Ryosuke Hirata hit for the cycle during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagoya Dome. He became the sixty-eighth player in NPB history (accomplished seventy-three times) and thirty-fifth in Central League history (accomplished thirty-eight times) to achieve the feat. He also became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this year (Yuki Yanagita, Tetsuto Yamada, and Masayuki Kuwahara), the eighth player in Chunichi history (accomplished eight times) to hit for the cycle, first since Yohei Oshima on July 20, 2016, and the first player to hit for the cycle at Nagoya Dome since Kosuke Fukudome on June 8, 2003.
Hirata hit a lead-off home run to left in the first inning, a two-run double to left in the second inning, a double to left-center in the fourth inning, a triple to right in the fifth inning, and a single to left in the seventh inning.
Masayuki Kuwahara hit for the cycle during Friday night’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Yokohama Stadium. He became the sixty-seventh player (accomplished seventy-two times) in NPB history, thirty-fourth (accomplished thirty-seven times) in Central League history, and seventh (accomplished nine times) in Yokohama history, first since Boi Rodriguez on July 27, 2002, to achieve the feat. Kuwahara joined Sachio Kinugasa (July 7, 1976), Akinobu Mayumi (May 20, 1979), Rainel Rosario (September 2, 2014), and Yohei Oshima (July 20, 2016) as the only players in NPB history to record a lead-off home run in the first inning while hitting for the cycle.
Softbank’s Yuki Yanagita (April 21) and Yakult’s Tetsuto Yamada (July 9) have also hit for the cycle this year.0 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada hit for the cycle during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Shizuoka on July 9.
Yamada became the sixty-sixth player (accomplished seventy-one times) in NPB history, thirty-third player (accomplished thirty-six times) in the Central League, to hit for the cycle. He is the first player to hit for the cycle since Yuki Yanagita on April 31 and the first Yakult Swallow since Atsunori Inaba on July 1, 2003.0 Comments
Yuki Yanagita hit for the cycle (home run in the first, single in the fourth, double in the fifth, and triple in the eighth) during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome on April 21. Sixty-five players have now hit for the cycle seventy times in NPB history (thirty-two players and thirty-three times in the Pacific League). Yanagita is the first player in the NPB to hit for the cycle since Kosuke Fukudome on July 30, 2016; the first in the Pacific League since Julio Zuleta on September 22, 2007; and the first Hawk since Arihito Muramatsu on July 1, 2003.
Kosuke Fukudome hit for the cycle during tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. This was the second cycle of his career. He recorded his first cycle on June 8, 2003. He joined Fumio Fujimura (October 2, 1948 and May 25, 1950), Hiromi Matsunaga (October 8, 1982 and May 24, 1991), and Robert Rose (May 2, 1995; April 29, 1997; and June 30, 1999) as the only players in NPB history to record multiple cycles during their career. Sixty-four players have now hit for the cycle sixty-nine times. At thirty-nine years and three months, Fukudome is the oldest player to hit for the cycle. The previous record of thirty-six years and six months was set by Koji Yamamoto on April 30, 1983.
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Source: Sponichi 7/30/2016
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Yohei Oshima hit for the cycle during a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium today. He is the sixty-fourth player (accomplished sixty-eight times) in NPB history to hit for the cycle, first since Rainel Rosario against Yomiuri on September 2, 2014; first Japanese player since Michihiro Ogasawara against Hiroshima on September 3, 2008. He is the seventh Dragon to hit for the cycle, first since Alex Ochoa against Yomiuri on April 13, 2004; first Japanese player since Kosuke Fukudome against Hiroshima on June 8, 2003. He is also the sixteenth player to accomplish the feat in four plate appearances.
He popped out to third and walked in his last two at bats.
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[UPDATE 7/21 @ 11:17pm]
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