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[7/14/2013] Chunichi, Yakult, Hiroshima, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jul.14, 2013 @ 7:53 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Yamamoto won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday.  That gave him forty-three victories against the Giants over his career (good for third on the all-time list) and thirty-eight victories after turning forty (tied for most with Kimiyasu Kudo).  Yamamoto has recorded at least one victory in each of the seasons after he turned forty (Kudo failed to record victories when he was forty-three and after he turned forty-six).

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2013, Sponichi 7/14/2013

Yakult Swallows

2nd round draft pick Yasuhiro Ogawa is the tenth rookie in NPB history (fourth in CL history* and first in franchise history), since the start of the two-league format, to be the first to win ten games in his league, first since Koji Uehara and Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.  Of the ten pitchers, only Atsushi Aramaki (1950), Tadashi Sugiura (1958), and Ogawa reached ten victories with two or fewer losses.

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2013

* The three other rookie pitchers in CL history that were the first to win ten games before anyone else in league: Hiroshi Gondo in 1961, Yasuyuki Yamauchi in 1995, and Koji Uehara in 1999.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013

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Wladimir Balentien is just the fifth player in franchise history to record at least thirty home runs in three consecutive seasons.  He joined Roberto Petagine as the only two players in franchise history (ninth in NPB history) to achieve the feat, beginning with their first years.

Balentien also became the seventh player in NPB history (accomplished nine times) to reach thirty home runs before anyone else in the league in two or more consecutive seasons (the first since Tuffy Rhodes in 2002 and 2003); and the seventeenth player in NPB history (accomplished twenty times) to reach thirty home runs before the All-Star break (the first since Craig Brazell, Alex Ramirez, and Shinnosuke Abe in 2010).

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The pitching staff has given up forty-one runs over the team's last five games.

Source: Sponichi 7/14/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takumi Akiyama will most likely be sent down to Ni-gun for extra work after he gave up five runs on five hits over five innings of work on Saturday against Yokohama.  He also failed to lay down a sac bunt in the 3rd inning (on three attempts).

Source: Sanspo 7/14/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shugo Fujii went 4,104 days in between shutouts.  That broke the previous record of 4,098 days, set by Fumio Fujimura in 1948.

Source: Sponichi 7/14/2013

Fujii, Fujimura, and Hisanori Yokota went eleven years in between shutouts.

Fujii - April 18, 2002 and July 13, 2013 - 4,104 days
Fujimura - April 16, 1937 and July 5, 1948 - 4,098 days
Yokota - August 28, 1987 and September 6, 1998 - 4,027 days

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013