Craig Brazell (HAN) didn't hit a homer last night, but did knock in an RBI and now has 100 on year. He becomes just the fifth player on the Tigers to hit 40 homer and drive in 100 runs in a season, first since Tomoaki Kanemoto in 2005 (40 HR, 125 RBI), and first foreigner Tiger since Randy Bass in 1986 (47 HR, 109 RBI). Brazell's also the first foreign Tiger to drive in 100 runs since George Arias recorded 107 in 2003.
The Tigers still have 28 games left on the schedule so anything can, but end last night with six players in the starting line-up batting .300 or better:
Matt Murton - .342 (171-for-500)
Keiichi Hirano - .352 (141-for-401)
Takashi Toritani - .302 (140-for-463)
Takahiro Arai - .310 (143-for-461), 94 RBI
Craig Brazell - .303 (138-for-455), 100 RBI
Kenji Jojima - .300 (134-for-446)
If the Tigers finish the season with six players batting over .300, they'll be the first team to do it since the 2003 Daiei Hawks (NPB record). The 2003 Daiei team is also known for the four players they had with 100+ RBI.
For those interested:
Tadahito Iguchi - .340 (175-for-515), 109 RBI
Hiroshi Shibahara - .333 (142-for-426)
Kenji Jojima - .330 (182-for-551), 119 RBI
Nobuhiko Matsunaka - .324 (160-for-494), 123 RBI
Arihito Muramatsu - .324 (150-for-463)
Pedro Valdes - .311 (141-for-453), 104 RBI
Shinjiro Hiyama (HAN) picked up his 115th pinch-hit hit last night, good for 6th on the All-time list.