Hisayoshi Chono recorded his 16th home run of the season last night in a game against the Hanshin Tigers. That gives Chono sole possession of 5th place on the franchise's home run list for first year players. The four players above him:
Shigeo Nagashima - 29 (1958)
Tatsunori Hara - 22 (1981)
Yoshinobu Takahashi - 19 (1998)
Tomohiro Nioka - 18 (1999)
In other team related news:
Michihiro Ogasawara received treatment on his back after he was pulled from last night's game. His status for tonight appears to be somewhat iffy. Ogasawara told reporters that he would do his best to be ready.