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CL News and Notes: Michihiro Ogasawara 3 hits away from 2,000

by on Apr.30, 2011 @ 11:29 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hiromitsu Ochiai after his team almost got no-hit by Bryan Bullington:

I actually wanted to see a perfect game.  Maybe that would have straightened us out.

Hanshin Tigers

Randy Messenger will probably get today's start against the Yakult Swallows.  He'll be pitching on 13 days of rest.


Yasutomo Kubo beat the Yakult Swallows yesterday and has not lost a game against them since 9/3/2009 (8 G, 6-0).


Tomoaki Kanemoto did not play at all in yesterday's game (second time that has happened this season).

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawara picked up 3 hits (164th career modasho) and broke a streak of 18 consecutive trips to the plate without a hit.  He's also now just 3 hits away from 2,000.  If Ogasawara can reach 2,000 today, at 1,732 games, he'll become the third quickest to the milestone behind Tetsuhara Kawakami (1,646 games) and Shigeo Nagashima (1,708).  Currently in third is Isao Harimoto at 1,733 games.


With their loss against the Yokohama Bay Stars yesterday, the Giants are now guaranteed a losing April.

Hiroshima Carp

Bryan Bullington became the first foreign Carp pitcher in franchise history to start the season with 3 starts and 3 wins.  It was also the team's first complete game shutout victory at Nagoya Dome since Kan Otake tossed one on 9/23/2007.