Monday, April 23, 2012

Week in Review: April 16 - 22

The Dragons are currently riding a 5 game winning streak.  They won the final two of three against Yomiuri and swept the Carp in Hiroshima for 5-1 record this week.  The win streak has propelled them back into first place in the CL, currently a game ahead of Yakult, their next opponent.  The series begins tonight at Jingu Stadium.
  • Masa Yamamoto pitched another gem on Sunday, just a day after losing his father.  He is now leading the league in ERA.  He did not get a win in the game, but the Dragons pulled out the win in the 9th on an RBI double from Yohei Oshima.
  • The bats were alive this week.  Nice week for Hirata and Wada has been on a tear as well.  Wada's now leading the CL in batting average and 2nd in on-base percentage, along with 11 RBIs.
  • Shinji Tajima extended his scoreless innings streak to 16 and has still yet to give up a run in his ichi-gun career.
  • I caught Saturday's game against Hiroshima on  Shinji Iwata picked up the win and the Dragons broke open a close game in the 7th with 3 runs and won 6 to 1.  Chunichi has yet to lose to the Carp this year, they are currently 5-0-1.
  • My wife found some replays of recent NPB games, including some Chunichi games on  It's a Chinese website, so it's pretty hard to navigate unless you know Chinese, she gets around the site by copying and pasting Chinese words into the search box.  Youku/Soku has a lot of Japanese TV shows as well.

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