[6/18/2016] Seiya Suzuki blasts second walk-off homer in as many days

Seiya Suzuki blasted his second walk-off home run in as many days on June 18. He is the tenth player in NPB history to accomplish the feat, first since Aarom Baldiris in 2012 (April 30 and May 1); seventh player in Central League history, first since Ryosuke Hirata in 2011 (June 4 and 5); and second in franchise history, first since Kiyoyuki Nagashima in 1984 (September 15 and 16). At twenty-one years and ten months, he became the youngest player to accomplish the feat. The previous record of twenty-two years and ten months belonged to Nagashima.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2016, Jiji Press 6/18/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/19/2016

[UPDATE 6/20 @ 4:56pm]

Suzuki hit another home run on June 19 for his third in as many days. All three home runs gave the Carp a lead. Tadahito Iguchi was the last player before him to drive in game-winning runs with home runs in three consecutive games: in 2009 on May 10 against Rakuten and May 12-13 against Softbank. Suzuki is the third player in franchise history to achieve the feat. The other two: Hiromu Fujii in 1960 on Spemtember 23 against Kokutetsu and September 25 during a double-header against Chunichi; and Akira Eto in 1996 on June 30 against Yomiuri and July 2-3 against Yokohama.

Source: Sponichi 6/20/2016


[6/18/2016] BC League: Gunma clinches first in Future East

The Gunma Diamond Pegasus clinched first place in the Future East division for the first-half of the season earlier today with a 10-0 win over the Fukushima Hopes.

The Advance West division is still up for grabs. The Ishikawa Million Stars are currently in first place with one game left to play.

Ishikawa can win the division if:

  • they win their game against the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds
  • they tie their game and the second place Fukui Miracle Elephants ties or loses their game against the Shinano Grandserows
  • they lose their game and Fukui loses their game

Fukui can win the division if:

  • they win their game and Ishikawa ties or loses their game
  • they tie their game and Ishikawa loses their game

Source: BC League announcement (Future East), BC League announcement (Advance West)


[6/18/2016] 87th Inter-City Tournament Schedule

Gm Date Time First Base Score Third Base
1-1 07/15 Fri 18:30 日本生命
Nihon Seimei
0-4 三菱日立パワーシステムズ横浜
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama
2-1 07/16 Sat 10:30 JFE東日本
JFE Higashi Nihon
4-9 ヤマハ
2-2 07/16 Sat 14:00 七十七銀行
Shichiju-shichi Ginko
0-2 トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
2-3 07/16 Sat 18:00 東京ガス
Tokyo Gas
2-0 NTT西日本
NTT Nishi Nihon
3-1 07/17 Sun 10:30 Honda熊本
Honda Kumamoto
2-5 日本新薬
Nippon Shinyaku
3-2 07/17 Sun 14:00 Honda鈴鹿
Honda Suzuka
10-1 JFE西日本
JFE Nishi Nihon
3-3 07/17 Sun 18:00 王子
2-0 JR東日本
JR Higashi Nihon
4-1 07/18 Mon 10:30 新日鐵住金鹿島
Shinnittetsu Sumikin Kashima
1-2 JR北海道
JR Hokkaido
4-2 07/18 Mon 14:00 新日鐵住金かずさマジック
Shinnittetsu Sumikin Kazusa Magic
1-6 JR西日本
JR Nishi Nihon
4-3 07/18 Mon 18:00 四国銀行
Shikoku Ginko
3-11 NTT東日本
NTT Higashi Nihon
5-1 07/19 Tue 10:30 大阪ガス
Osaka Gas
0-2 西濃運輸
Seino Unyu
5-2 07/19 Tue 14:00 パナソニック
3-4 きらやか銀行
Kirayaka Ginko
5-3 07/19 Tue 18:00 JR九州
JR Kyushu
1-0 東芝
6-1 07/20 Wed 10:30 三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
5-1 信越硬式野球クラブ
Shinetsu Koshiki Yakyu Club
6-2 07/20 Wed 14:00 日本通運
Nippon Tsuun
6-3 西部ガス
Saibu Gas
6-3 07/20 Wed 18:00 三菱重工神戸・高砂
Mitsubishi Juko Kobe/Takasago
3-4 日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho
7-1 07/21 Thu 10:30 三菱日立パワーシステムズ横浜
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama
0-5 NTT東日本
NTT Higashi Nihon
7-2 07/21 Thu 14:00 JR西日本
JR Nishi Nihon
1-6 トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
7-3 07/21 Thu 18:00 きらやか銀行
Kirayaka Ginko
1-2 西濃運輸
Seino Unyu
8-1 07/22 Fri 10:30 JR九州
JR Kyushu
9-1 ヤマハ
8-2 07/22 Fri 14:00 Honda鈴鹿
Honda Suzuka
2-0 王子
8-3 07/22 Fri 18:00 日本通運
Nippon Tsuun
3-8 日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho
9-1 07/23 Sat 10:30 日本新薬
Nippon Shinyaku
9-1 JR北海道
JR Hokkaido
9-2 07/23 Sat 14:00 三菱重工名古屋
Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya
3-4 東京ガス
Tokyo Gas
9-3 07/23 Sat 18:00 NTT東日本
NTT Higashi Nihon
1-5 トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
10-1 07/24 Sun 10:30 西濃運輸
Seino Unyu
5-4 JR九州
JR Kyushu
10-2 07/24 Sun 14:00 Honda鈴鹿
Honda Suzuka
1-6 日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho
10-3 07/24 Sun 18:00 日本新薬
Nippon Shinyaku
3-4 東京ガス
Tokyo Gas
11-1 07/25 Mon 13:30 トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
5-0 西濃運輸
Seino Unyu
11-2 07/25 Mon 13:30 日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho
2-0 東京ガス
Tokyo Gas
12-1 07/26 Tue 18:00 トヨタ自動車
Toyota Jidosha
4-0 日立製作所
Hitachi Seisakusho

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[6/18/2016] Kakeru Narita tosses five shutout innings in Ni-gun game

Kakeru Narita made his official Ni-gun debut earlier today during an Eastern League game against Yakult. He started the game and tossed five shutout innings. He faced seventeen hitters, threw sixty-nine pitches, allowed two hits, struck out one, and walked none. He topped out at 140km/h.

Source: Sanspo 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Kenji Yano earns international FA option

Kenji Yano (35) earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Hideaki Wakui records twenty-third Inter-league victory

Hideaki Wakui recorded a complete game victory against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on June 17.

  • This was his first victory against the Giants since June 1, 2011. Coming into the game, he was 0-3 in three games at Tokyo Dome against the Giants. He now has a victory at all twelve different opposing team’s main home stadiums.
  • This was his second complete game victory in a Lotte uniform (April 4, 2015 against Rakuten).
  • He moved into sole possession of first place on the all-time list for Inter-league complete games with thirteen. He started the day tied with Yu Darvish and Toshiya Sugiuchi.
  • His twenty-three Inter-league victories is good for sole possession of third on the all-time list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Ikuhiro Kiyota out of starting line-up with stye

Ikuhiro Kiyota developed a stye in his right eye and was left out of the starting line-up today (June 18) against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome.

Kiyota was able to take two rounds of batting practice despite a swollen right eye.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Luis Cruz set to return after additional tests in the United States

Luis Cruz was taken off the active roster on June 11, most likely because of lingering pain in his left ankle. He left for the United States for second opinions on June 14. His tests ended on June 17. He is now expected to return to Japan to start a rehab program.

Cruz opted for nonsurgical treatment and will probably require about a month for a recovery.

Source: Sanspo 6/18/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:40pm]

Cruz returned to Japan on June 17. He visited Giants Stadium earlier today to give the team an update on his status.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Tetsuto Yamada has home runs against eleven different teams this season

Tetsuto Yamada hit a home run against the Seibu Lions on June 17 and became the fifteenth player* since the start of Inter-league play to hit home runs against eleven different teams in one season. Four other Yakult players have also hit home runs against eleven different teams in one season: Alex Ramirez (2006), Adam Riggs (2006), Aaron Guiel (2007) and Wladimir Balentien (2013).

Nine players achieved the milestone in 2005 and 2006 when Inter-league player consisted of thirty-six games. Seven between 2007 and 2014 when teams played twenty-four games. Yamada is the first since the Inter-league season was shortened to eighteen in 2015.

Yamada (his seventieth game of the season) joined Tyrone Woods (2008, his sixty-second game of the season) and Balentien (his fiftieth game of the season) as the only players to accomplish the feat before the end of Inter-league play.

* Accomplished seventeen times by fifteen different players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sanspo 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Samurai Japan Collegiate Team: three-day mini-camp, day 1

A three-day mini-camp for the Japan-USA University Baseball Championship began on June 17. Players participated in an intra-squad/batting practice game on the first day. There are currently fifty candidates for the roster. The final roster of twenty-four will be released after the three-day mini-camp.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Reds 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 6
Whites 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 3

Fifty scouts from twelve Japan and US teams were at the game. (Or, according to Sanspo, fifty-one scouts from ten NPB teams, not including Yomiuri and Yakult.)

Kohei Miyadai started the game for the Whites. He gave up a run on three hits over two innings of work. He topped out at 148km/h.

  • 1st inning: 1B9 (SB), Ks, Kl, F8.
  • 2nd inning: F7, BB, 1B8, 2B8 (runner thrown out at home), WP-F7.

Shotaro Kasahara enterd the game in the seventh inning for the Whites. He did not allow any hits over two innings of work, but did walk two. He topped out at 147km/h.

  • 7th inning: BB, BB, F9, G6(DP).
  • 8th inning: Ks, G6, F7.

Ichiro Tamura started the game for the Reds. He tossed two shutout innings and topped out at 149km/h.

  • 1st inning: G6, G4, K.
  • 2nd inning: F9, G3, BB, Ks.

Chihaya Sasaki relieved Tamura and threw two perfect innings in relief. He topped out at 152km/h.

  • 3rd inning: G6, F7, F7.
  • 4th inning: Ks, G5, G4.

Naoki Yoshikawa batted eleventh for the Whites and went 0-for-2.

  • 4th inning: Ks
  • 8th inning: G4

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016 (game), Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016, Sponichi 6/17/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sanspo 6/18/2016


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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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