[5/14/2017] Nippon Ham, Lotte, Wakui, and Laird

The Nippon Ham Fighters hit seven home runs against the Chiba Lotte Marines on May 12. They tied a franchise record set on May 31, 1950 (as Tokyu, nine-inning game) and May 3, 1971 (as Toei, ten-inning game: two in nine innings, five in the tenth inning). The feat was accomplished all three times against the Lotte franchise. The NPB record for most home runs in a game is nine, set by Shochiku (1951), Hanshin (1976), Hankyu (1980), and Lotte (1980). Prior to the Fighters, the last team to hit seven or more home runs in one game was the Yomiuri Giants with eight against the Hiroshima Carp on June 29, 2010.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017, Sponichi 5/13/2017, Sanspo 5/13/2017

Lotte’s Hideaki Wakui gave up six of the seven home runs on May 12 and set a new Pacific League record. Thirteen pitchers, including Softbank’s Kenji Otonari on May 13, 2009, held the previous record of five. The NPB record of nine was set by Tokuji Kawasaki on April 26, 1949. The Central League record of seven was set by Zenjiro Tadokoro on June 1, 1958.

Source: Sponichi 5/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017

Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird hit home runs in two consecutive trips to the plate on May 12. He followed that with two walks to finish the day and then hit home runs in his first two at bat on May 13. He tied the NPB record with home runs in four consecutive at bats. He is the twentieth player to accomplish the feat, first in the NPB since Tetsuto Yamada in 2015 (Central League) andĀ first in the Pacific League since Nigel Wilson in 1997.

Twenty players that have hit home runs in four consecutive at bats:

  • Noboru Aota, Sadaharu Oh (in one game), Tokuji Nagaike, Takeo Daigo, Koichi Tabuchi, Makoto Matsubara, Morimichi Takagi, Masayuki Kakefu, Tony Solaita (twice), Kenichi Yazawa, Randy Bass, Rod Allen, Troy Neel, Nigel Wilson (in one game), Atsuya Furuta (in one game), Wladimir Balentien, and Tetsuto Yamada.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/13/2017, Sponichi 5/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017, Daily Sports 5/13/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 45 27 18 0
Hiroshima 48 28 19 1
Yomiuri 46 23 23 0
Yokohama 47 21 24 2
Chunichi 48 19 26 3
Yakult 46 19 27 0
G W L T
Rakuten 41 29 12 0
Softbank 48 29 19 0
Seibu 44 25 18 1
Nippon Ham 45 19 26 0
Orix 45 18 27 0
Lotte 47 14 32 1
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