Kenshi Sugiya tied a franchise record during the Rakuten game earlier today with three sac hits: runner on first with no out in the first inning; runner on first with no out in the third inning; and runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning.
Sugiya had a chance to tie the NPB record in the eighth inning with runners on first and third and one out, but popped out to the catch into a double play on a squeeze attempt.
Source: Sponichi 4/9/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes extended their streak of games without a home run from the start of the season to eleven on April 9. The last team to start the season without a home run in eleven straight games was Kintetsu in 1955.
Incidentally, the Buffaloes’ pitching staff has so far surrendered nine home runs.
Source: Sponichi 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 12:03pm]
The NPB record of twelve was set by Daiei in 1953.
Source: Sanspo 4/10/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:05pm]
The Buffaloes tied the record today. They have not hit a home run in twelve straight games since the start of the season. They have so far scored the fewest numbers of runs (33) and allowed the most number of runs (85) in the NPB this season.0 Comments
According to ZakZak, the Giants have been turning to younger pitchers like Kentaro Taira for Ichi-gun starts because Tetsuya Utsumi and Kan Otake are still not ready.
Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito told reporters that veteran pitchers are expected to get Ni-gun hitters out and that if they were getting hit, he could not recommend them for the active roster. He also said that pitchers like Utsumi and Otake were not on the active roster because they were not pitching well.
Source: ZakZak 4/9/2016
The Giants announced on April 9 that Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito was diagnosed with influenza A. Ni-gun hitting coach Shinji Inoue will take over as interim manager until Saito returns.
Trainer Mitsuhiro Iwagaki was diagnosed with influenza B.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/20160 Comments
Mauro Gomez was replaced on defense in the sixth inning of today’s game against Hiroshima. He was pulled early because of problems with his lower back. His status for tomorrow is uncertain.
Source: Sanspo 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 11:59am]
Gomez has been feeling some discomfort in his lower back for a few days. It got worse after he hit a line drive back to Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning.
Source: Sanspo 4/10/20160 Comments
Shingo Kawabata earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Kawabata signed a four-year deal this past December.0 Comments
Masahiro Araki played in his 2,000th career game on April 9.
Araki was presented with flowers after the fifth inning. He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the milestone and fourth in franchise history, behind Morimichi Takagi, Tatsuhiko Kimata, and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Araki played in his first game on May 31, 1997.0 Comments
Hiroki Kuroda outing against Hanshin was cut short today. In the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that struck Kuroda near the left ankle. The ball ricocheted toward Hector Luna, who fielded it and threw out Gomez at first for the final out of the inning. Kuroda was slow in returning to the dugout and was later replaced by a pinch-hitter.
There are currently no plans to send Kuroda to the hospital for tests. Hiroshima will take a wait-and-see approach.
[UPDATE @ 10:46pm]
The Carp announced that Kuroda has a bruise on his right lower leg. He is considered day-to-day.
After the game, Kuroda told reporters the ball hit him near the top of the Achilles tendon.
Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:02pm]
Kuroda is currently scheduled to make his next start, as planned, on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He focused on getting treatment for the leg today and will have the day off on Monday.
Source: Daily Sports 4/10/20160 Comments
Dai-Kang Yoh hurt his left ankle while running the bases in a game against Rakuten at kobo Stadium today.
Down by three runs with runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning, Yoh hit an RBI single to center. An out later, he was at second when Kensuke Tanaka hit a sac fly to center to score the runner from third. Yoh twisted his left ankle when he tagged up and slid into third base. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and had to be helped off the field.
[UPDATE @ 9:33pm]
Yoh was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a left ankle sprain that will take about a week for a full recovery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/11 @ 2:12pm]
Yoh did not play in the Rakuten game on April 10 because of his sprained ankle. The Fighters are not expected to take him off the active roster. He will be traveling with the team for the Orix series that begins tomorrow. He will resume practices as soon as he is able to.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/20160 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He pitched three shutout innings against Yakult and gave up two hits and two walks. He threw fifty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. This was his first game since May 23, 2015.0 Comments