Category: Did You Know

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Hiroyuki Nakajima: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 12 vs Lotte at Kyocera Dome – Nakajima recorded the fourth walk-off of his career (tenth inning, off Daiki Iwashita), first since 2010.

Source: Sanspo 8/13/2018

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CHU

Hiroki Kondo: Did You Know

Family

2018

August 7 – Kondo announced on August 6 that he filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Shizuoka on July 30. They are planning to hold a ceremony in December.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2018, Sponichi 8/7/2018

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SOF

Kotaro Otake: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 1 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Otake became the first Ikusei draft rookie to record a win in his first start and appearance. He started the game and held the Seibu Lions to two runs on five hits over eight innings of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2018, Sponichi 8/2/2018

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YOM

Jorge Martinez: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 28 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Martinez recorded a first home run in his first career Ichi-gun plate appearance and became the sixty-second player in NPB history to hit a home run in their first at bat (first since Seiya Hosokawa on October 3, 2017) and eighth player in Giants history (first since Jose Lopez on March 29, 2013). He also joined Xavier Batista as the only foreign players with Ikusei experience in NPB history to hit a home run in their first at bats.

Source: Sponichi 7/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2018

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HIR

Xavier Batista: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 27 vs Yokohama at Mazda Stadium – Batista blasted the first grand slam of his career (third inning off Joe Wieland).

Source: Dailly Sports 7/27/2018

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YOM

Taylor Jungmann: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 25 vs Yakult at Kyocera Dome – Jungmann’s personal winning streak ended at three. A victory would have made Jungmann just the second foreign player in Giants history to start their careers 4-0 in four starts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018

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RAK

Ayatsugu Yamashita: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 24 vs Nippon Ham at Rakuten Seimei – Yamashita hit a walk-off two-run home run in the eleventh inning off Taisho Tamai. The home run was also the first of his career. He became the first player in Eagles’ history to record a walk-off home run for his first career home run.

Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2018, Sponichi 7/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018

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HAN

Kyuji Fujikawa: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 21 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Toshiro Miyazaki’s strikeout in the seventh inning became Fujikawa’s 1,000th strikeout in relief (1,093rd overall). Fujikawa is the first reliever in Tigers history to record 1,000 strikeouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2018

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RAK

Kazuki Tanaka: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 21 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Tanaka blasted the first grand slam of his career (sixth inning off Shota Takekuma).

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

August 1 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome – Tanaka joined Eigoro Mogi (seventeen in 2017) and Hiroaki Shimauchi (fourteen in 2017) as the only Rakuten lifers to hit ten or more home runs in a season when he blasted his tenth home run of the year in the third inning off Andrew Albers. He recorded the first two-homer game of his career when he connected in the eighth off Taisuke Kondo.

Tanaka’s two home runs came from different sides of the plate (from the right side off Albers and from the left side off Kondo) and made him the eighteenth player in NPB history (accomplished forty-one times), fourteenth player in Pacific League history (accomplished thirty-four times), and second player in Eagles history (behind Fernando Seguignol in 2008 and 2009) to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. He also became just the eighth Japanese player to accomplish the feat, behind Hiromi Matsunaga (six times), Yoshihiko Takahashi (one time), Kazuyuki Shirai (one time), Kazuo Matsui (three times), Tatsuhiko Kinjo (three times), and Shogo Akada (one time).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/1/2018, Sanspo 8/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/2/2018, Sponichi 8/2/2018

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YAK

Shingo Kawabata: Did You Know

Milestones

Walk-off Hits

  • April 24, 2015 vs Yomiuri – single to center
  • July 21, 2018 vs Chunichi – two-run home run

Source: Sanspo 7/22/2018

2018

July 21 vs Chunichi at Jingu – Kawabata blasted the first walk-off home run of his career — with the score tied at five, he hit a two-run home run to right off Hiroshi Suzuki.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

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