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Usami, Shingo 宇佐見 真吾 (うさみ・しんご)
Yomiuri Giants | #52 | C
Born: 06/03/1993 (age 24)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 87kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 2015, 4th Round
History: 市柏高-城西国際大
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[12/7/2017] Yomiuri Giants: uniform number changes

The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform number changes on December 7:

Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2017

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[11/8/2017] Shingo Usami hurts left wrist

Shingo Usami hurt his left wrist during a practice game against Hanwha on November 6. He may have suffered a fracture. He returned to Tokyo today and will undergo additional tests within the next few days.

NPB Enterprise announced today that Kenya Wakatsuki replaced Usami on the Asia Professional Baseball Championship roster.

Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Sponichi 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017, Samurai Japan 11/8/2017

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[9/15/2017] at home Hero Award for August

The at home Hero Award for August was given to Shingo Usami for a game-tying home run against the Hanshin Tigers on August 25. The Giants won the game 6-3.

The Giants were down two runs heading into the bottom of the fifth. With a runner on first and no out, Usami hit an inside shuto from Koyo Aoyagi over the wall for a game-tying two-run home run. The Giants went on to score three more runs in the inning and ended up winning the game 6-3. Usami also recorded a big walk-off two-run home run during the tenth inning a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on August 18.

Source: at home announcement, box score

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Shingo Usami: Did You Know

Milestones

August 18, 2017 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Usami blasted a two-out, walk-off two-run home run off Yoshiki Sunada in the bottom of the tenth. He became the fifth player in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to record a walk-off home run for his first career home run.

Usami is the forty-first player in NPB history to hit a walk-off for his first career home run. Of the forty players before him, only four were catchers: Isao Ito (1963), Chuichi Oshima (1977), and Yukihiro Ueda (1988).

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/19/2017, Sponichi 8/19/2017

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[4/4/2017] Shingo Usami has surgery to remove bone fragments after fracture

Shingo Usami suffered a right hamate fracture. The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Usami had surgery to remove fragments from his wrist at a hospital in Tokyo.

Source: Yomiuri 4/4/2017Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017

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[8/25/2016] Toshiki Sakurai gives up seven against Tokyo University

The San-gun Yomiuri Giants beat Tokyo University 12-8 in an exhibition game on August 25. Toshiki Sakurai started the game for Yomiuri and gave up seven runs (four earned) on eleven hits over six innings of work. He faced thirty-two hitters, threw 108 pitches, and struck out nine.

Abner Abreu got the start in right and batted clean-up for the Giants. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one stolen base. He hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Catcher Shingo Usami batted sixth and went 2-for-4 with three RBI. He blasted a solo home run in the eighth.

Ko Takahashi (started at second and batted second) also had a big day for the Giants: he went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two stolen bases.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/25/2016, Yomiuri box score

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