Shohei Otani started Sunday’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium and batted for himself in the six hole. This was the first time he did both in a regular season Pacific League game.
- Pitcher: 7.0 IP, 103 NP, 26 BF, 4 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 1 WP, 1 R, 1 ER. Topped out at 161km/h.
- Hitter: 3-for-5: G3, F7, 1B9, 1B9, 2B8/9 one RBI.
Otani topped out at 161km/h against Louis Okoye in the sixth inning.
A few other notes:
- Otani is the first pitcher in franchise history to hit for himself since the designated hitter rule was introduced in the Pacific League in 1975. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2016
- This was the fifth time since the DH-rule was introduced that a pitcher batted for himself instead of a designated hitter. This was the first time it happened during a game in the middle of the season. For the other four times, the Seibu Lions had pitchers bat for themselves in preparation for the Nippon Series. Starters Kimiyasu Kudo recorded a win in 1990 and Hisanobu Watanabe recorded a hit in 1992. Otani is the first to record both in one game. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2016
- Otani if the first pitcher in franchise history to record a modasho since Mike Kekich on September 22, 1974, and the first Japanese pitcher in franchise history since Tomehiro Kaneda on September 22, 1972. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2016