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CL News and Notes: Hiroshima Carp looking to put an end to their 10-game losing streak

by on Jun.09, 2011 @ 2:04 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Matt Murton had a big game yesterday: he went 4-for-5 with a double, a lead-off homer, 2 runs and an RBI.  It was Murton's first 4-hit game of the season this year.  Murton had seven 4-hit games in 2010.

Murton also told reporters that he was working hard on keeping his weight at 102-103kg (ideal weight) this season and that last year, he started off at 105 and ended at 98.

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Craig Brazell collected his first modasho (3 hits) of the season yesterday.  He had 12 of them last year (nine 3-hit games and three 4-hit games).

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Keiichi Hirano started yesterday's game at CF before moving back to second in the 5th.

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Randy Messenger has given up 12 runs this season: 6 of those runs have scored between the 1st and 5th innings while 6 have scored in the 6th.  In his start against the Chiba Lotte Marines yesterday, Messenger gave up 3 runs in his 6th inning of work.

Yomiuri Giants

Michihiro Ogasawara returned to the starting line-up last night, after spending nearly a month recovering from a left calf injury, and went 3-for-5 with a homer, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows were beat by Alfredo Figaro (ORI) for the second time during Inter-league this year: Figaro held the Swallows to just 1 run on 7 hits over 13.2 innings of work.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp have lost 10 games in a row.  And later today, they'll a chance to end the streak against the same pitcher that started it -- Seibu Lions' Hideaki Wakui (the start that got the streak going: 9 IP, 8 H, 8 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER).

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Kenjiro Nomura held a meeting for the pitching staff during practice yesterday in order to go over different approaches to pitching (he used video footage and a whiteboard to help illustrate his points).

As for hitting, BP pitchers were moved closer to home plate so that batters could work on hitting faster pitches.