[4/11/2016] Iguchi homers in twentieth consecutive season

Tadahito Iguchi hit his first home run of the season on April 10. He has hit at least one home run every season since his rookie year, including his time in the MLB. He joined Ichiro Suzuki (1993-2015, twenty-three years) and Hideki Matsui (1993-2012, twenty years) as the only players that spent time in both the NPB and MLB to hit a home run in at least twenty consecutive seasons. Iguchi and Matsui began their streaks in their first year.

Iguchi is the seventeenth player in NPB history to hit at least one home run in twenty or more consecutive seasons. He joined Tadashi Wakayabashi (two at forty-two years in 1950) and Katsuya Nomura (three at forty-three years in 1978) as the only players in franchise history to hit a home run in the year they turned forty-two or older.

Source: Sanspo 4/11/2016


[4/11/2016] Mogi Eigoro drives in lone run in 1-0 win

The Rakuten Eagles beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 at kobo Stadium on April 10. Mogi Eigoro drove in the lone run of the game. He joined Takero Okajima (August 26, 2012 against Nippon Ham) as the only players in franchise history to drive in the lone run in a 1-0 victory during their rookie year.

Source: Sponichi 4/11/2016


[4/11/2016] Fujikawa made first appearance at Koshien Stadium since 2012

Kyuji Fujikawa started a game against Hiroshima on April 10. It was his first game at Koshien Stadium since September 13, 2012 against Yakult and his first game as a starter since October 6, 2002 against Yakult.

Fujikawa took the loss on April 10. He is now 0-4 in six starts at Koshien Stadium over his career. He also gave up seven runs in the game and set a new career high. His previous high was five, set on August 11, 2002 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome and October 6, 2002 against Yakult at Koshien Stadium.

Source: Sponichi 4/11/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016, Sanspo 4/11/2016


[4/11/2016] Yomiuri, Nippon Ham agree on one-for-one trade

The Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters agreed on a trade on April 11 that will send Susumu Orui (25) to Nippon Ham for Masahiro Inui (27). Both teams are expected to make an announcement soon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2016, Sports Hochi 4/11/2016

[UPDATE @ 2:19pm]

The Giants announced that Inui will be assigned the uniform number 60.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

[UPDATE @ 2:33pm]

The Fighters also posted an announcement. They have not yet assigned Orui a uniform number.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 8:23pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Inui earlier today.

Source: Yomiuri announcement

The Fighters announced that Orui was assigned the uniform number 32.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2016


Victoria Series: Hyogo Dione at Saitama Astraia – April 9,10

April 9 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 6 10 0
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

WP: Ayami Sato (2 G, 2-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (2 G, 0-2)

Game Time: 2h12m
Attendance: 2088

Hero Interview

  • Haruka Mihara = 2-for-4: 1B8 (SB), F8, 1B8 (one RBI), G9. She recorded her 100th career hit in the fifth inning.
  • Ayami Sato = 7.0 IP, 76 NP, 25 BF, 5 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 0 R. She recorded her 200th career strikeout in the third inning. This was her second straight shutout.

Game Page | Highlights


April 10 at Yamaguchi Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hyogo Dione 0 0 1 0 2 1 6 10 15 0
Saitama Astraia 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4 10 3

WP: Shiho Murata (2 G, 1-0)
LP: Rina Taniyama (2 G, 0-1)

Game Time: 2h50m
Attendance: 2538

Hero Interview

  • Tomomi Nakada = 2-for-2: HBP, 1B1 (SB), SH1, 3B9 (one RBI). She drove in the tie-breaking run in the seventh.

Game Page | Highlights



[4/10/2016] Bay Stars hit three home runs in one inning on April 9

The Yokohama Bay Stars blasted five home runs on April 9 against Yakult, including three in the fourth inning (Shotaro Ide, Jose Lopez, and Shun Yamaguchi). The last time a team recorded three home run in one inning that included a pitcher was Yomiuri against Yokohama on July 20, 2003 (Koji Uehara, Roberto Petagine, and Kazuhiro Kiyohara).

Lopez also hit three home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate on April 9 (fourth inning, fifth inning, seventh inning). The last Yokohama player to hit three home runs in on game was Tony Blanco against Yakult on April 7, 2013. The last Yokohama player to hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate in the same game was Hitoshi Tamura against Hiroshima on July 17, 2004. The home runs also happened to be Lopez’s first, second, and third home runs of the season. Only one other player has hit their first three home runs of the season in consecutive trips to the plate in the same game: Tomio Tashiro on opening day in 1979.

Yamaguchi’s home run was the second of his career. His first came on July 1, 2014.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016, Sponichi 4/10/2016


[4/10/2016] Kenshi Sugiya leaves game with right wrist injury

Kenshi Sugiya hurt his right wrist while swinging the bat during his at bat in the fourth inning of a game against Rakuten today. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. He was later examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the ulnar cartilage in his right wrist

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016


[4/10/2016] Tetsuro Nishida out with costal cartilage damage

Tetsuro Nishida was hit by a pitch during a Ni-gun Lotte game on April 9. He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and diagnosed with damage to some costal cartilage in his left chest area. He needs rest and will have to keep the area immobile for the time being.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2016


[4/10/2016] Pat Misch not having much luck with his first pitches

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[4/10/2016] Mike Zagurski tosses batting practice

Mike Zagurski tossed batting practice at Yokohama Stadium on April 10. He faced Tomo Otosaka (walk, line drive off the fence in left, strikeout swinging) and Shuto Takajo (strikeout looking, strikeout swinging). He threw twenty-four pitches — including fastballs, sliders, and change-ups — and topped out at 143km/h. Yasutaka Tobashira caught the session.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/10/2016, Daily Sports 4/10/2016, Sanspo 4/10/2016

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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