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Yomiuri Giants: June 19, 2010

by on Jun.19, 2010 @ 2:03 pm, under NPB

11:44pm JST

...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).

2:03pm JST

...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.