5/5/2010 12:24am JST
...Shogo Yamamoto appears to have pitched himself out of the rotation with his 5 ER, 1.1 inning outing on Tuesday. Said Akinobu Okada, "He's out of the rotation. I can't let pitchers that are afraid to pitch, pitch."
5/4/2010 1:54pm JST
...It seems Akinobu Okada doesn't know what's happening to his team:
I don't know... Once we start getting hit, it just doesn't stop. And I've continually said it. Since Spring camp. That one pitch to [Hitoshi] Tamura changed it all. But for everything to fall apart that badly...
The pitch Okada is referring to is the one that came with the game tied at 4, a runner on first, and 2 out in the 8th. Mamoru Kishida had just got Hiroki Kokubo to ground into a double play for two outs and it appeared as though the inning would come to an end. But then Tamura reached with a single and the Hawks went on to pound out three consecutive doubles and take an 8-4 lead.