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[5/21/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on May.21, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shohei Kato no longer uses an 890 gram bat.  He currently uses a 920 gram bat batting from the left side and a 900 gram bat from the right side.  He joined Frank Bolick (1999) as the only players in NPB history to hit the first pitch they saw in their first trip to the plate for their first career home run and to hit a walk-off home run for their second career home run. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2014
  • The Marines recorded a win on Tuesday by tying with a solo home run by Tadahito Iguchi with two out in the bottom of the 9th and winning with a walk-off home run by Kato in the 10th.  The last time they won a game in similar fashion (avoided a loss with a game-tying, two-out home run in the bottom of the 9th and went on to win with a walk-off in extra innings) was on September 17, 1991: Takeshi Aiko tied the game with a home run in the 9th and Koichi Hori hit a walk-off home run in the 10th. Source: Sponichi 5/21/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dennis Sarfate became just the third reliever in NPB history to record at least one save against all twelve NPB teams on Tuesday.  The other two: Yutaka Enatsu and Marc Kroon. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2014, Sponichi 5/21/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi (eight games, eight starts, eight wins) joined Choji Murata (eleven games, eleven starts, eleven wins in 1985), Masaichi Kaneda (nine games, six starts, nine wins in 1958), and Hisashi Iwakuma (nine games, nine starts, nine wins in 2004) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record eight victories in eight games from the start the season. Source: Sanspo 5/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Tuesday.  He gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings of work.  He faced twenty-seven hitters, walked two, and struck out six.  The two runs he gave up scored in the 1st inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/21/2014