Ariel Martínez hit a double in five at-bats, scored two times and drove in two runs to help the Nippon Ham Fighters in their 9-0 win over the SoftBank Falcons at the Fukuoka Pay Pay Dome.
The native of Matanzas, Cuba has knocked in six runs in his last three games, lowered his average to .243, but increased his total RBIs to 50 on the season. The slugger is the leader amongst Latino players in the category in the NPB.
Raidel Martinez notched his 26th save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning in relief in the Chunichi Dragons’ 3-2 win over the Hiroshima Carpas at the Vantelin Dome in Nagoya. The right-hander from Pinar del Río, kept his ERA at 0.00 and just one save shy of the Central League lead.
Their was no Cuban action in either the KBO or the CPBL on today’s date.
¡ATENCIÓN! 🇨🇺Ariel Martínez llegó hoy (12/08/2023) a las 50 empujadas en la #npb. 🇨🇺Raidel Martínez cosechó su salvado #26 y 🇩🇴Christopher Mercedes se fue sin decisión luego de lanzar 6 ceros. Aquí el resumen de la jornada.
— Béisbol Japonés.com (@beisboljapones) August 12, 2023