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[7/20/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: News and Notes

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB

Central League:

  • Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin) started Saturday's All-Star game and gave up four runs in the 1st inning.  The last pitcher to give up four or more runs in one inning during an All- Star game was Daisuke Miura in 2012 (four runs in the 3rd inning of Game 3).  Fujinami joined Tetsuya Yoneda (1963, Game 2, six runs), Makoto Inagawa (1963, Game 2, four runs), Hidetake Watanabe (1970, Game 1, five runs), and Tetsuya Ota (1975, Game 1, four runs) as the only pitchers in All-Star history to give up four or more runs in the 1st inning of a game.  Fujinami set a new record for runs allowed in the 1st inning of an All-Star game by a Hanshin pitcher.  The previous high of three runs was set by Kazunori Nishimura in 1955 (Game 2). Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) recorded his third career All-Star home run on Saturday and became the sixth Giant to hit three or more All-Star home runs.  The other five: Sadaharu Oh (thirteen), Hideki Matsui (eight), Shigeo Nagashima (seven), Kazuhiro Kiyohara (four), and Yoshinobu Takahashi (four). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult) hit a home run on Saturday and at twenty-two years and zero months, became the ninth youngest player to a hit a home run during an All-Star game.  He also became the youngest Swallow to hit a home run during an All-Star game.  The previous record of twenty-two years and seven months was set by Takahiro Ikeyama in 1988 (Game 1). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014

Pacific League:

  • Shohei Otani picked up an All-Star victory on Saturday.  At twenty years and zero months, he became the second youngest pitcher to record an All-Star win as a starter.  The youngest starting pitcher, at nineteen years and eleven months, was Masaaki Ikenaga during Game 2 of the 1966 All-Star series).  He also became the first Fighter to record an All-Star victory since Takeshi Shimazaki in 1996 (Game 2).  Otani hit 162km/h on the radar gun twice during his appearance and broke Marc Kroon's All-Star record of 161km/h (2008, Game 2) and tied his regular season record of 162km/h (June 1, 2008). Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014, Sponichi 7/20/2014 ... Otani became the fourth youngest pitcher to record an All-Star victory (includings starers and relievers).  The other three: Yukio Ozaki (seventeen years and ten months, 1962, Game 2), Sadaaki Nishimura (nineteen years and seven months, 1954, Game 1), and Masaaki Ikenaga. Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014
  • Yuki Yanagita went 4-for-6 on Saturday and became the seventeenth player in All-Star history to record four or more hits in one game, first since Yasuyuki Kataoka in 2010 (Game 2).  Yanagita and Hiromitsu Kadota (1976, Game 2) are the only players in Hawks' history to record four or more hits in an All-Star game.  He also became the first Hawk to win an All-Star MVP since Seiichi Uchikawa in 2013 (Game 3).  Yanagita and Kazunori Yamamoto (1986, Game 1) are the only players in Hawks' history to win an All-Star MVP in their first appearance. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014
  • Dai-Kang Yoh won over five million yen in awards during the All-Star series (2.5 million yen in cash and a car valued at a around 2.5 million yen).  He told reporters he plans to donate it to Taiwan. Source: Sponichi 7/20/2014
  • The Pacific League set a new record with eighteen hits in one game on Saturday.  The previous high for the PL was seventeen hits, last set in 1997 (Game 1).  The PL scored twelve runs on Saturday.  It was the fourth time the PL scored twelve or more runs in a game, first since 1990 (Game 2, twelve runs). Source: Sanspo 7/20/2014