[7/20/2017] 88th Inter-City Tournament: Day 7

Game 1 – 10:31

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NTT東日本
NTT Higashi Nihon
0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 6 14 1
トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 11 1

Official Box Score

  • Shuhei Fukuda started at short and batted second for NTT Higashi Nihon. He went 3-for-5: infield single to second in the first inning, one-run double to second in the third, single to left in the fifth, fly out to left in the seventh, fly out to second in the ninth.
  • Ryota Ito got the start in center and batted ninth for NTT Higashi Nihon. He went 2-for-4: reach on error by first baseman in the third inning, strikeout looking in the fifth, single to right in the seventh, two-run double to right in the eighth.
  • Shogo Suenaga pitched four shutout innings in relief for NTT Higashi Nihon. He faced fourteen hitters, allowed two hits, hit one, and struck out four.

Game 2 – 14:19

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
ホンダ
Honda
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
新日鉄住金東海REX
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX
1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 × 3 9 1

Official Box Score

  • Shohei Hatakeyama started the game for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX and pitched six shutout innings. He faced twenty-three hitters, allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out seven.
  • Hiroshi Suzuki (Yamaha) tossed three shutout innings in relief for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX. He faced thirteen batters, gave up one hit, walked three, and struck out four.
  • Koki Fukuda got the start a first and batted sixth. He went 2-for-3: fly out to left in the first inning, double to right in the fourth, one-run single to right in the sixth.

Game 3 – 18:01

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
JR東日本
JR Higashi Nihon
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 × 3 8 0

Official Box Score

  • Daiki Tajima got the start for JR Higashi Nihon and recorded a shutout. He faced thirty-four, allowed four hits, walked three, hit three, and struck out eight.
  • Tatsuya Maruko started at first and batted third. He went 1-for-3: ground out to second in the first inning, one-run single to center in the third, fly out to left in the sixth, walk in the eighth.
  • Akira Matsumoto was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth. He went 1-for-4: ground out to short in the first inning, ground out to short in the third, strikeout swinging in the sixth, two-run double to left-center in the eighth.

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[7/19/2017] Kento Itohara hurts right knee

Kento Itohara hurt his right knee while playing defense in the eighth inning of tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. Itohara was attempting to catch a pop fly hit by Xavier Batista when he lost his balance and fell (he also dropped the ball).

Itohara could not stand up and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2017, Daily Sports 7/19/2017, Sponichi 7/19/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:24pm]

The Hanshin Tigers announced today that Itohara was diagnosed with medial collateral ligament injury in his right knee. They did not release information about how much time he might miss. He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Daily Sports 7/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2017

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[7/19/2017] Kazuya Fujita taken off active roster

Kazuya Fujita was taken off the active roster today with lower back pain. He was having problems since before the All-Star break.

Source: Sanspo 7/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2017

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[7/19/2017] 88th Inter-City Tournament: Day 6

Game 1 – 10:31

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
東邦ガス
Toho Gas
0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 12 1
セガサミー
Sega Sammy
0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 × 8 8 1

Official Box Score

  • Shigeru Imura (Meiji Yasuda Seimei) started at third and batted sixth for Sega Sammy. He went 1-for-2: walk in the second inning, ground out to third in the third, hit by pitch in the fifth, two-run home run to left in the seventh.
  • Ryohei Suda got the start at catcher and batted seventh for Sega Sammy. He went 1-for-3: two-run double to left-center in the second inning, walk in the third, ground out to third double play in the fifth, fly out to left in the seventh.
  • Taichi Tanaka made an appearance in relief for Sega Sammy. He did not allow a run or a hit over 1.2 innings of work. He faced five hitters, walked none, and struck out two.

Game 2 – 14:31

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
東 芝
Toshiba
0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 10 0
日本新薬
Nippon Shinyaku
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0

Official Box Score

  • Hiroki Enokida started the game for Nippon Shinyaku and gave uo three runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings of work. He faced twenty-nine, walked one, and struck out four.
  • Asahi Sato got the start in center and batted lead-off. He went 2-for-4: strikeout swinging in the first inning, walk in the third inning, double to center in the fifth inning, RBI single to center in the seventh inning, strikeout swinging in the ninth inning.
  • Junpei Horimai started at short and batted second. He went 2-for-5: line out to short in the first inning, one-run double to right in the third, strikeout swinging in the fifth,single to left in the seventh, strikeout swinging in the eighth.

Game 3 – 18:01

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
新日鉄住金鹿島
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima
0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 8 1
西濃運輸
Seino Unyu
5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 × 6 10 0

Official Box Score

  • Kazunari Sakamoto was the designated hitter and batted fifth for Seino Unyu. He went 2-for-3: one-run double to left in the first inning, ground out to the pitcher in the second, single to center in th fourth, sac bunt in the seventh.
  • Takumi Ito started at third and batted sixth for Seino Unyu.. He went 2-for-4: three-run home run in the first inning, strikeout looking in the third, fly out to short in the fourth, single to left in the seventh.
  • Yuki Takeno made an appearance out of the bullpen for Seino Unyu. He did not allow a run or hit over 1.2 innings of work. He faced five batters, walked one, and struck out two.

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[7/18/2017] Kazuki Yoshimi leaves start with toe blister

Kazuki Yoshimi left the mound for treatment against the Yomiuri Giants at Nagoya Dome on July 18 after he walked Daikan Yoh with a runner on second and two out in the sixth inning. He did not return and was replaced by Ryuya Ogawa.

The media later learned Yoshimi was taken out of the game because of a painful blister on his right big toe. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

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[7/18/2017] 88th Inter-City Tournament: Day 5

Game 1 – 10:31

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
日本通運
Nippon Tsuun
2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
三菱重工広島
Mitsubishi Juko Hiroshima
0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 13 1

Official Box Score

  • Rio Kitagawa started at third and batted clean-up for Nippon Tsuun. He went 3-for-4: two-run single to left in the first inning, one-run single to center in the second, walk in the fifth, single to center in the seventh, strikeout looking in the ninth.
  • Ryusei Kawano made a relief appearance for Mitsubishi Juko Hiroshima. He did not allow a run over 4.2 innings of work. He faced eighteen, allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Game 2 – 14:40

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 9 1
日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho
0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 10 0

Official Box Score

  • Shunta Tanaka started at second and batted third for Hitachi Seisakusho. He went 3-for-4: single to right in the first inning, solo home run to right in the fourth, reached on a throwing error by the shortstop in the sixth, one-run single to center in the seventh. Tanaka’s home run in the fourth inning was the tournament’s 3,100th home run (Sponichi 7/18/2017).
  • Former Yakult Swallow Tsugio Sato (Yamaha) started at second and batted fourth for Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya. He went 2-for-4: two-run double to leftin the first inning, strikeout looking in the third, fly out to center in the fifth, single left in the eighth (replaced by pinch-runner).
  • Former Chunichi Dragon Ryoji Nakata (JR Tokai) started at designated hitter and batted fifth for Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya. He went 1-for-3: one-run single to left in the first inning, fly out to center in the third, fly out to center in the sixth, sac fly to left.
  • Atsushi Wakabayashi (JR Tokai) started the game for Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya. He gave up three runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings of work. He faced twenty-nine hitters, walked two, and struck out eight.

Game 3 – 18:20

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
新日鉄住金東海REX
Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 0
JR北海道クラブ
JR Hokkaido Baseball Club
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2

Official Box Score

  • Suguru Takeishi got the start for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX. He pitched seven shutout innings. He faced twenty-seven hitters, allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out five.
  • Harutaka Kutani (Yamaha) tossed three shutout innings in relief for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX. He faced the minimum nine batters, did not issue any walks, and struck out one.
  • Yohei Hamaguchi started in right and batted lead-off for Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Tokai REX. He went 2-for-5: fly out to third in the first inning, single to right in the third, fly out to the center in the fifth, ground out to the pitcher (double play), two-run triple in the tenth.

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[7/18/2017] Kenya Wakatsuki hit in the head by a pitch

Yuki Karakawa hit Kenya Wakatsuki in the head with a pitch during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at ZOZO Marine Stadium. He was immediately ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch.

The incident took place in the third inning with no one on base and two out. Karakawa threw an 0-1 fastball that struck Wakatsuki in the head. The twenty-one-year-old catcher could not stand up (he was conscious) and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests.

Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 3:58am]

Wakatsuki was diagnosed with a bruise on his upper left jaw. There were no abnormalities to the brain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:19pm]

The Buffaloes are planning to give Wakatsuki time off until July 21. They re-evaluate his condition to determine if he is ready to play. Katsuki Yamazaki is on standby if Wakatsuki is unable to play.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2017

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[7/18/2017] Shun Yamaguchi in trouble after incident on July 11

Shun Yamaguchi was scratched from his start against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome tonight because of an incident earlier this month.

According to the Yomiuri Giants, Yamaguchi was drinking with a friend at a restaurant in Tokyo on July 11 (also his birthday).  He got drunk and hurt his right hand. He went to a hospital for treatment, and in the process, may have broken a door and injured a male security guard. The Giants learned about incident today. They have decided to pull him from the rotation for the time being. They are still in the process of determining what exactly happened.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017, Daily Sports 7/18/2017, Daily Sports 7/18/2017Sponichi 7/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 4:12am]

Tokyo Sports is reporting that the hospital already filed a damage report with police. Additional details about the incident have also been released.

Meguro police responded to a call on July 11. By the time they arrived, Yamaguchi was already gone. However, there was surveillance camera footage. The security guard reportedly suffered injuries that will take about two weeks to heal. A wooden door was was dented. There was no broken glass.

Police have not yet been contacted by Yamaguchi or the Giants. They were caught off guard when they learned the team made an announcement to the media.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 3:23am]

While the last update made it sound like Yamaguchi was the individual that damaged a door and hurt a security guard, neither the police or the Giants have actually named him as the perpetrator. Both the police and the Giants are still investigating what happened.

A little more has been revealed by the media.

From the Giants:

  • July 11 was Yamaguchi’s thirtieth birthday.
  • He was at a restaurant with a friend.
  • He got drunk and hurt his right hand on some glass.
  • He went to a hospital for treatment and may have damaged a door and hurt a security guard.
  • The Giants learned about the incident on the morning of July 18.
  • The Giants decided to refrain from using Yamaguchi for the time being. They are still in the middle of their own internal investigation.

From the police:

  • An individual that might be Yamaguchi and a friend visited a hospital.
  • The individual refused to be examined.
  • The individual got into a scuffle with a security guard and caused injuries (hip and chest) that will require about two weeks to heal.
  • When police responded to an emergency call (110), the individual was already gone.
  • The individual was not examined by hospital staff.
  • There is security camera footage of a man getting into a scuffle with the guard. But the footage is not clear so the suspect is unknown.
  • Damage reports were filed.
  • The police noticed similarities in their incident and the Giants’ incident and are looking into a possible connection with Yamaguchi.

Media:

  • The injury to Yamaguchi’s hand was not serious.
  • Yamaguchi does not appear to have any injuries on his right hand in a photo take by the media during a charity event on July 17.
  • Yamaguchi was able to participate in practices and toss a bullpen session after the incident.
  • Yamaguchi apparently did not report the incident to the Giants right away.
  • Yamaguchi was pulled from his start after the incident came to light.
  • Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on July 19.
  • Yamaguchi did not show up at Giants Stadium to practice on July 19.

Source: Chunichi Sports 7/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/19/2017, Daily Sports 7/19/2017, Daily Sports 7/19/2017Sponichi 7/19/2017, Sponichi 7/19/2017Sanspo 7/19/2017

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[7/18/2017] Yoshio Itoi taken off active roster

Yoshio Itoi was examined at a hospital in Amagasaki, Hyogo today and diagnosed with a contusion on his right abdominal oblique muscle. He will most likely need at least two to three weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster today. Jason Rogers was called up to take his spot on the roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017, Daily Sports 7/18/2017


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[7/17/2017] Yoshio Itoi hurts right side on swing

Yoshio Itoi hurt his right side during an at bat in the fifth inning of tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. Itoi swung and missed at a 2-1 pitch and grabbed his right side. A Hanshin trainer popped out of the dugout to check on the veteran. Itoi left the field for treatment but did not return. He was replaced by Shun Takayama.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2017, Daily Sports 7/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017

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Hiroshima 89 56 31 2
Hanshin 85 46 39 0
Yokohama 88 45 40 3
Yomiuri 88 41 46 1
Chunichi 90 39 48 3
Yakult 88 29 57 2
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Rakuten 81 55 25 1
Softbank 89 58 31 0
Seibu 85 46 37 2
Orix 85 38 46 1
Nippon Ham 88 32 56 0
Lotte 86 28 57 1
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