Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya today. He gave up seven runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw eighty-six pitches, walked/hit three, and struck out five. He struggled in the first inning: he faced ten batters and gave up seven runs on four hits. Two of the hits came in two separate bases loaded situations: a two-run double to Taishi Nakagawa and a grand slam to Tadashi Ishimine.