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Hisashi Iwakuma records Rakuten Eagles’ 400th franchise victory

by on Aug.23, 2011 @ 11:11 pm, under NPB

Hisashi Iwakuma not only helped the Rakuten Eagles notch their 400th franchise victory, but also became the 164th pitch in NPB history to pitch 1,500 innings.  Coming into his start against the Nippon Ham Fighters tonight, Iwakuma needed just 6 more innings to reach the milestone and he got exactly that (he pitched into the 7th but was taken out after giving up a single to center on his 90th pitch of the night).

Incidentally, Iwakuma was also responsible for getting the Eagles' first franchise victory on March 26, 2005 (vs Lotte at QVC Marine).