Category: Did You Know

RAK

Kazuki Tanaka: Did You Knows

Milestones

2018

July 21 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Tanaka blasted the first grand slam of his career (sixth inning off Shota Takekuma).

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

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YAK

Shingo Kawabata: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 21 vs Chunichi at Jingu – Kawabata blasted the first walk-off home run of his career — with the score tied at five, he hit a two-run home run to right off Hiroshi Suzuki.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

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LOT

Takahiro Matsunaga: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 10 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Matsunaga became the forty-first pitcher (accomplished forty-two times) in NPB history to record a win with just one pitch. He entered the game in the seventh inning with runners on first and second and two out. He got Sosuke Genda to ground out to first on one pitch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2018, Sponichi 7/10/2018

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ORI

Brandon Dickson: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 8 vs Softbank at Kyocera Dome – Dickson entered the game in the seventh inning. He recorded four strikeouts in the eighth inning and became the twenty-third player in NPB history, third foreign player in NPB history (behind Donald Lemon in 2000 and Wirfin Obispo in 2009), to achieve the feat. He joined Takahito Nomura (August 8, 1993) as the only players in Buffaloes history to strike out four in one inning.

Source: Daily Sports 7/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018

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HIR

Kris Johnson: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 5 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Johnson picked up the win and notched the fortieth victory of his Carp career. His forty wins tied Bryan Bullington’s Carp record for wins by a foreign player.

Source: Sponichi 7/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2018, Sports Hochi 7/4/2018

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YOK

Shoichi Ino: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 1 vs Ni-gun Nippon Ham at Yokosuka – Ino became the twenty-third pitcher (accomplished twenty-four times) in Eastern League history to toss a no-hitter. He carried a perfect game through five full innings.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2018, Sponichi 7/2/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2018

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SOF

Shota Takeda: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 29 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Takeda made an appearance in relief, the first of his career. He started 111 games before the relief appearance.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018

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YOK

Keita Sano: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 29 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium – Sano notched the first walk-off hit of his career. With the score tied at three and runners on first and second and one out, Sano hit a pinch-hit walk-off double to right off Makoto Aduwa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2018

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YOM

Takuya Kuwahara: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 26 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Kuwahara gave up his second grand slam of the season (June 7 vs Rakuten – Zelous Wheeler; June 26 vs Hiroshima – Ryuhei Matsuyama) and became the first Yomiuri pitcher to allow two grand slams in a season since Hisanori Takahashi in 2007. He joined Kunikazu Ogawa (1973, August 1 and September 15) as the only Yomiuri rookies to accomplish the feat. Kuwahara is the first to allow two grand slams in one month).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2018

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HIR

Ryuhei Matsuyama: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 26 vs Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium – Matsuyama hit a grand slam in the first inning off Takuya Kuwahara. It was the first grand slam of his career.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2018, Sponichi 6/27/2018

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