...Shinnosuke Abe hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season this afternoon. That gives him four straight seasons of 20 or more homers (6th season overall).
...Tetsuya Utsumi tossed a complete game shutout against the Chunichi Dragons last night. That put an end to a personal 6-game losing streak (in 6 starts) against the Dragons that started in 2008 (his last win was on 9/25/2007).
...Prior to an infield single in his second trip to the plate in the 4th inning last night, Hisayoshi Chono had gone 20 straight plate appearances without a hit.
...The Giants will be demoting Taishi Ota in order to make room for Dicky Gonzalez. The move will probably be made today.
...Shinnosuke Abe went 2-for-4 last night and is now 1,141-for-4,001 over his career. That gives him a career .285 batting average, third best for catchers on the All-time list. That's behind Kenji Johjima (1,269-for-4,254 / .298) and Atsuya Furuta (2,097-for-7,141 / .294).
...Michihiro Ogasawara committed two errors last night but made up for it with a 2-for-4 night that included a 3-run homer.