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Chiba Lotte Marines: May 6, 2010

by on May.06, 2010 @ 9:40 pm, under NPB

...22-14-1 (1st place):  The Marines started things off slowly during their 9-game campaign.  They dropped their first two series (1-2 against the Seibu Lions and 1-2 against the Softbank Hawks) before preying on the hapless Nippon Ham Fighters for two victories.  And once the calendar switched over to May, the Marines suddenly experienced a jolt, slamming 11 homers in three games (over a span of 5 games).  Compare that to the 32 games the Marines needed to hit 22 in March / April.

Notable Pitchers

Bill Murphy - 4 G, 1-0, 7.1 IP, 3 ER
Yuki Karakawa - 2 G, 1-1, 15.0 IP, 4 ER
Ryoji Katsuki - 2 G, 1-1, 7.1 IP, 8 ER
Shunsuke Watanabe - 2 G, 11.1 IP, 6 ER
Hiroyuki Kobayashi - 3 G, 2 Sv, 3.0 IP, 0 ER

Notable Offensive Players

Tae-Kyun Kim - 9 G, 16-for-33 (.485), 11 R, 6 HR, 16 RBI
Tsuyoshi Nishioka - 9 G, 12-for-34 (.353), 8 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Tadahito Iguchi - 9 G, 8-for-30 (.267), 5 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Shoitsu Omatsu - 9 G, 13-for-39 (.333), 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Takashi Ogino - 9 G, 9-for-35 (.257), 6 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB

Notable Stats

46 runs scored
12 home runs
41 runs allowed

...Yoshihisa Naruse's next start will likely come against the Orix Buffaloes on 5/8.

...Norifumi Nishimura told reporters that he plans to go with a 4-man rotation during Inter-league play -- Naruse, Karakawa, Yuta Omine, and S. Watanabe.

...Katsuki was demoted on Thursday for his 1.2 inning, 4 ER outing on Thursday.