Takuya Asao gave up two earned runs during his outing on Sunday. For Asao, that was the first time he allowed a run to score in a game since August 6, 2010. It was also the first time he has allowed two runs since September 25, 2010.
Tsuyoshi Kinugasa, team president/acting owner, watched over workouts at Jingu Gaien today.
Wladimir Balentien committed a costly error in the second inning that allowed the Yomiuri Giants to tie the score at one. And while he did walk twice in his three trips to the plate, he also hit into a double play in the 4th inning and was doubled up at first when Ryoji Aikawa lined out to second in the 6th inning.
1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura's next start will likely come on April 8 against Yokohama at Yokohama.