...From Tuesday's game against the Softbank Hawks:
...The Marines lost to the Hawks, 4-2. The loss put an end to their 4-game winning streak.
...The first five batters in the line-up were held hitless: 0-for-18 with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. The remaining four batters when 6-for-15 with two doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.
Other than the 7th, the Marines did have one inning where they managed to get a runner on second: with two outs in the 5th, Toshiaki Imae hit a double to left. Unfortunately for Lotte, the top of the line-up was due up -- Tsuyoshi Nishioka flied out to left to end the inning.
...Yuki Karakawa was coming off two solid outings that earned him consecutive wins to start the season. He couldn't carry that momentum into his third start and ended up allowing 4 runs (3 earned) over 5.2 innings of work.
After retiring the side in order in the first, Karakawa gave up two quick runs in the second on a bloop and a blast: Hiroki Kokubo led off the inning with a single and Nobuhiko Matsunaka followed with a 2-run homer. Things almost went from bad to worse immediately after that when he sandwiched just one out in between two hits, but he bore down and got Munenori Kawasaki to fly out to center with runners on second and third.
Karakawa faced one over the minimum in the third and fourth when things got really messy in the 5th: Kawasaki led off the inning with a triple and scored on Yuichi Honda's single to left. A stolen base and a bad throw by Tomoya Satozaki put but Honda at third. A ground out later, Kokubo hit what should have been a sac fly -- Honda scored and Kokubo ended up on second on an E7. After recording the second out of the inning, Karakawa would walk another batter to put runners on first before Yuya Hasegawa grounded out to first to end the grueling inning.
The 6th almost ended up being another repeat of the 5th when Nobuhiro Matsuda started things off with a double, but Karakawa got lucky when Matsuda was caught off the base. A fly out and a single later, Karakawa's night was done.
Final line: 5.2 IP, 28 BF, 97 NP, 9 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER.
...Hiroyuki Kobayashi changed his registered name from 小林 to 小林宏 on Tuesday.
...Akira Ishikawa, Marines vice rep, told reporters that they received cash from the Hanshin Tigers for Yusuke Kawasaki because they were rushed and didn't have time to check which players were available.
...It seems the Marines will begin broadcasting Norifumi Nishimura's post-game victory interviews (the ones that take place in the halls behind the dugout) on the big screen.