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[7/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:06 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi picked up his fifteenth RBI as a pinch-hitter during Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  The franchise record of eighteen was set by Masahiro Yanagida in 1972. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani joined Masayasu Kaneda (ten years, 1946-1955), Taira Fujita (twelve year, 1967-1978), and Yutaka Wada (twelve years, 1988-1999) as the only Hanshin lifers in franchise history to record 100 hits in ten or more consecutive seasons.  Akinobu Mayumi also recorded 100 hits in eleven consecutive seasons (1978-1988, ten with the Tigers beginning in 1979), but he started his career with the Taiheiyo Club Lions/Crown Lighter Lions.  Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded 100 hits in fifteen consecutive seasons (1995-2009), but only seven with the Tigers.  Sadaharu Oh holds the NPB record with twenty-one (1960-1980). Source: Sanspo 7/16/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami liked basketball growing up and was invited to play on his school team, but declined because he was worried about jamming his finger.  He also did a lot of swimming and kept at it because a friend got hurt after they quit. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... Fujinami set career highs in pitches (136) and strikeouts (13) during a start against the Nippon Ham Fighters on June 17.  In tossing the first complete game of his career on Tuesday, he set a new career high in pitches with 143 and tied his career high in strikeouts with thirteen.  By tying his career high in strikeouts, he became the first Hanshin pitcher to strikeout thirteen or more batters in a game two or more times in the same season since Yutaka Enatsu did it twice in 1972. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014
  • The Arai brothers recorded consecutive timely hits in the same game for the fourth time in their careers on Tuesday: 6th inning on April 21, 2013 vs Yakult at Koshien; 3rd inning on May 11, 2013 vs Yakult at Matsuyama; 1st inning on May 26, 2013 vs Nippon Ham at Koshien; and 6th inning on July 15, 2014 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The pitching staff walked or hit at least one batter in every inning of Tuesday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  They became the tenth team in NPB history to walk or hit at least one batter in every inning of a game, first since Chunichi against Lotte on May 22, 2007; and the fourth team in the Central League (1996 Yomiuri against Hiroshima, 1997 Chunichi against Hiroshima, and 2007 Chunichi against Lotte). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • With all the injuries during the first-half, head coach Shigekazu Mori is already thinking about competing for a second or third, while giving younger players a chance to gain experience at Ichi-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi took a batted ball off his left cheek during a game against Hanshin on the 6th.  He told reporters he was scared when he took the mound for the first time since the incident on the 11th. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
  • The Bay Stars set a new NPB record by leaving nineteen runners on base during Tuesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  The 1943 Hanshin, 1955 Yomiuri, 1973 Hanshin, 1987 Kintetsu, 1990 Hanshin, and 1999 Yakult held the previous record of eighteen. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014