[7/17/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

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.

Pacific League

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 7/17/2018

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[7/17/2018] Yuki Ariyoshi taken off the active roster

Yuki Ariyoshi sprained his left ankle during practices on July 15. He was taken off the active roster on July 16. The Chiba Lotte Marines decided to skip his next turn in the rotation to give him time to heal.

Source: Sponichi 7/16/2018, Sports Hochi 7/16/2018

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[7/15/2018] Yuma Mune fractures finger during practice

Yuma Mune took a ball off his left hand during practices on July 14. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a fracture in his left middle finger (distal phalanx).

Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2018, Jiji 7/14/2018

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[7/14/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Home Run Derby Game 2 Results

Game 4

  • Yamakawa, Hotaka (Seibu) – 6 home runs / pitcher: Sosuke Genda
  • Suzuki, Seiya (Hiroshima) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tsubasa Aizawa

Game 5

  • Yanagita, Yuki (Softbank) – 6 home runs / pitcher: Yasuji Hamagiwa (Softbank BP pitcher)
  • Balentien, Wladimir (Yakult) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tomotaka Tamaki (Hiroshima coach)

Game 6

  • Suzuki, Seiya (Hiroshima) – 6 home runs / pitcher: Tsubasa Aizawa
  • Balentien, Wladimir (Yakult) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tomotaka Tamaki (Hiroshima coach)

Finals

  • Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama) – 8 home runs / pitcher: Jose Lopez
  • Balentien, Wladimir (Yakult) – 7 home runs / pitcher: Tomotaka Tamaki (Hiroshima coach)

Awards

  • Home Run Derby Winner – Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama)
  • Nissan Note e-Power Award – Yanagita, Yuki (Softbank)

Source: NPB, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2018

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[7/13/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Game 2 starting pitchers

Game 2 – Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – Starting Pitchers

Pacific League

  • Takayuki Kishi (Rakuten)

Central League

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri)

Source: NPB 7/13/2018

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[7/13/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Home Run Derby Game 1 Results

Game 1

  • Yoshida, Masataka (Orix) – 12 home runs / 24 swings / pitcher: Ryoichi Adachi
  • Yamada, Tetsuto (Yakult) – 5 home runs / 22 swings / pitcher: Hayato Sakamoto

Game 2

  • Nakata, Sho (Nippon Ham) – 2 home runs / 18 swings / pitcher: Fumiaki Kiyota
  • Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama) – 9 home runs / 27 swings / pitcher: Jose Lopez

Game 3

  • Yoshida, Masataka (Orix) – 10 home runs / 29 swings / pitcher: Ryoichi Adachi
  • Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo (Yokohama) – 14 home runs / 25 swings / pitcher: Jose Lopez

Three minutes per player, per game.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo advanced to the finals round at Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium.

Source: NPB, Nikkan Sports 7/13/2018

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[7/12/2018] NPB Attendance Figures through July 11

Central League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Hiroshima 35 1,064,210 30,406 +0.8% 42 1,267,120 30,170
Hanshin 40 1,656,382 41,410 -2.3% 42 1,780,816 42,400
Yokohama 39 1,087,738 27,891 +1.1% 38 1,048,256 27,586
Yomiuri 43 1,789,624 41,619 -0.9% 40 1,679,278 41,982
Chunichi 39 1,149,985 29,487 +10.8% 45 1,197,299 26,607
Yakult 38 990,242 26,059 +2.0% 39 996,784 25,559
Totals 234 7,738,181 33,069 +2.1% 246 7,969,553 32,397

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:16 (288 games) 3:12 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:12 (263 games) 3:06 (427 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

Teams 2018 2017
  Gm Attendance Avg/Gm Chg Gm Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 37 1,044,105 28,219 -5.0% 42 1,248,192 29,719
Rakuten 42 1,004,645 23,920 -4.1% 37 922,672 24,937
Seibu 39 940,286 24,110 +5.0% 37 849,648 22,963
Lotte 40 884,568 22,114 +14.6% 39 752,514 19,295
Orix 40 899,451 22,486 +0.5% 44 984,877 22,384
Softbank 38 1,385,785 36,468 +8.9% 41 1,372,812 33,483
Totals 236 6,158,840 26,097 +2.2% 240 6,130,715 25,545

Game Times

  2018 2017
All Games 3:17 (290 games) 3:14 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:12 (260 games) 3:10 (441 games)

Source: NPB 7/12/2018

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[7/12/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Ceremonies/Events

July 13 – Game 1 – Kyocera Dome Osaka – 19:00

  • Hall of Fame Ceremony – Hideki Matsui, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Tatsunori Hara
  • National Anthem performed by violinist Mizuki Shikimachi
  • In-between-inning performances by comedian groups Gakutensoku and Yoshida-tachi
  • Home Run Derby
  • Ceremonial First Pitch
  • Performances by team mascots and Kumamon
  • Performances by cheerleaders, dance teams, and Home Run Girls (featuring the Orix Buffaloes Dance & Vocal Unit BsGirls)
  • Aodamo planting ceremony

July 14 – Game 2 – Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – 18:30

  • National Anthem performed by Tomiko Van (Do As Infinity)
  • Catchball Classic Competition
  • In-between-inning performances by comedian Korroke
  • Home Run Derby
  • Ceremonial First Pitch
  • Performances by team mascots and Kumamon
  • Performances by cheerleaders, dance teams, and Home Run Girls
  • Aodamo planting ceremony

Source: NPB 7/10/2018

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Games

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[7/12/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018, Home Run Derby Schedule

Date Gm Venue Player 1 Player 2
7/13 Fri 1 Kyocera Dome Osaka Yoshida, Masataka Orix Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult
7/13 Fri 2 Kyocera Dome Osaka Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo Yokohama
7/13 Fri 3 Kyocera Dome Osaka Game 1 Winner Game 2 Winner
7/14 Sat 4 Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Yamakawa, Hotaka Seibu Suzuki, Seiya Hiroshima
7/14 Sat 5 Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Yanagita, Yuki Softbank Balentien, Wladimir Yakult
7/14 Sat 6 Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Game 4 Winner Game 5 Winner
7/14 Sat 7 Lib Work Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Game 3 Winner Game 6 Winner

Source: NPB 7/12/2018

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