|Leading Hitter||.295||髙濱 祐仁||Takahama, Yuto||Nippon Ham|
|Most Home Runs||18||内田 靖人||Uchida, Yasuhito||Rakuten|
|18||森山 恵佑||Moriyama, Keisuke||Nippon Ham|
|Most RBI||66||内田 靖人||Uchida, Yasuhito||Rakuten|
|Most Stolen Bases||28||島井 寛仁||Shimai, Hirohito||Rakuten|
|Best OBP||.416||枡田 慎太郎||Masuda, Shintaro||Rakuten|
|Best ERA||2.21||田 侑樹||Yoshida, Yuki||Nippon Ham|
|Most Wins||9||今村 信貴||Imamura, Nobutaka||Yomiuri|
|Most Saves||18||戸根 千明||Tone, Chiaki||Yomiuri|
|Best WPCT||.692||今村 信貴||Imamura, Nobutaka||Yomiuri|
|Leading Hitter||.331||Ａ．メヒア||Mejia, Alejandro||Hiroshima|
|Most Home Runs||21||陽川 尚将||Yokawa, Naomasa||Hanshin|
|Most RBI||91||陽川 尚将||Yokawa, Naomasa||Hanshin|
|Most Stolen Bases||26||釜元 豪||Kamamoto, Go||Softbank|
|Best OBP||.407||庄司 隼人||Shoji, Hayato||Hiroshima|
|Best ERA||2.10||阿知羅 拓馬||Achira, Takuma||Chunichi|
|Most Wins||10||山田 大樹||Yamada, Hiroki||Softbank|
|Most Saves||23||Ｒ．メンデス||Mendez, Roman||Hanshin|
|Best WPCT||.750||阿知羅 拓馬||Achira, Takuma||Chunichi|
The NPB Awards 2017 will take place on November 20. Taisho Seiyaku will be the sponsor for the fourth year in a row.
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
Kengo Tagawa, Yakult
5 G, 3-0, 20.2 IP, 20 SO, 8 BB, 4 ER, 1.74 ERA
Tagawa pitched in five games in July and recorded a league-high three wins. He recorded his wins both as a starter and a reliever.
Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroshima
15 G, 23-for-48, 8 2B, 10 RBI, 4 SO, .479 BA
Takahashi played in fifteen games in July and went 23-for-48. He led the league in hitting (.479), doubles (8) and on base percentage (.545).
Source: NPB 8/10/20170 Comments
Shoitsu Omatsu, Yomiuri (First Time)
July 26 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 10th inning and the score tied at ten. With no runners on and one out, Omatsu hit a walk-off home run to right-center.
The Swallows’ pitching staff allowed ten runs over the first six innings of the game. The Swallows’ offense sputtered and managed just four hits over the same number of innings. But Yuhei Nakamura two-run home run in the seventh. The offense capped of an eight-run eighth with a two-run blast from Wladimir Balentien. The score remained knotted at ten until the bottom of the tenth, when Omatsu stepped into the box as a pinch-hitter and knocked the first pitch he saw over the wall in right-center. It was his second walk-off home run of the season.
Japhet Amador, Rakuten (First Time)
July 23 vs Orix at Kobo Park Miyagi. Score tied at two in the bottom of the ninth. Amador leads off the inning and hits a walk-off home run to right-center.
The Buffaloes took a two-run lead in the fourth inning. The Eagles were held to just three hits over seven. Hiroaki Shimauchi tied the game with a two-run blast in the eighth. Yuya Kubo retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Amador led off the bottom-half of the inning and drilled a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right-center. It was the first walk-off hit of Amador’s NPB career.
Source: NPB 8/9/20170 Comments
Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fourth Time)
4 G, 4-0, 29.0 IP, 0.31 ERA, 30 SO, 1 ER
Sugano won the MVP of the Month Award for the second time this year (May and July). He led the league with four wins and a 0.31 ERA in July. He won all four of his starts. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to win two MVP of the Month Awards in one season since Masaki Saito in 1990 (May and July).
Masayuki Kuwahara, Yokohama (First Time)
21 G, .389 AVG, 35 H, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB
Kuwahara batted first in every game in July and led the league with a .389 batting average. He recorded a hit in seventeen of the twenty-one games he played. Of the seventeen, thirteen were multi-hit games; of the thirteen, five were modashos. He also led the league in on base percentage (.439) and his seventeen runs scored was good for a second place tie with two other players. On July 1, he recorded a lead-off home run and a come-from-behind grand slam in the ninth. Kuwahara is the first Yokohama player to win the award since Jose Lopez later year (September).
Nao Higashihama, Softbank (First Time)
3 G, 3-0, 20.1 IP, 1.33 ERA, 13 SO, 3 ER
Higashihama pitched in three games in July and led the league in wins (tied with five others). He gave up a run on four hits over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on July 7; a run on five hits over 7.2 innings against Seibu on July 17; and a run on five hits over 7.1 innings against Rakuten on July 27.
Shogo Akiyama, Seibu (Third Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 33 H, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB
Akiyama batted lead-off in all twenty-three of his team’s games in July. He led the league in hits (33), RBI (19), and total bases (52). His sixteen runs scored was tied for most with two other players. He recorded three hits and four RBI on July 6 against Nippon Ham, July 11 against Lotte, and July 23 against Nippon Ham. He also recorded four hits and two RBI against Orix on July 25. He put together an eleven-game hitting streak between July 18 and 30. Akiyama won the MVP of the Month Award two other times, both in 2015 (March/April and June). This is the seventy-second time a Seibu player won the award, most in the league.
Source: NPB 8/8/20170 Comments
Yoshiyuki Kamei, Yomiuri (First Time)
June 18 vs Chiba at Tokyo Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning and the Giants down 5-4. Runners on first and second and one out. Kamei hits a come-from-behind, walk-off three-run home run to give the Giants a 7-5 victory.
The Giants took an early lead with a home run by Shinnosuke Abe in the second inning. They added another run in the third and took a 3-0 lead in the fourth with Abe’s second home run of the game. Lotte scored a run in the fifth and tied the game at three in the eighth. Kamei stepped into the batter’s box after a intentional walks to Casey McGehee in the eighth and tenth innings, but fouled out and struck out, respectively. He once against stepped into the batter’s box after an intentional walk to McGehee in the twelfth inning and this time took advantage of the situation.
Shuhei Fukuda, Softbank (First Time)
June 25 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and two out. Hawks trail the Lions 6-5. Fukuda hits a walk-off two-run home run to give Softbank a 7-6 win.
The Hawks scored a run in the first inning. The Lions tied the score at one in the third and took a four-run lead in the fourth. The Hawks chipped away at the lead with a two-run home run by Yuya Hasegawa in the sixth and a timely hit by Tomoki Takata in the seventh. But the Lions tacked on another run in the eighth. The Hawks closed to within a run in the bottom-half of the inning. Yuki Yanagita recorded a one-out infield hit in the ninth. One out later, Fukuda recorded the first walk-off of his career: a come-from-behind, two-out, two-run home run.
Source: NPB 7/12/20170 Comments