...The Yakult - Chunichi game isn't over yet, but Masanori Ishikawa is getting hit hard again (5 ER over 7 innings of work). It seems like only a couple of days ago that the Swallows' and Ishikawa were worried about how his season might start after pitching so well during exhibition play (just 1 ER over 21 innings of work).
...Shohei Tateyama didn't have a particularly good start on Wednesday (8 IP, 33 BF, 112 NP, 7 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 5 R, 5 ER), but he did get to pitch 8 innings and throw 112 pitches. And that might mean more at this point than any of the other numbers he put up.
...Noppon will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on 4/7 (vs Hiroshima Carp). The Swallows will also be giving 50 pairs of complimentary tickets to the Tokyo Tower Observation Deck via their mobile phone quiz.
On a side note, is it just me, or does the Noppon mascot character seem really inappropriate?