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[8/4/2013] Rakuten Eagles set a number of records in today’s game against the Fighters

by on Aug.04, 2013 @ 6:48 pm, under NPB

The Rakuten Eagles set a number of records in today's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:

  • they set a new NPB record with seven doubles in the 5th inning
  • four of the seven doubles came in consecutive trips to the plate and tied the PL record*
  • they smashed eleven doubles in the game and tied an NPB record set by Giants on October 16, 1948
  • both teams combined for thirteen doubles and tied an NPB record**
  • they set a new franchise record with twenty-three hits***
  • they tied franchise record set in 2008 and 2011 by winning their seventh consecutive game (7-0-1)
  • Sho Miyagawa became the first pitcher in NPB history to record an Ichi-gun victory the year after he was drafted as an Ikusei player+

* Record accomplished for the tenth time, first since Softbank on Junst 3.  NPB record of five set by Hiroshima on May 11, 1983 and June 3, 1986.

** Record accomplished for the fourth time.  Previous three times: July 19, 1935 (Hankyu seven, Tigers six); April 14, 1999 (Nippon Ham eight, Daiei five); and June 30, 2006 (Yokohama seven, Yakult six).

*** Previous franchise record of twenty-two hits was set on June 25, 2013 (vs Seibu).  This was the third time a PL team collected twenty-three or more hits in a game without a home run.  Other two times: twenty-four hits by Nanaki on June 19, 1977 and twenty-four hits by Hankyu on October 2, 1986.

+ Miyagawa is the eighth player selected in the Ikusei draft to record a victory, first since Kodai Senga on May 12, 2013 and first in Rakuten history.  He is the eighth player to make the active roster in his rookie year, first since Hugo Kanabushi in 2012.  He is the first to record a victory in his rookie year.

Source: Sponichi 8/4/2013, Sponichi 8/4/2013, Sponichi 8/4/2013, Sports Hochi 8/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2013