Atsushi Nomi started Tuesday night's game against Chunichi even though he was still having problems with a broken nail. He was taken off the active roster today to give him time to recover.
The Tigers lost to the Chunichi Dragons 15-3 on Tuesday night. Tomoyuki Kubota gave up eight runs in the 5th inning. The last Hanshin pitcher to give up eight or more runs in a game was Kei Igawa: eight runs in the 5th against Chunichi on August 9, 2005. The last Hanshin reliever was Makoto Yoshino: eight runs in the 8th against Yokohama on April 7, 2004.
The fifty-six pitches Kubota required to pitch the 5th was tied for fifth most in CL history.
The last time Hanshin pitchers gave up eight or more runs in one inning: eight runs in the 5th inning against Yomiuri on September 21, 2008. The last time Hanshin pitchers gave up fifteen or more runs in one game: sixteen runs against Softbank on May 20, 2005. Against Chunichi: fifteen runs on July 26, 2003.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2013
Kubota was taken off the active roster today.
Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima:
Brooks Conrad started at third and batted third. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. He also committed a fielding error. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2013 ... 2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo started at short and batted ninth. He went 2-for-3: with the bases loaded and two out in the 2nd, he hit a two-run single to left; single to left in the 4th. He also committed two errors. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2013