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NPB games and news, Sept. 11, 2019

Pacific League

Lions 4, Hawks 1

At MetLife Dome, Seibu seized first place with a win over SoftBank, Zach Neal (10-1) allowed a run over seven innings, to win his fifth straight start.

He didn’t walk a batter for the second-straight game and didn’t allow a base runner until Alfredo Despaigne homered to lead off the Hawks’ fifth.

Here is Neal’s hero interview along with closer Tatsushi Masuda.

Tomoya Mori hit a two-out, three-run double in the third off Rei Takahashi (11-4) in an otherwise solid start. Masuda worked a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 100th career save.

The Lions who won the PL last season are in first place for the first time this season.

Game highlights are HERE.

Marines 6, Buffaloes 4

At Zozo Marine Stadium, Leonys Martin hit his third two-run homer in a week in Lotte’s four-run second and hit a solo homer, his 14th in 42 NPB games in the third as Lotte handed Orix its ninth-straight loss.

Game highlights are HERE.

Eagles 3, Fighters 1

At Tokyo Dome, Rakuten’s Jabari Blash hit his 32nd home run, and Ginji Akaminai broke a 1-1 ninth-inning tie with a two-run, bases-loaded single off Nippon Ham closer Ryo Akiyoshi (0-5).

Alan Busenitz (4-2), announced as the PL’s pitcher of the month for August earlier in the day, walked two batters and hit another in the eighth, but pitched out of it to earn the win in relief. Yuki Matsui recorded his 35th save.

Game highlights are HERE.

Central League

BayStars 10, Giants 4

At Yokohama Stadium, DeNA’s Neftali Soto homered three times, once to each field, to retake the lead in the CL home run race with his 39th as he bids for his second-straight league home run title.

The video is HERE.

Dragons 3, Carp 2, 10th inning

At Mazda Stadium, Chunichi’s Yota Kyoda led off the 10th inning with his third home run, off Kyle Regnault (6-3) in a come-from-behind win over Hiroshima.

Tigers 6, Swallows 3

At Koshien Stadium, Jefry Marte hit a two-run home run as Hanshin hammered Yakult’s Yasuhiro Ogawa (4-12) for six runs over five innings.

Here’s the video of Marte’s home run.

Yakult’s Munetaka Murakami improved his record for home runs by a teenager with his 33rd.

NPB games, news of July 28, 2019

The league leaders fired warning shots over the bows of their pursuers on Sunday as both the Pacific League’s SoftBank Hawks and the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants won lopsided games to avoid being swept at home.

Central League

Giants 16, Tigers 4

At Tokyo Dome, Alex Guerrero and Ginjiro Sumitani each hit grand slams for Yomiuri as right-hander Toshiki Sakurai (5-1) watched as his teammates overturned a 1-0 first-inning deficit with seven runs in the bottom of the first.

Sakurai struck out six while allowing three runs over seven innings.

Former Chicago Cub Kosuke Fukudome homered for the Tigers, becoming the 42nd player in Japan to score 1,000 runs.

Game highlights are HERE.

Dragons 4, BayStars 2

At Nagoya Dome, two streaks were snapped as lefty Kotaro Kasahara (3-1), in his second start back from a three-month injury layoff, allowed two runs over six innings.

Three of Chunichi’s runs came on sacrifice flies, as did one of DeNA’s — when the BayStars loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs. Neftali Soto, last year’s CL home run leader drove in that run and also hit his 27th home run.

The Dragons’ win snapped an eight-game losing streak, while the BayStars had pushed into second place on the back of a seven-game win streak.

Carp 12, Swallows 5

At Jingu Stadium, Allen Kuri (5-5) allowed two runs over seven innings, while 19-year-old rookie Kaito Kozono went 3-for-4 with a homer, a walk, two runs and two RBIs as Hiroshima smashed Yakult.

The Carp’s eight-game win streak is now their second-longest of the season and ties the SoftBank Hawks for NPB’s second longest.

Pacific League

Hawks 9, Buffaloes 2

At Yafuoku Dome, SoftBank’s Cuban lefty Ariel Miranda (4-3) won for the first time since May 19 with six shutout innings, while Orix’s Daichi Takeyasu suffered his first career defeat. The rookie, who was acquired as free agent compensation from the Hanshin Tigers, fell to 2-1 after surrendering seven runs on seven hits and a walk over two-plus innings.

After the game, Orix manager Norifumi Nishimura blamed Takeyasu’s lack of control and the inability to bunt in the top of the first after the leadoff man reached as the key factors in the loss. This led me to do some quick research HERE.

Seiichi Uchikawa, one of two players to win batting championships in each league, had his 350th career double in the first inning. he’s fourth among active players. The others are Kosuke Fukudome (389), Kazuya Fukuura (388), and Shinnosuke Abe (353).

Game highlights are HERE.

Marines 4, Eagles 3

At Zozo Marine Stadium, Seiya Inoue walked three times, scored twice himself and contributed to the winning run by drawing a leadoff walk in the ninth. Pinch-runner Hiromi Oka stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on an Ikuhiro Kiyota’s sac fly as Lotte beat Rakuten.

Game highlights are HERE.

Lions 8, Fighters 7, 10 innings

At MetLife Dome, Seibu closer Tatsushi Masuda surrendered a three-run, game-tying homer in the ninth to Kensuke Kondo, but Fumikazu Kimura singled in the 10th and scored from first base on a throwing error by Nippon Ham shortstop Takuya Nakashima.

Lions starter Zach Neal appeared set for the win having allowed three runs over seven innings while striking out seven, while Deunte Heath (1-2) did get the decision after striking out two in a 1-2-3 10th.

Japan home run leader Hotaka Yamakawa, one of the Lions who didn’t go deep in Saturday’s six-home run loss to Nippon Ham, hit his 31st homer and drove in four runs for the Lions.

Game highlights are HERE.