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
Yoshinobu Takahashi told people at a team gathering earlier today that Miles Mikolas will start the home opener on March 31 and Tomoyuki Sugano the road opener on April 4. Takahashi decided to make the change because Sugano participated in the World Baseball Classic.
Mikolas was in the United States for the birth of his first child. He returned to Japan on March 26. He rejoined the team today for Ichi-gun practices at Tokyo Dome and tossed a bullpen session.
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Miles Mikolas’ wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, on March 20 (US time).0 Comments
Miles Mikolas’ wife is slated to give birth to the couple’s first child some time this month. Mikolas will most likely return to the United States to be with his wife for about a week some time after his next start on March 11. He is not expected to miss the start of the season.
Source: Sponichi 3/10/20170 Comments
Miles Mikolas extended his winning streak from last season (June 20) to thirteen by winning his last start on July 31 against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome. He joins Tai-Yuan Kuo (thirteen between 1987 and 1988) and Rick van den Hurk (fourteen between 2015 and 2016) as the only foreign pitchers to record winning streaks of thirteen or more. Mikolas is the first to accomplish the feat in the Central League.
The last Yomiuri pitcher to record a winning streak or thirteen or more was Tetsuya Yamaguchi (all fourteen in relief between 2008 and 2009). The franchise high of twenty was set by Kiyoshi Matsuda between 1951 and 1952.0 Comments
Miles Mikolas won his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium on July 24. He extended a winning streak he began last year (June 20, 2015 against Chunichi) to twelve. Only two other foreign pitchers have recorded longer streaks: Tai-Yuan Kuo (thirteen, between 1987 and 1988) and Rick van den Hurk (fourteen, between 2015 and 2016).
Source: Sanspo 7/25/20160 Comments
The media learned on June 19 that Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) is set to join the Ichi-gun team on June 21. Mikolas developed tightness in his right shoulder during spring camp. He returned to the United States for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in March and pitched in his first rehab game on June 5. In his most recent outing, he gave up two runs over seven innings against Ni-gun Seibu on June 17.
Source: Sanspo 6/20/20160 Comments
Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Seibu at Seibu 2 Stadium earlier today. He gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He threw ninety-three pitches, walked/hit three, struck out six, and topped out at 149 km/h.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/20160 Comments
Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium earlier today. He gave up four runs on four hits, including two home runs and a triple, over five innings of work. He walked/hit one and struck out one.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2016
[UPDATE 6/12 @ 5:13pm]
Mikolas’ complete line: 5.0 IP, 63 NP, 20 BF, 4 H, 2 HR, 1 SO, 1 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.0 Comments