Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was left out of the starting line-up against Orix on June 15 because of tightness in his upper body (right side or back, depending on source). He is not expected to require time off the active roster and is considered day-to-day.
[UPDATE 6/25 @ 12:10pm]
Tsutsugo returned to the starting line-up on June 22 after he started five straight on the bench. He hit a home run on June 24, his first since June 10.
Source: Sponichi 6/25/20180 Comments
Miles Mikolas, Yomiuri (Second Time)
5 G, 4-1, 37.0 IP, 1.46 ERA, 44 SO, 6 ER
Mikolas picked up his second MVP of the Month award (first award on June 2015). He led the league in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less in all five of his starts in August. He is the first foreign pitcher in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to win the MVP of the Month award two times.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Third Time)
25 G, .315 AVG, 29 H, 7 HR, 23 RBI
Tsutsugo won an MVP of the Month award for the third time in his career, and first since July 2016. He batted third in every game in August and led the league in RBI. His batting average and home runs were also among the top players in the league. He led all hitters with a .550 batting average with runner on base.
Dennis Sarfate, Softbank (Second Time)
13 G, 1-1, 11 Sv, 12.1 IP, 1.46 ERA, 20 SO, 2 ER
Sarfate pitched in thirteen games in August and led the league in saves. Eleven saves in one month is second most in Pacific League history (he set the record with twelve in May 2016). He recorded a save in ten consecutive appearances between August 9 and 31. He earned his first MVP of the Month award for May 2016.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (First Time)
27 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 9 HR, 28 RBI
Yamakawa batted fifth sixteen times, fourth six times, and sixth five times. He led the league in home runs, RBI, total bases (64), walks (20), on base percentage (.451) and slugging percentage (.696). He recorded two or more hits in eleven games and two or more RBI in ten games. He hit home runs in three consecutive plate appearances on August 2 against Rakuten and recorded three hits and three RBI the following day on August 3 against Rakuten. He recorded at least three RBI in four of the nine Rakuten games in August.
Source: NPB 9/7/20170 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was left out of the starting line-up against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium on May 18 because he was not feeling well (cold with fever). He was at the stadium, but did not participate in pre-game practices. He was available to pinch-hit, but Alex Ramirez told reporters he did not plan to use Tsutsugo because he wanted him to get better.
[UPDATE 5/20 @ 12:15am]
Tsutsugo missed the Yomiuri game on May 19 because of discomfort in his hips. He first felt the discomfort during the Hiroshima game on May 17.
[UPDATE 5/20 @ 11:49pm]
Tsutsugo missed another game on May 20 because of hip discomfort. He might be ready to return to the line-up on May 21.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2017
[UPDATE 5/22 @ 12:45pm]
Tsutsugo missed a fourth straight game on May 21. There is a good chance he will be ready to return to the line-up on May 23. He told reporters he was feeling better and that he wanted to be ready in case he is okay to play.0 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was pulled from tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows at Yokohama Stadium after he felt discomfort in his right hamstring. He was about to take his spot in left in the ninth inning, but returned to the dugout instead.
Alex Ramirez told reporters after the game that Tsutsugo developed a cramp in his leg and should be fine tomorrow.0 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo recorded three RBI during a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on September 17 and pushed his season total to 101. He is the thirteenth player (accomplished sixteen times) in Yokohama Bay Stars history to record 100 RBI in a season, first since Tony Blanco notched 136 in 2013 and first Japanese player since Shuichi Murata drove in 114 in 2008. He (turned twenty-five in November) and Tomio Tashiro ( twenty-four years, 1978, 104 RBI) are the only players in franchise history to record 100 RBI in a season by the time they turned twenty-five.
Tsutsugo is the seventh player (accomplished nine times) in NPB history to record forty home runs and 100 RBI before the year they turned twenty-six. Of the seven, only three are from the Central League: Tsutsugo, Sadaharu Oh (1963-1965) and Akinori Iwamura (2004).0 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo blasted his fortieth home run of the season on Tuesday night during a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium. He became…
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/20160 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo fouled a pitch off his right foot during his at bat in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. He did not take batting practice before today’s game and was left out of the starting line-up because there was still some pain in his foot.
Source: Sponichi 9/4/20160 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (First Time)
July 22 against Yomiuri at Yokohama Stadium. Score tied at two in the bottom of the twelfth inning. With none on and one out, Tsutsugo hit a walk-off home run to right. Kenta Ishida started the game and held the Yomiuri Giants to one run over seven innings. The game was tied at two in the eighth inning and went into extra innings. The home run Tsutsugo hit was on the sixth pitch of the at bat with a full count. It was his second home run of the game.
Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Third Time)
July 10 against Lotte at Sapporo Dome. Score tied at five in the bottom of the twelfth inning. With no one and no out, Laird hit a walk-off to left. The Fighters were down 5-0 until they scored four in the bottom of the seventh. They pushed the game into extra innings with another run in the bottom of the ninth. Laird led off the bottom of the twelfth and hit the fifth pitch he saw over the fence in the left. The Fighters extended their winning streak to fourteen games with the walk-off victory.0 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit his 100th career home run during a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Yokohama Stadium on August 5. The blast came in the ninth inning off Shinji Tajima.
Kazuto Taguchi, Yomiuri (First Time)
4 G, 3-0, 23.2 IP, 1.14 ERA, 19 SO, 3 ER
Taguchi recorded his first MVP of the month. He started four games in July. He led the league in wins (tied) and ERA and did not allow more than a run in each of his four starts. He is the first left-handed Yomiuri pitcher to win the award since Toshiya Sugiuchi in March/April 2013.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Second Time)
24 G, .249 AVG, 36 H, 16 HR, 31 RBI
Tsutsugo picked up his second MVP of the Month award, first since May 2015. He led the league in home runs and RBI. His sixteen home runs tied an NPB record for Japanese players and he tied a Yokohama franchise record with thirty-one RBI. He set a new NPB record by recorded three consecutive games with two home runs.
Kohei Arihara, Nippon Ham (First Time)
4 G, 3-1, 30.2 IP, 1.47 ERA, 0 CG, 21 SO, 5 ER
Arihara pitched in four games in July and led the league in wins (tied). His ERA was good for third. He pitched eight shutout innings against Softbank on July 2 and Lotte on July 9 and seven shutout innings against Orix on July 22. He lost his start on July 29 against Softbank, but still played a big part in helping his team finished 17-4 in July.
Ryoichi Adachi, Orix (First Time)
22 G, .380 AVG, 30 H, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB
Adachi batted second in most of the games he played in July (twenty-one of twenty-two games) and recorded a hit in eighteen games. He led the league in batting average and hits and his on base percentage (.430) came in third. He recorded a go-ahead hit against Nippon Ham on July 12, a game-tying hit against Lotte on July 28, and a go-ahead double against Seibu on July 29.0 Comments