Hitoki Iwase notched his tenth save of the season and now has double-digit saves in nine consecutive seasons. That ties the NPB record set by Kazuhiro Sasaki.
According to Nikkan Sports, Tetsuya Utsumi has not given up a hit with the bases loaded since last year.
2011: strikeout, sac fly to left, ground out to second, fly out to center, strikeout, ground out to second, ground out to second, ground out to third, strikeout
2012: ground out to short, double play
Atsushi Nomi is a question mark for his next start (May 4 vs Yomiuri at Koshien) after taking a batted ball off his left shin during his last start on April 28. Nomi was excused from practices on Sunday and spent the day resting at the team hotel.
Kenji Jojima made the starting line-up for the first time in five games on Sunday and ended up going 0-for-4, which included a strike out and two double plays.
Hiroaki Saiuchi started a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Sunday and gave up a run (unearned) on three hits over five innings of work. He also faced eighteen batters, threw sixty-eight pitches, walked one, and struck out eight.
Tomoaki Kanemoto collected his third multi-hit game in as many games on Sunday. The last time Kanemoto put together three multi-hit games in a row: April 16-18, 2009.
As of the end of Sunday, Kanemoto had eight hits and two walks in his last fifteen trips to the plate (four games).
Akihito Fujii worked on his throws to second base on Sunday for the first time since his injury -- he caught then threw a total fifteen baseballs. Fujii might undergo another evaluation on Tuesday. Depending on the results, he could play in a Ni-gun game as early as May 2 or 3.
Kenta Kurihara could undergo surgery to clean out his elbow some time in early May. Kurihara dropped by Mazda Stadium on Sunday and told the team that he wanted to have the surgery because he did not think he could perform at his best without it. He also had the option to hold off on surgery until the off-season, but again, even with shots to deal with the pain, he felt it best to get the surgery out of the way now.
Kurihara once before had his right elbow cleaned out at a hospital in Los Angeles on October 17, 2008.
The Carp set a new franchise record for shutout victories in one month with their seventh on Sunday.
Yusuke Nomura carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning on Sunday.
Yokohama Bay Stars
The number of times the Bay Stars recorded seven or more shutout losses in one month in franchise history, according to Nikkan Sports:
Seven shutouts: September 1953, July 1956, and June 1971
Eight shutouts: August 1954 (also a Central League record)