Takahiro Norimoto struck out twelve in a complete game victory over the Yokohama Bay Stars at Kobo Park tonight. He recorded his tenth strikeout in the eighth and notched two more in the ninth. He has now recorded at least ten strikeouts in each of his last eight consecutive starts.0 Comments
Takahiro Norimoto struck out twelve over eight innings against the Yomiuri Giants at Kobo Park last night and set a new NPB record for consecutive starts with at least ten strikeouts. He has now struck out at least ten in seven consecutive starts.0 Comments
Takahiro Norimoto struck out ten in eight innings against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Field Kobe tonight and became just the second pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten strikeouts in six consecutive starts. The other pitcher was Hideo Nomo in 1991.
Norimoto had seven strikeouts through the first seven innings of the game. He then struck out the side in the eighth to push his total to ten.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters hit seven home runs against the Chiba Lotte Marines on May 12. They tied a franchise record set on May 31, 1950 (as Tokyu, nine-inning game) and May 3, 1971 (as Toei, ten-inning game: two in nine innings, five in the tenth inning). The feat was accomplished all three times against the Lotte franchise. The NPB record for most home runs in a game is nine, set by Shochiku (1951), Hanshin (1976), Hankyu (1980), and Lotte (1980). Prior to the Fighters, the last team to hit seven or more home runs in one game was the Yomiuri Giants with eight against the Hiroshima Carp on June 29, 2010.
Lotte’s Hideaki Wakui gave up six of the seven home runs on May 12 and set a new Pacific League record. Thirteen pitchers, including Softbank’s Kenji Otonari on May 13, 2009, held the previous record of five. The NPB record of nine was set by Tokuji Kawasaki on April 26, 1949. The Central League record of seven was set by Zenjiro Tadokoro on June 1, 1958.
Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird hit home runs in two consecutive trips to the plate on May 12. He followed that with two walks to finish the day and then hit home runs in his first two at bat on May 13. He tied the NPB record with home runs in four consecutive at bats. He is the twentieth player to accomplish the feat, first in the NPB since Tetsuto Yamada in 2015 (Central League) and first in the Pacific League since Nigel Wilson in 1997.
Twenty players that have hit home runs in four consecutive at bats:
Yoshio Itoi blasted three home runs in tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome. This was the first three-homer game of his career.
Itoi’s first home run was off the very first pitch of the game. Yokohama’s Masayuki Kuwahara also hit a lead-off home run off the very first pitch in tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. This was the fifth time in NPB history lead-off home runs were hit in multiple games on the same day since Ryo Hijirisawa and Hideto Asamura accomplished the feat on September 21, 2012 and the first time two lead-off home runs were hit on the very first pitch.0 Comments
Shohei Otani set a new velocity record in Japan by hitting 164km/h on the stadium radar gun during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Sapporo Dome.
With runners on second and third and one out in the third inning, Otani threw a 164km/h fastball to Yoshio Itoi (first pitch of the at bat, thirty-ninth pitch of the game).0 Comments
Yoshio Itoi stole his fiftieth base of the season during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at YafuOku Dome. The stolen base came in the seventh inning with runners on first and third with one out. Itoi stole second with Ryoichi Adachi up to bat.
Itoi is just the second player in NPB history to steal fifty bases during the year they turned thirty-five or older. The other player was Yutaka Fukumoto: fifty-four at thirty-five in 1982 and fifty-five at thirty-six in 1983.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/6/20160 Comments
Nippon Ham’s Brandon Laird went 5-for-5 and blasted three home runs with seven RBI during Saturday’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Kobe.
Laird became the fourth player in the NPB to hit three home runs in one game this season (Jose Lopez, Ernesto Mejia, and Garrett Jones); the eleventh player (accomplished sixteen times) in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, first since Sho Nakata on May 3, 2013; and the sixth foreign player (accomplished ten times) in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, first since Fernando Seguignol on June 19, 2007.
Laird also set career highs in home runs (thirty-five in one season), RBI (seven in one game), and hits (five in one game). The last player in franchise history to record seven RBI in one game was Atsunori Inaba on April 11, 2012.
Source: Sanspo 9/4/20160 Comments
Eigoro Mogo recorded an inside-the-park three-run home run down 5-4 in the top of the ninth on Thursday night against the Softbank Hawks. Yuki Yanagita attempted a sliding catch on a fly ball to center, but the ball got by him and rolled all the way to the wall. The Eagles ended up winning the game, 7-5.
Mogi is the first rookie to hit an inside-the-park home runs since Tomochika Tsuboi (Hanshin) on July 4, 1998, and the first rookie in the Pacific League since Masayuki Shiomura (Kintetsu) on June 6, 1956. Only three other Rakuten players have hit inside-the-park home runs: Manabu Satake on September 27, 2005; Kensuke Uchimura on September 24, 2011; and Hiroaki Shimauchi on July 7, 2013.One Comment
Dennis Sarfate hurt his right ankle during tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome. The incident took place in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two out. Rakuten’s Hiroaki Shimauchi hit a chopper to the mound. Sarfate tried to field the ball, but slipped and twisted his right ankle as he came off the mound. He limped off the field and was taken to a hospital after the game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016
[UPDATE 8/24 @ 11:24am]
Tests did not reveal and fractures in the bone. He should be fine in a few days (just needs to wait for the inflammation to go away).
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016
[UPDATE 8/24 @ 8:08pm]
Sarfate was diagnosed with inflammation in his right peroneus muscle. Tests did not reveal any bone or ligament issues. He could be okay to play in a few days.0 Comments