Just some quick thoughts for the day so far...
The Swallows lost to the Dragons, 7-2. They looked really dead on the field. Right now, they don't look like a team that belongs in the Climax series. Swallows' manager Shigeru Takada also didn't have much to say after the game. When you lose 8 games in a row and are 1-13-1 over the last 15 games, there's not much you can say.
Looking at the other teams, the Carp were downed by the Giants, so the Swallows don't lose any ground to them. The Tigers - Bay Stars game begins in about an hour and if the Tigers win tonight, the Swallows will drop completely out from the top 3 for the first time since April 15th (if I'm not mistaken). This was also a team that was in second place as late as July 15th.
How quickly things can change.
Over in the Pacific League, Darvish made a successful comeback and beat the Marines, 3-1.
The Hawks beat the Eagles 2-1 on a walk-off single by Kawasaki. Gotta tip your cap to the Hawks and Sugiuchi. But Rasner also pitched a pretty good game -- if not for a solo home run he gave up in the bottom of the 5th, the game likely ends differently.
And with the Lions beating the Buffaloes 10-8, the Lions manage to shave a game off the Eagles' lead for third place.