[4/25/2016] Ernesto Mejia swinging a hot bat

Ernesto Mejia is swinging a hot bat right now: he has ten hits in his last nineteen at bats, including five home runs and fifteen RBI. He blasted his first home run of the season on April 9. Since then, he has sixteen hits (including seven home runs and four doubles) in forty-eight at bats.

During his last game on April 24 against Rakuten at Seibu Prince Dome, he went yard in three consecutive trips to the plate: he drove in the first run of the game with a solo home run in the third inning, he drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and a come-from-behind grand slam in the seventh inning.

Mejia is just the seventh player in NPB history to hit home runs, including a grand slam, in three consecutive trips to the plate, first since Akira Eto on June 30, 1998. He joined Ralph Bryant (October 12, 1989) and Norihiro Nakamura (September 20, 1997) as the only players that drove in all their team’s runs with home runs in three consecutive trips.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2016

Mejia was also a Featured Player on Pa-League TV.


[4/25/2016] Atsushi Nomi loves pitching at Mazda Stadium

Some stats on Atsushi Nomi:

  • He is 24-10 with a 2.40 ERA against Hiroshima over his. At Mazda Stadium, he is 13-5 with a 1.69 ERA.
  • He notched his twenty-second complete game on April 24 (against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium). Win/Loss on complete games: 17-5. Seven of his complete game wins have come against Hiroshima. He has recorded six complete game victories at Koshien Stadium and five at Mazda Stadium.
  • His eighty-six wins is good for an eleventh place tie with Kei Igawa on Hanshin’s all-time list. Or tied for third most on Hanshin’s left-handed pitchers all-time list, behind Yutaka Enatsu’s 159, Kazuyuki Yamamoto’s 116, and tied with Igawa.
  • His 1,175 strikeouts is good for sole possession of fifth on the Tigers’ all-time list.

Source: Sanspo 4/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2016


[4/25/2016] Yoshihisa Hirano third 100 hold – 100 save pitcher

Yoshihisa Hirano notched his 100th career save on April 24 against Lotte and joined Kyuji Fujikawa and Hisashi Takeda as the only players in NPB with at least 100 holds and 100 saves.

  • Hirano 127 holds, 100 saves
  • Fujikawa 102 holds, 220 saves
  • Takeda 107 holds, 167 saves

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2016, Sponichi 4/25/2016


[4/25/2016] Raul Valdes set to throw about 100 pitches during next rehab outing

Raul Valdes developed left shoulder pain during spring camp. He believes it was because he did not play baseball last winter for the first time in his career. He no longer feels any pain and is at 100 percent.

Valdes tossed five shutout innings against Orix during his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 22. He is slated to throw about 100 pitches during his next rehab game against Softbank on April 28. He could be ready to join the active roster in early-May.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/2016


[4/25/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh earns domestic FA option

Dai-Kang Yoh earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of services time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 4/25/2016


[4/25/2016] Dai-Kang Yoh may have aggravated ankle injury

Dai-Kang Yoh may have re-injured his left foot as he rounded first base on a double to left in the second inning against Softbank on April 24. He received treatment after the play and was able to return to the field, but later told reporters he started feeling pain while running.

Yoh had only resumed fielding practice during pre-game workouts on the same day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2016


[4/25/2016] Louis Okoye to have right elbow tested

Louis Okoye made an appearance as a pinch-hitter during a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on April 24. The media learned on the same day that the rookie was out with right elbow pain the previous day. He is expected to get the elbow examined.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/2016

[UPDATE 4/26 @ 7:30am]

Trainers were told that Okoye started feeling pain in his right elbow on April 22. The rookie could head to a hospital today for tests.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2016


Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia at Hyogo Dione – April 23,24

April 23 at Kobe Sports Park Secondary Baseball Field – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Hyogo Dione 1 0 1 0 2 0 x 4 8 1

WP: Ayami Sato (4 G, 4-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (3 G, 0-3)

Game Time: 1h41m
Attendance: 405

Hero Interview

  • Ayami Sato = 7.0 IP, 88 NP, 28 BF, 6 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, 2 R. She recorded a complete game victory and extended her winning streak to four.
  • Chizuru Ishizuka = 1-for-2: HBP one RBI, G6, 2B7 two RBI. She broke a tie with a two-run double in the fifth inning.

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April 24 at Sumoto Baseball Field – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 11 2
Hyogo Dione 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 1

WP: Mizuki Bando (2 G, 1-0)
Sv: Mai Yamazaki (5 G, 0-0, 2 Sv)
LP: Shiho Murata (4 G, 1-1)

Game Time: 2h25m
Attendance: 503

Hero Interview

  • Mizuki Bando = 1.0 IP, 17 NP, 5 BF, 1 H, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 0 ER. She tossed a shutout inning in relief and picked up his first career win.
  • Miri Iwaya = 3-for-3: SH8 one RBI, 1B8, 1B7, 3B7/8 three RBI. She recorded a come-from-behind three-run triple in the seventh inning. She also notched her 100th career RBI.

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[4/24/2016] Kyohei Iwasaki out with left knee injury

Kyohei Iwasaki was taken off the active roster today with an injury to his left knee.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016


[4/24/2016] Shoichi Ino picked up second career shutout on April 23

Shoichi Ino has two shutouts to his name: May 23, 2014 against Nippon Ham and April 23, 2016 against Yomiuri. Ino became the first Yokohama pitcher to record a shutout victory against the Yomiuri Giants on April 23 since Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009, and the first Japanese Yokohama pitcher since Yoshihiro Doi on June 22, 2005.

Ino’s shutout on April 23 came at Tokyo Dome. Only four other Yokohama pitchers have tossed shutout victories against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome: Mitsunori Kakehata on August 16, 1989, Takashi Saito on May 14, 1999, Chris Holt on July 16, 2002, and Randolph on October 2, 2009.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016, Sponichi 4/24/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 49 29 19 1
Hanshin 46 27 19 0
Yomiuri 47 23 24 0
Yokohama 48 22 24 2
Yakult 47 20 27 0
Chunichi 49 19 27 3
Rakuten 42 30 12 0
Softbank 49 30 19 0
Seibu 45 25 19 1
Nippon Ham 46 19 27 0
Orix 46 19 27 0
Lotte 48 14 33 1
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