...46,893 were on hand to watch the Tigers lose to the Rakuten Eagles, 5-2. And according to a survey conducted by Sankei Sports at the game (100 fans were picked), 37% percent said they felt Akinobu Mayumi was the reason for the Tigers' poor showing this season.
...Owner Shinya Sakai was on hand to watch yesterday's loss to the Rakuten Eagles. When asked about his team falling 10 games under .500, he shot back, "Let's stop talking about that... 10, 15, whatever the number... If we make it out, that will be the end of that."
...Akihiro Yano continues to rehab his right elbow. Yano's been practicing throws by stepping into them (as a catcher might when getting up from the crouch to make a throw at second) and has been taking ground balls at third and throwing over to first. If all goes well, he could begin practicing throws from behind home plate sometime this coming week.
...Katsuya Nomura's thoughts on Nagai's outing yesterday:
He has no baseball sense. His bad control and the fact that he doesn't know how to maintain his balance... He also doesn't have any hitting sense either. That kind of stuff will probably never improve.
...Ryota Igarashi has now made 20 consecutive appearances without giving up a run, tying the current team record that was set by Chang-Yong Lim earlier in the season.
Igarashi could be an interesting pick-up for an MLB team next season.
...When the Swallows beat the Chiba Lotte Marines on Aaron Guiel's walk-off homer on the 18th, Jamie D'Antona poured coffee over his teammates head in celebration. (I guess that's the only thing he had on him at the time.) Shortly thereafter, a newspaper clipping of the walk-off homer, along with the words "Some stains are difficult to remove. Let's not pour coffee over the hero's anymore." appeared on the clubhouse wall.