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[6/9/2013] Yomiuri, Yakult, Hanshin

by on Jun.10, 2013 @ 12:14 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

John Bowker's home run in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against Nippon Ham was the franchise's 9,000th (since the start of the two-league format).  The first home run in franchise history was hit by Noboru Aota on March 11, 1950.  The Giants are the first team to reach the milestone.

The Giants hit 439 home runs before the start of the two-league format.  In all, they have hit 9,440 home runs.

FYI: Alex Ramirez was also credited with hitting the franchise's 9,000th home run on May 9, 2010.  That included the home runs from before the two-league format.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2013

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1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano apparently picked up some hints on how to use the curve while watching Rakuten's Masahiro Tanaka pitch against the Giants on May 22 at Kleenex Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows committed six errors in Sunday's game against Nippon Ham (three by Takahiro Araki and three by Tetsuto Yamada).  The last time they committed six in one game was on August 22, 1971.  The franchise record for most errors in one game is seven, set on April 27, 1951.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2013, Sanspo 6/9/2013

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Shinya Miyamoto did not play on Saturday because of some inflammation in his right elbow.

Source: Sanspo 6/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Matt Murton is the first player in franchise history to record two walk-off home runs in one month (June 6 vs Seibu and June 9 vs Lotte).

The last foreign Hanshin player to record two walk-off home runs in one season was Hal Breeden in 1977.

Source: Daily Sports 6/9/2013

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Blaine Boyer was scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Sunday, but could not after he developed a crick in his neck while sleeping.  There is a chance he will be ok to pitch in an upcoming three-game series against Ni-gun Hiroshima (June 11-13).  This slight setback likely means he will not make the Ichi-gun roster in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 12th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2013

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Atsushi Nomi is the first Hanshin pitcher to record back-to-back complete game victories since Jason Standridge in 2011.  The last Japanese Hanshin pitcher to record two complete game victories in a row was Kei Igawa in 2006.

Source: Daily Sports 6/9/2013

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Minoru Iwata started a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Saturday and gave up six runs on seven hits (including two home runs) over 4.2 innings of work.  This was Iwata's second straight poor out -- he gave up six runs on nine hits over five innings in a Ni-gun start against Orix on May 31.

Source: Sanspo 6/9/2013