Kazuhisa Ishii recorded his 41st double-digit strikeout game last night; he struck out 10 Yokohama Bay Star batters. That's good for sole possession of 8th on the all-time list. This was also Ishii's first double-digit strikeout game since 5/19/2010 (vs Yakult).
Ishii has a shot at becoming the first pitcher in NPB history to record 2,000 strikeouts in under 2,000 innings. As of now, he has 1,962 strikeouts in 1,916.1 innings of work. Yutaka Enatsu holds the current record of reaching 2,000 strikeouts in 2,072 innings.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Tae-Kyun Kim was left out of the starting line-up last night after he was diagnosed with a minor sprain in his right wrist (he got an MRI on Wednesday the morning and was told there was no damage to the bones). Kim apparently hurt the wrist while trying to catch a ball during Tuesday night's game against the Chunichi Dragons. Regarding his status, he's currently considered day-to-day.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yu Darvish notched his 80th career victory last night. That makes him the first pitcher out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka to win 80 games in their 7th year.
Sho Nataka has hit well in Darvish's last three starts: 3 G, 5-for-12, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 R, 6 RBI.
5/18: 1-for-3, 1 R, RBI
5/10: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
5/3: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI
Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters on Wednesday that he felt a lot of tightness in his right shoulder (rotator cuff).