The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero Award for July went to Shinnosuke Abe (determined by fan balloting).
July 7, vs Yakult: down 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd, Abe blasted a game-tying two-out home run off Yasuhiro Ogawa. It was his first hit in fourteen trips to the plate and his fifth home run of the season. He drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly in the 6th. The Giants won the game 5-4. [official announcement - box score]