In just his second professional start with the Yakult Swallows (東京ヤクルトスワローズ), Yoshinori Sato (佐藤由規) managed to contain the Yomiuri Giants' (読売ジャイアンツ) offense to just 3 runs on 2 hits (1 homer), 2 walks, and an HBP. He threw a total of 99 pitches over 6 innings and struck out 8 of the 23 batters he faced, including Michihiro Ogasawara (小笠原道大) twice and Alex Rarmirez (アレックス・ラミレス) once.
In watching some of the highlights, he looked like he had good control over his pitches, but seemed a bit wary of throwing his fastball.
Incidentally, Yoshinori's first start against the Yokohama Bay Stars (横浜ベイスターズ) last week (8/30) didn't go quite as smoothly. In just 1.2 innings he gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits (1 homer) while striking out only 2.
I'm not sure how the rotation will end up working out over the course of this month, but his last two starts have come on a Sunday. That means there's a good chance he's final starts will also come on Sundays. The Sunday that falls on the 20th happens to be a home game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. If he gets the nods, I just might have to get my butt down to Jingu Stadium (明治神宮野球場) to get a look see.