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CL News and Notes: Yakult Swallows struggling to score runs

by on Aug.07, 2011 @ 5:00 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

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.

Yomiuri Giants

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.

Yakult Swallows

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.

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Wladimir Balentien was benched last night because of his recent struggles at the plate (and in the outfield).