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Battle for First in the CL: Giants take first game against the Tigers, 6-4.

by on Sep.19, 2008 @ 7:58 am, under NPB

Greisinger giving the thumbs up sign before the game

Seth Greisinger got the start for the Giants and pitched 7 innings while giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 hbp, and 5 strike outs. Daisuke Ochi (越智大祐) followed, but was removed after giving up a solo home run to the first batter he faced -- Makoto Imaoko (今岡誠). Tatsuya Yamaguchi (山口鉄也) finished off the 8th without giving up a run.

Yuya Ando (安藤優也) got the start for the Tigers, but only lasted 4 innings. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks and struck out 3. Hirotaka Egusa (江草仁貴), came in to pitch the 5th and promptly gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced -- Takahiro Suzuki (鈴木尚広). But he settled down after that and retired the next 5 batters in a row before walking Shinnosuke Abe (阿部慎之助). Egusa got the next batter out to end the inning and finished the night with 4 strike outs, a walk, and an 1 earned run over 2 innings. Ryo Watanabe (渡辺亮) followed and gave up 1 hit in 2/3 of an inning. Jeff Williams was brought in to face Michihiro Ogasawara (小笠原道大), who hit the 5th pitch he saw into the left-field stands for a 2-run home run.

The game is now in the top of the 9th with Marc Kroon on the mound for the Giants and one out. Kroon is going for his 36th save of the season.

UPDATE 9:07PM: Kroon strikes out Norihiro Akahoshi on a 3-2 fastball clocked at 158km/h (98mph).

FINAL SCORE: Giants 6 - Tigers 4

The Giants are now 2 games in back behind the Tigers for first place in the CL.

     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
HAN  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  1  0    4   8   0
YOM  0  1  0  2  1  0  2  0  x    6   8   0

WP: Seth Greisinger (16-8)   SV: Marc Kroon (36)
LP: Yuya Ando (12-8)
HR: HAN: Makoto Imaoka (5). YOM: Takahiro Suzuki (2), Michihiro Ogasawara (30).