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NPB: Swallows with 3 consecutive walk-off wins

by on Jun.21, 2009 @ 9:33 pm, under NPB


...After Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes, Kazuhiro Wada now has 4,002 career at bats, making him eligible for the NPB's Career Batting Average List. Wada's current career batting average of .315 is good for 6th place; it's also the best career batting average for a Japanese right-handed player in the NPB.


...Kyuji Fujikawa picks up saves on back-to-back days for the first time this season.


...The last time the Swallows had three consecutive walk-off wins in a row was back in July of 2007. They also had three consecutive walk-off wins in both 1978 and 1995 when they became Nippon Series Champs.


...Shinnosuke Abe's pinch hit home run against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday was the first of his career.

...Yoshiyuki Kamei, an outfielder by trade, played a couple of innings at first on Sunday for the first time in his pro career. But it was not without some preparation as the team had Kamei taking grounders at first since about the end of May in case he was needed as a replacement for Seung-Yeop Lee.

...When Tetsuya Utsumi lost his start against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday, it ended up being the first time he's dropped a game at the Tokyo Dome since May 9, 2008.

...Not many players can strike-out and draw comparisons to Hall of Fame players, except for maybe Taishi Ohta. Seems a couple of the papers in Japan are comparing Ohta's first at bat to Shigeo Nagashima's first at bat because they both struck out. Sanspo offers up Hideki Matsui's first at bat (ground out to second) and Sadaharu Oh's first at bat (strike out) as well.

Talk about pressure.