Motonobu Tanishige became the fiftieth player in NPB history to reach the 3,000 total base milestone on Thursday night (home run in the 8th inning off Hanshin pitcher Shinobu Fukuhara). Tanishige collected his first total base on April 1, 1989. He entered Thursday's game with 2,999 total bases. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/27/2012
Takeshi Yamasaki might get benched due to his struggles at the plate -- he has just one hit in his last eighteen trips to the plate. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/27/2012
The Giants took Scott Mathieson off the active roster today to get some extra work in at Ni-gun. Source: Sponichi 7/27/2012
The Giants set a new winning streak record at Tokyo Dome on Thursday with eleven (11-0-1). The previous high of ten was set back in 1989 (June-August) and 2008 (August-September). The All-time franchise high of fifteen was set at Korakuen Stadium in 1982 (April-June). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012
Yasutomo Kubo on his start on Thursday night (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 R, 1 ER): "It was a situation where I could not afford to give up a single run. I will do my job, but I can not if I they take me out." Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012
Tigers' GM Eiichi Tanako told reporters on Thursday that the team does not plan on making any changes to the coaching staff at this time. Source: Sanspo 7/27/2012
Kenta Maeda picked up the victory against the Yakult Swallows on Thursday night (5 IP, 7 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 6 R, 3 ER) and became the first pitcher in either league to win ten games this season. He also:
- became the first Carp to record ten or more victories in three consecutive season since Hiroki Kuroda (2005-2007).
- joined Ryohei Hasegawa (1953), Manabu Kitabeppu (1982), Yasuyuki Yamauchi (1995), and Colby Lewis (2008) as the only players in franchise history to win ten games before anyone else in the league.
- joined Masaichi Kaneda (1957), Gene Bacque (1965), and Keishi Suzuki (1968) as the only four pitchers in NPB history to toss a no-hitter and win ten games before the rest of the league.
- gave up six or more runs in a game for the fourth time in his career. This was the first time he recorded a win in game in which he gave up six or more runs -- all three previous games ended in losses.
Jun Hirose celebrated his daughter's birthday on Thursday with two home runs and six RBI: two-run homer in the 1st and a grand slam in the 4th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012
The twenty-eight combined runs the Carp and Yakult Swallows scored on Thursday night set a new high for the "new starndard baseball era." The previous high of twenty-one runs was set twice last season. The combined thirty-five hits fell one short of the thirty-six hit high set on June 5, 2011 (Yakult and Rakuten) and instead tied the thirty-five hit total set on September 19, 2011 (Hiroshima and Hanshin). Source: Sponichi 7/27/2012