...Kenta Kurihara has hit safely in 12 straight games.
...For the first time since 1967, the Carp find themselves in double-digit games (10 to be exact) under 500 in the month of May. Although Chugoku Shimbun mentions 5/21/1978 as the last time the Carp were down 10 games under 500 in May (11-21-6).
At 42 games into the season, Nikkan Sports adds that this is the second quickest the Carp have dropped to 10 games under 500. The quickest was 40 games back in 1994.
...Kenjiro Nomura started 7 right-handed batters last night against the Orix Buffaloes, thinking a left-handed pitcher would be on the mound. Instead, they got right-handed pitcher Kazuki Kondo. Prior to the game, there were rumors that left-handed pitcher Shogo Yamamoto might be starting.
Said Nomura, "My guess was 100% wrong. It's my fault. I created this problem."