Fujinami Creates Milestone; Other Japan Notes

The Hanshin Tigers Shintaro Fujinami picked up his third win today in the Tigers 5-3 win over the Yokahama Bay Stars.  The third win set a record for most wins by a rookie drafted out of high school for April.  Fujinami gave up three runs in his six innings of work, the first time he has given up more than one earned run in four starts.  After losing his opening start he has won his next three.  This was his second start against Yokahama.

Kosuke Fukudome signed a big contract with Hanshin after major league teams showed no interest in him.  He has not been living up to that contract, rooted forty points under .200.  Last night he slugged a 2-run homer to get the scoring started for the Tigers, but it was his only hit of the day.

Another ex-major leaguer Tsuyoshi Nishioka is struggling.  He went 0 for 5 from the lead off spot for the Tigers dropping his average to .314.

In other Japan News, the 15 consecutive on base streak by the Hiroshima Carp’s Jun Hirose ended the next day with a 0 for 4 day.  That dropped his average to .471.

Michel Abreu, who got a late tryout from the Nippon Ham Fighters and “made the team” hit a homerun for his fourth straight game to drive in three and lead the Fighters over the Orix Buffaloes 4-3.  His nine homeruns now lead the Pacific Coast League and he is hitting a respectable .302 with a slugging percentage over .600.

The Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee drove in two runs for the Buffaloes in the loss and is now hitting .380.  The Buffaloes were hoping for a little more than three homeruns from him at the end of April, but he has a .568 slugging percentage with eight doubles.  His 17 RBIs is second to Aarom Baldiris, who has 18 RBIs with three homeruns.

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