Some fans were calling for Hiromitsu Ochiai to quit after the Dragons were handed their 18th shutout loss of the season Tuesday night. The team has also hit a rut offensively: if they are held to 2 runs or less again tonight, this will end up being the first season they've been to 2 runs or less 9 games in a row since 1962.
Tomoaki Kanemoto recorded his 466th career homer tonight (good for sole possession of 11th on the All-time list). It was also his 8th homer of the season. That's the fourth highest total for a player in the year they turned 43. The other three players: Hiromitsu Kadota with 18 in 1991; Hiromitsu Ochiai with 21 in 1996; and Takeshi Yamasaki with 9 in 2011.
Kanemoto now has hit 3 homers in his last 6 games.
Matt Murton was wearing sports glasses Tuesday night. Murton first tried the glasses out during pre-game practices on 8/20 (vs Yokohama).
Said Murton, "I think I'll use these when I play in domed stadiums. I think these will help me out."
It seems Takumi Akiyama won a chance to start an Ichi-gun game on the 28th against the Yakult Swallows (Koshien).
Michihiro Ogasawara was hit by a pitch on his left wrist Tuesday night and was not available to play tonight (he also skipped pre-game BP).