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PL New and Notes: Shogo Akiyama (SEI) was a homer away from the cycle

by on Sep.12, 2011 @ 1:18 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Tadashi Settsu started a game on 5 days of rest for the first time in his career on Sunday.  He ended up taking a complete game 1-0 loss despite pitching well: 8 IP, 28 BF, 95 NP, 5 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

Seibu Lions

Shogo Akiyama was a homer away from hitting the cycle on Sunday: he hit a double in the 2nd, a triple in the 3rd, grounded out to short in the 5th, hit a single to center in the 6th, and struck out looking in the 8th.  Had he managed the homer, he would have become the very first rookie to hit for the cycle.

Orix Buffaloes

Mitsutaka Goto extended his hitting streak to 23 games on Sunday.  That's good for a 5th place tie with Ichiro Suzuki on the franchise all-time list.

Rakuten Eagles

Shinichiro Koyama has not allowed a run in last 12 appearances (16 IP, 7 H, 11 SO).

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There was a Kesennuma Festival before Sunday's game at Kleenex Stadium -- the first 1,000 fans to the game received free sanma (saury) as part of the event.  A couple of the players also met some earthquake / tsunami survivors (kids) the team invited