The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero Award for June went to Hirokazu Ibata (determined by fan balloting).
June 3, vs Orix: with runners on first and third and one out in the 9th inning, Ibata entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Scott Mathieson. Leslie Anderson stole second to put runners on second and third. Ibata stayed alive by fouling off a 1-2 pitch before poking a walk-off hit past a diving second baseman on the fifth pitch of the at bat. [official announcement - box score]