[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 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
G W L T
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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