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Milestones from 7/26/2011: Matsui (RAK) records 1,500th career hit

by on Jul.26, 2011 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui became the 109th player in NPB history to reach 1,500 hits tonight.

With 1 out in the top of the 6th and D.J. Houlton (Softbank Hawks) on the mound, Matsui hit a 1-0 fastball into center for his 1,500th career hit.  The hit came in Matsui's 1,233rd career NPB game, which surpasses Alex Ramirez's (Yomiuri Giants) NPB record of 1,236 games.

Matsui's first career hit came on 4/9/1995 against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Hanshin Tigers

Issei Morita became the first player in franchise history to hit a homer in his first career Ichi-gun at bat.

Morita entered the game in the bottom of the 5th as a pinch-hitter for Atsushi Nomi and deposited an 0-1 Maximo Nelson fastball over the left field wall for the a 2-run homer.

Morita is the 26th player in the CL (51st overall) to hit a homer in his first at bat.  He's also the 13th player to do it as a pinch-hitter.