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[10/28/2015] 2015 Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 11:41 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks tied a franchise record with six different players hitting at least one home run during the Nippon Series so far this year. The record was set in 1966. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2015
  • Toru Hosokawa became the fourteenth player to go homerless during the regular season and hit a home run during the Nippon Series. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2015
  • Dae-Ho Lee collected four RBI in Game 4 against Yakult on October 28 and tied the franchise record for most RBI in one game. Kenji Jojima set the record in Game 2 of the 2000 Nippon Series. He became the fourth foreign player to record two modashos in one series, first since Terry Whitfield in 1982 (Games 5 and 6). The modasho in Game 4 was the third of his career. He tied Yoshinori Hirose's franchise record for Nippon Series modashos. He also became the just second foreign player to record at least three Nippon Series modashos. Wally Yonamine holds the record with four. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2015 ... Five hitters have led Nippon Series hitters in RBIs in two or more consecutive seasons: Shigeo Nagashima (1965-67), Sadaharu Oh (1967-1969), Tamio Suetsugu (1971, 1972), Koji Akiyama (1986, 1987). and Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1993, 1994). Lee led Nippon Series hitters with four RBI last year. He currently leads both teams with six RBI. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015
  • The Hawks have prepared 3,000 bottles of beer, 480 bottles of cola, sixty bottles of sake, and four barrels of sake for their victory celebration. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate in Game 3 against Softbank on October 27. He joined Shigeo Nagashima (1970) as the only players in Nippon Series history to hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate. Nagashima hit his home runs across two games (11th inning in Game 3 and 1st and 3rd innings in Game 4), making Yamada the only player to accomplish the feat in one game. Tomoaki Kanemoto hit home runs in three consecutive at bats, with a walk sandwiched in between, in 2003 (6th inning, a walk in the 8th inning, and 10th inning in Game 4 and the 1st inning in Game 5). Yamada became the seventh player in Series history to collect five RBI in a game, first since John Bowker in 2012 (Game 1). Yamada and Katsuo Osugi (1978, Game 5) are the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Isao Shibata (1963, Game 7) and Alex Cabrera (2004, Game 3) hold the record with six RBI in one game. Source: Sanspo 10/28/2015, Sponichi 10/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/27/2015, Daily Sports 10/27/2015 ... Yamada set a new Nippon Series record with twelve total bases in one game. The previous record of eleven was set by Isami Okamoto in Game 1 of the 1959 Nippon Series (single, double, and two home runs). Source: Sports Hochi 10/28/2015 ... Twenty-six players have hit two or more home runs in thirty-one Nippon Series games. Yamada became the sixth player in Series history to go hitless (four or more at bats) in the game after he hit two or more home runs. Source: Sponichi 10/29/2015
  • Yakult starting pitchers have yet to make it past the 5th inning: Masanori Ishikawa 4.0 innings, Yasuhiro Ogawa 4.2, Toshihiro Sugiura 4.1, and Shohei Tateyama 3.0. The Swallows are just the third team in Nippon Series history to go four or more games without a starting pitcher making it past the 5th inning. The other two: Nishitetsu in 1956 (Games 1 through 5) and Chunichi in 1982 (Games 1 through 6). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2015


  • Only four teams have managed to win the Nippon Series after falling behind 3-1: 1955 Yomiuri, 1958 Nishitetsu, 1986 Seibu, and 1989 Yomiuri. Source: Sanspo 10/29/2015
  • The Swallows (four) and Hawks (two) combined for six home runs in Game 3. It was the sixth time two teams combined for six or more home runs in one Nippon Series games, first since 2009 (Nippon Ham with three and Yomiuri with three, Game 3). Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015

TV Ratings

  • Game 3
    • Kanto region (Fuji TV): 9.4%

Source: Sponichi 10/28/2015