[8/1/2016] Tetsuto Yamada goes hitless in a three-game series

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 8/1/2016


[8/1/2016] Rakuten Eagles unveil new merry-go-round

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).

Source: Rakuten announcement


[8/1/2016] Hiroshima Carp continues to avoid three-game losing streaks

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 8/1/2016


[8/1/2016] Miles Mikolas extends winning streak to thirteen

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.

Source: Sanspo 8/1/2016, Sponichi 8/1/2016


[8/1/2016] Suntory Dream Match 2016

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H W
Tohoku Japan Heroes 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 1
The Premium Malts 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 x 10 19 1

Official site (Saved to Wayback Marchine for posterity)

Tohoku Japan Heroes

  • Fourth inning: solo home run to left by G.G. Sato.
  • Seventh inning: run scored on double play

The Premium Malts

  • First inning: sac fly by Randy Bass with bases loaded and no out; two-run double by Norihiro Nakamura with runners on first and third and one out.
  • Third inning: timely hit by Kazunori Shinozuka.
  • Fourth inning: Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi walked in a run with the bases loaded; two-run double to right by Kazuhiro Wada.
  • Eighth inning: two timely hits and a sac fly to center by Takahiro Suzuki.


  • MVP: Norihiro Nakamura
  • Fighting Spirit: G.G. Sato
  • Master Play: Shinya Miyamoto

[8/1/2016] Next Live Stream: August 4 (Koshien)

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.


[8/1/2016] Schedule Changes

The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.

  • September 15 – Yokohama Bay Stars vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (June 29 rain out)
  • September 27 – Yakult Swallows vs Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium – 18:00 (April 21 rain out)
  • September 27 – Chunichi Dragons vs Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome – 18:00 (April 19 rain out)
  • September 28 – Chunichi Dragons vs Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome – 18:00 (April 20 rain out)
  • September 29 – Hiroshima Carp vs Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome – 18:00 (July 26 rain out)

The following alternates were also set:

  • September 20 – Chunichi Dragons vs Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium – 18:00
  • September 20 – Hiroshima Carp vs Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium – 18:00
  • September 26 – General alternate date for CL teams

Source: NPB announcementHanshin announcement, Yomiuri announcement


[8/1/2016] JWBL All-Star Games 2016

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).



[7/31/2016] Kosuke Fukudome gets some rest

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.

Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2016, Sports Hochi 7/31/2016


[7/31/2016] Yomiuri Giants top two million in attendance

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.


NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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