Mikolas hurls five-hitter against Buffaloes

Jun 4, 2015

Mikolas hurls five-hitter against Buffaloes

Miles Mikolas threw a five-hit shutout to outduel Orix Buffaloes right-hander Brandon Dickson as the Yomiuri Giants won 1-0 on Thursday in interleague action. The loss was the Buffaloes’ sixth straight and their third under interim manager Junichi Fukura, who took over the Pacific ...

Giants pitcher Mikolas learning to live out of zone

May 31, 2015

Giants pitcher Mikolas learning to live out of zone

While so much of pitching is about being able to execute your pitches in the strike zone, first-year Yomiuri Giants right-hander Mile Mikolas has been immersing himself in Japan’s art of working outside the zone. Mikolas, who pitched in the majors with the San ...

Sakamoto drives in five runs as Giants pound Lions

May 26, 2015

Sakamoto drives in five runs as Giants pound Lions

Captain Hayato Sakamoto erupted for four hits and five RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants blew out the Seibu Lions 11-1 to start the interleague games Tuesday. Tomoyuki Sugano (6-4) was two outs away from throwing his second straight shutout, but an error by center ...

Botched call serves as wakeup call for NPB umps

May 17, 2015

Botched call serves as wakeup call for NPB umps

The bizarre ending of a recent game between the Central League’s Hiroshima Carp and Yomiuri Giants was a wakeup call for umpires, according to participants and veteran umpires. The Carp beat the Giants 3-2 on May 4 at Mazda Stadium because of an umpire’s ...

Seguignol grows into role as scout for Giants

May 14, 2015

Seguignol grows into role as scout for Giants

It seems like the only time Yomiuri Giants scout Fernando Seguignol looks back is when it’s to count his blessings. Seguignol played eight seasons in Japan and the baseball culture left an indelible mark on the Panamanian switch hitter. Now in his fourth year ...

Otake makes strong return to Giants

May 13, 2015

Otake makes strong return to Giants

Kan Otake produced an impressive — if long-delayed — second effort on Wednesday, throwing seven innings for the Yomiuri Giants in a 1-0 win over the Hiroshima Carp. After spending most of the spring working to regain his form in the minors, Otake (1-1) ...