Japanese baseball has moved partially behind closed doors with Japan’s third state of emergency, which is scheduled to end May 11. Five Central League games were postponed in the hope they can be played later in front of fans.
Catching up belatedly with The Week in NPB, in the series between the Giants and Tigers in Tokyo, Hanshin landed the first blow, hitting five home runs in a 10-5 win. The Giants countered with a 3-2 win, with Kazuma Okamoto going deep twice, and an 8-3 victory.
Hanshin then lost the first game of a weekend series against the Yokohama DeNA BayStars before unloading in a 13-1 win. The Tigers ended the week with a bang, taking a two-run lead on a tiebreaking Jerry Sands home run in the seventh inning of a 7-5 win.
In the Pacific League, former New York Yankee and current Eagle Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run over six innings for his first win in Japan since 2013 and the 100th of his career in Japan’s top flight in a 2-1 win over the Seibu Lions on Saturday.
Over in the majors, it’s hard to know where to start with Los Angeles Angel Shohei Ohtani’s achievements, so take your pick of recent headlines, including his 100th pro home run and first win in a two-way start since 2018.