Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi threw 41 pitches during situational BP yesterday. He faced a total 10 batters and allowed 1 could-be hit. Shimoyanagi's next start will likely come on the 12th against Ni-gun Hiroshima.
Craig Brazell did some running on the basepaths yesterday: between home and first 5 times and between home and second 2 times. He also did some light running. Brazell probably won't get to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game until around the 12th.
"It's getting better, but I still can't move around as well as I'd like to," said Brazell. "I also don't want to re-aggravate the injury so I'm trying not to push myself too hard."
Hirokazu Sawamura started last night's game and pitched 10 innings while allowing just 2 hits. The last rookie pitcher to do that was Tomoya Yagi (HAM) on 4/15/2006 against the Softbank Hawks. The last Yomiuri rookie (out of the 6 that accomplished the feat 9 times before Sawamura): Tsuneo Horiuchi on 6/22/1966 vs Sankei (12 IP, 2 R) and on 6/26 vs Hiroshima (11 IP, 2 R). The last Yomiuri rookie to do it without allowing a run: Toshiaki Ogata on 10/12/1947 vs Hankyu (10 IP,0 R). Sawamura is actually the first Yomiuri rookie to pitch into extra innings without allowing any runes since the start of the two league format.
Wladimir Balentien knocked out his first homer last night in 48 trips to the plate.