Toshiya Sugiuchi's 14-game winning streak in May ended yesterday with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Nippon Ham Fighters (the streak began on 5/1/2007 vs Rakuten).
Nobuhiko Matsunaka played in a Ni-gun game against Orix yesterday: he was the starting DH and batted fourth; he went 1-for-4.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Tae-Kyun Kim was back in the starting line-up yesterday after missing two games because he wasn't feeling well. Kim also batted clean-up for the first time since 4/17 (vs Nippon Ham) and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Nippon Ham Fighters
According to Nikkan Sports, Sho Nakata knocked out a homer to right for the first time in his pro (Ichi-gun) career.
Akinobu Okada turned down requests for a post-game interview yesterday due to a team meeting that lasted about an hour.
Head / batting coach Koichi Tabuchi told reporters they'll probably split up Akinori Iwamura and Randy Ruiz in the batting order -- the two have been batting 6th and 7th, respectively, this season (in 16 out of 21 games) and haven't produced the results they the team was expecting.
Iwamura's slash line: .191 / .253 / .221
Ruiz's slash line: .155 / .183 / .293