We’ll keep talking about Munetaka Murakami until he stops turning heads. He will be referenced no less than twice in this message, so don’t worry! We have a lot more excitement to share with you, including an almost unprecedented close competition at the top of the Pacific League rankings!
Tuesday OKbet Baseball NPB Updates on Munetaka Murakami
Let’s start with the easiest one. Murakami (Yakult Swallows) had an on-base run of 14 consecutive plate appearances entering the game against the Yomiuri Giants, but he fouled out on the first pitch, ending his reign of terror over other teams’ pitchers. He was only one point short of the OKbet NPB record. To be updated on the stats of Murakami go to OKbet Sportsbook or directly to OKbet.com.
Wednesday OKbet Baseball NPB Updates
Yuma Tongu of the Orix Buffaloes blasted two home runs (accumulating five RBIs) to help his team defeat the Rakuten Eagles, 8-3. Tongu, who played first base but also caught on occasion, hit two more home runs later in the week.
Thursday OKbet Baseball NPB Updates
For the second straight night, the Chiba Lotte Marines blanked the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. On Wednesday, Ayumu Ishikawa threw six shutout innings, and on this night, Manabu Mima went seven innings in a 7-0 victory. The Marines looked good this week until the weekend, when they faced the Buffaloes. More on that soon.
Friday OKbet Baseball NPB Updates
On this night, there were four shutouts, and the Hanshin Tigers were one inning from from being the fifth. (They’d lose their tiny advantage and be tied with the Giants.) Hiroshima Carp (Daichi Ohsera 7 IP vs. Yokohama DeNA Baystars), Buffaloes (Sachiya Yamasaki 5 IP vs. Roki Sasaki and the Marines), Hawks (Nao Higashihama 5.2 IP vs. Saitama Seibu Lions), and Swallows were among the teams who blanked their opponents (Cy Sneed 7 IP vs. Chunichi Dragons).
Murakami also hit his 50th home run of the season in this game. He is the first Japanese batter to achieve the level since Hideki Matsui in 2002. With his 51st round-tripper on Sunday, he is only four shy of the Japanese players’ single-season record. If murakami reaches the number 56 spot, a stadium sponsor has guaranteed him a new house worth up to $100 million.
Saturday OKbet Baseball NPB Updates
The Swallows were delayed during the remainder of the weekend by the last-place Dragons. On this day, they won 5-1 owing to Shinnosuke Ogasawara’s pitching, and on Sunday, they rode the hot hand of youngster Hiroto Takahashi. Despite being 16.5 games behind the reigning champions in the Central League standings, they are presently 12-9 versus the Swallows.
Sunday OKbet Baseball NPB Updates
The Buffaloes were previously 11.5 games out of first place in the Pacific Division. They have (nearly) entirely overcome the deficit by beating the Marines 6-2 on this day (and the Hawks losing to the Lions). Because they have played fewer games, the Hawks remain #1. Their win percentage is.5339, while the Lions’ is.5328 and the Buffaloes’ is.5323 – all three teams are 8 games above.500 on the season.
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t add that the Carp shut out the Baystars all weekend in the CL, winning 2-0, 4-0, and 7-0. The third-place competition in the CL is the most interesting, with the Tigers holding a two-game lead over the Carp and Giants.
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