...From Saturday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters:
...The Lions lost, 2-1.
...The offense could only muster 6 hits off Yu Darvish (all singles).
...Takeya Nakamura continues to struggle at the plate.
Final line: 0-for-4 - foul out to third, strikeout, strikeout, strikeout.
...G.G. Sato's consecutive home run streak ended at four games.
Final line: 1-for-4, RBI - single to center, strikeout, ground out to short, ground out to second.
...Ming-Chieh Hsu pitched well enough for a win, but for a lack of any offense, suffered a loss in his first start of the year. Of the 5 hits he surrendered, 3 were extra base hits: double, triple, and a home run. In the end, it was the extra base hits that did Hsu in.
Final line: 7.1 IP, 29 BF, 99 NP, 5 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 R, 2 ER.
...Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.
...Nakamura now has 6 strike outs in his last 9 at bats and only 2 singles.