Their loss against the Fighters yesterday means the Hawks just lost their first series since a 3-game series against Lotte in April/May (4/29-5/1).
A Yahoo Dome high 37,025 (since 2005) turned up to watch Toshiya Sugiuchi go for his 100th career victory yesterday, only to be disappointed with another loss (the Hawks lost their second in a row and Sugiuchi failed to his 100th in his second attempt).
The previous high of 36,735 was set on 6/12 vs Yakult. That broke a high of 36,714 set last year on 9/23 (vs Lotte). An extra 772 seats were added in the CF area before the start of the season this year, making the max cap at Yahoo Dome 37,025.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Jose Castillo could make his debut on the active roster as early as 7/5.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters have a chance to move into a first place tie with the Softbank Hawks if they beat them today.
Atsunori Inaba was left out of the starting line-up yesterday due to his recent struggles at the plate (2-for-22 including 9 strikeouts).
Randy Ruiz likes facing Seibu Lion Hideaki Wakui: after going 2-for-3 with a homer (both hits coming off sliders that got too much of the plate) and 3 RBI against him yesterday, Ruiz is now 10-for-17 with 4 homers lifetime against righty.
Seung-Yeop Lee has been swinging the bat well lately. In his last four games he is 8-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 4 walks, and 7 RBI. Interestingly, the three outs he recorded were all on strikeouts. He also has one sac fly.