Hiromitsu Ochiai advised Masahiko Morino and Kazuhiro Wada to try hitting balls to the outfield using his fungo bat during practice yesterday. Morino (23-for-118) and Wada (28-for-117) are both struggling at the plate and Ochiai thought they might benefit from the way he used work on his swing back when he played the game.
The Tigers are 0-6 in 6 games that foreign pitchers have started this season.
Hiroki Uemoto started with a bang (going 6-for-12 in his first three games), but has fell off quite a bit since then (no hits in his last 25 trips to the plate). Akinobu Mayumi spent some time working with Uemoto on his hitting during practice yesterday.
Mayumi also worked with Takahiro Arai, Kenji Jojima, Wei-Chu Lin, Shunsuke, and Kohei Shibata.
Pitching coach Yasuo Kubo helped Tomoyuki Kubota work on his pitching mechanics (release point) yesterday.
Hayato Sakamoto recorded his 12th lead-off homer of his career (2nd career Inter-league lead-off homer). It was also the first time he manged to hit a homer on the very first pitch of the game (he did hit a first pitch homer on 8/26/2010, but that was in the bottom of the 1st inning). 12 lead-off homers also puts Sakamoto in a 4th place tie with Yoshinobu Takahashi on the franchise list. The other three: Isao Shibata with 25; Shigeru Takada with 20; and Toshihisa Nishi with 19.
The Swallows announced that Seok-Jin Park was stepping down as Ni-gun pitching coach for personal reasons and would be returning to Korea.