...Yoshinori Sato will likely start tomorrow's game against the Orix Buffaloes. Yoshinori gave up just 1 run over 7 innings of work during his last Ni-gun start against Rakuten on the 22nd. Today's starter for the Swallows will likely be Masanori Ishikawa. Ishikawa is still looking for his first win of the season: 0-6 over 9 starts with two consecutive no decisions over his last two starts (3 earned runs over 15 IP). So lot's of pressure on Ishikawa's shoulders as he not only looks to stop his own losing streak, but also the team's 9 game losing streak.
...With Chang-Yong Lim hurt, the Swallows will apparently give Tony Barnette a shot at being the closer. Barnette had made 8 straight starts before appearing in his first game as a reliever against the Rakuten Eagles on 5/27 (he tossed two shutout innings).