Hisayoshi Chono: Did You Know

Milestones

General

Chono has hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games twice during his career:

  • July 12, 2017 against Yakult and July 17 against Chunichi
  • May 22, 2013 and May 23 against Rakuten

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017, Sponichi 7/18/2017

2018

August 18 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Chono hit the Internet Initiative Japan billboard in left (third inning off Daisuke Yamai. His billboard home run (Big Board Sponsor) was the 100th at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Tokyo Dome Big Board Sponsor, Sponichi 8/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2018, Daily Sports 8/18/2018

September 28 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Chono blasted a walk-off home run in the ninth inning off Yoshiki Sunada. It was the fifth walk-off hit of Chono’s career, first since July 5, 2014; and third walk-off home run, first since August 29, 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018

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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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