[5/30/2016] Hayato Sakamoto notches eighth consecutive season with at least ten home runs

Hayato Sakamoto blasted his tenth home run of the season on May 29 against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome. He has now hit at least ten home runs in eight consecutive seasons since 2009. He is the first shortstop in franchise history to record at least ten home runs in eight seasons. The previous record of seven was held by Tatsuro Hirooka and  Tomohiro Nioka.

Sakamoto’s home run on May 29 came off Randy Messenger. He has hit six home runs off Messenger over his career, more than any other pitcher. He has hit five home runs off Masanori Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Ogawa, and Kenta Maeda.

Source: Sponichi 5/30/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 49 29 19 1
Hanshin 46 27 19 0
Yomiuri 47 23 24 0
Yokohama 48 22 24 2
Yakult 47 20 27 0
Chunichi 49 19 27 3
G W L T
Rakuten 42 30 12 0
Softbank 49 30 19 0
Seibu 45 25 19 1
Nippon Ham 46 19 27 0
Orix 46 19 27 0
Lotte 48 14 33 1
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