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Kurokawa awarded second straight pitcher of the month award

2018 August 02

Kurokawa won the same honors in June; he is the third pitcher in league history to be named Pitcher of the Month in two or more consecutive months.

Durham, N.C. — Going 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 22 strikeouts over five starts, Champions RHP Jordan Kurokowa was named the Can-Am League’s Rawlings Player of the Month for July. 

Kurokawa won the same honors in June; he is the third pitcher in league history to be named Pitcher of the Month in two or more consecutive months (RHP Jeff Duda, Quebec, June-July-August 2012; LHP A.J. Wideman, New Jersey, June-July 2009).

Allowing just five earned runs in 34.0 innings in July, the 25-year-old’s most impressive outing may have been his most recent, throwing seven shutout innings against Trois-Rivieres on Saturday, July 28, striking out six and allowing just three singles. 

So far this season, Kurokawa is 8-3 with a stingy 1.83 ERA, second lowest in the league, tossing two complete-game shutouts and limiting opponents to a .222 average. The eight victories and two shutouts tie him for the league lead, while his 82.2 innings pitched and three complete games are second highest in the Can-Am.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS 

  • Placed OF Coco Johnson on the disabled list retroactive to July 29
  • Signed OF Brian Portelli

Ottawa wraps up their series with the Jackals Thursday, before the first-place Sussex County Miners come to the ballpark for the final time this year on the weekend. Tickets for all Champions home games are available at www.ottawachampions.com, in-person at the RCGT Park box office, or by calling 613-745-BALL (2255).

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