[9/15/2016] Yoshio Itoi plays spoiler to Nippon Ham with three-homer game

Yoshio Itoi blasted three home runs in tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome. This was the first three-homer game of his career.

Itoi’s first home run was off the very first pitch of the game. Yokohama’s Masayuki Kuwahara also hit a lead-off home run off the very first pitch in tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. This was the fifth time in NPB history lead-off home runs were hit in multiple games on the same day since Ryo Hijirisawa and Hideto Asamura accomplished the feat on September 21, 2012 and the first time two lead-off home runs were hit on the very first pitch.

Source: Sponichi 9/15/2016, Sponichi 9/16/2016

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