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NPB: Tigers’ record in June can finish no better than .500

by on Jun.27, 2009 @ 10:28 pm, under NPB

HANSHIN TIGERS

...With their loss to the Bay Stars yesterday, the best the Tigers can do is finish at .500 for the month of June. And that means the Tigers will finish their 6th consecutive month (going back to August of 2008) without a winning record. The last time they played so poorly was when they recorded 10 consecutive months without a winning record between May of 2000 and June of 2001.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a home run last night for the first time in 16 games (a span of 69 at bats). Had he finished the month of June without a home run, it would have been the first time since June of 1998 (counting only full scheduled months).

...Norihiro Akahoshi stole 2 bases in last night's game against the Bay Stars and moves into sole possession of 10th on the All-Time Stolen Bases list with 372. The last time Akahoshi stole 2 bases in a game was on October 12, 2008 against the Chunichi Dragons at Skymark Stadium.

...Akihiro Yano didn't feel any discomfort in his right elbow when he tested it out on Saturday after starting a game on the 26th against Ni-gun Hiroshima. If things continue to go as planned, he could be back with the parent club as soon as July 3rd when the Tigers play host to the Yakult Swallows.

NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS

...Tomoya Yagi is extended his winning streak to 6 games with a 5-4 victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines. It is the first time in his career that he has put together such a streak.

HIROSHIMA CARP

...The home run Colby Lewis hit on Friday against Chunichi Dragons' starter Kenta Asakura traveled 150m (about 492ft).

Interestingly enough, of the four home runs hit that night (Tony Blanco, Kenta Kurihara, and Masahiko Morino), Colby's home run was by far the longest.

SEIBU LIONS

Yasuyuki Kataoka (middle) and Hiromichi Ishige (right) wear 1980 throwback uniforms. Kasumitsu Toyoda (left) wears a Nishitetsu Lions throwback.

...The Lions kicked off the start of Lions Classic 2009 on Saturday, and Hiromichi Ishige threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

...Yasuyuki Kataoka was not in the starting line-up against the Softbank Hawks on Saturday due to pain in his left shoulder.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...Toshiya Sugiuchi won his 8th game of the season yesterday and is now riding a 6-game winning streak.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...The Giants only managed 2 hits in last night's game against the Yakult Swallows, setting a new season low.

...When Hideki Matsui was told that the Yomiuri Giants were interested in seeing him make a comeback with the team, should he return to Japan next season, he said, "Please use my comments from the last time [you mentioned that the Tigers were interested in me]."

OTHER

...Hideki Irabu started his fourth game for the Long Beach Armada on the 26th and won his third game of the season, 10-7.

Final line:
6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 6 R, 3 ER