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CL News and Notes: Wladimir Balentien (YAK) blasts three homers in one game

by on May.14, 2011 @ 11:46 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Team owner Shinya Sakai comments after last night's loss:

This is a game I probably didn't have to come watch. ... Can't get things going?  The opposing players are different.  But, it still doesn't look like they can score.  You can say they have no luck but...  It seems like they just can't turn things around.

And Akinobu Mayumi's comments:

If only they'd start hitting.  But the hits are starting to come in bunches, so I think things are getting a little better.  I need to think things are getting better compared to when we weren't hitting at all.

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe is still scheduled to return to the active roster on the 17th (start of Inter-league play).

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato's next start will likely come on the 20th against the Rakuten Eagles (at Kleenex Stadium).

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Wladimir Balentien hit 3 homers last night against the Yokohama Bay Stars:

1st at bat, 2nd inning: out to left, curve, no one on; #10 on the year; against Kota Suda.
2nd at bat, 3rd inning: out to left-center, slider, broken bat, one on; #11 on the year; against Kota Suda.
3rd at bat, 5th inning: fly out to left, shuto, two on; against Kota Suda.
4th at bat, 8th inning: out to center, fastball, one on; #12 on the year; against Shintaro Ejiri.