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[10/8/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Masahiro Tanka will likely end the season undefeated

by on Oct.08, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Tanaka kept his winning streak intact tonight with by tossing seven solid innings to give the Eagles a 7-3 victory over the Orix Buffaloes.  Unless Tanaka gets another chance to pitch against the Orix Buffaloes on the 12th or 13th, he will end the season 24-0 with one save.  He will also finish the year with ninety-nine career victories.

Additional notes:

  • He is the fourth pitcher in NPB history to go undefeated in a season while tossing enough innings to qualify for pitching titles.  The other three: Masaru Kageura finished 6-0 in the fall of 1936; Takao Misonoo went 11-0 in the fall of 1937; and Shigekuni Mashiba ended the 1981 season 15-0.
  • His twenty-four victories is the most since Keishi Suzuki won twenty-five in 1978.
  • His ninety-nine victories in 175 career games is second only to Victor Starffin's 165 games.

Source: Sponichi 10/8/2013, Sponichi 10/8/2013

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Nikkan Sports has posted portions of Tanaka's post-game interview:

Twenty-four consecutive victories since the start of the season.  Your teammates presented you with flowers again today.  How do you feel?

Happy.

This was your first game at Kleenex Stadium since the team clinched the pennant.

I always pitch to win.  That never changes.  I was not only surprised to see so many people out here on a Tuesday [night], but also happy.

(Looking out to the fans) You all wanted to see Tanaka pitch, right?

Am I doing my job properly?

You shut the opposition down after your teammates scored some runs for you.

I did not pitch well in the 1st or 2nd innings, but I was able to pitch well after my teammates scored some runs.  I think I did a good job of settling down.

It has been said many times, but it seems your teammates always score a lot of run for you.  And make nice plays on defense.

Bottom line for me is that I was able to pitch well until the end of the season.

Let me be the one to say it.  You are undefeated this year.

I did not think this was going to happen.  I think this is the result of focusing on each game one at a time.

And finally, a message for the fans.

I can not really say anything interesting.  My next start will be during the Climax Series.  I will prepare myself for that [start] and do my best to help the team win the Pacific League again.  Everyone, please come out to the stadium.  Thank you.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2013

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Stats during current twenty-seven 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
  09/26/2013 Seibu Seibu Dome RP Sv 1.0 5 19 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 1.22
33 10/01/2013 Nippon Ham Sapporo Dome SP W 6.0 25 97 7 0 3 1 0 2 2 1.27
34 10/08/2013 Orix Kleenex Stadium SP W 7.0 27 83 4 0 5 1 0 2 1 1.27
            273.0 1047 3749 209 6 236 35 3 39 34 1.12
  Date Opponent Venue 34 GS 28 W IP BF NP H HR SO BB HBP R ER ERA

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