[8/9/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for July

Central League

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (First Time)

July 22 against Yomiuri at Yokohama Stadium. Score tied at two in the bottom of the twelfth inning. With none on and one out, Tsutsugo hit a walk-off home run to right. Kenta Ishida started the game and held the Yomiuri Giants to one run over seven innings. The game was tied at two in the eighth inning and went into extra innings. The home run Tsutsugo hit was on the sixth pitch of the at bat with a full count. It was his second home run of the game.

Pacific League

Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Third Time)

July 10 against Lotte at Sapporo Dome. Score tied at five in the bottom of the twelfth inning. With no one and no out, Laird hit a walk-off to left. The Fighters were down 5-0 until they scored four in the bottom of the seventh. They pushed the game into extra innings with another run in the bottom of the ninth. Laird led off the bottom of the twelfth and hit the fifth pitch he saw over the fence in the left. The Fighters extended their winning streak to fourteen games with the walk-off victory.

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[8/9/2016] Hiroshima: starting pitchers for Hanshin, Yokohama series

Possible Hiroshima Carp starting pitchers for the upcoming Hanshin and Yokohama series, according to Chunichi Sports.

Hanshin Tigers @ Mazda Stadium

  • Kris Johnson = 2 G, 2 GS, 1-0, 13.0 IP, 6 H, 13 SO, 7 BB, 4 R, 2 ER, 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
  • Yuya Fukui = 2 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 13.0 IP, 21 H, 13 SO, 4 BB, 10 R, 10 ER, 6.92 ERA, 1.92 WHIP
  • Aren Kuri = 4 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 6.1 IP, 9 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER, 4.26 ERA, 1.74 WHIP

Yokohama Bay Stars @ Yokohama Stadium

  • Yusuke Nomura = 2 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 10.0 IP, 17 H, 7 SO, 3 BB, 12 R, 12 ER, 10.80 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
  • Hiroki Kuroda = 4 G, 4 GS, 1-2, 23.0 IP, 28 H, 16 SO, 8 BB, 11 R, 11 ER, 4.30 ERA, 1.57 WHIP
  • Bradin Hagens = 5 G, 0 GS, 3-0, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 2 R, 2 ER, 2.84 ERA, 0.79 WHIP

Source: Chunichi Sports 8/9/2016

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[8/9/2016] Motonobu Tanishige to step down due to performance

Motonobu Tanishige and Chunichi Dragons’ President Takao Sasaki held a press conference at Nagoya Dome earlier today. Sasaki told the media he approached Tanishige and asked that he take responsibility for the team’s performance by taking a step back from his duties as manager. The former catcher accepted his request. He is currently in the third year of a four-year contract.

Fielding Coach Takahiro Saeki will also be taking a step back from his duties. Head Coach Shigekazu Mori will take over as interim manager, effective today.

Other reassignments:

  • Ni-gun General/Infield Coach Hatsuhiko Tsuji to Ichi-gun Strategy/Fielding Coach
  • Ni-gun Fielding Coach Kazuo Hayakawa to Ichi-gun Fielding Coach
  • Ichi-gun Infield Coach Hiroyuki Watanabe to Ni-gun

Source: NHK News 8/9/2016, Daily Sports 8/9/2016, Sports Hochi 8/9/2016, Sports Hochi 8/9/2016, Sponichi 8/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/9/2016

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[8/9/2016] Luciano Fernando to play for Brazil in WBC qualifier

According to Sponichi, Luciano Fernando was selected to Brazil’s World Baseball Classic qualifying roster. Brazil is scheduled to play the Qualifier 4, Qualifying Round at MCU Park in New York City in September.

Source: Sponichi 8/9/2016

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[8/9/2016] Yoshiyuki Ishihara ready to return to the active roster

Yoshiyuki Ishihara (concussion) is expected to return to the active roster today. He was given the green light from a team doctor after practices on August 6.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/9/2016, Daily Sports 8/9/2016, Sponichi 8/9/2016

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[8/9/2016] Yomiuri starting pitchers for Yokohama series

Yomiuri starting pitchers for the three-game Yokohama series that begins tonight at Tokyo Dome (numbers are against Yokohama):

  • Tetsuya Utsumi, 2 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 13.2 IP, 17 H, 10 SO, 1 BB, 7 R, 7 ER, 4.61 ERA, 1.32 WHIP
  • Kazuto Taguchi, 1 G, 1 GS, 0-1, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 5 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 1.13 ERA, 0.75 WHIP
  • Nobutaka Imamura, 2 G, 1 GS, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 SO, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 ER, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

Source: Sponichi 8/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/9/2016

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[8/8/2016] Women’s Rubber Baseball Tournaments

27th All Japan Women’s Rubber Baseball Tournament (General Competition)

August 6-8

The Dullers (Ishikawa) blanked the Chiba Marine Stars 1-0 on August 8 for their first championship.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Dullers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0
Chiba Marine Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Thirty-seven-year-old Midori Sakashita tossed a shutout for the win and was selected MVP.

Road to Victory

  • 8/6 @ 11:50 = Dullers 5 – Osaka Wild Cats 1
  • 8/7 @ 08:30 = Tomakomai Gaillardia 0 – Dullers 4
  • 8/7 @ 12:30 = Dullers 7 – Akashishi Baseball Club 0
  • 8/8 @ 10:30 = Second Luster 4 – Dullers 6
  • 8/8 @ 14:00 = Chiba Marine Stars 0 – Dullers 6

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/8/2016

14th All Japan Women’s Student Rubber Baseball Tournament (Junior/Senior High School Competition)

August 6-8

The Aichi Advance Juniors won the tournament by beating the Kagawa Olive Girls 1-0 on August 8.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
Aichi Advance Junior 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kagawa Olive Girls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Road to Victory

  • 8/6 @ 16:00 = Noda Ladies 0 – Aichi Advance Junior 3
  • 8/7 @ 14:00 = Saitama Superstars 3 – Aichi Advance Junior 6
  • 8/8 @ 08:30 = Fukagawa Club 0 – Aichi Advance Junior 6
  • 8/8 @ 12:00 = Aichi Advance Junior 1 – Kagawa Olive Girls 0

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2016

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[8/9/2016] U-15 Baseball World Cup: Cuba takes first, Japan second, United States third

Groups

Group A Group B
Japan 1 United States 2
Korea 4 Chinese Taipei 3
Cuba 5 Venezuela 6
Australia 13 Mexico 7
Czech Republic 16 Panama 17
Colombia 20 New Zealand 30

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Victoria Series: Kyoto Flora at Saitama Astraia – August 6,7

August 6 at Omiya Stadium – 16:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Flora 3 4 0 1 0 0 3 11 11 0
Saitama Astraia 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 3

WP: Mika Konishi (20 G, 6-6)
LP: Miku Kayano (12 G, 2-3)

Game Time: 2h29m
Attendance: 1003

Hero Interview

  • Saho Taguchi = 2-for-4: 2B7/8 three RBI, F7, 1B8 one RBI, G6. She drove in the first runs of the game with a three-run double in the first inning.
  • Mika Konishi = 24 BF, 120 NP, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 SO, 4 BB, 1 R, 1 ER. She picked up her sixth victory of the year.

Game Page | Highlights

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August 7 at Ageo Stadium – 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Flora 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 6 0
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 5 X 5 7 1

WP: Yukari Isozaki (12 G, 5-5)
LP: Minako Uemura (15 G, 5-6)

Game Time: 2h02m
Attendance: 661

Hero Interview

  • Yukari Isozaki = 24 BF, 65 NP, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER. She notched her fifth win of the season.
  • Nami Okumura = 2-for-3: G6, 1B9, 1B9. She recorded her second straight multi-hit game.

Game Page | Highlights

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[8/8/2016] Kenny Ray would like to end career in Japan

Forty-one-year-old pitcher Kenny Ray believes he can still play and will continue his training. He would like to end his career in Japan.

Ray visited the Ni-gun Rakuten team at Rifu Stadium on August 7 to say goodbye to his former teammates and coaches.

Source: Sponichi 8/8/2016

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