The Seibu Lions turned a triple play (5-4-3) during their game against the Rakuten Eagles on August 28. It was the eighty-fourth triple play in Pacific League history; the first triple play since the Softbank Hawks turned three against the Nippon Ham Fighters on April 22, 2014 (third inning, runners on first and third, no out, 8-2-4 on a Sho Nakata fly out to center); the first ground ball triple play since Seibu turned three against Nippon Ham on July 1, 2012 (second inning, runners on first and second, no out, 5-4-3 on a Dai-Kang Yoh ground out to third); and the first Seibu triple play since August 17, 2012 (sixth inning, runners on first and second, no out, on a Jose Fernandez fly out to right).0 Comments
Sho Nakata blasted the 200th home run of his career during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome on August 24. He is the 103rd player in NPB history and the first Heisei player (players born on or after January 8, 1989) to reach the milestone. He joined Isao Harimoto, Koichi Tabuchi, and Michihiro Ogasawara as the only Japanese players in NPB to reach 200 home runs without any sac hits.
Home run 200 came in the fifth inning off Hiroki Kondo.0 Comments
Seiichi Uchikawa pushed his career hit total to 2,000 when he hit a single to center off Shota Takekuma in the eighth inning of a game against the Sebu Lions at MetLife Dome on May 9. Uchikawa is the fifty-first player in NPB history to reach the milestone.0 Comments
Kotaro Kiyomiya extended his hitting streak to seven games with a home run off Brandon Dickson in the second inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Sapporo Dome Osaka on May 9.0 Comments
Sho Nakata started May 9 with 997 career hits. He went 3-for-5 against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome Osaka and became the 291st player in NPB history to reach 1,000 hits (4421st career plate appearance).
The milestone hit came in the sixth inning off Orix’s Keisuke Kobayashi.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.
The Softbank Hawks beat the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome 7-0 today and took the Final Stage of the Climax Series, 4-2. The Hawks will advance to the Nippon Series for the seventeenth time in franchise history, and first time since 2015. The Hawks are the first Pacific League team to make the Nippon Series after losing the first two games of the Final Stage.
Kimiyasu Kudo was tossed into the air seven times; Seiichi Uchikawa five times. Uchikawa was presented with the Climax Series MVP. He went 7-for-18 with seven RBI and hit home runs in four straight Final Stage games.
[UPDATE 10/22 @ 10:04pm]
The Hawks prepared 3,000 bottles of beer, 480 cans of cola, four barrels of sake, and sixty bottles of sake for their post-game celebration.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles beat the Seibu Lions tonight, 5-2, and will advance to the Final Stage of the Climax Series for the first time since 2013.One Comment
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced through their website earlier today that reached an agreement with their new manager, Tadahito Iguchi. The Marines are scheduled hold a press conference for Iguchi at a hotel in Chiba on October 14.
According to media reports, the two sides likely agreed to a three-year contract worth an estimated eighty million yen a year and the uniform number 6.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:00am]
The Marines held a press conference for Iguchi on October 14. He was assigned the uniform number 6.
Source: Lotte 10/14/20170 Comments
Chris Marrero’s (Orix) home run off Kakeru Narita (Lotte) during tonight’s game between the Orix Buffaloes and Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine Stadium was the NPB’s 100,000th home run.0 Comments