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[9/10/2013] Yakult Swallows: Wladimir Balentien hits fifty-fourth off Kenta Maeda

by on Sep.11, 2013 @ 6:06 am, under NPB

Wladimir Balentien hit number fifty-four at Jingu Stadium on Tuesday night against the Hiroshima Carp. The home run came in the team's 121st game, which set a new speed record.

Other notes in relation to the record:

  • Sadaharu Oh provided another comment to reporters about Balentien's run and said, "Let us see just how far he can go." He also said, "If he hits it at the right angle, he can hit it out at any stadium." Source: Sponichi 9/10/2013
  • The team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa has reportedly promised Balentien a special five million yen bonus if he sets a new home run record. Source: Sponichi 9/10/2013

His at bats on Tuesday night:

1st Plate Appearance vs Kenta Maeda
1st inning, runner on first, two out

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
●1 Fastball -km/h strike looking 0 1 2
●2 Fastball 150km/h strike swinging 0 2 2
●3 Fastball 149km/h foul 0 2 2
<4 Slider 134km/h ball 1 2 2
●5 Fastball 151km/h HR7/8 1 2 2
         

2nd Plate Appearance vs Kenta Maeda
3rd inning, runners on first and third, one out

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
<1 Slider 132km/h strike looking 0 1 1
●2 Fastball 148km/h ball (in dirt) 1 1 1
●3 Fastball 151km/h ball 2 1 1
<4 Slider 134km/h strike swinging 2 2 1
<5 Slider 130km/h Ks 2 3 2
         

3rd Plate Appearance vs Kenta Maeda
5th inning, runner on second, two out

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
●1 Fastball -km/h ball 1 0 2
●2 Fastball -km/h ball 2 0 2
●3 Fastball -km/h ball 3 0 2
●4 Fastball -km/h BB 4 0 2
         

4th Plate Appearance vs Katsuhiro Nagakawa
7th inning, runner on first, one out

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
<1 Slider 137km/h strike looking 0 1 1
<2 Slider 136km/h ball (in dirt) 1 1 1
<3 Slider 138km/h strike swinging 1 2 1
■4 Fork 133km/h Ks 1 3 2
         

5th Plate Appearance vs Takeru Imamura
9th inning, runners on first and second, one out

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
●1 Fastball 149km/h foul 0 1 1
<2 Slider 131km/h ball 1 1 1
●3 Fastball 147km/h ball 2 1 1
<4 Slider 129km/h strike swinging 2 2 1
<5 Slider 131km/h DP 2 2 3
         

Pitch data courtesy Yahoo Japan.

2 comments on “[9/10/2013] Yakult Swallows: Wladimir Balentien hits fifty-fourth off Kenta Maeda

  1. Steve Novosel

    He belted a pretty damn hot out pitch from Maeda. Seriously good swing.

    I recall seeing over the weekend that around 50% of his homers this season have been on pitches in that zone or towards high/out. Do you have that info anywhere?

    1. Gen Post author

      I’m working on something that might illustrate where all the pitches are located. I’m almost done. I have to add in yesterday’s shot. If he hits one tonight, I may try to include that as well.

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