Hayato Sakamoto (YOM) blasted his 3rd walk-off homer of the year (5th of his career) last night. It was also the 30th homer of the season.
Sakamoto is just the third player to hit 30 homers out of the lead-off spot. The other two players: Kazuo Matsui (36 in 2002 and 31 in 2003) and Akinobu Mayumi (34 in 1985). Sakamoto joins Sadaharu Oh (38 in 1962) and Hideki Matsui (38 in 1996) as the only players in franchise history to record 30 homers at the age of 22. He's also just the second player to record 5 walk-off homers within 2 seasons. The other player: Jack Howell recorded 5 in 1993. The 3 walk-off homers in one season ties the Giants' franchise record set by Oh in 1970 and Yoshiyuki Kamei in 2009 and makes Sakamoto the 15th player in NPB history to attain the feat.
As a team, the Giants now have 4 players with 30 or more homers: Sakamoto, Michihiro Ogawasara (34), Shinnosuke Abe (42), and Alex Ramirez (43). This marks the third time they've had four players with 30 or more homers. The Giants have also recorded 118 homers at Tokyo Dome, tying a franchise record that was set in 2004.
On a side note: Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 22nd Tokyo Dome homer last night and set a new HR record for Japanese players. Alex Ramirez hold the record for most Tokyo Dome homers in a season with 23, set in 2008.