Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione, Saitama Astraia – September 17,18

September 17 at Urawa Stadium – 14:00

Canceled due to rain.

Source: JWBL 9/17/2017


September 18 at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 8 1
Saitama Astraia 0 0 3 4 0 0 × 7 14 1

WP: Rina Taniyama (24 G, 7-2, 1 Sv)
Sv: Miku Kayano (20 G, 2-2, 3 Sv)
LP: Ayami Sato (21 G, 9-6, 2 Sv)

Game Time: 2h10m
Attendance: 1021

Hero Interview

  • Miri Iwaya = 2-for-4: 2B8, HR7 three RBI, G5fc one RBI, F9. She hit her third home run of the year and recorded four RBI.
  • Rina Taniyama = 19 BF, 66 NP, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER. She tossed five shutout innings.

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[9/19/2017] Tie-break rules and start date for 90th Spring Koshien

The steering committee for the 90th Spring Koshien met in Osaka today. Tie-break rules will be added beginning next year. The rules will take effect in the thirteenth inning. Additional details will be decided later (some time by November).

Note: 131 games Spring/Summer tournament games have gone into extra innings since 2000. Of the 131 games, twenty-one required more than twelve innings, or about sixteen percent of all extra inning games.

The ninetieth Spring Koshien will feature thirty-six schools, four more than usual. Thirty-two schools will be regular selections, three twenty-first century selections, and one Jingu Tournament slot.

Regular Selection Regions

Hokkaido (one), Tohoku (three), Kanto/Tokyo (six), Hokushinetsu (three), Tokai (three), Kinki (six), Chugoku (three), Shikoku (three), Kyushu (four).

The Tohoku, Hokushinetsu, and Tokai regions will each have an extra slot compared to previous years. The Chugoku/Shikoku regions usually have two each and share one slot for a total of five, but will each have three.

The tournament will take place over thirteen days beginning on March 23, 2018. The selection committee will meet on January 26, 2018. Brackets will be decided on March 16, 2018.

Source: Sanspo 9/19/2017, Sanspo 9/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017, Daily Sports 9/19/2017Sponichi 9/19/2017, Sponichi 9/19/2017, Asahi 9/19/2017

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LOT

[9/19/2017] Shunichi Nemoto fined for September 16 ejection

The NPB issued Shunichi Nemoto a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine for his ejection from a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on September 16. Nemoto was ejected after he got into a argument with the home plate umpire.

Source: NPB 9/19/2017

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[9/19/2017] Takahiro Arai will still have a big role in 2018

The Hiroshima Carp would like forty-year-old veteran Takahiro Arai to return next year. Arai also seems to be interested in remaining active. He told reporters that while he was at a point in his career where his own feelings were no longer enough to keep him going, he still felt motivated to play when he thought about the cheering fans.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2017

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[9/19/2017] Now you can have your very own Shohei Otani

The Nippon Ham Fighters are selling a life-size figure of Shohei Otani at their official team store, On-Deck. The figure is part of a grand re-opening sale. There is only one figure and it carries a price tag of 1,111,111 yen (based on Otani’s uniform number 11).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017

[UPDATE 9/20 @ 9:51pm]

A Sapporo man in his sixties purchased the figure today before 6:00pm. He paid in cash. He plans to put it on display at his company.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017

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[9/18/2017] Start times for the CL Final Stage of the Climax Series

The Hiroshima Carp posted start times for the Central League’s Final Stage of the Climax Series today.

Date Match-up Venue Start
10/18 Wed CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/19 Thu CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/20 Fri CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/21 Sat CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 13:30
10/22 Sun CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 13:30
10/23 Mon CS Final Stage vs First Stage Winner Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/24 Tue Make-up Date Mazda Stadium 18:00
10/25 Wed Make-up Date Mazda Stadium 18:00

Tickets will be sold in two rounds: lottery (between September 22 at 10:00 until September 24 at 18:00) and first-come, first-served (from October 4 at 10:00). Visitor Performance seats will go on sale at 10:00 on the day after the First Stage Winner is decided.

Source: Hiroshima 9/18/2017

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[9/18/2017] Livan Moinelo leaves game with elbow tightness

Livan Moinelo left tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions with tightness in his left elbow.

Moinelo took the moun/d in the tenth inning and gave up a lead-off double to Sosuke Genda. He retired Hideto Asamura on a fly ball to left, then walked Ryo Sakata. Genda stole third to put runners on first and third. Moinelo allowed the game-tying run to score when he surrendered a single to right to Tomoya Mori. Moinelo was removed from the game as a precaution after throwing three pitches to the next batter, Yuji Kaneko.

Moinelo is scheduled to get the elbow checked out at a hospital in Sapporo tomorrow (September 19).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:03pm]

Moinelo was taken off the active roster today with a tight left elbow. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo. His condition does not appear to be serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017

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[9/18/2017] Joe Wieland expected to return in 2018

The media learned today that the Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in having Joe Wieland return next year. They apparently signed him to a one-year contract that includes a team option for 2018. Wieland told reporters he had not yet heard anything official but did enjoy playing in Japan and would be happy to return.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2017, Daily Sports 9/18/2017, Sponichi 9/18/2017

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[9/18/2017] Hiroshima Carp clinch first in Central League

The Hiroshima Carp clinched first place in the Central League today by beating the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium, 3-2. Koichi Ogata was tossed into the air eleven times as players celebrated their victory.

  • The Carp won two pennants in a row for the second time in franchise history. The first time: 1979-1980. This was their eighth CL pennant overall.
  • Seiya Suzuki and Masato Akamatsu were at the stadium for the game and took part in the on-field celebration after the game.
  • Celebrations took place at the team hotel in Kobe. The Carp went through about 4,000 bottles of beer in roughly twenty minutes. Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017, Sports Hochi 9/18/2017
  • Over fifty fans greeted the Carp at their team hotel after the game. Source: Nikkan Spots 9/18/2017
  • Some tickets to the game were hitting 82,000yen at an auction site (third base side, reserved, 4,500 yen). Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017
  • There was no specific reason why Ogata was tossed into the air eleven times. It apparently just sort of happened that way. Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2017
  • Celebration sales at stores in Hiroshima began on September 19. Some customers started lining up at stores early in the morning. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2017
  • The Carp returned to Hiroshima today. About 1,800 fans crowded the JR Hiroshima Station. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2017, Sports Hochi 9/19/2017
  • TV ratings for the game in the Hiroshima region: 35.9%, peak 55.1%. Source: Daily Sports 9/19/2017
    • TV ratings for the game against Yakult on September 16 (a win would have meant clinching first): first-half 45.7% and second-half 48.8%, peak 63.3%.
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[9/18/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines still on the fence with Wily Mo Pena

The Chiba Lotte Marines have not made a final decision on Wily Mo Pena, but appear to at least be interested in having him return next year.

Pena has a 29.2 SO% and an 8.2 BB%, but has also provided the team with some pop: thirteen doubles and thirteen home runs in sixty-one games through September 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
G W L T
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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