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[10/30/2014] Nippon Series: Hanshin Tigers, Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 4:21 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Seung-Hwan Oh joined Masaaki Koyama (1962, Game 5) and Minoru Murayama (1964, Game 4) as the only pitchers in franchise history to give up a walk-off home run. The Tigers dropped their eighth straight Nippon Series road game on Wednesday (and extended it to nine on Thursday). The record of ten was set by Seibu between 1994 and 2002. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014
  • The Tigers have not hit a home run in their first four Nippon Series games (five after Thursday's game). That tied five other teams in NPB history for most games to start a Nippon Series without a home run. The Dragons hold the record for most consecutive Nippon Series games without a home run, regardless of whether or not the streak began in the first game: six games in 2011, between Games 2 and 7. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • The Tigers are planning to offer Isao Koda (49) a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement will most likely be made after the Nippon Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014, Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • Fall camp will take place in Aki, Kochi between November 1 and 20. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks recorded their fifth Nippon Series walk-off victory on Wednesday, first since 2003 (vs Hanshin, Game 1). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014
  • Akira Nakamura became the fourteenth player to hit a Nippon Series walk-off home run on Wednesday, first since Shinnosuke Abe in 2009 (Game 5). He joined Kent Hadley (1964, 1966) as the only players in franchise history to hit a Nippon Series walk-off home run. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014
  • Kenichi Nakata walked three in a row in the 1st and 3rd inning of Wednesday's game against Hanshin and became the eighth pitcher in Nippon Series history to walk three in a row in one inning, first since Shun Tono in 2008 (4th inning, Game 6); and the first pitcher in Nippon Series history to do it twice in one game. The pitching staff gave up eight runs on Wednesday, a first since Yakult in 1995 during Game 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda lost track of his game helmet and had to use his practice helmet during Game 3. The missing helmet was found in time for Game 4. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2014