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[11/27/2014] 2014 Georgia Spirit Award: Shohei Otani (HAM)

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani won the 2014 Georgia Spirit Award for his start against the Rakuten Eagles on April 20.

Otani took the mound against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium on April 20.  With a 1-0 lead and runners on first and second and two out in the 6th, he faced clean-up hitter Andruw Jones.  Jones fouled off a couple of fastballs over 150km/h and stopped himself from swinging at a 2-2, 132km/h breaking pitch, but he could not catch up to the next pitch and struck out swinging on a 154km/h fastball.   Georgia video - Box score

Special awards were also given to Masahiro Yamamoto and Atsunori Inaba.

Yamamoto's start against the Hanshin Tigers on September 5 - Yamamoto got the start against the Tigers on September 5. He tossed five shutout innings while allowing five hits and got the win. At forty-nine years and twenty-five days, he broke Shinji Hamazaki's 1950 record for oldest pitcher to win a game. He also set a number of other records, like oldest player to appear in a game, oldest player to pitch in  game, oldest pitcher to start a game, and oldest pitcher to strike a hitter out. Georgia video - Box score

Inaba's game against the Seibu Lions on September 30 - The Nippon Ham Fighters were down 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th against the Seibu Lions. Sho Nakata hit a one-out single to left. Yuji Iiyama followed with a sac hit. With a runner on second and two out, Inaba stepped in to pinch-hit for Shogo Akada. Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda got ahead in the count with a quick first strike. On the next pitch, Inaba took a quick cut and drilled the ball over the fence in right for a two-run blast. The Fighters hung on and won the game, 4-3. Georgia video - Box score

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Twelfth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Nov.03, 2014 @ 9:52 pm, under NPB
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The Twelfth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Atsunori Inaba for his pinch-hit home run on September 30.

The Nippon Ham Fighters were down 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th against the Seibu Lions. Sho Nakata hit a one-out single to left. Yuji Iiyama followed with a sac hit. With a runner on second and two out, Inaba stepped in to pinch-hit for Shogo Akada. Seibu's Tatsushi Masuda got ahead in the count with a quick first strike. On the next pitch, Inaba took a quick cut and drilled the ball over the fence in right for a two-run blast. The Fighters hung on and won the game, 4-3. Georgia video - Box score

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Eleventh Georgia Award (2014)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 5:26 pm, under NPB
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The Eleventh Georgia Award for 2014 went to Masahiro Yamamoto for his record-breaking victory against the Hanshin Tigers on September 5.

Yamamoto got the start against the Tigers on September 5. He tossed five shutout innings while allowing five hits and got the win. At forty-nine years and twenty-five days, he broke Shinji Hamazaki's 1950 record for oldest pitcher to win a game. He also set a number of other records, like oldest player to appear in a game, oldest player to pitch in  game, oldest pitcher to start a game, and oldest pitcher to strike a hitter out. Georgia video - Box score

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Tenth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Sep.29, 2014 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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The Tenth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Dai-Kang Yoh for his defense during a game against the Seibu Lions on August 24.

Yoh blasted two home runs and was responsible for driving in all four runs for Nippon Ham. Down 1-0 in the 3rd, Yoh blasted a three-run home run off Seibu ace Takayuki Kishi. With the score tied at three in the 8th, he recorded his second home run of the game and put the Fighters in front, 4-3, for the last time. Georgia video - Box score

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Ninth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Sep.15, 2014 @ 9:48 pm, under NPB
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The Ninth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Yoshifumi Okada for his defense during a game against the Seibu Lions on August 10.

Made a nice running catch on a fly ball hit by Ginjiro Sumitani in the 3rd inning with one out.  He also made a nice sliding catch on a fly ball hit to the gap in left-center by the next hitter, Masato Kumashiro.  The Marines edged the Lions, 4-3. Georgia video - Box score

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Eighth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 9:21 pm, under NPB
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The Eighth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Daisuke Miura for his start against the Yomiuri Giants on August 7.

Helped the Bay Stars sweep the Giants in a three-game series for the first time since 2006.  Threw 131 pitches for his first nine-inning complete game victory against the Giants since 2001.  The Bay Stars crushed the Giants, 10-1. Georgia video - Box score

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Seventh Georgia Award (2014)

by on Aug.18, 2014 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB
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The Seventh Georgia Award for 2014 went to Yuki Matsui for his relief appearance against the Orix Buffaloes on July 2.

Matsui entered the game in the 5th with runners on first and second and two out.  He kept a 2-0 shutout intact by getting Wily Mo Pena to ground out to second.  He continued to protect the 2-0 lead and struck out five over 2.1 innings of work.  He gave up two hits, but did not issue any walks.  He picked up the first Ichi-gun victory of his career.  The Eagles won the game, 2-0. Georgia video - Box score

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Sixth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Jul.28, 2014 @ 5:47 pm, under NPB
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The Sixth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Brad Eldred for his game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on June 15.

The Carp were in the middle of a nine-game losing streak.  Down 5-2 in the 7th inning, Eldred stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and crushed a hanging slider over the fence in center to give his team a 6-5.  Hiroshima went on to win the game 8-5. Georgia video - Box score

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Fifth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Jul.07, 2014 @ 6:34 pm, under NPB
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The Fifth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Chihiro Kaneko for his start against the Hiroshima Carp on May 23.

Kaneko faced Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda and managed to toss eight shutout innings despite allowing seven hits and walking two.  He was also responsible for driving in the team's third run with an RBI double in the bottom of the 7th. Georgia video - Box score

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Fourth Georgia Award (2014)

by on Jun.16, 2014 @ 7:57 pm, under NPB
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The Fourth Georgia Award for 2014 went to Tetsuya Matsumoto for a leaping catch he made against the Seibu Lions on May 20.

Runner on first and two out in the 2nd inning.  Giants up 1-0.  Ginjiro Sumitani hit a drive to deep center. Matsumoto raced back, leaped up against the wall, and made the catch to end the inning.  Georgia video - Box score

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