The Tigers are still looking for their first victory against foreign pitchers. They've lost all 7 games against foreign starters this season.
The Tigers have committed 10 errors in 9 Inter-league games so far this year.
Craig Brazell has hit safely in 6 straight (8-for-20) games.
Randy Messenger has pitched relatively well so far this year (6 starts including 3 quality starts, 2.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP), but he's still only 2-1 on the year. A big part of that has to do with the anemic offense: just 2.2 runs per starts.
Shunsuke was left out of the starting line-up last night due to back pains. It wasn't bad enough to keep him out of the game though, as he was inserted into the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 8th (he didn't have a chance to swing the bat though).
Hirokazu Sawamura notched his second victory of the season and first since 4/21. In between victories, Sawamura went 0-3 in 5 starts with a respectable 3.21 ERA (33.2 IP, 34 H, 35 SO, 14 R, 12 ER). For those wondering, the offense averaged just 1.4 runs during those 5 starts.
Yoshinobu Takahashi took BP against a live arm yesterday (BP pitcher Kazuhiro Hiramatsu) for the second time since his injury (rib factures). He took a total 59 swings and hit 1 over the fence.
Michihiro Ogasawara could make it back to the active roster as early as the 8th.
Superstitious? Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was in a little bit of a rut when Inter-league play first started. But on the 27th, he found the front windshield of his car covered in bird poo. Someone in the clubhouse suggested that the bird poo might be a sign of [good] luck (the Japanese word for luck can also sound like the Japanese word for excrement) and since then, Hatakeyama has gone 4-for-10 with 2 RBI. Small sample, but I found the story to be funny.
For the first time in franchise history, the have Carp dropped three consecutive games by the score of 1-0. They also have not scored a run in 35 consecutive innings.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Batting coach Yoshikazu Takagi on the team's loss to the Orix Buffaloes at the hands of Hayato Terahara: "I wish he had pitched like that back when he played for us."
Norihiro Nakamura started at first and batted 4th during a Ni-gun game against Lotte yesterday and went 1-for-3 (single to right in his first AB) with a strikeout. He was removed from the game after 5 innings.