Tag Archive: Yokohama Bay Stars


[4/16/2018] Giants first to ten losses, Bay Stars extend win streak to eight

The Yomiuri Giants dropped their game against the Hiroshima Carp 5-4 on April 15 and became the first team in the Central League to lose ten games this season. The last time the Giants dropped ten within their first fifteen games of the season was when they went 4-10 in fourteen games in 1947. They have now been the first to ten losses in the CL four times (1947, 1975, 2004, 2018).

The Yokohama Bay Stars beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-1 on April 15 and extended their winning streak to eight. The last time the Bay Stars recorded an eight-game winning streak was when they won nine in a row between July 15 and August 2, 2001. This was the first time the team put together an eight-game winning streak in April.

The Bay Stars also set a new franchise record by scoring the first run of the game in all eight games of their winning streak. Their previous record was seven in October 1950.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Sanspo 4/16/2018


Yasuaki Yamasaki: Did You Know


Yamasaki notched the 100th save of his career during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on April 10, 2018. The save came in Yamasaki’s 189th game, second only to Takahiro Mahara’s 178 games.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2018, Sponichi 4/10/2018, Sankei News 4/10/2018


[4/3/2018] Kakeru Ayabe has shoulder surgery

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on April 2 that Kakeru Ayabe had surgery to clean his right shoulder at a hospital in Yokohama on the same day.

Source: Sponichi 4/2/2018, Sanspo 4/3/2018


[3/17/2018] Shota Imanaga working through left shoulder issues

Shota Imanaga is having problems with his left shoulder. He started complaining of discomfort after he pitched in a Ni-gun game on March 10. He is considered day-to-day and could still pitch in the opening series.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/17/2018, Daily Sports 3/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/17/2018

[UPDATE 3/26 @ 2:36am]

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on March 25 that Imanaga will report to Ni-gun on March 27.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2018, Sanspo 3/25/2018, Daily Sports 3/25/2018


[3/16/2018] Joe Wieland will most likely be left out of opening day rotation

Joe Wieland started having problems with his right elbow earlier this month. His condition is not considered serious, but he is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation because the Yokohama Bay Stars do not want to risk further injury.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2018


[3/2/2018] Haruhiro Hamaguchi scratched from Samurai Japan roster

Haruhiro Hamaguchi was scratched from the Samurai Japan roster on March 2 because of discomfort in his left shoulder. Samurai Japan manager Atsunori Inaba later told reporters he made the call because he did not want to risk Hamaguchi’s future by keeping him on the roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2018, Daily Sports 3/2/2018

[UPDATE 3/17 @ 2:19pm]

Hamaguchi is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation because his left shoulder is still not fully healed.

Source: Sponichi 3/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/17/2018


[2/22/2018] Koya Mizuno has shoulder surgery

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on February 22 that Koya Mizuno had surgery to clean his right shoulder at a hospital in Yokohama. There were no complications during the procedure.

Source: Yokohama 2/22/2018, Sanspo 2/22/2018

[UPDATE 2/23 @ 1:14pm]

Mizuno could require about six months for a full recovery. He wanted to avoid surgery and spent the off-season rehabbing the shoulder, but decided to go under the knife because he still felt pain while throwing bullpen sessions in January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2018


[2/21/2018] Motoharu Fukuchi to Ni-gun with elbow pain

Motoharu Fukuchi was reassigned to Ni-gun Kadena camp on February 21 because of pain in his left elbow.

Source: Sanspo 2/21/2018


Katsuki Azuma: Did You Know


Asuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2018


[2/12/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars: Imanaga, Ishida, Hamaguchi each pitch three innings

Shota Imanaga and Kenta Ishida started today’s intra-squad game for the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Imanaga pitched three innings, threw forty-nine pitches, gave up two runs on six hits, and topped out at 144km/h. He surrendered two home runs to Neftali Soto (both on fastballs): a two-out solo shot in the first inning and a two-out two-run blast in the third inning.

Ishida allowed two runs on two hits over three innings of work and forty-three pitches. He gave up lead-off home runs to Masayuki Kuwahara in the first and Hiroki Minei in the third.

Haruhiro Hamaguchi made an appearance in relief and tossed three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked three.

Imanaga, Ishida, and Hamaguchi are all in the running for this year’s opening day start.

Source: Daily Sports 2/12/2018, Daily Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Sponichi 2/12/2018, Sports Hochi 2/12/2018

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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