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CL News and Notes: Hanshin Tigers held to just 4 runs over their last 5 games

by on Jul.16, 2011 @ 12:36 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto continues to struggle.  In 11 games so far this month: 3-for-27 with 5 TB, 7 SO, 5 BB, .111/.250/.185.

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Takahiro Arai could return to batting 4th again today.  Arai went 8-for-27 (including three 2-hit games) after he was dropped to the 6 hole.

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Of the 21 runs Randy Messenger has allowed, 10 have scored from the 6th inning on.

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The Tigers have only managed to score 4 runs over their last 5 games.  The 4 runs came in two games against the Yomiuri Giants; the Tigers were shutout out in the three other games.

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Owner Shinya Sakai was at tonight's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium.  It marked the third time this season that Sakai caught a game on the road and it also put a stop to a streak of 7 straight victories in games he physically attends.  Incidentally, the Tigers are 0-3 in the 3 road games (0 runs scored) Sakai has watched in person.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants have scored a total 10 runs in the 7 games Hirokazu Sawamura has lost so far this.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows have won 8 in a row (includes 2 tie games) against the Yomiuri Giants, a first since 8/11/1957.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shuichi Murata switched to a lighter bat this season, from 970 grams to 930 grams.  Yesterday, he decided to try using a heavier bat and switched to one that weighs 950 grams.