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Sky Perfect’s Walk-off Award for the 2012 Season

by on Oct.23, 2012 @ 6:41 pm, under NPB
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Sky Perfect announced the winners of their Walk-off Award for the 2012 season.

Kazuhiro Wada, Chunichi Dragons

June 8 vs Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome.  With the Dragons down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Wada hit a one out, walk-off, two-run home run to left.  The home run came after the offense was shut down over six straight innings.  The victory ended a four-game losing streak.

Sho Nakata, Nippon Ham Fighters

April 14 vs Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome.  The Fighters had a 3-1 but gave up two runs in the top of the 9th.  With the score tied at three, Nakata led off the bottom half of the inning and knocked the 6th pitch he saw over the left field wall.  The walk-off home run snapped an 0-for-16 (plate appearances) hitless streak.  It was also Nakata's first career walk-off hit and the PL first walk-off home run of the season.

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Twelfth Georgia Award (2012)

by on Oct.21, 2012 @ 5:32 pm, under NPB
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The Twelfth Georgia Award for 2012 went to Mitsuo Yoshikawa for his 1-0 complete game shutout against the Softbank Hawks on September 14.

The game was knotted at zero over the first seven innings.  Yoshikawa retired the side in the top of the 8th and the Fighters managed to push a run across the plate in their bottom-half of the inning.  In the top of the 9th, the the lefty recorded three consecutive ground ball outs for his second shutout of the year.   Georgia video - Box score

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Sky Perfect’s Walk-off Award: September 2012

by on Oct.09, 2012 @ 6:44 pm, under NPB
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Sky Perfect's Walk-off Award for September:

Ryota Arai, Hanshin Tigers

September 2 vs Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium.  With the score tied at one with a runner on first and two out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Arai deposited the first pitch he saw into the right-field stands for a walk-off two-run home run.

Kazuo Matsui, Rakuten Eagles

September 24 vs Softbank at Kleenex Stadium.  With the score tied at one, with a runner on first and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Matsui launched the fourth walk-off home run of his career into the stands in left.

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Eleventh Georgia Award (2012)

by on Oct.07, 2012 @ 4:36 pm, under NPB
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The Eleventh Georgia Award for 2012 went to Masahiro Tanaka for his 1-0 complete game shutout against Nippon Ham on August 26.

After going over a month without a win, Tanaka tossed ten shutout innings against the Nippon Ham Fighters -- he allowed just three hits, walked none, and did not allow a base-runner to reach third.  The Eagles won the game on a walk-off in the bottom of the 10th.  Georgia video - Box score

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NPB: Nihon Seimei MVP Award for September 2012

by on Oct.05, 2012 @ 4:10 pm, under NPB
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Central League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Shinnosuke Abe, Yomiuri Giants (Sixth Time; third this year, twice in a row)
25 G, 38-for-85, 7 HR, 21 RBI, .447 BA

Shohei Tateyama, Yakult Swallows (Third Time; second this year)
4 G, 4-0, 1 CG, 0 ShO, 32 IP, 29 SO, 4 ER, 1.13

Pacific League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Yoshio Itoi, Nippon Ham Fighters (Second Time)
21 G, 30-for-79, 3 HR, 15 RBI, .380 BA

Hisashi Takeda, Nippon Ham Fighters (First Time)
14 G, 0-0, 11 Sv, 13.2 IP, 13 SO, 1 ER, 0.66 ERA

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Mizuno MVP Farm Awards for September 2012

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 8:14 pm, under NPB
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The Ni-gun Mizuno MVP awards for September.

Eastern League

Takanori Sato - Yakult Swallows
9 G, 15-for-40, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, .375 AVG

Collected multiple hits in six of the nine September games he played in.  Took well to batting lead-off in September.  Became the first Ikusei player to finish the season with an average at or above .300.

Western League

Ken Nakamura - Hiroshima Carp
15 G, 21-for-49, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .429 AVG

Led the league in hits in September, was second in batting average.  Collected multiple hits in seven of fifteen games and three hits in four games.

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Tenth Georgia Award (2012)

by on Sep.16, 2012 @ 4:59 pm, under NPB
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The Tenth Georgia Award for 2012 went to Hiroki Kokubo for his game against the Seibu Lions on August 21.

With runners on first and second and two out in the top of the 7th, Kokubo hit a single to left to give the Hawks a 1-0.  Softbank went on to the win the game 4-0 and in the process, also extended their winning streak to six games.  Georgia video - Box score

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NPB: Final MVP JA Zennoh Go Go Awards 2012

by on Sep.13, 2012 @ 5:04 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced the winners of the Final MVP JA Zennoh Go Go Awards (an award that was established last year).

Central League

JA Zennoh Go Go Award (Final MVP)

Toshiya Sugiuchi, Yomiuri Giants
Won the King of K JA Zennoh Award in May with fifty strikeouts in 39.2 innings of work.

Pacific League

JA Zennoh Go Go Award (Final MVP)

Ryo Hijirisawa, Rakuten Eagles
Won the JA Zennoh Speedster Award in March / April with fifteen stolen bases in twenty-three games.

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Mizuno MVP Farm Awards for August 2012

by on Sep.12, 2012 @ 4:32 pm, under NPB
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The Ni-gun Mizuno MVP awards for August.

Eastern League

Nobutaka Imamura - Yomiuri Giants
4 G, 3-0, 23 IP, 4 SO, 5 BB, 5 ER, 1.96 ERA

Led the league in wins and helped the team to a 15-6-2 record in August.  Became the twenty-first pitcher in Eastern League history to toss a no-hitter on August 30.

Western League

Keisuke Yasuda - Softbank Hawks
14 G, 20-for-45, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 9 SB, .444 AVG

Led the league in average and stolen bases in July.  Collected hits in twelve of fourteen games, including six multi-hit games and an eight-game winning streak.

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Sky Perfect’s Walk-off Award: August 2012

by on Sep.11, 2012 @ 2:46 pm, under NPB
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Sky Perfect's Walk-off Award for August:

Shinnosuke Abe, Yomiuri Giants

August 19 vs Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome.  With the scored tied at three in the bottom of the 9th, Abe led off the inning with a walk-off home run on a 2-2 pitch.

Yuki Yanagita, Softbank Hawks

August 16 vs Lotte at Yahoo Dome.  With the score tied at two in the bottom of the 19th, Yanagita hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field stands for his first career walk-off home run.  It was also his second home run in as many games.

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