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Softbank Hawks: Toshiya Sugiuchi records 1,500th career strikeout

by on Jun.18, 2011 @ 5:04 pm, under NPB

Toshiya Sugiuchi recorded his 1,500th career strikeout in the 6th inning of today's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars and became the 50th pitcher in NPB history to achieve the milestone.

With a runner on second and no out in the bottom of the 6th, Sugiuchi got Takehiro Ishikawa to chase a slider low and away for number 1,500.

At 1,423.1 innings, Sugiuchi is the third fastest pitcher in NPB history to 1,500.  The other two: Kazuhisa Ishii at 1,413.0 innings and Yutaka Enatsu at 1,423.0 innings.