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[9/9/2013] Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles

by on Sep.09, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Kenta Imamiya recorded his fiftieth sac hit of the year on Sunday.  The franchise record of fifty-three was set by Yuichi Honda in 2011.  The PL record of fifty-eight was set by Kensuke Tanaka in 2007.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Takahiro Norimoto picked up his thirteenth victory on Sunday and joined Yakult Swallow Yasuhiro Ogawa as the only rookies to win thirteen or more games this season.  This marked the fourth time in NPB history, since the start of the draft, that a rookie from each league recorded thirteen or more victories in the same year.  The previous three times: Kimiya Fujisawa (Chunichi, 13-5) and Hirohisa Matsunuma (Seibu, 16-10) in 1979; Shinji Sasaoka (Hiroshima, 13-11) and Hideo Nomo (Kintetsu, 18-8) in 1990; and Koji Uehara (Yomiuri, 20-4) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Seibu, 16-5) in 1999.

Source: Sponichi 9/9/2013

Norimoto is the fourth player to record thirteen or more victories in franchise history.  The other three: Hisashi Iwakuma (21-4 in 2008 and 13-7 in 2009); Masahiro Tanaka (15-6 in 2009, 19-5 in 2011, and 20-0 in 2013); and Satoshi Nagai (13-7 in 2009).  He also joined Tanaka and Takahiro Shiomi as the only pitchers in franchise history to toss enough innings in their rookie seasons to qualify for pitching titles.

Source: Sanspo 9/9/2013