Takeya Nakamura blasted his 40th homer of the year last night. At 116 games into the season, it's also the quickest he's managed to reach 40 (it took him until the 130th game in both 2008 and 2009). As of now, he's on pace to become the first Japanese player to reach 50 since Hideki Matsui in 2002.
Nakamura also became the 8th player in NPB history to be the first player to 40 twice in his career (2009 and 2011). The other 7 players: Sadaharu Oh (9 times), Hiromitsu Kadota (3 times), Tuffy Rhodes (3 times), Katsuya Nomura (twice), Koichi Tabuchi (twice), Orestes Destrade (twice), and Ralph Bryant (twice).
Nippon Ham Fighters
Masaru Takeda picked up his 10th victory Wednesday night and now has three straight season of 10+ victories.
He also became the fourth pitcher on the team to record 10 or more victories, giving the Fighters two consecutive seasons of four or more pitchers with 10 or more victories. The last time they did that was back in 1966 and 1967. The franchise high for number of pitchers with 10 or more victories is 5, from 1990. The NPB high is 6: Nankai (now Softbank) in 1956 and 1963; and Lotte in 2005.
Mitsutaka Goto extended his hitting streak to 25 games Tuesday night. That breaks the previous Orix record (since the team became Orix in 1989) of 24 games set by Kazuhiko Shiotani in 2003. He's also the first player in the PL to hit in 25 straight since Tony Bernazard (Nankai) in 1988.