Tatsuya Oishi tossed a shutout inning in relief during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama yesterday. Oishi needed just 9 pitches to retire the side in order and also topped out at 143km/h.
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A little more on Yuki Saito's start yesterday: only 2 of the 3 runs were earned -- an unearned run in the 3rd, a solo homer to Ryota Wakiya in the 5th, and a RBI double to left by Taishi Ota in the 7th; he threw 31 fastballs and 29 two-seamers; and 2,688 were on hand to watch the game.
Regarding his schedule moving forward: Saito will likely join the Ichi-gun roster sometime early next week (possibly the 28th) in preparation for a possible Ichi-gun start on the 29th vs Lotte (at Sapporo Dome).
Akinobu Okada checked out yesterday's Ni-gun game against the Hiroshima Carp in order to find out if Masaki Ihara deserved a shot at the starting rotation. Ihara gave up a run on 5 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings of work; he also struck out 5.