The at home Hero Award for July was given to Hisayoshi Chono for his decisive home run against the Yakult Swallows on July 10. The Giants won the game 3-2.
The Giants scored two runs in the sixth the tie the game at two. With two out in the seventh, Chono deposited a slider over the fence in left that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that would stick until the end.0 Comments
Chono has hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games twice during his career:
He is the fifth player in the NPB to accomplish the feat, and first in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history. As of July 17, he has eleven lead-off home runs.0 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono left the Yakult game on April 19 early (replaced on defense in the fifth inning) because of discomfort in his lower body (legs). However, he has also been struggling at the plate: he got the start in right in the season’s first twelve games, but was then bumped to the bench, where he made three appearances as a pinch-hitter. He returned to the starting line-up on April 19. His early removal on April 19 may have been a mix of issues.
Source: Sanspo 4/20/20170 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono earned his domestic FA option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/20160 Comments
Hisayoshi Chono fouled a ball off his left shin during his at bat in the first inning against the Yokohama Bays Stars at Tokyo Dome on July 8. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the third inning. He told reporters after the game that he should be okay (he was walking with a limp).0 Comments