Hanshin snap out of it

September 15th, 2011

Tigers 3, Dragons 2 (Koshien, 9/14)

At Koshien Stadium, Takashi Toritani hit a tiebreaking sacrifice
fly in the eighth inning as Hanshin snapped a four-game skid and
returned to .500 with a win over Chunichi.

Matt Murton hit a two-run line drive for a single in the sixth
before Toritani gave Hanshin the lead in the eighth. Chunichi saw its
winning streak end at five games. (Kyodo)

Tigers beat lowly BayStars

August 21st, 2011

Tigers 5, BayStars 3 (Yokohama, 8/20)

At Yokohama Stadium, Yasutomo Kubo (6-4) threw two-run ball over
5-1/3 innings to win his third consecutive start, Matt Murton and
Craig Brazell both homered and Hanshin ended a three-game losing skid
with a win over last-place Yokohama.

Takashi Toritani got his team on the scoreboard with an RBI
double in the first followed by a Takahiro Arai run-scoring single.
Murton hit a solo blast off Naoyuki Shimizu (2-4) in the fifth and
Brazell went deep with a leadoff shot in the eighth. (Kyodo)

Johjima out for the season

August 18th, 2011

Osaka, Aug, 16 2011

Hanshin Tigers catcher Kenji Johjima, who has been sidelined
with left knee and right elbow injuries, has undergone surgery as
part of his rehabilitation, the Central League club said on Tuesday.

Johjima will not be permitted to throw for the next eight weeks,
meaning that his season has effectively ended for 2011.

The 35-year-old had initially said he would not go under the
knife, but he was later convinced to have the surgery at an Osaka
hospital after talks with Hanshin manager Akinobu Mayumi.

”Now that I have undergone surgery, I want to do my best to
return as catcher as soon as possible,” Johjima said in a statement.

Johjima had surgery on the same knee during the 2010 offseason.

This season, he was forced to leave the team in June due to the
injuries after playing 38 games and hitting just .189 with five home
runs and 13 RBIs. (Kyodo)

Standings (as at Aug. 15)

August 16th, 2011
Central League
Yakult 89 43 34 12 .558
Hanshin 89 44 43 2 .506 4.0
Yomiuri 92 43 43 6 .500 4.5
Chunichi 89 41 45 3 .477 6.5
Hiroshima 89 40 44 5 .476 6.5
Yokohama 92 31 54 7 .365 16.0

Hanshin slowly overhauling Yakult – now only 4 games back

August 15th, 2011

Tigers 8, Swallows 7 (Jingu, 8/14)

At Jingu Stadium, Craig Brazell drove in three runs, Minoru
Iwata (6-9) threw five scoreless innings and Hanshin sent Central
League leader Yakult to its eighth loss in 10 games.

Yakult left the potential tying run on second after scoring six
runs in the ninth. Wladimir Balentien hit his CL-leading 21st home
run, a solo shot in the sixth. (Kyodo)

Arai’s three-run blast overpowers Swallows

August 13th, 2011

Tigers 4, Swallows 1 (Jingu, 8/12)

At Jingu Stadium, Takahiro Arai hit a three-run home run in the
third and Yasutomo Kubo (5-4) pitched seven innings of one-run ball,
leading Hanshin over Yakult.

Wladimir Balentien hit his CL-leading 20th homer, a solo shot in
the seventh for Yakult. Kyuji Fujikawa struck out the side in the
ninth for his 26th save. (Kyodo)

Another frustrating night in Nagoya

August 12th, 2011

Dragons 1, Tigers 0 (Nagoya Dome, 8/11)

At Nagoya Dome, Venezuelan lefty Enyelbert Soto (4-0) pitched
seven scoreless innings as Chunichi shut out Hanshin for the second
straight night.

Masahiko Morino hit a two-out RBI single in the first off
Ikketsu Sho (0-1), who went five strong innings in his pro debut.
Hitoki Iwase picked up his 17th save. (Kyodo)

Tigers come up short against Chen

August 11th, 2011

Dragons 1, Tigers 0 (Nagoya Dome, 8/10)

At Nagoya Dome, Chen Wei-yin and Takuya Asao combined on a
four-hit shutout as Chunichi ended Hanshin’s winning streak at four

Chen (4-7) picked up his first win since July 8. Asao got the
final two outs for his sixth save. Naomichi Donoue hit an RBI infield
single in the seventh off Jason Standridge (8-3). (Kyodo)

Nomi dominates Chunichi

August 10th, 2011

Tigers 1, Dragons 0 (Nagoya Dome, 8/9)

Atsushi Nomi threw a no-hitter over seven innings and helped his
own cause with an RBI single as the Hanshin Tigers shut out the
Chunichi Dragons 1-0 on Tuesday night.

The surging Tigers won their fourth in a row for the first time
this season to close the gap in the CL standings on the first-place
Yakult Swallows to four games.

Nomi (6-7) gave up his first hit of the night leading off the
eighth on a single to Ryosuke Hirata. He struck out 13 and walked
four over eight innings and closer Kyuji Fujikawa got his 25th save
with a perfect ninth.

Nomi singled to right off Maximo Nelson (6-9) with runners at
the corners in the second for the sole run. Chunichi was shut out for
the second game in a row. (Kyodo)

Tigers sweep Swallows, move above .500

August 9th, 2011

Tigers 5, Swallows 2 (Kyocera Dome Osaka, 8/7)

At Kyocera Dome, Craig Brazell overturned a 2-0 deficit with a
three-run double in the third inning and Takahiro Arai went deep with
a two-run homer in the fifth as Hanshin downed Yakult to win its
third in a row.

Hanshin moved one game over .500 for the first time since April
22. Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi (5-6) was tagged with the loss for Yakult,
which dropped its fourth straight. (Kyodo)