Hideto Asamura has safely collected a hit in each of the team's 12 games so far this year.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshihisa Naruse recorded his second straight complete game shutout and also won his 10th straight game against the Orix Buffaloes yesterday (going back to 2009).
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Buffaloes were shutout last night for the 3rd time over their last 5 games.
Hisashi Iwakuma's 13 strikeouts in last night's game tied his career high. The victory ensures the Eagles will be returning to Sendai with at least a 500 record.
Takeshi Yamasaki's 12-game hitting streak came to an end last night.
Yu Darvish (HAM), Hisashi Iwakuma (RAK) and Yoshihisa Naruse (LOT) all struck out 10 or more batters yesterday. That's the first time 3 pitchers recorded double-digit strikeouts since Toshiya Sugiuchi (SOF), Fumiya Nishiguchi (SEI), and Kanehisa Arime (RAK) on 8/20/2005; and the second time in league history that 3 pitchers recorded double-digit strikeouts and recorded victories since Hisanobu Watanaba (SEI), Nobuyuki Hoshino (ORI) and Yasumitsu Shibata (HAM) on 9/16/1989.
The last time three pitchers recorded double-digit strikeouts and won their games in the Central League was 6/4/1961: Hiroshi Gondo (CHU), Minoru Murayama (HAN), and Masaichi Kaneda (KOK).