General coach Takao Ise told reporters the offense lucked out because the home plate umpire was not calling the low strike.
"Tonight's home plate ump did not call the low strike. We were lucky. Yoshimi makes a living with his control down low. That must have been the reason why he struggled," said Ise.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012
Wladimir Balentien blasted three home runs tonight and now has twenty-three in the team's sixty-eighth game of the year. If he continues at the same pace, he has a good shot at breaking the franchise season high of forty-four, set by Roberto Petagine (1999) and Akinori Iwamura (2004).
Ryosuke Miyaguni started a Ni-gun game against Yokohama today and tossed two shutout innings. He allowed two hits, struck out two, threw twenty-six pitches, and topped out at 148 km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012
The Tigers lost tonight and dropped into fifth place in the CL for the first time since June 14, 2011. Source: Sponichi 7/4/2012
According to Sponichi, of the eleven pitches Kam Mickolio threw, ten were fastballs and all ten were clocked at or above 155km/h. Yahoo Sports has a slightly wider range that goes from 146km/h and 156km/h with nine of the ten pitches clocked at or above 152km/h.