[6/4/2016] Nippon TV: Number of pitches fouled off

Number of Pitches Fouled Off

Name JPN Name ENG Team Fouled Off
中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya Nippon Ham 299
ロペス Lopez, Jose Yokohama 229
中田 翔 Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham 205
菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke Hiroshima 205
倉本 寿彦 Kuramoto, Toshihiko Yokohama 204

(Through June 3, 2016)

Source: Nippon TV Nippon Ham-Yomiuri Broadcast 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Nikkan Sports: Inter-league Victories

Inter-league Victories

Name JPN Name ENG Team W-L
杉内 俊哉 Sugiuchi, Toshiya Yomiuri 26-13
和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Softbank 22-10
涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki Lotte 22-17
田中 将大 Tanaka, Masahiro Rakuten 21-6
成瀬 善久 Naruse, Yoshihisa Yakult 21-16
石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori Yakult 21-17
内海 哲也 Utsumi, Tetsuya Yomiuri 21-18
久保 康友 Kubo, Yasutomo Yokohama 21-13

(Through June 3, 2016)

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano notches fortieth career win

Tomoyuki Sugano picked up the fortieth victory of his career on June 3 in a game against Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome. He became the fifth pitcher in franchise history since the start of the draft to win forty games within their first four years in the NPB. The other four pitchers: Tsuneo Horiuchi and Suguru Egawa in three years and Masumi Kuwata and Koji Uehara in four years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Marcos Mateo plays catch at forty meters

Marcos Mateo played catch at Naruohama on June 4. He managed to stretch his throws out to forty meters. He resumed playing catch on June 3 and maxed out at twenty meters. The pain in his right shoulder is slowly going away.

Mateo will try to throw a little further tomorrow. If there are no issues, he could resume throwing in the bullpen some time next week.

Source: Daily Sports 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Seibu signs partnership agreement with Saitama

The Seibu Lions finalized a comprehensive partnership agreement with Saitama Prefecture on June 3. The Lions are the first professional baseball team to sign such an agreement with a prefecture. The two sides are hoping to promote growth through tourism and sports in the region.

Source: Saitama Shimbun 6/4/2016, Sponichi 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Jae-Hoon Ha goes 1-for-4 in Ni-gun debut

Jae-Hoon Ha played in his first Ni-gun game for Yakult on June 3. He got the start in right and batted lead-off against Yokohama at Bay Stars Stadium. He went 1-for-4: F8, BB, 1B5, G1, F1. This was his first game in about a week.

Source: Sponichi 6/4/2016


[6/4/2016] Hiroshima Carp lock Kris Johnson up for three more years

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they signed thirty-one-year-old Kris Johnson to a three-year extension. Media reports are breaking down the agreement as follows:

  • a signing bonus of one million US dollars
  • a yearly salary of three million US dollars
  • plus yearly performance bonuses that could max out at over one million US dollars (according to Daily Sports)

Source: Hiroshima announcement, Daily Sports 6/4/2016, Sports Hochi 6/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/4/2016


[6/3/2016] Softbank Hawks go back-to-back-to-back

The Softbank Hawks went back-to-back-to-back against the Hrisohima Carp at Mazda Stadium on June 3. It happened in the third inning with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound for Hiroshima. With one out and the bases empty, Yuki Yanagita hit a home run to left-center (2-2 pitch), followed by Seiichi Uchikawa with a drive that just made it over the left field fence (1-0 pitch), and topped off by Nobuhiro Matsuda with a shot to right-center (1-0 pitch).

For Softbank, it was the first time three players went back-to-back-to-back since Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Kenji Jojima, and Julio Zuleta in 2005 on April 16 against Lotte and July 3 against Orix.

Hiroshima’s Brad Eldred, Seiya Suzuki, and Shota Dobayashi went back-to-back-to-back earlier this year against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on April 26.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Yudai Ono set to make start on June 4 against Rakuten

Yudai Ono (left elbow) joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today and threw forty pitches in the bullpen. He will be activated in time for a start on June 4 against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome. It will be his first Ichi-gun start since April 8 (Yomiuri at Nagoya Dome).

Ono pitched in two Ni-gun rehab games and did not allow a run in 11.1 innings of work (46 BF, 9 H, 3 BB, 8 SO).

Source: Sports Hochi 6/3/2016, Sponichi 6/3/2016


[6/3/2016] Yasushi Iihara earns international FA option

Yasushi Iihara earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 6/3/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 137 84 49 4
Hanshin 133 72 58 3
Yokohama 133 66 63 4
Yomiuri 134 67 64 3
Chunichi 134 57 72 5
Yakult 135 44 89 2
Softbank 134 90 44 0
Seibu 135 75 57 3
Rakuten 128 70 56 2
Orix 131 61 69 1
Nippon Ham 131 51 80 0
Lotte 133 48 84 1
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