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[10/29/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.30, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • At twenty years and six months, Shintaro Fujinami became the second youngest pitcher in franchise history to pitch in a Nippon Series game. Katsuhiko Maki holds the record at nineteen years and nine months in 1962. Fujinami also became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to lose a Nippon Series game. The previous record of twenty-four years and ten months was set by Naohisa Sugiyama in 2005. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014
  • Hanshin designated hitters since 1985: Sumio Hirota (six games), 3-for-22, 1 RBI in 1985; Katsumi Hirosawa (one game) and Osamu Hamanaka (three games) combined to go 1-for-14 with 0 RBI in 2003; Atsushi Kataoka (two games), 1-for-5 with 0 RBI in 2005. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Osamu Hamanaka a job as Ni-gun hitting coach. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee left Wednesday's game with pain in his right wrist. He reportedly tweaked the wrist during his at bat in the 1st and was removed after his at bat in the 3rd as a precaution. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014
  • Kenji Otonari recorded a victory in his first career Nippon Series appearance and joined Toshiya Sugiuchi (2003, Game 2) and Hiroki Yamada (2011, Game 5) as the only left-handed pitchers in franchise history to achieve the feat. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014 ... Otonari has received advice from mental trainer Hatsumi Nishida. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2014

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