As mentions in a previous post, Sho Iwasaki tossed a shutout last night without registering a strikeout. The last player in franchise history to toss a shutout without a strikeout was Sanshiro Nishioka on 9/22/1971 (Nankai Hawks). Iwasaki also recorded the team's 6th shutout this season (Toshiya Sugiuchi x 2, D.J. Houlton x 2, Tsuyoshi Wada x 1, and Iwasaki x 1). The last time the Hawks had that many shutouts was back in 1992 when they had 10.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Hayden Penn returned to Japan yesterday. As of now, there's still no timetable for his return to the active roster (he's coming off right elbow surgery).
Jose Castillo is looking forward to seeing his family, currently scheduled to arrive in Japan (from Venezuela) on 8/15.
Hayato Terahara will be starting tonight's game against the Seibu Lions. And he doesn't plan on staying away from the inside corners just because he had some problems hitting batters during his last start against the Lions on 7/11 (which also resulted in the umps issuing a warning).
"Just because [of what happened last time around] I'm not going to avoid throwing [inside]," said Terahara. "[Pitching inside] is evidence of a good batter. This is a competition."
Kazuki Kondo threw 130 pitches in the bullpen on the 28th, a day after he gave up 5 runs over 2.1 innings of work.
The Eagles' offense didn't strikeout once last night. That marked just the third game in franchise history where the offense didn't strikeout. The other two times: 9/19/2008 vs Chiba (1-1 tie that was called after 5 inning) and 6/13/2009 vs Yokohama (4-0 victory).