Ayumu Ishikawa had trouble throwing at full strength during his start against Softbank on July 24 (two runs, two innings). He continued to have problems during his next start against Nippon Ham on July 31 (ten runs, 0.2 innings). The Chiba Lotte Marines were concerned about fatigue and decided to skip him once in the rotation. The media recently learned that Ishikawa’s return will be delayed because he sprained his right ankle while running at Lotte Urawa Stadium on August 4. He might need about three weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines and Nippon Ham Fighters agreed on a one-for-one trade on July 26. The Marines will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Takahiro Fujioka to the Fighters for twenty-seven-year-old outfielder Hiromi Oka. The Marines were looking for a little more depth in the outfield after Takashi Ogino got hurt (finger fracture) and they liked Oka’s potential. The Fighters wanted to add another left-handed pitcher to their staff.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines reached one million in attendance in their forty-sixth home game of the season on July 22 and tied the franchise speed record set in 2007.
Source: Sanspo 7/22/20180 Comments
Yuki Ariyoshi sprained his left ankle during practices on July 15. He was taken off the active roster on July 16. The Chiba Lotte Marines decided to skip his next turn in the rotation to give him time to heal.0 Comments
July 10 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Matsunaga became the forty-first pitcher (accomplished forty-two times) in NPB history to record a win with just one pitch. He entered the game in the seventh inning with runners on first and second and two out. He got Sosuke Genda to ground out to first on one pitch.0 Comments
Takashi Ogino took a pitch off his hand when he struck out swinging in the sixth inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on July 9. The ball either hit his index finger or his middle finger. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital for tests. Tadahito Iguchi told reporters he was not sure if Ogino would be able to play in Lotte’s last two games before the All-Star break.
[UPDATE 7/11 @ 12:23pm]
Ogino was examined at a hospital in Tachikawa and diagnosed with a fractured proximal phalanx in his index finger. He will need about two months for a full recovery. He will also miss the All-Star series.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Chihaya Sasaki had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will not be able to play for about a month-and-a-half.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they placed Francisco Peguero on waivers. According to media reports, Peguero approached the team about a week ago with concerns about his inability to help the team. He reportedly asked the Marines for his release so could return to the US for a fresh start.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on June 23 that they received and approved a request for retirement from twenty-six-year-old Shota Omine. According to media reports, Omine decided to retire because of financial problems that, according to a Lotte representative, started about two-and-a-half years ago.
In a statement released by Lotte, Omine explained he borrowed money from people and was unable to pay them back. He said he wanted a change of pace and decided retirement was his best option. He then apologized to staff and fans for letting them down.
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June 16 vs Yomiuri at ZOZO Marine – Bolsinger tossed a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the eleventh player since 1950 to record a shutout in his first game against the Giants, first since Yuta Iwasada on May 27, 2017; and the fourth foreign player, first since Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009; and second player to accomplish the feat during an Inter-league game, first since Takahiro Norimoto on May 28, 2014.
Bolsinger also set a new Marines record for foreign pitchers by extending his personal winning streak to seven.
June 30 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Bolsinger notched his tenth victory and became the first Pacific League pitcher to reach ten wins. He joined Tai-Yuan Kuo (1988), Kip Gross (1997), and Jeremy Powell (2002) as the only foreign pitchers in Pacific League history to achieve the feat.
Bolsinger also joined Bob Keppel (nine-game winning streak, 2010), Miles Mikolas (eleven-game winning streak, 2015), and Rick VandenHurk (nine-game winning streak, 2015) as the only foreign pitchers to record winning streaks of nine or more in their first year.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2018
July 7 vs Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine – Bolsinger extended his winning streak to ten and joined Joe Stanka (eleven in 1964), Tai-Yuan Kuo (ten in 1988), and Miles Mikolas (eleven in 2015) as the only foreign players in NPB history to go on winning streaks of ten or more. He became the first foreign pitcher to start and win ten games in a row.
July 21 vs Orix at ZOZO Marine – Bolsinger recorded another win and pushed his streak to eleven.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2018
Bolsinger’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, at a hospital in Funabashi, Chiba at 11:03am on June 27, 2018.0 Comments