[7/6/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for June

Central League

Pitching

Yusuke Nomura, Hiroshima (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 25.0 IP, 1.44 ERA, 13 SO, 4 ER

Nomura picked up his first MVP of the Month award. He pitched in four games in June and recorded at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in each. He notched a victory in all four starts. He played a big role in the team’s current eleven-game winning streak. He is the first Hiroshima pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award since Bryan Bullington in September 2013 and first Japanese Hiroshima pitcher since Kenta Maeda in June 2012.

Hitting

Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult (Fifth Time)
23 G, .346 AVG, 28 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB

Yamada picked up his fifth MVP of the Month award, first since September 2015. He led the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. He became the first player to hit a home run against eleven different teams in the same season since Inter-league play lasted eighteen games.

Pacific League

Pitching

Shohei Otani, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 CG, 41 SO, 1 ER

Otani pitched in sixteen games in May and set a new Pacific League record for saves in one month with twelve. He recorded holds after entering games in the ninth inning with the score tied on May 4 against Nippon Ham and May 14 against Orix. He recorded six consecutive perfect saves between May 22 and May 31. He notched his 150th career save on May 31.

Hitting

Tatsuhiro Tamura, Lotte (First Time)
22 G, .400 AVG, 32 H, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB

Tamura played in twenty-two games in June and led the league with a .400 batting average. His on base percentage (.444) was good for second and his hits for third. He recorded five consecutive multi-hit games between June 24 and 29 and four games with three or more his in June. He is the first catcher in the Pacific League to win an MVP of the Month award since Kenji Jojima in June 2004 and first Lotte catcher since Susumu Aoyagi in April 1992.

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 90 57 31 2
Yokohama 89 46 40 3
Hanshin 86 46 40 0
Yomiuri 89 41 47 1
Chunichi 91 39 49 3
Yakult 89 30 57 2
G W L T
Rakuten 81 55 25 1
Softbank 89 58 31 0
Seibu 86 47 37 2
Orix 86 38 47 1
Nippon Ham 89 32 57 0
Lotte 87 29 57 1
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