Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Saitama Astraia – April 9,10

April 9 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

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

WP: Ayami Sato (2 G, 2-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (2 G, 0-2)

Game Time: 2h12m
Attendance: 2088

Hero Interview

  • Haruka Mihara = 2-for-4: 1B8 (SB), F8, 1B8 (one RBI), G9. She recorded her 100th career hit in the fifth inning.
  • Ayami Sato = 7.0 IP, 76 NP, 25 BF, 5 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 0 R. She recorded her 200th career strikeout in the third inning. This was her second straight shutout.

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April 10 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 1 0 2 1 6 10 15 0
Saitama Astraia 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4 10 3

WP: Shiho Murata (2 G, 1-0)
LP: Rina Taniyama (2 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 2h50m
Attendance: 2538

Hero Interview

  • Tomomi Nakada = 2-for-2: HBP, 1B1 (SB), SH1, 3B9 (one RBI). She drove in the tie-breaking run in the seventh.

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YOK

[4/10/2016] Bay Stars hit three home runs in one inning on April 9

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016, Sponichi 4/10/2016

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HAM

[4/10/2016] Kenshi Sugiya leaves game with right wrist injury

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 wrist

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016

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[4/10/2016] Tetsuro Nishida out with costal cartilage damage

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 4/10/2016

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ORI

[4/10/2016] Pat Misch not having much luck with his first pitches

Tough two days for Pat Misch: (rest of content placed on page after jump because I could not start the video on pause) (more…)

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YOK

[4/10/2016] Mike Zagurski tosses batting practice

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.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/10/2016, Daily Sports 4/10/2016, Sanspo 4/10/2016

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HAN

[4/10/2016] Matt Hague will most likely miss today’s game

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 4/10/2016

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HAM

[4/9/2016] Kenshi Sugiya ties franchise record with three sac hits in one game

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 4/9/2016

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[4/9/2016] Buffaloes tie NPB homerless record

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016, Daily Sports 4/10/2016

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YOM

[4/9/2016] Utsumi, Otake still not ready for Ichi-gun

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

Ni-gun Stats

Pitcher G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA BB/9 K/9 WHIP
Otake, Kan 3 1 1 0 0 0 .500 63 14.1 16 0 2 0 1 11 1 0 6 4 2.51 1.26 6.91 1.26
Utsumi, Tetsuya 3 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 71 18.0 14 0 4 0 1 18 1 0 4 3 1.50 2.00 9.00 1.00
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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 43 26 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 44 23 21 0
Yokohama 45 20 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 46 17 26 3
G W L T
Rakuten 39 28 11 0
Softbank 46 28 18 0
Seibu 42 24 17 1
Nippon Ham 43 18 25 0
Orix 43 18 25 0
Lotte 45 12 32 1
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