Shinnosuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Stadium today. He gave up a run on three hits over six innings of work. He threw 100 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 145km/h. Chunichi beat Softbank 3-1.
Ogasawara pitched well early on and held Softbank to one infield hit through five innings. He gave up a run on a walk and a double to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth.
On a side note: Kawasaki started at third (he moved to second in the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning) and batted lead-off for Softbank. He went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Orix three-game series that begins on April 28.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki told reporters that he is trying to make the active roster by May 2 at the latest. The date comes from his uniform number 52.
Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2017
[UPDATE 4/24 @ 2:25pm]
Kawasaki is scheduled to be with the Ni-gun team for an upcoming three-game series against Chunichi at Nagoya that begins on April 25.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at third and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Chunichi Dragons earlier today. He reached base in all four of his trips to the plate: double to left in the first, timely single to center in the second, and walks in his next two trips to the plate. He is now 12-for-21 in eight games.
Source: Sponichi 4/19/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at short and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Chunichi today. He recorded a hit and an RBI.
Down a run in the first inning, he hit a single to center and later crossed the plate as the tying run. With a two run lead in the fourth inning, he hit a sac fly to right.
Source: Sponichi 4/18/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki got the start in left and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hiroshima Carp on April 14. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI: he recorded an RBI triple to right-center in the third inning and a two-run double to right in the fifth inning. He is now 7-for-14 in five Ni-gun games.
Source: Sponichi 4/14/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at short and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers earlier today. With the bat, he went 1-for-3 (double to right in the fourth inning) with two runs scored. He has collected at least one hit in each of the four Ni-gun games he has played in so far. His day ended in the seventh inning on defense. He is still working his way up to playing a full game.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki got the start at third and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers at Naruohama on April 12. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI: Fo7, SF7 one RBI, HR9 one RBI, 2B8 one RBI.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki got the start at second and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Orix Buffaloes at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo today. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: Ks, G6 one RBI, 1B7. On defense, he helped turn a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning. He left the game after five innings.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki got the start a short and batted lead-off during a Ni-gun game against the Orix Buffaloes today. He helped turn a double play in the first inning. He went 1-for-2 at the plate: single to right in the first inning; reached on a ground out to second with a runner on first and one out in the third inning, caught trying to steal second. He was replaced on defense in the fourth inning.
Kawasaki is scheduled to play in tomorrow’s Ni-gun Orix game as well.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks held a press conference at YafuOku Dome earlier today and announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-five-year-old Munenori Kawasaki. He was reassigned his old uniform number 52.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth 90 million yen plus incentives. With regards to the length of the contract, Kawasaki told reporters he never signed a multi-year deal during his eighteen year career.
Kawasaki is scheduled to participate in Ni-gun practices beginning on April 2. He could play in his first Ni-gun game on April 4.0 Comments