Shota Takeda won his start on Saturday and became the first rookie drafted out of high school in franchise history to record a victory in their first year/start since Yuji Inoue in 1981. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/8/2012
He is also the third pitcher out of high school in NPB history to win his first game in his first start and toss five or more no-hit innings. The other two: Shinichi Kondo in 1987 (ended with no-hitter) and Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999 (no-hitter through 5.1 innings). Source: Sponichi 7/8/2012
Akinori Iwamura homered on Saturday for the first time since: (MLB) April 13, 2010; (NPB) October 10, 2006. He also batted clean-up for the first time in his pro career (1,478th game = 1,070 NPB games and 408 MLB) and was the fifteenth clean-up batter in franchise history. Of the fifteen clean-up batters in franchise history, Andy Tracy (2005), Randy Ruiz (2010), and Iwamura are the only three that hit homers in their first game batting fourth.
The Eagles had nine left-handed batters (including switch hitters) in the line-up on Saturday. A team first.
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Shunichi Nemoto and the number seven: Nemoto is listed at 177cm and 77kg. Coming into this year, he had seven career homers. In the 7th inning on 7/7 (July 7), he recorded his fifth homer of the season. Today, he celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday and hit his sixth homer in his seventieth game of the year. Source: Sponichi 7/8/2012