[7/10/2018] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for June

Central League


Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yakult (Second Time)
4 G, 3-0, 25.0 IP, 1.08 ERA, 20 SO, 3 ER

Ogawa pitched in four games in June. He went at least six innings and held opponents to two runs or less in all four games. He led the league with three wins. Ogawa went seven innings against Orix at Jingu on June 10 and allowed a run on four hits. He pitched six innings on June 17 and held Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome to one run. On June 24, he tossed six shutout innings against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. The last Swallow pitcher to win an MVP of the Month was Ogawa in August 2016.


Norichika Aoki, Yakult (Fourth Time)
23 G, .388 AVG, 33 H, 4 HR, 22 RBI

Aoki played in all twenty-three games in June. He led the league in batting average (.388), hits (33), RBI (22, tied), and batting average with runners in scoring position (.600). He failed to reach base in just one game and recorded twelve multi-hit games. He became the ninth player in NPB history to hit a lead-off, inside-the-park home run on June 14. The last Swallow hitter to win an MVP of the Month was Tetsuto Yamada on June 2016.

Pacific League


Mike Bolsinger, Lotte (First Time)
5 G, 5-0, 35.0 IP, 2.31 ERA, 2 CG, 1 ShO, 27 SO, 9 ER

Bolsinger started five games in June and lead the league with five wins. He also led the league in complete games (2) and innings (35.0). He gave up three runs over 7.0+ innings against Hiroshima on June 2 and two runs over seven innings against Hanshin on June 10. He picked up his first NPB shutout (allowed four hits) against Yomiuri on June 16. In a rain-shortened game on June 23, Bolsinger held Seibu to three runs over five innings. He picked up his fifth win on June 30 against Softbank (seven innings, one run).


Katsuya Kakunaka, Lotte (First Time)
22 G, .395 AVG, 32 H, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 1 SB

Kakunaka batted clean-up in all twenty-two games in June. He led the league in batting average (.395) and his thirty-two hits were good for a second place tie. He reached base in twenty-one games and record multiple hits in eight games. He recorded four hits and four RBI against Chunichi on June 7 and three hits and three RBI against Hiroshima on June 2 and Softbank on June 30. This marked the fourth time Lotte players won MVP of the Month awards for pitching and hitting in the same month, first since April 1997.

Source: NPB 7/10/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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