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