July 21 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Tanaka blasted the first grand slam of his career (sixth inning off Shota Takekuma).0 Comments
July 21 vs Chunichi at Jingu – Kawabata blasted the first walk-off home run of his career — with the score tied at five, he hit a two-run home run to right off Hiroshi Suzuki.0 Comments
Masayuki Kuwahara hit for the cycle during Friday night’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium. He became the sixty-seventh player (accomplished seventy-two times) in NPB history, thirty-fourth (accomplished thirty-seven times) in Central League history, and seventh (accomplished nine times) in Yokohama history, first since Boi Rodriguez on July 27, 2002, to achieve the feat. Kuwahara joined Sachio Kinugasa (July 7, 1976), Akinobu Mayumi (May 20, 1979), Rainel Rosario (September 2, 2014), and Yohei Oshima (July 20, 2016) as the only players in NPB history to record a lead-off home run in the first inning while hitting for the cycle.
Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita (April 21) and Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada (July 9) have also hit for the cycle this year.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons are interested in twenty-six-year-old pitcher Joely Rodriguez. According to Sponichi, the Dragons are planning to give Rodriguez a tryout. They see him as a possible left-handed option out of the bullpen.0 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced on July 19 that they added Ikusei pitcher Hiroto Fuku to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 234 to 34.0 Comments
Seibu Lions announced today that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Ryuya Ogawa in a trade with the Chunichi Dragons for cash considerations.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they entered into a strategic partnership with the Australian Baseball League’s Canberra Cavalry. The partnership will allow the Bay Stars to send players and staff to gain experience with Canberra during the 2018-2019 season (or NPB’s off season). The partnership should also allow the Bay Stars to explore other opportunities to improve their organization.One Comment
Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult (First Time)
June 28 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at six. Runners on first and second and one out. Yamada blasted a three-run walk-off home run.
The Dragons broke a two-two tie with three runs in the eighth inning. Wladimir Balentien answered back with a two-run homer for the Swallows in the bottom of the eighth, but another run in the ninth put the Dragons ahead 6-4. The Swallows pushed two across the plate before Yamada ended the game on a one-out, three-run home run to left. Yamada picked up the first walk-off hit of his career.
Seiji Uebayashi, Softbank (First Time)
June 29 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 9th, Hawks down 5-4. Runners on first and third and two out. Uebayashi cleared the bases with a walk-off triple.
The Marines held a 5-2 lead after the top of the eighth. Uebayashi hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The Hawks kept the Marines off the board in the top of the ninth. Yuya Hasegawa hit an RBI single to right in the bottom of the ninth. Uebayashi swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a two-out, walk-off two-run triple to left-center. The walk-off hit was the first of his career.
Source: NPB 7/17/20180 Comments
Game 2 – Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – Starting Pitchers
Source: NPB 7/13/20180 Comments