Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fifth Time)
5 G, 4-0, 38.0 IP, 0.47 ERA, 26 SO, 2 ER, 2 CG, 1 ShO
Sugano notched his third MVP of the Month this season. He led the league in wins (tied with Joe Wieland) and ERA in September/October. He recorded two complete games, including a shutout, in five starts. He allowed earned runs in only one start. The five MVP of the Month awards ties the Yomiuri record for pitchers set by Masaki Saito. The three MVP of the Month awards in one season ties the league record for pitchers set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 1993.
Ryuhei Matsuyama, Hiroshima (First Time)
20 G, .408 AVG, 29 H, 5 HR, 23 RBI
Matsuyama batted clean-up in twenty September/October games. He led the league in hits and posted a .480 batting average with runners in scoring position. He helped the team put together a 16-5 record in September/October.
Yusei Kikuchi, Seibu (FirstTime)
4 G, 3-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 1 ER
Kikuchi pitched in four games in September/October and went 3-0 with a shutout. He led the league with a 0.29 ERA. He tossed a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts against Lotte on September 7, allowed a run (unearned) on four hits and struck out eleven over eight innings against Rakuten on September 14, pitched sixth shutout innings against Lotte on September 21, and gave up three runs (one earned) over eight innings against Rakuten on October 3.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Second Time)
25 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 10 HR, 19 RBI
Yamakawa played in twenty-five games in September/October and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging percentage (.739). He recorded multiple hits in ten games and two or more RBI in six games. He is the fourth player in league history to win MVP of the Month awards for two consecutive months. The other three: Doug Jennings (July and August 1995), Ichiro (June and July 1998), and Yuki Yanagita (August and September 2015).
Source: NPB 10/17/20170 Comments
Tomohiro Abe, Hiroshima (First Time)
September 5 vs Hanshin at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, down 7-6 with a runner on second and one out. Abe hit a walk-off home run to right-center.
The Carp scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but quickly lost the lead after giving up two runs in second and another run in third. They answered back with three runs in the bottom of third and had a two-run lead heading into the fifth. However, Hiroshima again allowed the Tigers to claw back and tie the game in the top of the sixth. Abe broke the tie and gave the Carp a 6-5 lead in the seventh. Through seven full innings, the two teams combined for eleven runs and seventeen hits. Kosuke Fukudome put the Tigers ahead 7-6 with a two-run blast in the ninth. Abe stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on second and one out. On the fourth pitch of his at bat, he hit a drive to right-center for a walk-off two-run home run. The walk-off home run was the first of Abe’s career.
Alfredo Despaigne, Softbank (First Time)
September 3 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at zero with runners on first and second and two out. Despaigne hit a walk-off single to center.
Tsuyoshi Wada got the start for Softbank, Takahiro Norimoto for Rakuten. Wada tossed seven shutout innings. Sho Iwasaki and Livan Moinelo also kept the Eagles off the board. Norimoto scattered three singles through eight innings. He then gave up a one-out single to Kenta Imamiya. A sac bunt and intentional walk later, with runners on first and second and two out, Despaigne swung at the first pitch of his bat and recorded a walk-off single to center. The walk-off was the third of his career (single on May 15,2016 and sac fly on April 21, 2017).
Source: NPB 10/17/20170 Comments
Lawson Ticket Speed Up Award
Supported by Lawson HMV Entertainment
Awarded to players and teams that help keep games moving at a brisk and interesting pace.
Pitchers (bases empty)
|Central League||Ｒ．バルデス||Valdes, Raul||Chunichi||9.1s|
|Pacific League||牧田 和久||Makita, Kazuhisa||Seibu||7.5s|
Valdes and Makita are Special Recognition Players because they won the Speed Up Award for the second straight year. The two players will not be eligible for the Speed Up Award in 2018.
Hitters (bases empty)
|Central League||京田 陽太||Kyoda, Yota||Chunichi||11.4s|
|Pacific League||源田 壮亮||Genda, Sosuke||Seibu||12.4s|
Nine inning games
|Central League||読売ジャイアンツ||Yomiuri Giants||2h59m|
|Pacific League||埼玉西武ライオンズ||Seibu Lions||3h03m|
|Best ERA||菅野 智之||Sugano, Tomoyuki||Yomiuri||1.59|
|Best WPCT||薮田 和樹||Yabuta, Kazuki||Hiroshima||.833|
|Most Wins||菅野 智之||Sugano, Tomoyuki||Yomiuri||17|
|Most Saves||ドリス||Dolis, Rafael||Hanshin||37|
|Best Reliever||桑原 謙太朗||Kuwahara, Kentaro||Hanshin||43|
|Most Strikeouts||マイコラス||Mikolas, Miles||Yomiuri||187|
|Best Hitter||宮﨑 敏郎||Miyazaki, Toshiro||Yokohama||.323|
|Most Hits||丸 佳浩||Maru, Yoshihiro||Hiroshima||171|
|Most Home Runs||ゲレーロ||Guerrero, Alex||Chunichi||35|
|Most RBIs||ロペス||Lopez, Jose||Yokohama||105|
|Best OBP||田中 広輔||Tanaka, Kosuke||Hiroshima||.398|
|Most Stolen Bases||田中 広輔||Tanaka, Kosuke||Hiroshima||35|
|Best ERA||菊池 雄星||Kikuchi, Yusei||Seibu||1.97|
|Best WPCT||千賀 滉大||Senga, Kodai||Softbank||.765|
|Most Wins||東浜 巨||Higashihama, Nao||Softbank||16|
|菊池 雄星||Kikuchi, Yusei||Seibu||16|
|Most Saves||サファテ||Sarfate, Dennis||Softbank||54|
|Best Reliever||岩嵜 翔||Iwasaki, Sho||Softbank||46|
|Most Strikeouts||則本 昂大||Norimoto, Takahiro||Rakuten||222|
|Best Hitter||秋山 翔吾||Akiyama, Shogo||Seibu||.322|
|Most Hits||秋山 翔吾||Akiyama, Shogo||Seibu||185|
|Most Home Runs||デスパイネ||Despaigne, Alfredo||Softbank||35|
|Most RBIs||デスパイネ||Despaigne, Alfredo||Softbank||103|
|Best OBP||柳田 悠岐||Yanagita, Yuki||Softbank||.426|
|Most Stolen Bases||西川 遥輝||Nishikawa, Haruki||Nippon Ham||39|
Kazuma Okamoto, Yomiuri
16 G, 16-for-22, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .355 BA
Okamoto batted clean-up in all sixteen games he played in September/October and led the league in RBI. He was among the top players in various other offensive categories as well.
Yuki Mima, Hiroshima
15 G, 24-for-49, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, .490 BA
He played in fifteen games in September and went 24-for-49. He led the league in hits, home runs, and batting average.
Source: NPB 10/5/20170 Comments
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Aito Takeda, Seibu
16 G, 18-for-55, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .327 BA
Aito made the starting line-up in fourteen games in August. His slugging percentage (.600) was good for second in the league. His batting average, home runs, and RBI were among the top in the league in August.
Takuya Mitsuma, Chunichi
7 G, 2-1, 20.2 IP, 26 SO, 2 ER, 0.87 ERA
Mitsuma pitched in seven games in August. He was a stable presence out of the bullpen before recording two wins in two starts as a starter. He was the only pitcher in the league to record an ERA under 1.00 in August. His two wins were tied for first and he led the league in strikeouts (26).
Source: NPB 9/11/20170 Comments
Toshiro Miyazaki, Yokohama (First Time)
August 22 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, none on, and no out. Miyazaki recorded a walk-off home run to left-center.
The Bay Stars scored first, but then allowed five unanswered runs to score through the next six innings. Hiroki Minei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The fireworks started early in the ninth: after the lead-off batter reached on a single, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run, followed by a solo home run by Jose Lopez to tie the game at five. Miyazaki capped off the explosive ninth with a walk-off home run to left-center. For Miyazaki, it was the first walk-off hit of hi career. The three consecutive home runs to end the game was a first in NPB history.
Takumi Kuriyama, Seibu (First Time)
August 17 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, and two out. Kuriyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off home run.
Seibu’s Yusei Kikuchi and Rakuten’s Tomohiro Anraku and were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kikuchi held the Rakuten offense to two hits over nine innings. Anraku tossed seven shutout innings before he was relieved in the eighth. Yuhei Takanashi kept Seibu off the board in the eighth. Frank Herrmann took the mound in the ninth for Rakuten and retired the first two batters he faced. He then put runners on first and second with a double and a hit by a pitch. Kuriyama stepped up to the plate in place of Fumikazu Kimura and hit a walk-off three-run home run. The walk-off homer was the seventh of Kuriyama’s career and the first as a pinch-hitter.
Source: NPB 9/8/20170 Comments
Miles Mikolas, Yomiuri (Second Time)
5 G, 4-1, 37.0 IP, 1.46 ERA, 44 SO, 6 ER
Mikolas picked up his second MVP of the Month award (first award on June 2015). He led the league in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He pitched at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less in all five of his starts in August. He is the first foreign pitcher in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to win the MVP of the Month award two times.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Third Time)
25 G, .315 AVG, 29 H, 7 HR, 23 RBI
Tsutsugo won an MVP of the Month award for the third time in his career, and first since July 2016. He batted third in every game in August and led the league in RBI. His batting average and home runs were also among the top players in the league. He led all hitters with a .550 batting average with runner on base.
Dennis Sarfate, Softbank (Second Time)
13 G, 1-1, 11 Sv, 12.1 IP, 1.46 ERA, 20 SO, 2 ER
Sarfate pitched in thirteen games in August and led the league in saves. Eleven saves in one month is second most in Pacific League history (he set the record with twelve in May 2016). He recorded a save in ten consecutive appearances between August 9 and 31. He earned his first MVP of the Month award for May 2016.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (First Time)
27 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 9 HR, 28 RBI
Yamakawa batted fifth sixteen times, fourth six times, and sixth five times. He led the league in home runs, RBI, total bases (64), walks (20), on base percentage (.451) and slugging percentage (.696). He recorded two or more hits in eleven games and two or more RBI in ten games. He hit home runs in three consecutive plate appearances on August 2 against Rakuten and recorded three hits and three RBI the following day on August 3 against Rakuten. He recorded at least three RBI in four of the nine Rakuten games in August.
Source: NPB 9/7/20170 Comments