Hiroki Kuroda tossed a four-hit shutout against the Yomiuri Giants at Mazda Stadium on April 2. It was his first shutout in Japan since June 3, 2007 against Rakuten.
At forty-one years and one month, Kuroda became just the eighth pitcher in NPB history to pitch a shutout after turning forty and the fourth to record a shutout victory after turning forty-one. He also became the second oldest pitcher in franchise history to toss a shutout, behind Yutaka Ono (forty-one years and eight months in 1997), and the second oldest right-handed pitcher in NPB history to record a shutout, behind Tadashi Wakayabashi (forty-two years and eight months in 1950).
Kuroda is the second oldest pitcher to record a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants, behind Masahiro Yamamoto (forty-five years and zero month in 2010), and the oldest right-handed pitcher to toss a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants.
Pitchers that recorded shutouts after turning forty-one
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Tm|
|若林 忠志||Wakabayashi, Tadashi||HAN, MAI|
|大野 豊||Ono, Yutaka||HIR|
|黒田 博樹||Kuroda, Hiroki||HIR|
Pitchers that recorded shutouts against the Giants after turning forty
|Name JPN||Name ENG||Tm||Year|
|若林 忠志||Wakabayashi, Tadashi||HAN||1948|
|黒田 博樹||Kuroda, Hiroki||HIR||2016|