Yasushi Tao, baseball analyst for Sanspo, wonders why the Triple K trio wasn't used in last night game.
Matt Murton has hit safely in three straight and has 5 hits in 14 trips to the plate over those three games.
Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his first run scoring hit of the season last night night. He also stole a base last night, making him the older player in the CL to record a stolen base at the age of 43 (previous high of 42 years and 8 months was set by Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1996); and now has at least one stolen base in 18 consecutive seasons.
Takahiro Arai became the first Tiger batter, batting in the 3, 4, 5 spot in the line-up, to hit a homer this season. Prior to the home run, the Tigers were the only team in either league that didn't have any homers out of the 3, 4, 5 spots.
Two Atsushi Nomi winning streaks came to an end last night: his 12-game winning streak since 9/9/25; and his 6-game winning streak at Mazda Stadium since 2009.
Yesterday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima:
Yuya Ando gave up 2 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings of work. This was Ando's longest out of the season. His next outing: a Ni-gun start against Orix on 5/3 with an 85 - 90 pitch count limit. ... Kodai Sakurai started in left and batted fourth. He went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI: RBI single to right with runners on first and third and 1 out in the 1st inning; a single to left in the 6th inning; and a RBI single to left with runners on first and third and no out in the 8th inning.
The Central Leagues' reply to the Tigers' complaint on Craig Brazell's pop out to second in Wednesday night's game against the Yomiuri Giants: the league found nothing wrong with how the first base umpire handled the play and the call.
Shinnosuke Abe did some running yesterday while wearing cleats for the first time since suffering a tear in his right calf. He also did some hard running wearing his warm-up sneakers as well. Abe is still aim for a return after the Golden Week break.
Masanori Ishikawa recorded his 99th career victory last night and is now 1 win away from becoming the 5th pitcher in franchise history to record 100 victories. The victory also extended the Swallows' winning streak to 7 games.
FWIW: Junji Ogawa is now 66-39-5 since taking over as manager of the Swallows partway through the season last year (5/27/2010).
Jun Hirose continues to hit well for the Carp. Through 13 games: 14-for-41, 9 R, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .932 OPS.
Battery coach Yukihiro Ueda took a thrown ball off his head during pre-game practice at Mazda Stadium yesterday. He was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance as a precaution. Tests did not reveal any damage to the brain or bones. Ueda's status is day-to-day.