[4/2/2016] Hiroki Kuroda tosses shutout against Yomiuri Giants

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
山本昌 Yamamoto, Masahiro CHU
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
山本昌 Yamamoto, Masahiro CHU 2010
黒田 博樹 Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 2016

Source: Daily Sports 4/2/2016, Sponichi 4/2/2016, Daily Sports 4/3/2016, Sponichi 4/3/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/3/2016

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