Category: Did You Know

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Mike Bolsinger: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 16 vs Yomiuri at ZOZO Marine – Bolsinger tossed a shutout against the Yomiuri Giants. He became the eleventh player since 1950 to record a shutout in his first game against the Giants, first since Yuta Iwasada on May 27, 2017; and the fourth foreign player, first since Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009; and second player to accomplish the feat during an Inter-league game, first since Takahiro Norimoto on May 28, 2014.

Bolsinger also set a new Marines record for foreign pitchers by extending his personal winning streak to seven.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Sponichi 6/17/2018, Sanspo 6/17/2018

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Norichika Aoki: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 14 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Aoki recorded an inside-the-park home run to start the game. He became the ninth player in NPB history (fifth in the top, fourth in the bottom; fifth in the CL, fourth in the PL) to hit an inside-the-park lead-off home run in the first inning; first since Takashi Ogino in 2014; first in the CL since Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998; and second in Swallows’ history, behind Tetsuya Iida in 1992.

The lead-off home run was Aoki’s eighth over his career. At thirty-six years and five months, he also became the oldest player to record an inside-the-park lead-off home run in the first. The previous record of thirty-five years and eight months was set by Tsutomu Kimura in 1956.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/15/2018

June 19 vs Softbank at Jingu Stadium – Aoki was ejected for arguing a third strike (check swing) during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was ejected from a game for the first time during his professional career (including MLB).

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/19/2018, Sponichi 6/19/2018, Daily Sports 6/19/2018

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Tatsuya Imai: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 14 vs Yakult at MetLife Dome – Imai made his Ichi-gun debut and recorded a victory (six innings, 112 pitches, five hits, one run, topped out at 152km/h). He is the seventh player in Lions history to record a win in his first game, first since Kazuyuki Hoashi on March 27, 2001. He is the first starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 7, 1999.

Imai is also the seventh Koshien Champion since 1950 to record a win in his first game, first since Yuki Saito and Yuya Fukui in 2011; and fifth Koshien Champion out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/14/2018

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Ichiro Tamura: Did You Know

Family

Tamura told the media on June 12, 2018 that he filed marriage papers with an older woman from Saitama earlier in the day.

Source: Seibu 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018

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Takumi Oshiro: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 10 vs Seibu – Oshiro notched the first walk-off hit of his career. With the game tied at two and the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Oshiro entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Seiji Kobayashi. He recorded a walk-off hit to right.

Oshiro is the ninth Yomiuri rookie (accomplished eleven times) to record a walk-off hit, first since Ryuichi Kajimae hit a walk-off home run against Lotte on June 6, 2008. He is the first Yomiuri rookie to record a pinch-hit, walk-off hit and the first Yomiuri rookie catcher to record a walk-off.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018, Daily Sports 6/10/2018, Sanspo 6/10/2018, Sponichi 6/11/2018

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Kazuki Kamizato: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 19 vs Nippon Ham at Yokohama Stadium – Kamizato recorded the first four-hit game of his career. He joined Toshio Haru (4-for-5 on September 27, 1994) as the only players in Bay Stars franchise history since the start of the draft to record four or more hits during a game in their rookie year. He also joined Kosuke Tanaka (June 22, 2014) as the only rookies to record four or more hits during an Inter-league game.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/10/2018

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Richard Sunagawa: Did You Know

Family

Sunagawa’s brother, Joey O’Brien, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2018

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Koki Yamashita: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

May 31 vs Rakuten at Yokohama – Yamashita recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. The milestone hit came in the tenth inning with the score tied at three, a runner on second, and two out.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/1/2018

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Alex Guerrero: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2018

May 30 vs Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome – Guerrero hit the JR Higashi Nihon billboard in left in the seventh inning. He will get a VIEW gift certificate worth one million yen.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2018

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Eishin Soyogi: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

The Agekke Group announced on May 29, 2018 that Soyogi was joining their baseball team.

Source: Agekke Group 5/29/2018, Daily Sports 5/29/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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