Tokyo Dome may have been the boost Craig Brazell was looking for. Heading into the series, Brazell was 11-for-60 with 2 doubles, 0 homers, and 4 RBI (16 games). In just 3 games at the Dome, he went 5-for-12 with 1 double, 2 homers, and 3 RBI.
The Swallows will be demoting Kenichi Matsuoka after his awful outing yesterday (0.1 IP, 6 BF, 5 H, 2 HR, 5 R, 5 ER).
Bryan Bullington has been a very pleasant surprise for the Hiroshima Carp. Through 4 starts: 4-0, 30 IP, 113 BF, 21 H, 20 SO, 5 BB, 1.80 ERA, 0.87 WHIP.
Bullington is also the 4th foreign player in the NPB and the first foreign Carp to start their NPB career with 4 wins in 4 start. And his family (wife, daughter, and twin sons) was on hand for his first start at Mazda Stadium yesterday.
Chad Tracy has hit 10 doubles in 19 games. To put that into perspective: Takahiro Arai (HAN) and Kenta Kurihara (HIR) are second behind Tracy in the CL with 6 doubles each; Takeshi Yamasaki (RAK) and Kazuo Matsui (RAK) lead the PL with 7 doubles a piece.
Yokohama Bay Stars
The Bay Stars have given up runs in the first inning in each of their last 6 games. And in those games, they are 2-4.
Hichori Morimoto was released from the hospital on the 4th and re-started his training yesterday (on the 5th). The Ni-gun roster had the day off, so Morimoto ended up working one-on-one with the training coach (like running, playing catch, soft-toss BP at 80%). He'll work out with the Ni-gun roster beginning today.