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PL News and Notes: D.J. Houlton becomes Softbank’s first 15-game winner since Joe Stanka

by on Sep.14, 2011 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

D.J. Houlton won his 15th game of the season Tuesday night and became the franchise's first 15-game winning foreigner since Joe Stanka in 1964.

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Ishii reached the 2,000 innings pitched milestone after completing the 2nd inning of Tuesday night's game against the Softbank Hawks.

Nippon Ham Fighters

After Tuesday night's victory against the Chiba Lotte Marines, the Fighters are now a perfect 5-0 in 5 games at Tokyo Dome this season.

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Atsunori Inaba had his first two-homers-in-back-to-back-at-bats game on Tuesday night since 6/15/2010 (vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium).

Orix Buffaloes

After hitting a walk-off homer during Tuesday night's game against the Rakuten Eagles, a teary-eyed Aarom Baldiris said, "I was ... told that my grandmother passed away.  I really wanted to have a good game tonight.  I dedicate this home run to my grandmother."

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The Buffaloes won Tuesday night's game on a 1-0 walk-off Baldiris homer in the 10th inning.  The last time Orix won a game 1-0 walk-0ff (non-homer) was back on 5/19/2002 (Takeshi Hidaka, single to right).  The last time they won a game on a 1-0 walk-off homer was on 5/1/1977 (Bobby Marcano, homer to left).