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Sugiuchi picked up his third straight shutout victory against Fighters

by on Aug.15, 2010 @ 3:03 pm, under NPB

Toshiya Sugiuchi shutout the Nippon Ham Fighters yesterday, 2-0.  That was his fourth complete game shutout victory of the season (new career high for a season) and third consecutive complete game shutout against the Nippon Ham Fighters this year.  And that made Sugiuchi the first pitcher in franchise history to toss at least three straight shutout victories against one team since Taisuke Watanabe tossed a PL high four straight consecutive shutout victories against Toei in 1966.

Sugiuchi also struck out 12 batters in the game and now has 42 double-digit strikeout victories -- good for 7th on the All-time list (or a 4th place tie with Kimiyasu Kudo in the PL).