The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Murakami sets record with HRs in 5 straight at-bats


Munetaka Murakami of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows set a Nippon Profession­al Baseball record by nishing o a streak of ve home runs in as many plate appearance­s, completing the run with two longballs on Tuesday night at Jingu Stadium.

Murakami, who had homers in his nal three at-bats in his previous game, belted a solo shot in the rst inning of Tuesday’s 5-0 Central League victory over the Chunichi Dragons.

at blast tied the record — shared by Yomiuri Giants legend Sadaharu Oh, among others — and the Swallows slugger broke the mark with his 39th homer of the season, a drive to le -center eld with a runner aboard in the third inning. e 22-year-old cleanup man doubled down the line in le in his next trip to the plate to end the streak of homers.

“It was just the result of concentrat­ing on each at-bat,” Murakami said. “I guess [homers in] ve consecutiv­e times up was a reward for that.”

e young slugger said the ride was fun, but it’s time to get back to business.

“I want to refocus and do my best.” Murakami, the team’s rst pick in the 2018 dra , played at Kyushu Gakuin Lutheran High School in Kumamoto Prefecture.

He hit 39 longballs last season to win the home run crown and was also named the MVP of the CL. (Aug. 4)

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