The Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 7-3 and secured first place in the Pacific League for the eighteenth time in franchise history, first since 2015.0 Comments
Shohei Otani started tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome and topped out at 163km/h. The pitch came in the second inning against Eigoro Mogi with runners on first and second and one out.0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate entered today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine with runners on first and second and no out in the bottom of the ninth. The runners advanced to second and third on steals before Sarfate struck out the side for his fiftieth save of the year. He is the first player in NPB history to reach fifty saves in one season. The save came in his sixty-first game of the year.0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate recorded his forty-seventh save of the season during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome and set a new NPB single-season record for saves. He entered the game in the bottom of the eleventh and retired the side in order – struck out Hikaru Ito on seven pitches, struck out Ryoichi Adachi on three pitches, and got Shunta to fly out to left on three pitches.
With twenty games left in the Softbank season, Sarfate has a realistic shot at reaching fifty saves.One Comment
Dennis Sarfate notched his forty-sixth save of the year during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome and tied the NPB’s single-season record for saves. The record was first set by Hitoki Iwase in 2005 and tied by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2007.
Sarfate saved one game in March, nine in April, five in May, seven in June, eleven in July and August, and two so far in September.
Sarfate recorded his forty-sixth save in his fifty-seventh appearance of the year. During that span, he blew just one save opportunity. It took Iwase sixty games and two blown saves in 2005 and Fujikawa seventy-one games and three blown saves in 2007. [Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017]0 Comments
Yusei Kikuchi turned in a solid performance against the Rakuten Eagles at MetLife Dome tonight. He gave up a run on three hits, including a home run, over eight innings of work. He threw 115 pitches, faced twenty-eight batters, walked one, and struck out eleven. He also set a new NPB velocity record for Japanese left-handed pitchers by topping 158km/h on his sixth pitch to Zelous Wheeler in the fifth inning.
Note: Hiroyuki Kawahara also topped 158km/h, but it was during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 28, 2012.0 Comments
Japhet Amador blasted three home runs during today’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kobo Park Miyagi.
Amador is the fourth player in the NPB to hit three homers in a game this season. He joined Takeshi Yamasaki (May 17, 2007 against Nippon Ham: HR, HR, 2B, HR) as the only players in Rakuten Eagles’ history to hit three homes in a game. Amador is the first in Rakuten history to accomplish the feat in consecutive trips to the plate.0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate recorded the 200th save of his NPB career tonight against the Orix Buffaloes. Sarfate is the sixth player in NPB history (first foreign player) to reach the 200-save milestone.0 Comments
With a runner on first, no out, and the Orix Buffaloes down 1-0 against the Chunichi Dragons at Kyocera Dome, Chris Marrero blasted what appeared to be the first home run of his NPB career. Except, he apparently missed home plate. Chunichi catcher Masato Matsui made an appeal to the umpires after play resumed (Shinnosuke Ogasawara threw the ball over to Matsui), at which point the umpires convened and agreed he was out for failing to touch home plate. The home run became a long triple. Or more specifically: Marrero was ruled out and credited with a triple and one RBI.
I call shenanigans on Buffalo Bell.
Overturned Home Runs
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Team||Date||Reason|
|山川 喜作||Yamakawa, Takenori||Yomiuri||1949/04/27||Seventh inning. Called game, seventh inning did not count.|
|駒田 桂二||Komada, Keiji||Hanshin||1951/06/27||Second inning. Balk.*|
|杉山 悟||Sugiyama, Satoshi||Chunichi||1954/07/25||Tenth inning. Forfeited game, tenth inning did not count.*|
|穴吹 義雄||Anabuki, Yoshio||Nankai||1957/04/11||Ninth inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|長嶋 茂雄||Nagashima, Shigeo||Yomiuri||1958/09/19||Fifth inning. Skipped first base.|
|柳田 利夫||Yanagida, Toshio||Daimai||1961/10/14||
Seventh inning. Overran a base-runner.
|星山 晋徳||Hoshiyama, Shintoku||Sankei||1965/06/24||Fifth inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|ロイ||Roig, Tony||Nishitetsu||1965/10/10||Seventh inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|近藤 和彦||Kondo, Kazuhiko||Taiyo||1966/05/10||Ninth inning. During a timeout.|
|白 仁天||Baek, In-Chun||Toei||1967/07/19||Ninth inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|村上 公康||Murakami, Kimiyasu||Lotte||1975/06/01||Seventh inning. During a timeout.|
|行沢久隆||Yukizawa, Hisataka||Nippon Ham||1976/04/29||Eighth inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|ギャレット||Garrett, Wayne||Chunichi||1979/05/24||Fifth inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|ガードナー||Gardner, Art||Hiroshima||1981/07/19||Fourth inning. Skipped home plate.|
|簑田 浩二||Minoda, Koji||Hankyu||1985/07/19||Seventh inning. Called game, seventh inning did not count.|
|ホーナー||Horner, Bob||Yakult||1987/08/09||Seventh inning. Called game, seventh inning did not count.|
|ディアス||Diaz, Eddy||Hiroshima||1999/09/14||Third inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|新庄 剛志||Shinjo, Tsuyoshi||Nippon Ham||2004/09/20||Ninth inning. Overran a base-runner.|
|李承ヨプ||Lee, Seung-Yuop||Yomiuri||2006/06/11||Third inning. Missed third base.|
|マレーロ||Marrero, Chris||Orix||2017/06/09||Fifth inning. Missed home plate.|
* based on rules at the time.
Marrero joined Nagashima (1958), Yanagida (1961), Roig (1965), Horner (1987), Shinjo (2004) as the only players in the list above to hit a home run in their next game. Yukizawa and Marrero are the only players that had their “first” home runs overturned.
[UPDATE 7/5 @ 11:59pm]
The Buffaloes announced that they will be releasing a missed home run t-shirt for Marrero. The shirt will become available on July 7.
Source: Orix 7/5/20170 Comments