Randy Messenger tossed a complete game last night -- the first of his NPB career and the first of his career (overall) since a minor league game in 2002.
The Giants are in the midst of their first 4-game winning streak this season (85th game). The last time it took the Giants this long to register their first 4-game winning streak was back in 1997 when they won their 4th in a row during their 101st game of the year.
For those curious, the Giants finished in 4th in 1997.
The Swallows have been held to one run in 5 straight games, which is a first since they were held to 1 or fewer runs in 8 straight games begining on 10/8/1970.
So far in the month of July, the Swallows are batting .173 and are just 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position.
Wladimir Balentien was benched last night because of his recent struggles at the plate (and in the outfield).