The Nippon Ham Fighters, led by ‘eccentric manager’ Tsuyoshi Shinjo, have set a new record for first disgrace in Nippon Professional Baseball. Seven consecutive one-run losses.
Nippon Ham suffered a 0-1 shutout loss against the Seibu Lions at the Verunadome in Japan on March 15.
The Nihon Hammers have lost eight straight games and have suffered a one-point defeat in seven consecutive matches. According to Japan’s Daily Sports, “The Nippon Hammers suffered a one-run loss in the final inning, setting a new Nippon Professional Baseball record for consecutive one-run losses in seven games.”
They lost 3-4 against SOFTBANK on the 6th, 2-3 against Chiba Lotte on the 8th, 2-3 against Chiba Lotte on the 9th, 2-3 against Rakuten on the 11th, 3-4 against Rakuten on the 12th, 2-3 against Rakuten on the 13th, and 0-1 against Seibu on the 15th.
Against Seibu, Nippon Ham got a strong performance from starter Naoyuki Uwasawa, who went eight innings and allowed just four hits.먹튀검증
The offense missed several good opportunities. In the fourth inning, leadoff hitter Chusei Mannami led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Ko Matsumoto singled to left to put runners on first and third, but Kosuke Kago struck out swinging.
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A better chance in the fifth inning was also wasted. Saguwa followed with a single and a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second. Kotaro Kiyomiya didn’t wait for the third pitch and hit a four-pitch fastball that was fouled out by the catcher. Mannami then flied out to right field to end the threat.
With the score tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth, second pitcher Takahide Ikeda drew an infield single and a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second, then gave up a line drive to Takeya Nakamura over the center field fence. After the scoreless, one-run loss, Shinjo said, “We are weak under pressure. We need to be stronger under pressure.”
Nippon Ham also lost to Rakuten on Nov. 13, trailing 2-3 with runners on first and second in the ninth inning, when the first baseman was tagged out trying to advance to second base on a grounder to right field, leaving runners on second and third with no outs and no chance to tie the game.
With their eighth straight loss, Nyhonham closed to within 0.5 games of last-place Seibu.