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[10/26/2015] 2015 Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Oct.27, 2015 @ 2:59 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata is 12-7 in thirty-four games against the Yakult Swallows over his career. He will most likely start Game 3. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • Akira Nakamura's home run in the 6th inning of Game 2 was the 700th in Nippon Series history. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • Continuing from last year's Nippon Series, the Hawks have won their last six series games. The Hawks have never trailed in any of the six games. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015
  • The Hawks stole three bases in the 1st inning of Game 2 and became the fifth team in series history to steal three bases in one innings, first since Yomiuri in 1968 (Game 1). Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015, Jiji Press 10/25/2015
  • Rick van den Hurk recorded a victory in his first Nippon Series game on October 25. He is the just the fifth foreign pitcher in NPB history to win his first regular season start and Nippon Series start in his first year. The other four: Peter Burnside with Hanshin in 1964, Rich Gale with Hanshin in 1985, Terry Bross with Yakult in 1995, and Hayden Penn with Lotte in 2010. He is the first to also win his first Climax Series game. van den Hurk is the sixth pitcher to pitch in a Nippon Series game after recording at least five wins and a winning percentage of 1.000 during the regular season. He and Masahiro Tanaka are the only two that also won their Nippon Series games. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2015
  • Everyone in the starting line-up recorded at least one hit in Game 1. It was the tenth time in series history every hitter in a starting line-up recorded at least one hit. The offense also recorded six consecutive hits in the 4th inning of Game 1. It was the fifth time in series history a team recorded hits in six or more consecutive at bats in one inning, with Chunichi leading the way with seven in 2007 (Game 3, 1st inning, including one sac hit in between). The 2003 Daiei team also recorded hits in six consecutive at bats (Game 2). The hits in six consecutive at bats came without any sac hits, sac flies, walks, or hits batsmen in between. 2003 Daiei (Game 2, 2nd inning) and 2005 Lotte (Game 2, 6th inning) are the only other teams in series history to record six consecutive hits. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2015, Sanspo 10/25/2015
  • Shota Takeda won the first game of the series and at twenty-two years and six months, became the fifth youngest pitcher to win a Game 1. The youngest was Kazuhisa Inao at twenty years and four months in 1957. Takeda did become the youngest to win a Game 1 in franchise history. The previous record of twenty-four years and one month was set by Tadashi Sugiura in 1959. The win was Takeda's second in as many Nippon Series games. Only three other pitchers in franchise history recorded wins in their first two Nippon Series games: Ichiro Togawa (1955), Sugiura (1959), and Toshiya Sugiuchi (2003). Source: Sponichi 10/25/2015 ... Takeda recorded a comlete game victory in Game 1. He is the third youngest pitcher in franchise history to record a complete game victory. The two other pitchers: Taketoshi Ogami at twenty years and eleven months, 1953 Game 6; Toshihiro Hayashi at twenty-one years and six months, 1965 Game 4. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2015

Yakult Swallows


  • Singer-songwriter Tatsuya Ishii will sing the national anthem before Game 3. Boxer Ryota Murata is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Source: official announcement

TV Ratings

  • Game 1
    • Kanto region (TBS): 9.3%
    • Northern Kyushu region (RKB): 29.9% / peak 37.2% (9:31pm)
  • Game 2
    • Kanto region (TV Tokyo): 6:30pm-7:00pm - 7.7%, 7:00pm-10:18pm - 7.3%
    • Northern Kyushu region (TVQ): 6:30pm-7:00pm - 15.5%, 7:00pm-10:18pm 24.4% / peak 32.5% (8:51pm)

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2015, Daily Sports 10/27/2015