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Orix Buffaloes: July 14, 2010

by on Jul.14, 2010 @ 10:49 pm, under NPB

...Chihiro Kaneko is on fire.  He shutout the Chiba Lotte Marines tonight, 5-0, and has now tossed three consecutive complete game shutouts.

7/1 vs Rakuten Eagles - 104 NP, 9 IP, 4 H, 7 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER

7/8 vs Seibu Lions - 131 NP, 9 IP, 3 H, 6 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER

7/14 vs Chiba Lotte Marines - 135 NP, 9 IP, 7 H, 8 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER

Kaneko's three complete game shutouts ties a Pacific League record held by 7 other pitchers (Kip Gross was the last pitcher to do it in 1995 as a member of the Nippon Ham Fighters).  The NPB record of 6 consecutive complete game shutouts was set by Hideo Fujimoto in 1943 (during the one-league years).