[5/29/2016] Shohei Otani pitches and bats for himself

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.

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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

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