[5/14/2017] Nippon Ham, Lotte, Wakui, and Laird

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017, Sponichi 5/13/2017, Sanspo 5/13/2017

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.

Source: Sponichi 5/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017

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) andĀ first in the Pacific League since Nigel Wilson in 1997.

Twenty players that have hit home runs in four consecutive at bats:

  • Noboru Aota, Sadaharu Oh (in one game), Tokuji Nagaike, Takeo Daigo, Koichi Tabuchi, Makoto Matsubara, Morimichi Takagi, Masayuki Kakefu, Tony Solaita (twice), Kenichi Yazawa, Randy Bass, Rod Allen, Troy Neel, Nigel Wilson (in one game), Atsuya Furuta (in one game), Wladimir Balentien, and Tetsuto Yamada.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/13/2017, Sponichi 5/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2017, Daily Sports 5/13/2017

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Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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