As mentioned during our stream on July 24, Tetsuto Yamada does not usually go on long streaks without a hit. Through August 1, Yamada failed to record a hit in just twenty-one games this year (out of 100 games played).
Yamada recently went hitless in a three-game series against the Yomiuri Giants (0-for-8). According to Nikkan Sports, it was the first time he went hitless in three games since 2015 (August 16-19 and 26-28) and he first time he went hitless in a three-game series since he took over at second full-time in 2013.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/20160 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles unveiled their new merry-go-round at Smile Glico Park to media on August 1. The capacity of the ride is twenty-four: sixteen horses (sixteen people) and two carriages (four people per carriage). One ride will require three tickets (one ticket is 100 yen, eleven is 1,000 yen).
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Fun fact: the Hiroshima Carp are the only team in the NPB this season that has yet to lose three in a row. The last time they lost three straight was when they lost four straight last year between September 22 and 25.
FYI: they are 9-0-1 in games immediately following two-game losing streaks this year.
Source: Sanspo 8/1/20160 Comments
Miles Mikolas extended his winning streak from last season (June 20) to thirteen by winning his last start on July 31 against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome. He joins Tai-Yuan Kuo (thirteen between 1987 and 1988) and Rick van den Hurk (fourteen between 2015 and 2016) as the only foreign pitchers to record winning streaks of thirteen or more. Mikolas is the first to accomplish the feat in the Central League.
The last Yomiuri pitcher to record a winning streak or thirteen or more was Tetsuya Yamaguchi (all fourteen in relief between 2008 and 2009). The franchise high of twenty was set by Kiyoshi Matsuda between 1951 and 1952.0 Comments
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This is just a reminder: for those that missed my update in the Community section, the next live stream will take place on August 4 at 4:00pm Japan time. I think that works out to 12:00am August 4 Pacific Standard time and 3:00am August 4 Eastern Standard time.
The times are a bit wonky because the next live stream will be done during the Summer Koshien bracket selections. If you can’t make it because the stream is too late, don’t worry, an archive will be available at YouTube as usual.0 Comments
The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.
The following alternates were also set:
The Japan Women’s Baseball League will be hosting their 2016 All-Star Game in Kumamoto on August 11. A team of players from Kyushu and a team of players selected by fans will face each other at Kumamoto Yatsushiro Baseball Field. Gates will open at 16:30. The games will start at 18:00. Tickets for the game can be purchased at Ticket Pia (1,200 yen for advance tickets and 1,500 yen for same-day tickets).0 Comments
Kosuke Fukudome did not make the starting line-up today (July 31). Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he wanted to play Fukudome, but decided to rest him because of the upcoming schedule and venues (having to play on artificial turf).
This was the first time Fukudome did not make the starting line-up since June 11.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants topped two million in attendance in their forty-eighth home game of the year on July 31. It took them forty-nine games to reach the milestone last year.0 Comments