Toshiya Sugiuchi dropped his start Friday night and is, for the first time in his Ichi-gun career, now mired in a personal 4-game losing streak. He also became the 165th pitcher in NPB history to record 1,500 innings of work -- he reached the milestone 2 outs into the first inning.
The Hawks announced on Friday that Shinsuke Ogura (remove a bone spur and some synovial membrane from his left elbow) and Keisuke Yasuda (Tommy John surgery on left elbow) had successful surgeries on Thursday. Both players will likely be discharged on the 12th and have their stitches removed on the 21st.
A Softbank Hawks "branded" JR bullet train will begin running between Kagoshima Chuo Station and Hakata Station on Septebmer 12th. Fans will be able to ride the train through to October 16th. More details and a complete schedule can be found at the official JR Kyushu site.
Hiroyuki Nakajima tied a career high when he hit his 11th sac fly of the season in the 3rd inning of Friday night's game the Orix Buffaloes. He's also the first player in NPB history to have two seasons of 11 or more sac flies (he recorded 11 last year). Katsuo Osugi owns the NPB record for sac flies in a season with 15 in 1970.
Mitsutaka Goto managed to extend his hitting streak to 21 games Friday night by collecting a 1-out, 1-2 single to center in the bottom of the 9th.
Had the Buffaloes won Friday night, it would have been their first 10-game winning streak since 1997 (between 5/28 and 6/11). For Akinobu Okada, it would have been his second 10-game winning streak since 2007; it would have also made him the seventh manager to have double-digit winning streaks in either league.
Yoshihisa Hirano was presented with the MVP for the Orix Buffaloes Hochi Shimbun Support Series (15 home games between 8/2 and 9/4) before Friday night's game against the the Seibu Lions. Hirano appeared in 9 of the 15 games during the series and gave up just 2 earned runs over 10 innings of work and recorded 1 win and 7 holds.