Category: Did You Know

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Shoitsu Omatsu: Did You Know

Omatsu hit two pinch-hit walk-off home runs in 2017: May 9 against Hiroshima and July 27 against Chunichi. He joined Kazuo Higasa (Yomiuri, 1956), Yasumitsu Toyoda (Sankei, 1968) and Tsutomu Wakamatsu (Yakult, 1977) as the only players in NPB history to record two pinch-hit walk-off home runs in one season.

Source: Sponichi 7/27/2017, Sanspo 7/27/2017

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Masahiro Nakatani: Did You Know

Nakatani received an Excellent Player Award for performance during Sanspo’s Hanshin Tigers Gekirei Series. The series took place over thirteen games at Koshien Stadium between June 13, 2017 and July 12, 2017.

Performance Highlights: He went 5-for-5 against Seibu on June 15. He recorded two hits and two RBI, including a two-run home run, against Yomiuri on July 9.

Source: Sanspo 7/20/2017

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Hisayoshi Chono: Did You Know

Chono has hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games twice during his career:

  • July 12, 2017 against Yakult and July 17 against Chunichi
  • May 22, 2013 and May 23 against Rakuten

He is the fifth player in the NPB to accomplish the feat, and first in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history. As of July 17, he has eleven lead-off home runs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017, Sponichi 7/18/2017

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Carlos Peguero: Did You Know

Peguero blasted a monster shot at YafuOku Dome during a game against the Softbank Hawks on July 12. The Trackman system estimated the distance at 156.4 meters and the exit velocity at 193.5 km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2017

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Shuichi Murata: Did You Know

Murata blasted the 351st home run of his career during a game against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome on July 12. The home run was also the 100th in a Yomiuri uniform. He is the twentieth player in NPB history to record at least 100 home runs with two teams, the sixth to accomplish the feat in Yomiuri franchise history, and the second to accomplish the feat in Yomiuri and Yokohama history (the other was Noboru Aota). He is the tweny-ninth player in Yomiuri franchise history to hit at least 100 home runs.

Source: Sponichi 7/13/2017

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Hayato Sakamoto: Did You Know

Sakamoto recorded the 1,500th hit of his career on July 9 during a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. The milestone hit came in the ninth inning off Rafael Dolis.

Sakamoto is the 123rd player in NPB history to reach the 1,500-hit milestone. He recorded the 1,500th hit in his 1,354th game, third fewest games in franchise history, behind Tetsuharu Kawakami’s 1,241 games and Shigeo Nagashima’s 1,273 games.

At twenty-eight years and six months, Sakamoto is the youngest player in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to reach the milestone. The previous record of thirty years and four months was set by Sadaharu Oh in 1970. He is the second youngest player in NPB history to reach the milestone, behind Kihachi Enomoto at twenty-seven years and nine months. He is the youngest right-handed hitter in NPB history to reach the milestone. The previous record of twenty-nine years and one month was set by Harutoshi Kodama in 1964.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2017

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Kenta Imamiya: Did You Know

Imamiya recorded the 250th sac hit of his career on July 5 against the Orix Buffaloes and became the nineteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-five years and eleven months, he is the youngest player to record 250 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-eight years and ten months was held by Masahiro Kawai.

Imamiya notched his 250th sac hit in his 788th game. Only Kawai, at 723 games, managed to reach 250 in fewer games.

Source: Sponichi 7/6/2017

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Brad Eldred: Did You Know

Eldred blasted home runs in three consecutive players appearances during a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Mazda Stadium on July 1, 2017. He became the sixth player (accomplished seven times) in Hiroshima Carp franchise history to achieve the feat.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2017

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Shinnosuke Ogasawara: Did You Know

Ogasawara picked up a win against the Yomiuri Giants on June 24. It was the second time he recorded a victory against the Giants before the age of twenty (two wins, three games, two starts). He is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Yoshinori (2008-2009), the first pitcher in franchise history since Shinji Imanaka (1990), and the first pitcher to win two games without suffering any losses against the Giants since Yutaka Enatsu (1967).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2017

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Masahiro Araki: Did You Know

The cleats and bat Araki used when he recorded his 2,000th career hit will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. The items will be put on display at the museum beginning on June 24, 2017.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 91 58 31 2
Yokohama 90 47 40 3
Hanshin 87 46 41 0
Yomiuri 90 41 48 1
Chunichi 92 39 50 3
Yakult 90 31 57 2
G W L T
Rakuten 83 56 26 1
Softbank 91 59 32 0
Seibu 88 49 37 2
Orix 88 38 49 1
Nippon Ham 90 33 57 0
Lotte 88 29 58 1
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