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[11/27/2014] 2014 Georgia Spirit Award: Shohei Otani (HAM)

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB

Shohei Otani won the 2014 Georgia Spirit Award for his start against the Rakuten Eagles on April 20.

Otani took the mound against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium on April 20.  With a 1-0 lead and runners on first and second and two out in the 6th, he faced clean-up hitter Andruw Jones.  Jones fouled off a couple of fastballs over 150km/h and stopped himself from swinging at a 2-2, 132km/h breaking pitch, but he could not catch up to the next pitch and struck out swinging on a 154km/h fastball.   Georgia video - Box score

Special awards were also given to Masahiro Yamamoto and Atsunori Inaba.

Yamamoto's start against the Hanshin Tigers on September 5 - Yamamoto got the start against the Tigers on September 5. He tossed five shutout innings while allowing five hits and got the win. At forty-nine years and twenty-five days, he broke Shinji Hamazaki's 1950 record for oldest pitcher to win a game. He also set a number of other records, like oldest player to appear in a game, oldest player to pitch in  game, oldest pitcher to start a game, and oldest pitcher to strike a hitter out. Georgia video - Box score

Inaba's game against the Seibu Lions on September 30 - The Nippon Ham Fighters were down 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th against the Seibu Lions. Sho Nakata hit a one-out single to left. Yuji Iiyama followed with a sac hit. With a runner on second and two out, Inaba stepped in to pinch-hit for Shogo Akada. Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda got ahead in the count with a quick first strike. On the next pitch, Inaba took a quick cut and drilled the ball over the fence in right for a two-run blast. The Fighters hung on and won the game, 4-3. Georgia video - Box score