Seiichi Uchikawa pushed his career hit total to 2,000 when he hit a single to center off Shota Takekuma in the eighth inning of a game against the Sebu Lions at MetLife Dome on May 9. Uchikawa is the fifty-first player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
Uchikawa went hitless in fourteen straight trips to the plate (G6, G5, BB, SF8, G5, F9, Fo5, Fo3, F3, E5, G6, G4, F8, G6) before he recorded the 2,000th hit of his career. The last player that went hitless in eleven or more trips to the plate prior to reaching 2,000 hits was Tomoaki Kanemoto with eighteen in 2008.
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Source: Nikkan Sports 5/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/9/2018, Sponichi 5/9/2018, Sponichi 5/9/2018, Daily Sports 5/9/2018, Daily Sports 5/9/2018, Sports Hochi 5/9/2018, Chunichi Shimbun 5/10/2018, Sponichi 5/10/2018, Sponichi 5/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/10/2018
Road to 2000 hits
|1||2002/04/24||Chunichi||Eddie Gaillard||Sapporo Dome|
|1000||2011/06/09||Yomiuri||Shun Tono||Fukuoka Yahoo Japan Dome|
|1500||2014/07/11||Nippon Ham||Hiroshi Urano||Sapporo Dome|
|2000||2018/05/09||Seibu||Shota Takekuma||MetLife Dome|