The Yomiuri Giants Clutch Hero of the Year Award went to Shuichi Murata (determined by fan balloting).
August 3, vs Hanshin: down two runs in the 2nd, Murata led off the inning with a solo home run to right off Atsushi Nomi. Down one run in the 6th, with a runner on first and second, Murata tied the game at three with a one-out RBI double to left. The Giants won the game 4-3. [official announcement - box score]