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[9/21/2012] Rakuten Eagles: Masahiro Tanaka’s streak continues, 26-0 since last loss

by on Sep.21, 2013 @ 5:56 pm, under NPB

Another start, another win, Masahiro Tanaka is now 26-0 since his last loss on August 19, 2012 (vs Seibu).  What's more, he is now 12-0 over his last thirteen starts against the Nippon Ham Fighters (going back to September 10, 2011).

Tanaka also became the first pitcher to win twenty-two games since Isamu Kida in 1980 (22-8) and tied the NPB record Kazumi Saito set in 2003 with fifteen wins in fifteen consecutive starts (Tanaka's ERA over the fifteen starts is 0.81, Saito's was 2.48).

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013, Sponichi 9/21/2013

Nikkan Sports has posted a portion of his post-game hero interview.

Your have won twenty-two straight since the start of the season.

I am just glad we won.  The win is not important to keep the streak alive, but important because a pennant is on the line.  I am glad we were able to take the first game [of this three-game series against the Fighters].

The line-up provided you with support.

They always give me a boost.

Is there anything different compared to last year?

Nothing in particular.

What next?

There are some big games coming up and it would be great if I can stack [the wins] one game at a time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013

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Stats during current twenty-six game winning streak

  Date Opponent Venue     IP BF NP H HR SO BB HBP R ER ERA
1 08/26/2012 Nippon Ham Kleenex Stadium SP W 10.0 32 112 3 0 8 0 0 0 0 2.36
2 09/02/2012 Orix Kleenex Stadium SP   10.0 36 115 6 0 11 0 0 0 0 2.18
3 09/09/2012 Seibu Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 35 116 8 0 5 2 0 2 2 2.17
4 09/16/2012 Orix Hotto Motto SP   6.0 26 118 7 0 10 1 0 1 1 2.14
5 09/24/2012 Softbank Kleenex Stadium SP   9.0 34 120 7 0 13 0 0 1 1 2.08
6 10/02/2012 Softbank Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 35 104 6 0 5 0 0 0 0 1.96
7 10/08/2012 Lotte QVC Marine SP W 8.0 27 83 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 1.87
8 04/02/2013 Orix Kleenex Stadium SP W 7.0 27 89 5 0 4 1 0 1 1 1.29
9 04/09/2013 Nippon Ham Tokyo Dome SP W 7.0 25 109 5 0 6 0 0 1 0 0.64
10 04/16/2013 Softbank Kleenex Stadium SP   7.0 32 122 9 0 5 0 0 3 2 1.29
11 04/23/2013 Orix Kyocera Dome SP W 8.0 38 133 15 0 6 3 0 3 3 1.86
12 05/01/2013 Nippon Ham Kleenex Stadium SP W 8.0 32 129 5 0 10 3 0 1 1 1.70
13 05/08/2013 Nippon Ham Sapporo Dome SP W 7.0 25 95 4 1 7 0 0 2 2 1.84
14 05/14/2013 Yokohama Yokohama SP W 8.0 33 128 7 1 7 2 0 3 3 2.08
15 05/22/2013 Yomiuri Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 33 113 7 1 8 1 0 1 1 1.92
16 05/28/2013 Hanshin Koshien SP   6.0 25 99 5 0 6 1 0 2 2 2.01
17 06/03/2013 Chunichi Kleenex Stadium SP   9.0 36 113 8 0 8 2 0 1 1 1.89
18 06/09/2013 Yomiuri Tokyo Dome SP W 7.0 25 96 3 0 4 2 0 0 0 1.73
19 06/16/2013 Hanshin Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 35 127 6 0 3 2 0 0 0 1.57
20 06/25/2013 Seibu Seibu Dome SP W 7.0 24 93 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 1.45
21 07/02/2013 Lotte Kleenex Stadium SP W 8.0 33 116 9 0 6 0 0 0 0 1.35
22 07/09/2013 Nippon Ham Tokyo Dome SP W 9.0 31 116 4 0 7 1 1 0 0 1.24
23 07/16/2013 Orix Kyocera Dome SP W 9.0 32 105 5 0 8 1 0 1 1 1.22
24 07/26/2013 Lotte Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 33 90 5 2 2 1 0 2 2 1.28
25 08/02/2013 Nippon Ham Sapporo Dome SP W 9.0 34 136 8 0 12 1 0 1 1 1.26
26 08/09/2013 Softbank Kleenex Stadium SP W 7.0 25 92 4 0 8 0 0 0 0 1.20
27 08/16/2013 Seibu Seibu Dome SP W 8.0 30 106 5 0 10 1 0 1 1 1.20
28 08/23/2013 Lotte Kleenex Stadium SP W 7.0 30 116 6 0 8 1 1 0 0 1.15
29 08/30/2013 Softbank YafuOku Dome SP W 7.0 28 102 7 0 6 2 0 3 2 1.20
30 09/06/2013 Nippon Ham Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 34 128 7 1 11 2 0 2 2 1.24
31 09/13/2013 Orix Kleenex Stadium SP W 9.0 35 125 10 0 8 0 0 2 1 1.23
32 09/21/2013 Nippon Ham Sapporo Dome SP W 8.0 30 104 4 0 8 2 0 1 1 1.23
            259.0 990 3,550 197 6 226 32 3 35 31 1.08
  Date Opponent Venue 32 GS 26 W IP BF NP H HR SO BB HBP R ER ERA

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