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April 3, 2002 - The last three no hitters that Yomiuri Giants hurlers have pulled off have been at the expense of the Hiroshima Carp, although this was over a 25 season period. And the Carp have been the outfit to go down in flames for four of the Giants last five no hitters. The dates, locations, pitchers and scores are thus:

October 10, 1967 at Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo (Tsuneo Horiuchi 11-0).
May 18th, 1970 at Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo (Hidetake Watanabe 2-0).
April 18th, 1976 at Hiroshima Municpal Stadium, Hiroshima (Hajime Kato 5-0).

May 18th, 1994 at Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka (Hiromi Makihara 6-0).

Breaking up the possibility of making these consecutive was a 16-0 no hitter spun by Kunio Jonouchi at Korakuen Stadium on May 16th, 1968 against the Taiyo Whales  (now the Yokohama Bay Stars). Ironically, that was Jonouchi's worst season to date with Yomiuri, as he went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA and began a downhill slide that resulted in his being released by the team three years later. I'm guessing arm trouble. Lifetime, he was 141-88 with a 2.57 ERA. He was a three time 20 game winner and averaged less than two walks a game. It appears that he is now a scout for the Giants.

Btw, the Whales were no hit again that season by Hiroshima great Yoshiro Sotokoba on Septemeber 14th at the Carp's homeground. Final score was 2-0.

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