Kaneko No Hitter for Nine

Chihiro Kaneko threw 144 pitches, striking out 11 and walking four, but not giving up a hit in his nine innings of work.  Unfortunately, his Orix Buffaloe teammates did not give him any run support.  The Yomiuri Giants got their first hit in the eleventh on a single by Yasuyuki Kataoka.  The Buffaloes loaded the bases with one out in the bottom frame and pinch hitter Wily Mo Pena did not fly out deep enough to score the run.  In the 12th and final inning Yoshiyuki Kamei hit his first homerun in his first game of the year and Yuya Kuba retired the Buffaloes in order in the bottom frame of the 12th to get the win.

Cuban Frederich Cepeda is finding Japanese pitching tough to hit.  He is hitting only .175, but a couple days ago he hit a grand slam homerun, his third homerun of the year.  With Leslie Anderson coming back from injury soon the Giants will have to make a decision about either dropping a pitcher (Chris Seddon) or a position player (Jose Lopez) to meet the four player minimum requirement for foreign players.  Scott Mathieson, their closer is a keeper.

Yulieski Gourriel has arrived in Japan and will play a couple minor league games (Ni-gun) before he makes his major league debut on June 6.  In an interview he said he hopes to lead the Yokahama DeNA Bay Stars to the Climax Series but is a bit concerned.  He is not fond of Japanese food.  The last time he was in Japan he lost 5 kilograms.  Myworld expects the Bay Stars to find him a chef to his liking.  The Japanese are quite fond of Cuban players because of the dominance they showed for so many years in international tournaments.

Andrew Jones broke a 0-0 tie with a walk off three run homer to lead the Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 3-0 win over the first place Hiroshima Carp.

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