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CL News and Notes: Hitoki Iwase (CHU) with 8 straight seasons of 20+ saves

by on Aug.22, 2011 @ 1:31 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hitoki Iwase recorded his 20th save of the season Saturday night and now has 8 straight seasons of 20+ saves.  That breaks Masahide Kobayashi's streak of 7 straight 20+ save seasons (2001-2007).

Iwase also appeared in his 600th straight relief appearance.

Hanshin Tigers

Craig Brazell launched his 100th career homer in the 8th inning (Hiroki Sanada on the mound) of Saturday night's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He now also has 4 straight seasons of 10 or more homers.

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When asked why he had such a quick hook on Hiroyuki Kobayashi Saturday night, Akinobu Mayumi replied, "They were exactly hitting the ball hard, but they were falling in.  I had a bad feeling about things, so I just went ahead and pulled him.

And pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi said he was a little concerned that Kobayashi was being too careful on the mound and that he wasn't sure if bullpen roles would change moving forward.