home run. Tyler Austin made it 4-1 in the third with his 24th, and stuck a fork in the Tigers with a three-run seventh-inning homer.

Dragons 9, Swallows 5

At Vantelin Dome Nagoya, 44-year-old Kosuke Fukudome’s two-run home run, his third, tied the game 5-5 in the seventh, and catcher Takuya Kinoshita broke the tie leading off Chunichi’s four-run eighth with his 10th home run.

The Dragons, with the fewest runs this season in NPB, won their third straight game and have now scored 40 runs in six games.

The Swallows took a first-inning lead on Munetaka Murakami’s three-run home run, his 33rd, off Yariel Rodriguez, who allowed four runs, three earned in four-plus innings.

Trailing 4-0 in the third, Dayan Viciedo singled in a run and starting Dragons catcher Ariel Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk. Shuhei Takahashi trimmed Yakult’s lead to a run with a fifth-inning RBI single, but Shingo Kawabata’s two-out pinch-hit RBI single made it 5-3 in the top of the seventh.

Yohei Oshima, who had two hits and scored three runs, singled with one out in the seventh off Kazuto Taguchi, who surrendered Fukudome’s 284th homer in Japan.

Giants 2, Carp 1 

At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, the up-and-down season of Yomiuri ace Tomoyuki Sugano (4-6, 3.72) continued as he allowed a run over seven innings in his second straight start on five-days rest.

The Giants scratched out a run on two singles and two groundouts, and Seiya Suzuki, after a two-game home run hiatus, tied it leading off the second with his 28th. Carp starter Hiroki Tokoda (3-3, 3.12) didn’t allow a third hit until Seiji Kobayashi hit his first home run with two outs in the seventh.

He started the season 2-2 after five quality starts, was hurt in his sixth, missed a month, came back but was mediocre to bad in four straight starts. He was dynamite on Sept. 1, then allowed seven runs over 4-1/3 innings.

Seishu Hatake, Yomiuri’s third pitcher, earned his first career save as the Giants stopped their six-game losing streak, and remained third, three back of the Tigers and trailing the Swallows on winning-percentage points.

Monday’s starting pitchers

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

Shinnosuke Ogasawara (6-7, 3.30) vs Masanori Ishikawa (3-2, 2.40)

Active roster moves 9/12/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 9/22

Central League


GiantsP63Yuri Furukawa
DragonsP25Yu Sato
BayStarsP46Kenjiro Tanaka
SwallowsIF46Kengo Ota


GiantsOF2Yang Dai-kang
DragonsC27Shota Ono
BayStarsP64Ren Kazahari
SwallowsP26Koshiro Sakamoto
SwallowsP54Cy Sneed

Pacific League


HawksP67Shunsuke Kasaya
MarinesP58Tokito Kawamura
FightersOF61Yuma Imagawa
BuffaloesP11Sachiya Yamasaki
BuffaloesP58Kazuyuki Kaneda
BuffaloesIF31Ryo Ota


FightersOF8Kensuke Kondo
BuffaloesP26Atsushi Nomi
BuffaloesP59Cesar Vargas
BuffaloesIF5Masahiro Nishino

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