Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 418th career double during tonight's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (2nd inning with a runner on first and Yoshihisa Naruse on the mound). That puts Kanemoto in a 6th place tie with Shigeo Nagashima on the All-Time list.
Kenjo Jojima was left out of the starting line-up tonight for the third straight game -- seems it might be due to right elbow pain, although battery coach Yasuo Yoshida said it had to do with his recent struggles at the plate: 25-for-132 with a slash line of .189/.243/.326; he's also hitless in his last 18 trips to the plate.
Ikketsu Sho started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits over 5.2 innings of work. Sho gave up an RBI single to center in the 2nd with runners on first and second and 1 out; and an RBI single to right in the 6th with the bases loaded and 2 out.
Yoshiyuki Kamei and Yoshinobu Takahashi both played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today: Kamei started at third, batted third, and collected 3 hits and 2 RBI; Takahashi started in right, batted fifth, and went 1-for-3 with a walk. Assuming no setbacks, both Kamei and Takahashi could be activated as early as the 11th (vs Orix).
Shigeo Nagashima dropped by Giants Stadium today in order to see how things are going at Ni-gun (like checking in on injured players like Kamei and Takahashi; and speaking to younger players like Taishi Ota and Ikusei Genki Kawano). Said Nagashima, "There are so many young players, I'm really looking forward to their development."
The Giants will be hosting Bunkyo-ku Residents Special Appreciation Day 2011 on 7/17 (vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome). The event will be for families with children in Bunkyo-ku (living/working/going to school).
Yokohama Bay Stars
Naoyuki Shimizu (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri today and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks over 4 innings of work. He also struck out 2 and threw 67 pitches.