Hiroshima Toyo Carp (広島東洋カープ)
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Eishin Soyogi: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

The Agekke Group announced on May 29, 2018 that Soyogi was joining their baseball team.

Source: Agekke Group 5/29/2018, Daily Sports 5/29/2018

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[5/20/2018] Hiroshima signs Geronimo Franzua to six-year deal

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Geronimo Franzua to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 143 to 97.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a six-year deal that includes a signing bonus worth 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be 80,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.

Source: Hiroshima 5/20/2018Hiroshima 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018

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Takayoshi Noma: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

May 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Noma hit a grand slam David Buchanan in the third inning, the first of his career. The home run was also just the second of Noma’s career, first since April 19, 2015.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2018

June 6 vs Nippon Ham at Mazda Stadium – Noma recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth with runners on second and third and one out, Noma hit a come-from-behind walk-off to center.

Source: Daily Sports 6/6/2018, Sponichi 6/6/2018, Sponichi 6/7/2018

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[5/18/2018] Kris Johnson to temporarily return to US for birth of first child

The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2018, Daily Sports 5/18/2018

[UPDATE 6/4 @ 3:44am]

Johnson returned to Japan on May 30. He started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on June 3 and gave up two runs on five hits over four innings. He threw seventy-one pitches, faced eighteen batters, struck out six, and topped out at 148km/h. He could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for the Rakuten series that begins on June 8.

Source: Daily Sports 6/3/2018

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[5/11/2018] Yoshiyuki Ishihara first Carp catcher to reach 1,000 hits

Yoshiyuki Ishihara became the 292nd player in NPB history to reach the 1,000-hit milestone when he recorded a single to left off Atsushi Nomi during a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Mazda Stadium on May 11. Ishihara also hit a two-run home run in the first inning and a single to center in the seventh.

Ishihara is the twenty-first Hiroshima Carp (also first Hiroshima Carp catcher) to record 1,000 hits. At thirty-eight years and eight months, he is the oldest player to make it to 1,000 hits. The previous record of thirty-eight years and three months was set by Hirotoshi Kitagawa in 2010.

Source: Daily Sports 5/11/2018, Daily Sports 5/11/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/11/2018, Sanspo 5/11/2018

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[4/28/2018] Yoshihiro Maru hurts right hamstring

Yoshihiro Maru made a diving catch in the fifth inning of a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Mazda Stadium on April 28. He hurt his right leg in the process and was removed from the game. The Hiroshima Carp later announced that he strained his right hamstring.

Maru’s consecutive games streak, currently at 700, could come to an end.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/28/2018, Daily Sports 4/28/2018, Sponichi 4/28/2018, Sports Hochi 4/28/2018, Sanspo 4/28/2018

[UPDATE 4/30 @ 1:04pm]

Maru was taken off the active roster on April 29. His consecutive game streak ended at 700.

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[4/27/2018] Yusuke Nomura taken off active roster with back tightness

Yusuke Nomura developed tightness in his back during his last start on April 26 against Yokohama at Yokohama and was removed after four innings. He was taken off the active roster on April 27.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2018, Sanspo 4/27/2018

[UPDATE 4/29 @ 12:19am]

The Hiroshima Carp announced on April 28 that Nomura was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with a strained back. His condition is not considered serious (he was taken off the active roster more as a precaution).

Source: Sanspo 4/28/2018, Sponichi 4/28/2018, Daily Sports 4/28/2018

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Makoto Aduwa: Did You Know

Milestones

April 26, 2018 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Aduwa, at nineteen years and six months, became the youngest player in Hiroshima Carp history to record a hold. The previous franchise record of twenty years and two months was held by Takeru Imamura.

Source: Sponichi 4/27/2018

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Ko Shimozuru: Did You Know

2018

April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Shimozuru recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. The hit came in the bottom of the 12th inning with a runner on second and two out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018

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[4/7/2018] Hiroshima Carp started the season by scoring five or more in seven straight

The Hiroshima Carp beat the Yokohama Bay Stars 7-3 on April 6 and tied a Central League record by scoring five or more runs in seven consecutive games from the start of the season. The record was also set by Yakult in 2008. The NPB record of eight was set by Nankai in 1985. The streak ended tonight when the Carp dropped their game against the Yokohama Bay Stars 4-2.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2018

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