May 14 at Awaji Sano Stadium 1 – 13:00
WP: Yuki Izumi (4 G, 1-0)
Sv: Mika Miyahara (5 G, 1-0, 1 Sv)
LP: Minako Uemura (8 G, 1-3)
Game Time: 2h01m
May 15 at Hotto Motto Field Kobe – 16:50
WP: Ayami Sato (5 G, 5-0)
LP: Mika Konishi (8 G, 1-3)
Game Time: 2h1m
The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met with the NPB earlier today in Tokyo to discuss a number of issues, including when to start the 2017 season.
The NPB suggested starting the season on March 31, but the JPBPA was concerned that might not give some players enough time to rest and prepare for the season if Japan makes it to the final round of the World Baseball Classic. The players association would like to see the season start on either April 4 or 7, with April 7 being the best case scenario.0 Comments
Leyson Septimo worked out at Nagoya Dome today. He tossed a bullpen session in front of General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai. The Chunichi Dragons appear to be satisfied with Septimo so far and could sign him if he passes his medical. He has been practicing with the team on a trial basis since May 14.
Source: Tokyo Sports 5/16/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Takayoshi Kawabata had surgery at a hospital in Osaka to treat a fracture in his left hand. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery.0 Comments
According to Daily Sports, the Hiroshima Carp will go with the following starters against the Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium:
Source: Daily Sports 5/16/2016
The Carp could go with the following starters for the Hanshin at Koshien series that begins on May 20:
Source: Daily Sports 5/17/20160 Comments
An out call at home plate was reversed during a game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on May 11 after Yomiuri manager Yoshinobu Takahashi asked for a review. The umpiring crew checked the film and decided catcher Fumihito Haraguchi blocked the lane to home plate. Manager Tomoaki Kanemoto was not happy with the ruling. The Tigers were later told the umpires reversed their call because they felt Haraguchi blocked the lane from the start and that they felt it was not a definite out.
The Tigers submitted a letter to the NPB the following day and asked for clarification. Chief umpire Masato Tomoyose and Central League official Kazuhide Kinefuchi met with Hanshin for about fifty minutes at Yokohama Stadium on May 13. Tomoyose explained that the collision rule was cited because the umpiring crew felt the ball thrown to home plate was catchable without blocking the lane. He also said there were some umpires that felt differently about decision and that they were in the process of determining what the appropriate ruling should be for future incidents.
Kanemoto was not satisfied with the explanation and is waiting to hear how the umpires plan to handle future cases. He told reporters he would be extremely frustrated if the same thing happened again and added that he felt Haraguchi did nothing wrong.0 Comments
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