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Hanshin Tigers first baseman Mauro Gomez was excited to get a chance to play ball in Japan, and his hot start has almost made a mockery of the challenges faced by new foreign players.

Although he only went 1-for-4 in Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Yokohama BayStars, Gomez reached base for the 27th consecutive game, the longest season-opening streak in team history.

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