CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...As mentioned yesterday, Tadahito Iguchi hit his 200th career home run off Darrell Rasner in the first against the Rakuten Eagles. I suppose it's somewhat fitting that he hit his 200th homer off a former Major Leaguer.
...Kyuji Fujikawa held his second bullpen session (43 pitches) yesterday in as many days. And once again it was Akihiro Yano behind the plate catching him.
...Kai-Wen Cheng was demoted on the 10th because there was no room for him in the starting rotation (he's a starter by trade).
...It was the first time since June 18th, 2008 (a period of 326 days), that Atsushi Fujimoto was in the starting line-up pn consecutive games.
...Keisuke Kano hit his first home run since May 4, 2007 (a period of 737 days).
NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS
...And this is why you never want people sliding into first: Terrmel Sledge slid headfirst into first base in the 5th inning during yesterday's game against the Buffaloes and may have injured his left leg. A defensive replacement was sent in for him in the 6th. He did not go to the hospital. No further details are known at this time.
...As mentioned yesterday, Daisuke Kusano went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. He now holds the club record. The NPB record is 33 games set by Yoshihiko Takahashi (HIR) in 1979.
...Comments from Katsuya Nomura after yesterday's loss:
There really isn't much for me to say. I'm just embarrassed. It wasn't even that great of a pitcher pitching.
Your team left a runner on second in the first with 1 out, the bases loaded in the third with 2 out, and a runner on third with 1 out in the 4th...
There was no heart on the field, just people swinging and pitches. We don't have a lot of creative hitters on this team. The veterans are being over run by the rookies. I wonder if it's because they have no professional pride. We used to have pride that wouldn't allow us to let things slide. And so we worked hard to hit, not wanting to lose against some high school pitcher. But these players nowadays, they don't have that.
Norihiro Nakamura flied out to second during that scoring opportunity in the third...
When Nori hits, we win. When he does't hit, we lose. Isn't that starting to show up in the stats?
Darrell Rasner has now gotten hit hard twice...
I don't know if his pitches are light or if his pitches fly because he makes mistakes... Seems he loses if the opposition gets one big hit off him and he wins if he doesn't give up that one big hit. I'm beginning to see a pattern with him.
...With an HBP in yesterday game against the Carp, Norichika Aoki has now been hit 7 times so far this season.
YOKOHAMA BAY STARS
...Takumi Nasuno is being demoted for his bad outing yesterday against the Tigers: he gave up 5 runs (all earned) in an inning of work. Yuji Yoshimi will most likely be called up to replace him.