[9/27/2017] Hanshin first team with five sixty game pitchers

When Rafael Dolis took the mound in the eleventh inning of tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Koshien Stadium, he became the fifth reliever on the Hanshin Tigers’ roster to appear in sixty or more games this season.

  • Kentaro Kuwahara – sixty-five games
  • Suguru Iwazaki – sixty-four games
  • Marcos Mateo – sixty-one games
  • Akifumi Takahashi – sixty-one games
  • Rafael Dolis – sixty games

The Tigers are the first team in NPB history to have five pitchers reach sixty or more appearances in the same season. They are also the first team in NPB history to have six pitchers reach fifty or more appearances in the same season (Kyuji Fujikawa pitched in his fiftieth game).

Added additional information on 9/28 @ 11:27am.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2017, Sponichi 9/28/2017

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