Norichika Aoki's already impressive rookie season got a little better tonight when he tied the game with an early solo home run. He's now hit ten this season, and he's one of just seven Japanese players ever to reach that mark:
|Player||10 HR Seasons||Year(s)|
|Hideki Matsui||7||2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Kosuke Fukudome||3||2008, 2009, 2010|
|Ichiro Suzuki||3||2003, 2005, 2009|
|Kenji Johjima||2||2006, 2007|
|Tadahito Iguchi||2||2005, 2006|
Japanese-born players have hit ten home runs in a season 19 times, but Aoki is only the third player to do it in the National League. Kosuke Fukudome (all three years with the Cubs) and Tsuyoshi Shinjo (Mets) are the others. Aoki and Ichiro are the only Japanese players with ten home runs and more than 20 stolen bases in a season.
Aoki also hit his 35 and 36th doubles tonight, tying and passing Prince Fielder for the Brewer rookie record.
Aoki, for whatever it's worth, had four seasons with at least 14 home runs in Japan but only hit four last year.