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[8/14/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Aug.15, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui recorded his second career victory on Wednesday against the Softbank Hawks.  The win stopped the Hawks from extending their winning streak to ten games.  Masahiro Tanaka picked up his second career victory under similar circumstances on May 2, 2007.  Like Matsui, he stopped the Hawks from winning their tenth straight game.  Matsui has not allowed a home run in his first 62.2 innings of work.  Matsui is the only player in either league that has not allowed a home run in sixty or more innings this year.  He is also the first rookie out of high school to avoid the long ball in their first sixty or more innings since Tsuneo Horiuchi went 70.1 innings without allowing a home run in 1966. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014 ... Matsui joined Masahiro Tanaka (2007) and Yoshinao Kamata (2012) as the only rookie pitchers out of high school in franchise history to record victories as starters in their first years. Source: Sanspo 8/14/2014 ... Matsui's victory snapped a six-game losing streak.  At eighteen years and nine months, he became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to stop a losing streak of six or more games.  The previous record of twenty years and seven months was set by Masahiro Tanaka on June 11, 2009 (also stopped a six-game losing streak).  He also became the only pitcher in the NPB this season to strike out Softbank's Yuya Hasegawa, Akira Nakamura, Seiichi Uchikawa, Dae-Ho Lee, and Yuki Yanagita in the same game. Source: Sponichi 8/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Tomoya Mori became the first rookie out of high school to hit a home run in his first year since Ginjiro Sumitani in 2006 on Thursday.  At nineteen years and zero months, he also became the youngest rookie to record a pinch-hit home run.  The previous record of nineteen years and two months was set by Masahiro Yanagida on July 30, 1967. Source: Sanspo 8/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Hiroshi Urano became the first rookie pitcher in franchise history to record a complete game victory in his first year on Wednesday since Mitsuo Yoshikawa in 2007. Source: Sponichi 8/14/2014
  • Shohei Otani had a chance to sit down and chat with soccer player Shinji Ono at Miyanosawa Shiroi Koibito Park for about thirty minutes on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 8/14/2014, Sports Hochi 8/14/2014