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Hitoki Iwase notches 40th save of the year

by on Sep.16, 2010 @ 12:42 pm, under NPB

Hitoki Iwase (CHU) reached the 40-save mark last night for the second year in a row.  That gives Iwase a total five 40 or more save seasons over the course of his career.  Iwase is the only closer in NPB history to record more than one 40+ save season in his career.  The other pitchers that have saved 40+ games in their careers:  Kyuji Fujikawa (46 in 2007), Kazuhiro Sasaki (45 in 1998), Marc Kroon (41 in 2008).

Iwase's 40 saves is currently tops in both leagues -- the high in the Pacific League is Brian Sikorski's (SEI) 33.