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Chunichi Dragons: May 6, 2010

by on May.06, 2010 @ 1:02 pm, under NPB

...18-17-1 (3rd place):  The Dragons went 4-5 over their 9-game campaign, losing their first two series against the Yomiuri Giants (1-2) and Hiroshima Carp (1-2) and bouncing back to win their series against the Hanshin Tigers (2-1).

Notable Pitchers

Kazuki Yoshimi - 2 G, 2-0, 13 IP, 4 ER
Kenta Asakura - 2 G, 1-1, 11.1 IP, 7 ER
Wei-Ying Chen - 2 G, 0-2, 11 IP, 6 ER

Notable Offensive Players

Masahiko Morino - 9 G, 15-for-37 (.405), 8 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Kazuhiro Wada - 9 G, 13-for-36 (.361), 10 R, 5 HR, 12 RBI
Yohei Oshima - 9 G, 11-for-31 (.355), 2 R, 0 R, 4 RBI
Tony Blanco - 9 G, 9-for-34 (.265), 5 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI

Notable Stats

36 runs scored
7 home runs
43 runs allowed

...Hirokazu Ibata was taken off the active roster on the 5th and is scheduled to get his left flank / back checked out at a hospital at some point today.  This is the first time Ibata has been taken off the active roster since 8/30/2008 when he injured his right knee.  If it's a simple contusion, Ibata could be back on the active roster in 10 days time, but if it's something more, he could end up missing a month or more of playing time.

...Hiromitsu Ochiai on Chen's recent struggles:

"I'm not going to let him slide.  Besides, what does it matter.  He should get lit up.  The worst thing that can happen is he gets demoted [to Ni-gun].  If you consider his future, there's no sense in making things easy for him.  Why should anyone throw him a life raft (or, why would anyone throw him a life raft).  It's all your responsibility!  It isn't anyone else's.  Past aces, they managed to get over these kinds of humps."