[8/1/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s busy July

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo had a very busy July. A few highlights:

  • he tied Robert Rose (July 1999) for Yokohama’s franchise record for RBIs in a month with 31.
  • he set a new Yokohama franchise record with sixteen home runs in one month. The previous record of fourteen was set by Tony Blanco in April 2013. The sixteen home runs tied Hiromitsu Kadota (July 1981), Akira Eto (August 1994), and Shinnosuke Abe (April 2004) for second most home runs in one month by an NPB player and was two behind the NPB record of eighteen, set by Wladimir Balentien in August 2013.
  • he became the first player in NPB history to record six two-homer games in one month. The previous record of five was set by Hal Breeden in May 1976.
  • he joined Isamu Fujii (thirty-four in 1950) as the only left-handed hitters in Yokohama franchise history to hit thirty or more home runs in one season.
  • he trailed Tetsuto Yamada by as many as ten home runs on July 2 (twenty-seven to seventeen) and now leads the Central League with thirty-two.
  • when he hit his sixteen home runs (which at bats): two during his first at bat, two during his second at bat, seven during his third at bat, two during his fourth at bat, two during his fifth at bat, one during his sixth at bat.
  • he finished July with a .429 batting average (36-for-84), sixteen home runs, and thirty-one RBI and became the first Japanese player in NPB history to finish a month with a .400 or better batting average, fifteen or more home runs, and thirty or more RBI.

Source: Sponichi 7/30/2016Sponichi 7/29/2016Sponichi 8/1/2016, Sanspo 7/29/2016, Daily Sports 7/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2016

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