The Chiba Lotte Marines recorded two walk-off victories against Rakuten this past weekend: 13-12 on May 14 and 9-8 on May 15. The twenty-two runs they scored is most for back-to-back walk-off victory NPB games since 1950. The previous record of twenty-one was set by Yokohama in 1998: an 8-7 win over Yomiuri on July 14 and a 13-12 win over Yomiuri on July 15.
Lotte also became the first team to score a total twenty or more runs in back-to-back victories since Yakult in 1993 (14-7 win against Hiroshima on May 18 and 17-16 win against Hiroshima on May 19).
This marked the first time Lotte recorded back-to-back walk-off extra-inning victories since 2013 (against Orix, March 29 and 30).0 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka experienced some issues with the fingertips on his right hand during his last Ni-gun start on may 14. He is expected to get the fingers examined by a doctor. Ni-gun pitching/rehab coach Manabu Saito thought it could either be a circulatory disorder or nerve disorder.0 Comments
Shohei Otani started a game against Seibu at Sapporo Dome on May 15 and tied his personal and NPB high twice with pitches that hit 162km/h: both times in the fifth inning, third pitch to Ernesto Mejia (strike looking) and third pitch to Hideto Asamura (fouled off).
Otani has topped 162km/h six other times:
Otani also hit 162km/h during an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 2, 2016 (fourth inning, second pitch to Garrett Jones – strike swinging).
Otani also picked up his nineteenth career double-digit strikeout game on May 15. It was his third in as many starts. He joined Yu Darvish (five in a row one, four in a row twice, three in a row once) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record three or more double-digit strikeout games in a row.0 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata made his Ichi-gun debut on May 14 with a start against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome. He walked in three runners in a row in the second inning and became just the second rookie in NPB history to walk in three in a row in their debut game. The other rookie was Hiroshi Onodera on June 18, 1940. Two other rookies have also walked in three in a row (not in their debut games): Kazuyoshi Matsuura on December 6, 1936 and Takayasu Kato on August 16, 1994.
The NPB record of four was set by Takeo Mizobe on April 20, 1947. Since 1950 (start of the two leagues), fifteen other pitchers (eight Central League and seven Pacific League) have walked in three runners in a row. The last pitcher prior to Tawata was Yuya Kubo on August 14, 2014. Only one other pitcher in Seibu franchise history has walked in three runners in a row: Katsuhiro Maeda on July 18, 1995.0 Comments
Tsuyoshi Nishioka did not participate in general workouts at Naruohama on May 14 and instead focused on his rehab (aggravated left hamstring). The media learned on May 15 that Nishioka will be checked out by the team doctor on May 18.0 Comments
According to Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers could go with the following three starters for their next two series:
Chunichi at Koshien
Hiroshima at Koshien
Source: Sanspo 5/16/20160 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced on May 15 that Masato Kumashiro’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,226 grams, at a hospital in Imabari, Ehime on May 2.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) is currently slated to participate in fielding practices at catcher during Ni-gun workouts on May 20. Assuming no problems, he will get the start at catcher during a Ni-gun rehab game on May 25 against Yokohama. The goal is to make it to the active roster in time for the start of Inter-league play on May 31.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/20160 Comments
Toshiki Sakurai tossed a bullpen session today. He threw twenty fastballs to a squatting catcher. It was his second session in as many days, first to a squatting catcher. He told reporters he no longer felt discomfort in the elbow.
Sakurai is expected to add off-speed pitches during his next session after May 16. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in June.
Source: Sponichi 5/15/20160 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars unveiled their Yokohama Star Night 2016 uniforms today. The uniforms will be worn during three Star Night games this season.
Star Night Games
Source: Yokohama announcement0 Comments