Yutaro Sugimoto: Did You Know

Milestones

September 9, 2017 vs Rakuten at Kobo Park Miyagi – Sugimoto blasted a lead-off home run off Wataru Karashima and became just the third Japanese player in NPB history to record a lead-off home for his first career hit. The other two players: Kunihisa Taneda on June 26, 1952 and and Yuki Miyazaki on September 29, 2012. The home run came in his second game, fourth plate appearance.

Sugimoto is also the thirty-second player in NPB history to hit a lead-off home run for his first career home run.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/10/2017, Sponichi 9/10/2017

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