Giants punch ticket to CL playoffs

Sep 20, 2014

Giants punch ticket to CL playoffs

Right-hander Yuki Koyama allowed a run in eight innings on Saturday as the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants defeated the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4-2. Koyama (6-1) allowed five hits and a walk, while striking out five as the Giants clinched a spot in the ...

Utsumi blanks BayStars as Giants widen lead

Sep 12, 2014

Utsumi blanks BayStars as Giants widen lead

Tetsuya Utsumi threw a four-hit shutout as the Yomiuri Giants cruised past the Yokohama BayStars 4-0 on Friday and moved five games clear at the top of the Central League standings. Utsumi (5-8) struck out five without issuing a walk as he pitched his ...

Sugano gets job done to sink Tigers

Sep 10, 2014

Sugano gets job done to sink Tigers

Tomoyuki Sugano pitched one-run ball over seven innings in a match-up against lefty Minoru Iwata and the Yomiuri Giants rallied to beat the rival Hanshin Tigers 3-1 on Wednesday night. The Central League-leading Giants beat the third-place Tigers for the second straight night and ...

Giants down Maeda, Carp

Sep 3, 2014

Giants down Maeda, Carp

Hisayoshi Chono hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run uprising during a sudden lapse for Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning and the Yomiuri Giants beat the Hiroshima Carp 4-2 on Wednesday night. Central League-leading Yomiuri came from behind to beat second-place ...

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Sep 2, 2014

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Toshiya Sugiuchi pitched five innings of two-run ball, Hayato Sakamoto hit a three-run homer and the Yomiuri Giants routed the Hiroshima Carp 9-4 to get off to a flying start in the series opener on Tuesday night. The Central League leaders, who are 8-9 ...

Aug 29, 2014

Giants outfielder Takahashi to undergo hand surgery

The Yomiuri Giants announced Friday that veteran outfielder Yoshinobu Takahashi will have surgery on his right hand and will be out indefinitely. The 39-year-old Takahashi, who has been superb off the bench for the Giants the past two seasons, dislocated the long flexor tendon ...

Giants stage ninth-inning rally against Tigers

Aug 26, 2014

Giants stage ninth-inning rally against Tigers

Hanshin closer Oh Seung-hwan blew the save and the game as the Tigers let the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants walk off with a 4-3 victory Tuesday. With the Tigers up 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, CL saves leader Oh (1-3) allowed ...

Aug 12, 2014

Messenger leads charge as Tigers hold off Giants

Despite some thorns, the story kept getting rosier for Hanshin Tigers right-hander Randy Messenger. Messenger played heroic offense and daredevil defense, leading the way over six innings as the Hanshin Tigers started a three-game series with a 4-3 win over the Central League front-running ...