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Nippon Ham Figters: July 11, 2010

by on Jul.11, 2010 @ 1:34 pm, under NPB

...Sho Nakata appeared in his first Ni-gun game since a knee operation in May.  Nakata was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-2: GIDP, walk, walk, fouls out to first.

...A little more on Yu Darvish's start yesterday:

It was his 33rd double-digit strikeout game.

It was the second time he struck out at least one batter in every inning he pinched.  The first time came on 6/6/2006 vs Hanshin.  Isamu Kida holds the franchise record with three games where he struck out at least one batter in every inning.  Darvish is now in sole possession second with two.

It was his fifth time he tossed a complete game where he did not allow a walk or an HBP.

Yoshihisa Naruse (for Lotte vs Orix on 9/25/2009) is the last pitcher to toss a complete game without a walk or an HBP while recording at least one strikeout in every inning he pitched.  The last Fighters' pitcher to do that was Yukihiro Nishizaki on 6/13/1989.  Darvish is the second pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

...Mini Fighters' figures will go on sale beginning on 7/13.

...Cinderella Seats will be sold at a discount on Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and September.