[5/16/2016] Shohei Otani topped out at 162km/h

Shohei Otani started a game against Seibu at Sapporo Dome on May 15 and tied his personal and NPB high twice with pitches that hit 162km/h: both times in the fifth inning, third pitch to Ernesto Mejia (strike looking) and third pitch to Hideto Asamura (fouled off).

Otani has topped 162km/h six other times:

  • twice during Game 2 of the 2014 All-Star series at Koshien
    • first inning, second pitch to Takashi Toritani – fouled off
    • first inning, first pitch to Shinnosuke Abe – ball
  • four times against Rakuten at Sapporo Dome on October 5, 2014
    • first inning, second pitch to Ginji – G4
    • first inning, third pitch to Aoi Enomoto – fouled off
    • first inning, fourth pitch to Aoi Enomoto – 1B4
    • second inning, fourth pitch to Kazuya Fujita – fouled off

Otani also hit 162km/h during an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 2, 2016 (fourth inning, second pitch to Garrett Jones – strike swinging).

Otani also picked up his nineteenth career double-digit strikeout game on May 15. It was his third in as many starts. He joined Yu Darvish (five in a row one, four in a row twice, three in a row once) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record three or more double-digit strikeout games in a row.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2016, Daily Sports 5/15/2016Sports Hochi 5/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2016, Sponichi 5/16/2016

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