Category: Did You Know

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Yoshifumi Okada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 8 vs Softbank at ZOZO Marine – Okada went hitless in his fifty-ninth straight plate appearance and tied an NPB record for position players. The previous record of fifty-eight was set by Teruhide Sakurai between 1977 and 1978 (for all players, including pitchers, the streak of ninety was set by Kenshiro Saga between 1954 and 1955). Okada’s streak began in October 2016. He ended the streak with a hit to left in the fifth inning (off Nao Higashihama).

Okada set the record and broke the streak during his retirement game. He finished his career with zero home runs over 2,501 trips to the plate.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/8/2018, Sponichi 10/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018, Sports Hochi 10/9/2018

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Kairi Shimada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 6 vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Shimada recorded the first walk-off hit of his career (tenth inning, bases loaded, two out, RBI single to right, off Yoshiki Sunada).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2018

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Keiji Obiki: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

October 1 vs Yomiuri at Jingu Stadium – Obiki hit home runs in back-to-back trips to the plate. Both home runs came off Mitsuo Yoshikawa. He hit a two-run home run in the second inning and a solo home run in the fourth inning. This was Obiki’s first two-homer game of his career.

Source: Sponichi 10/1/2018, Sports Hochi 10/1/2018, Sanspo 10/1/2018

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Daichi Suzuki: Did You Know

Milestones

General

Two-homer games

  • March 29, 2016 vs Rakuten
  • October 1, 2018 vs Softbank

2018

October 1 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Suzuki recorded the second two-homer game of this career. He hit home runs in the second (off Yuki Matsumoto) and eighth innings (off Shinya Kayama).

Source: Sanspo 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018

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Eri Yoshida: Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2018

September 26 – Twenty-six-year-old Yoshida announced on her blog that she filed marriage papers with BC League official Teppei Komatsubara.

Source: Blog 9/26/2018

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Taichi Ishiyama: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 23 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Ishiyama notched his thirtieth save of the year and became the sixth Swallow in franchise history to save at least thirty games in a season. The other five: Shingo Takatsu (thirty in 1999, thirty-seven in 2001, thirty-two in 2002, thirty-four in 2003), Chang-Yong Lim (thirty-three in 2008, thirty-five in 2010, thirty-two in 2011), Tony Barnette (thirty-three in 2012, forty-one in 2015), Ryota Igarashi (thirty-seven in 2004) and Hirotoshi Ishii (thirty-seven in 2005).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2018, Sanspo 9/24/2018

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Haruka Yamada: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 19 vs Nippon Ham at MetLife Dome – Yamada hit a home run for the first hit of his career (fourth inning, off Mizuki Hori). He also made the starting line-up for the first time in his career. The hit came in his fourth plate appearance, seventh game.

Source: Sanspo 9/19/2018, Sponichi 9/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2018, Sports Hochi 9/19/2018

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Daikan Yoh: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 17 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Yoh entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and blasted the 100th home run of his career off Daisuke Sobue.

Source: Daily Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sanspo 9/18/2018

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Kazuki Kondo: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 15 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Kondo notched his fortieth save point of the year and set a new Swallows record. The previous record of thirty-nine was set by Josh Lueke in 2016.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018

September 23 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Kondo recorded his thirty-fifth hold and set a new Swallows record. The previous record of thirty-four was set by Kenichi Matsuoka in 2010.

Source: Sanspo 9/24/2018, Sponichi 9/24/2018

October 9 vs Yokohama at Jingu Stadium – Kondo pitched in his seventy-fourth game of the season and tied Ryo Akiyoshi’s 2015 Swallows record for games in a season by a pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 10/9/2018

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Kazuya Fukuura: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 9 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Fukuura blasted a home run (fourth inning, off Tatsuya Imai), his first since April 9, 2015. At forty-two years and eight months, he joined Tadashi Wakabayashi (1950, forty-two years and five months), Katsuya Nomura (1978, forty-three years and one month), and Tadahito Iguchi (2017, forty-two years and nine months) as the only Lotte players over forty-two to hit a home run.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2018


Recognition

2018

October 4 – The city of Narashino announced that they will hold a presentation ceremony on October 8 at ZOZO Marine.

Source: Narashino 10/4/2018 (original link)

September 26 – The city of Narashino in Chiba announced that they are going to give Fukuura a Citizen’s Honor Award.

Source: Sponichi 9/26/2018

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