...Buddy Carlyle may be heading for a demotion. Carlyle lost his third consecutive start and also appeared to have a hard time getting on the same page as Satoshi Nagashima. Said pitching coach Kazuyuki Atuzawa, "It don't see him trying to mix in with the team (no team wa)."
In an effort to help Carlyle, Masataka Nashida started his veteran catcher Nagashima, but that didn't appear to help. Nashida said of his decision to pair Carlyle and Nagashima: "I wanted him to get back up so that he could learn more about / get a better understanding of Japanese style [baseball]."
Carlyle comments after the game: The rain and the cold had nothing to do with [my poor performance]. And it wasn't about my control either, it was about the hitters on the other team making contact.