April 9 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Ayami Sato (2 G, 2-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (2 G, 0-2)
Game Time: 2h12m
April 10 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00
WP: Shiho Murata (2 G, 1-0)
LP: Rina Taniyama (2 G, 0-1)
Game Time: 2h50m
The Yokohama Bay Stars blasted five home runs on April 9 against Yakult, including three in the fourth inning (Shotaro Ide, Jose Lopez, and Shun Yamaguchi). The last time a team recorded three home run in one inning that included a pitcher was Yomiuri against Yokohama on July 20, 2003 (Koji Uehara, Roberto Petagine, and Kazuhiro Kiyohara).
Lopez also hit three home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate on April 9 (fourth inning, fifth inning, seventh inning). The last Yokohama player to hit three home runs in on game was Tony Blanco against Yakult on April 7, 2013. The last Yokohama player to hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate in the same game was Hitoshi Tamura against Hiroshima on July 17, 2004. The home runs also happened to be Lopez’s first, second, and third home runs of the season. Only one other player has hit their first three home runs of the season in consecutive trips to the plate in the same game: Tomio Tashiro on opening day in 1979.
Yamaguchi’s home run was the second of his career. His first came on July 1, 2014.0 Comments
Kenshi Sugiya hurt his right wrist while swinging the bat during his at bat in the fourth inning of a game against Rakuten today. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. He was later examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the ulnar cartilage in his right wrist0 Comments
Tetsuro Nishida was hit by a pitch during a Ni-gun Lotte game on April 9. He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and diagnosed with damage to some costal cartilage in his left chest area. He needs rest and will have to keep the area immobile for the time being.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/20160 Comments
Tough two days for Pat Misch: (rest of content placed on page after jump because I could not start the video on pause) (more…)0 Comments
Mike Zagurski tossed batting practice at Yokohama Stadium on April 10. He faced Tomo Otosaka (walk, line drive off the fence in left, strikeout swinging) and Shuto Takajo (strikeout looking, strikeout swinging). He threw twenty-four pitches — including fastballs, sliders, and change-ups — and topped out at 143km/h. Yasutaka Tobashira caught the session.0 Comments
Matt Hague was not feeling well this morning and was taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya for an evaluation. He is not expected to play in today’s game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium.
Source: Sanspo 4/10/20160 Comments
Kenshi Sugiya tied a franchise record during the Rakuten game earlier today with three sac hits: runner on first with no out in the first inning; runner on first with no out in the third inning; and runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning.
Sugiya had a chance to tie the NPB record in the eighth inning with runners on first and third and one out, but popped out to the catch into a double play on a squeeze attempt.
Source: Sponichi 4/9/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes extended their streak of games without a home run from the start of the season to eleven on April 9. The last team to start the season without a home run in eleven straight games was Kintetsu in 1955.
Incidentally, the Buffaloes’ pitching staff has so far surrendered nine home runs.
Source: Sponichi 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 12:03pm]
The NPB record of twelve was set by Daiei in 1953.
Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:05pm]
The Buffaloes tied the record today. They have not hit a home run in twelve straight games since the start of the season. They have so far scored the fewest numbers of runs (33) and allowed the most number of runs (85) in the NPB this season.0 Comments
According to ZakZak, the Giants have been turning to younger pitchers like Kentaro Taira for Ichi-gun starts because Tetsuya Utsumi and Kan Otake are still not ready.
Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito told reporters that veteran pitchers are expected to get Ni-gun hitters out and that if they were getting hit, he could not recommend them for the active roster. He also said that pitchers like Utsumi and Otake were not on the active roster because they were not pitching well.
Source: ZakZak 4/9/2016