Takuya Asao (CHU) recorded his 47th hold last night and set a new NPB record for holds in a season. The previous record of 46 was held by both Kyuji Fujikawa (2005) and Tomoyuki Kubota (2007). Asao also extended the NPB record he set for Hold Points in a season with his 59th HP of the year.
Hitoki Iwase (CHU) notched his 42nd save of the year and locked up his fourth (second in a row) save title. Incidentally, the second closest player in the CL is Chang-Yong Lim with 32 and the Yakult Swallows only have 9 games left to play.