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Sarfate, Dennis サファテ (さふぁて)
Softbank Hawks | #58 | P
Born: 04/08/1981 (age 36)
Height: 193cm
Weight: 102kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: アリゾナ州立大-ブルワーズ-アストロズ-オリオールズ-3Aノーフォーク-広島-西武
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[9/18/2017] Dennis Sarfate to get a few days of rest

According to Sponichi, the Softbank Hawks are planning to give Dennis Starfate a few days of much-deserved rest. He is expected to return to the team in time for their game against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23.

Source: Sponichi 9/18/2017

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[9/10/2017] Dennis Sarfate extends single-season saves record to fifty

Dennis Sarfate entered today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine with runners on first and second and no out in the bottom of the ninth. The runners advanced to second and third on steals before Sarfate struck out the side for his fiftieth save of the year. He is the first player in NPB history to reach fifty saves in one season. The save came in his sixty-first game of the year.

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[9/7/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for August

Central League

Pitching

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.

Hitting

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.

Pacific League

Pitching

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.

Hitting

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 9/7/2017

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[9/5/2017] Dennis Sarfate sets new NPB single-season saves record

Dennis Sarfate recorded his forty-seventh save of the season during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome and set a new NPB single-season record for saves. He entered the game in the bottom of the eleventh and retired the side in order – struck out Hikaru Ito on seven pitches, struck out Ryoichi Adachi on three pitches, and got Shunta to fly out to left on three pitches.

With twenty games left in the Softbank season, Sarfate has a realistic shot at reaching fifty saves.

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[9/2/2017] Dennis Sarfate ties NPB’s single-season saves record

Dennis Sarfate notched his forty-sixth save of the year during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome and tied the NPB’s single-season record for saves. The record was first set by Hitoki Iwase in 2005 and tied by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2007.

Sarfate saved one game in March, nine in April, five in May, seven in June, eleven in July and August, and two so far in September.

Sarfate recorded his forty-sixth save in his fifty-seventh appearance of the year. During that span, he blew just one save opportunity. It took Iwase sixty games and two blown saves in 2005 and Fujikawa seventy-one games and three blown saves in 2007. [Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017]

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[7/5/2017] Dennis Sarfate notches 200th career NPB save

Dennis Sarfate recorded the 200th save of his NPB career tonight against the Orix Buffaloes. Sarfate is the sixth player in NPB history (first foreign player) to reach the 200-save milestone.

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[5/21/2017] Dennis Sarfate temporarily returns to the United States

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Dennis Sarfate temporarily returned to the United States for personal reasons (illness in the family). He will be taken off the active roster on May 22. He is expected to return on May 30. He will be added back to the active roster on June 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2017, Sponichi 5/21/2017

[UPDATE 5/30 @ 10:12pm]

Sarfate rejoined the team on May 30. He is set to return to the active roster on June 1.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2017, Daily Sports 5/30/2017

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Dennis Sarfate: Did You Know

Sarfate is planning to continue making donations to the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation based on his performance during the season (100,000 yen for every save he records). He donated 4.1 million yen in 2015 and 4.3 million yen in 2016.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2017


Milestones

July 21, 2017 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate became just the second pitcher in NPB history (first in the Pacific League) to record at least thirty saves in four consecutive seasons. Hitoki Iwase holds the record with nine consecutive seasons.

Source: Sponichi 7/22/2017

August 15, 2017 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate pitched in his fiftieth game of the year and became the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to appear in fifty or more games in five consecutive seasons and the first foreign pitcher in NPB history to appear in fifty or more games six times during their career.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017

August 16, 2017 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate notched his fortieth save of the season and became just the second pitcher in NPB history to record forty or more saves in three consecutive seasons. The other pitcher: Hitoki Iwase between 2005 and 2007.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017

August 27, 2017 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate picked up forty-third save of the year and tied his own 2016 Pacific League record for most saves in a season. The NPB record of forty-six is held by Hitoki Iwase (2005) and Kyuji Fujikawa (2007).

The save was also Sarfate’s tenth in August. He became the first pitcher in NPB history to record ten or more saves in consecutive months (eleven in July and ten in August).

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2017

August 31, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome – Sarfate set a career and Pacific League high with his forty-fourth save of the year. He set his previous high of forty-three (both career and Pacific League) last year.

Source: Sponichi 8/31/2017

September 14, 2017 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Sarfate recorded a save. He tied a Pacific League record by racking up seventeen consecutive saves, going back to August 8. Masahide Kobayashi set the initial record in 2002.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2017

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[9/7/2016] Dennis Sarfate racks up fortieth save of the year

Dennis Sarfate notched his fortieth save of the year during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at YafoOku Dome and became the first pitcher in Pacific League history to save forty or more games in back-to-back seasons (41 last year).

Hiroki Iwase recorded forty or more saves in consecutive seasons twice: in three consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2007 (46, 40, 43) and in two consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2010 (41, 42).

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2016

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[8/23/2016] Dennis Sarfate hurts right ankle

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016, Sponichi 8/24/2016, Daily Sports 8/24/2016, Daily Sports 8/24/2016

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