[5/15/2017] Yakult Swallows: two walk-off grand slams in one season

On May 14, the Yakult Swallows became the first team in Central League history to record two walk-off grand slams in one season.

  • Atsushi Ugumori on April 2 against Yokohama¬†(pinch-hit)
  • Takahiro Araki on May 14 against Chunichi

Two other teams in NPB history have recorded two walk-off grand slams in one season.

  • Kintetsu in 1984
    • Hideji Kato on June 9 against Nankai
    • Takahiro Yanagihara on June 11 against Nankai (pinch-hit)
  • Hankyu in 1988
    • Hiromasa Fujita on June 18 against Nankai (pinch-hit)
    • Junichi Fukura on July 30 against Seibu

Four other players in franchise history have hit walk-off home runs.

  • Lou Jackson on September 16, 1968 against Hanshin
  • Masaaki Iwashita on April 6, 1982 against Hiroshima (pinch-hit)
  • Atsunori Inaba on May 31, 2001 against Yomiuri
  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama on May 17, 2013 against Lotte

Source: Sponichi 5/15/2017, Sponichi 5/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 86 54 30 2
Hanshin 82 44 38 0
Yokohama 85 44 39 2
Yomiuri 85 40 45 0
Chunichi 87 38 46 3
Yakult 85 28 55 2
G W L T
Rakuten 78 52 25 1
Softbank 86 56 30 0
Seibu 82 43 37 2
Orix 82 38 43 1
Nippon Ham 85 32 53 0
Lotte 83 27 55 1
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