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Kanemoto, Hiyama oldest combo to hit homers in same game

by on Aug.26, 2010 @ 2:56 pm, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto and Shinjiro Hiyama became the first players in NPB history on the same team over 40 to hit homers in the same game -- Kanemoto hit a grand slam in the 7th (42 years and 4 months) and Hiyama hit a 3-run homer in the 8th (41 years and 1 month).

For Kanemoto, it was his 8th grand slam of his career.  It also made Kanemoto the third oldest player in NPB history to hit a grand slam, and the oldest player in the CL to hit a grand slam.  The previous CL record of 42 years and 0 months was set by George Altman (HAN) in 1975.  The two PL players older than Kanemoto: Yasunori Oshima (HAM) on 5/4/1994 vs the Seibu Lions at the age of 43 years and 6 months; and Hiromitsu Kadota (ORI) on 9/9/1990 vs the Seibu Lions at the age of 42 years and 6 months.  Kanemoto also took over sole possession of 10th on the All-time list for RBIs with 1,452.

Hiyama became the first batter to hit a homer in his second at bat of an inning since Koji Hirohashi (SEI) accomplished the feat on 5/26/1987 (vs Nippon Ham).

The 22 runs the team scored set a new franchise record (the previous high of 21 was set on 9/10/2005 vs Hiroshima).  And the 10 runs scored in 8th are a first since they scored 10 in the 8th against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on 6/21/2003.

And more trouble with the rings...  Craig Brazell skied a shot that appeared to hit the ceiling but ended up being a sac fly since Jun Hirose (HIR) somehow managed to track the ball down in the air and made the catch at the track in right.  But according to the rules, if the ball hits the outer portion of the super rings, then it's an automatic home run.  Unfortunately for Brazell, none of the video replays available had a good shot of the ceiling so the umps weren't able to confirm the location of where the ball hit the ceiling.

On a side note: Kanemoto apparently wanted to hide the ball Hiroki Uemoto recorded his first hit and RBI with in the 8th inning of last night's game, but felt that would be too mean and in the end just handed it over to him.  Kanemoto and Uemoto are both graduates of Koryo High School, so they have the whole senpai / kohai thing going.