Matt Murton's bat appears to be waking up. He's currently in the midst of a 6-game hitting streak that has helped bump his batting average from .256 to .282 (10-for-24).
The Giants will likely pick one of the following to start tonight's make-up game against the Chiba Lotte Marines: Seth Greisinger, Kentaro Nishimura, and Yasunari Takagi.
Yoshinobu Takahashi could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on 6/7 (vs Yokohama).
The offense has struggled mightily since the start of Inter-league play. Amongst the players that have struggled:
Wladimir Balentien - 10-for-37 (.270 / .308 / .351)
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama - 8-for-32 (.250 / .314 / .313)
Norichika Aoki - 9-for-39 (.231 / .286 / .256)
Shinya Miyamoto - 6-for-31 (.194 / .242 / .194)
Yesterday's loss to the Nippon Ham Fighters made the Carp the second team in the NPB to lose 100 Inter-league games (the first was Yokohama, now with a 106 losses).
It also made a loser out of Kenta Maeda, who hasn't managed to win a game since 4/26. Maeda hasn't pitched horribly since then (he has a 2.87 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work), it's just the offense hasn't been able to come through for him (just about 2.4 runs in games he started since his last victory).
Yokohama Bay Stars
Small sample size but... Clayton Hamilton appears to enjoy pitching at Yokohama Stadium more than he does anywhere else.
Home: 1-1, 12.2 IP, 7 H, 5 SO, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 ER, 0.79 WHIP, 2.13 ERA
Road: 0-3, 17.2 IP, 32 H, 6 SO, 6 BB, 18 R, 18 ER, 2.15 WHIP, 9.17 ERA