Before facing the Hiroshima Carp, Wladimir Balentien and teammate Ryoji Aikawa decided they were going to go with a high-sock look, or as Balentien put it, "old-school, Sadaharu Oh-style."

He really resembled the Yomiuri Giants legend when he stroked a history-making home run into the right-field seats.

Balentien sent a fastball deep to right in the sixth for his 55th home run of the season which tied the NPB single-season record held by Oh, Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera during the Tokyo Yakult Swallows' 6-2 loss to the Carp on Wednesday at Jingu Stadium.