May 22 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Kaneko entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out swinging against Ren Kajiya. He led off the ninth inning with the first hit of his career: a home run to left off Yuito Mori (second game, second plate appearance).0 Comments
May 22 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Oshima homered in back-to-back trips to the plate for the first time in his career. He hit a two-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth inning, both to right and both off Satoshi Iizuka. This was also the first time he hit two homers in a game.0 Comments
Additional details for the Mynavi All-Star Game 2018 were released by the NPB on May 21.
The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Geronimo Franzua to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 143 to 97.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a six-year deal that includes a signing bonus worth 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be 80,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.0 Comments
Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
May 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Noma hit a grand slam David Buchanan in the third inning, the first of his career. The home run was also just the second of Noma’s career, first since April 19, 2015.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/20180 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.0 Comments
Masaki Iwami, Rakuten
26 G, 27-for-74, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .365 BA
Iwami led the league in batting average (.365) and recorded hits in seventeen of the twenty-six games he played.
Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroshima
25 G, 34-for-92, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .370 BA
Takahashi played in twenty-five games and led the league in hitting (.370). He also led the league (tied with other players) in hits (34) and doubles (6).
Source: NPB 5/16/20180 Comments
May 17 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Moinelo struck out three in a row, each on three pitches, and became the seventh player in Pacific League history (eighteenth in the NPB) to accomplish the feat, first since Yuki Matsui against Lotte on April 25, 2017.0 Comments
Ko Shimozuru, Yokohama (First Time)
April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at four. Runner on second and two out. Shimozuru recorded a walk-off hit to right.
The Carp were down four runs after five innings. They pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth on a two-run single to right by Ryuhei Matsuyama and an RBI single to center by Xavier Batista. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with a two-out RBI triple to right-center. In the bottom of the twelfth, Tomohiro Abe recorded a two-out double to left. Shimozuru followed with the first walk-off hit of his career.
Tomoya Mori, Seibu (Second Time)
April 18 vs Nippon Ham vs MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, Lions down 8-7. Bases loaded, no out. Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to right-center.
The Lions were down five runs before they gave up another three spot in the top of the eighth. They charged back in the bottom-half of the inning by plating seven runs on five hits and three walks. Seibu quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and a walk. Mori stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded with the second walk-off of his career.
Source: NPB 5/15/20180 Comments