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[8/29/2018] Seibu’s triple play from Tuesday’s game against Rakuten

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).

Source: Sponichi 8/28/2018, Sanspo 8/29/2018



[8/24/2018] Sho Nakata blasts 200th home run

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2018, Sponichi 8/24/2018



[5/9/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa reaches 2000 hits

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.



[5/9/2018] Kotaro Kiyomiya extends hitting streak to seven with first blast of his career

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.



[5/9/2018] Sho Nakata bangs out three hits to reach 1000 hits

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.


[4/21/2018] Yuki Yanagita hits for the cycle

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.

Other facts:

  • Yanagita became the thirteenth player (accomplished fourteen times) to hit for the cycle while recording five hits. He is the ninth player (accomplished ten times) and first Hawk to complete the cycle with their fifth hit.
  • Yanagita became the fifth player to hit for the cycle by going HR, single, double, and triple (first since Takahiro Ikeyama on August 23, 1990).
  • Yanagita became the second player to complete a cycle with their fifth hit a triple. The other player was Robert Rose on May 2, 1995 and April 29, 1997.
  • Yanagita joined Tokuji Iida (August 24, 1955), Hiroshi Fujimoto (July 7, 1990), and Muramatsu as the only players in Hawk history to hit for a cycle.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018


[10/22/2017] Softbank Hawks advance to Nippon Series

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.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/22/2017, Sponichi 10/22/2017


[10/16/2017] Rakuten advances to Final Stage with 5-2 win over Seibu

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.

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[10/12/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines name Tadahito Iguchi their next manager

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.

Source: Lotte 10/12/2017, Daily Sports 10/12/2017

[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 10/14/2017


[9/29/2017] Chris Marrero blasts NPB’s 100,000th home run

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.


NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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