The Tigers' game last night started 25 minutes later than originally scheduled due to rain. There was also a 43 minute delay that began after the start of the bottom of the 4th at 19:18. The game was ultimately called after the top of the 8th.
Matt Murton saw a total 4 pitches in 3 at bats last night: 2 pitches in his first at bat in the 2nd (single); 1 pitch in his second at bat in the 4th (ground out to the pitcher); 1 pitch in his third at bat in the 6th (ground out to second). The single in his first at bat was also hs first hit in 9 trips to the plate. Since reaching a season high of .325 on 7/20, Murton's batting average now stands at .297.
Craig Brazell could begin taking live BP as early as the 6th -- he started hitting in the cages on the 4th. He also started playing catch on the 3rd. Brazell is currently at about 70% and will ramp things up in 6-8 days.
"He's swinging the bat at about 70%. We'll turn things up a bit in 6-8 days," said team trainer Yasunori Gonda. "He'll also start taking grounders soon, but he isn't in any condition to do any running yet. He can run at about the same speed as he runs in the pool."
Jumpei Ono tossed 27 pitches in the bullpen today at Giants Stadium in preparation for a start during a 3-game series against the Chunichi Dragons that begins tomorrow. Tetsuya Utsumi spent about 2 hours working out (bullpen work, running) at Giants Stadium today. He'll be pitching during the Dragons series as well.
Alex Ramirez was back to batting fourth yesterday for the first time in 7 games.
The Giants avoided their first winless season on the road against a team by beating the Yakult Swallows last night.
Masanori Ishikawa started on 4 days of rest last night for the first time since 10/7/2007 and ended up taking a loss against the Yomiuri Giants after giving up back-to-back homers in the top of the 7th (2-run homer to Alex Ramirez and a solo homer to Hayato Sakamoto).
The Swallows did not have any foreign position players in the starting line-up again last night (2 nights in a row). Josh Whitesell did get a pinch-hit at bat in the bottom of the 7th (ground out to first). Wladimir Balentien didn't see any playing time.
Kenta Maeda apparently likes to eat genmai rice for breakfast before heading to the stadium on days he starts.
Yokohama Bay Stars
After last night's 2-0 shutout, Daisuke Miura now has 42 victories (18 losses) against the Hanshin Tigers. That moves him out of a tie with Masaji Hiramatsu and within striking distance of Noboru Akiyama's franchise high 45 victories (29 losses).
Shuichi Murata told reporters after last night's game that he was starting to see the ball differently and that he was getting better at laying off the low pitches.