Ariel Martínez knocks in four, but Nippon Ham falls to Orix. (+Asian League Report)

Ariel Martínez belted his twelfth homer of the season and drove in 4 runs, but his effort was insufficient to prevent the Nippon Ham Fighters’ 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Orix Buffaloes at Kobe’s Hotto Motto Field. The first baseman from Matanzas, who went yard for the second time in three games, left his average at .248 and increased his total RBIs to 35.

Dayán Viciedo went hitless in three trips to the plate and was hit by a pitch in Chunichi’s 3-1 defeat versus the Hiroshima Carpas. His average dropped to .232 and the one-time batting champion his been a shadow of himself at the plate this campaign.

In the KBO SSG was rained out so no Cuban saw action in that circuit, while the CPBL the was also no Cuban action on the day. Elían Leyva of the Rakuten Monkeys will be participating in the Chinese Professional Baseball League’s All-Star Game scheduled for July 29th and 30th.

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