|1||07/12||Tue||18:00||HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata||Japan||2-1||USA|
|2||07/13||Wed||18:00||HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata||USA||0-1||Japan|
|Make-up||07/14||Thu||12:00||HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata|
|3||07/15||Fri||18:00||Meiji Jingu Stadium||Japan||0-1||USA|
|4||07/16||Sat||18:30||Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium||USA||10-2||Japan|
|5||07/17||Sun||18:00||Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium||Japan||5-4||USA|
|Make-up||07/18||Mon||11:00||Meiji Jingu Stadium|
The Samurai Japan collegiate team played a practice game against Niigata Iryo Fukushi University at HARD OFF ECO Stadium Niigata earlier today. Haruhiro Hamaguchi started the game and tossed four shutout innings. He faced thirteen hitters, did not allow a hit or a walk, and struck out ten. Shunpei Yoshikawa (two innings, six hitters), Masashi Ito (one inning), Hiromasa Saito (one inning), and Koya Mizuno (one inning) also pitched in the game. The five pitchers combined for a no-hitter and recorded a total twenty strikeouts against Niigata Iryo.
The offense scored a run in the seventh (a single and a stolen base by Chihiro Onishi, and an RBI single to left by Takuya Sato), a run in the eighth (with the help of an error), and two in the ninth (timely hits from Yusuke Oyama and Naoki Yoshikawa).
Samurai Japan beat Niigata Iryo 4-0.
The Japan-USA University Baseball Championship begins on July 12.0 Comments
Seibu Lions official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they had no plans to replace Norio Tanabe in the middle of season. Former manager Haruki Ihara left his position early in 2014.
Source: Daily Sports 7/10/20160 Comments
Tomoyuki Sugano recorded his fourth complete game victory of the season on July 9 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome. He is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record at least four complete game victories before the All-Star break since Tetsuya Utsumi racked up five in 2006 and the first right-handed Yomiuri pitcher since Koji Uehara notched four in 2002.
Sugano also set a career high for strikeouts in a game on July 9 with thirteen. He set his previous high of twelve twice: against Seibu on May 18, 2013 and against Hanshin on April 28, 2016.
Source: Sanspo 7/10/20160 Comments
Kazuhisa Makita (right knee) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya earlier today. He entered the game in the seventh and gave up one hit in a shutout inning of relief. All three outs came on infield grounders.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/20160 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada blasted the 100th home run of his career during tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium. He is the 277th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-three years and eleven months, he is the youngest player in Yakult history to hit 100 home runs (tied for eighth with Masayuki Kakefu on the all-time list). The previous record of twenty-four years and seven months was held by Takahiro Ikeyama.
Yamada hit his first home run on at Tokyo Dome against Yomiuri on August 10, 2012.0 Comments
This is a brief summary of Yoshinori Sato’s injury history, according to Nikkan Sports.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/20160 Comments
Ricardo Nanita suffered an injury (either his right or left side) when he dove for a baseball while playing defense in the fifth inning against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium earlier today. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital during the game.
[UPDATE @ 10:43pm]
Nanita was taken to a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a bruise on the right side of his chest.
Source: Sanspo 7/10/2016
[UPDATE 7/12 @ 12:28am]
Nanita was with the team but was not available to play in tonight’s game against Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium. He was able to do some light practices before the game (running is not a problem). The Bay Stars are not expected to take him off the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/20160 Comments
Shohei Otani left his start against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Sapporo Dome with torn blister on his right middle finger (he left the game with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh inning). The condition of Otani’s blister is bad enough that it might force him to sit out the All-Star series.
[UPDATE 7/12 @ 6:54pm]
The NPB is discussing the possibility of allowing Otani to participate in the series as a hitter, despite making the roster as a pitcher. There are no specific rules about how pitchers are supposed to be used during the series, so the NPB may allow it.
Otani’s first priority is still to get himself ready to pitch. He might not be able to throw at full strength, but he might be able to get through an inning.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows hit one million in attendance today. They reached the milestone in their forty-third home game of the year, four games fewer than last year.0 Comments