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NPB Roundup – 9/24: Giants and Tigers win; Seibu drops another; Hawks downed again

by on Sep.24, 2008 @ 2:15 pm, under NPB

Central League

The Chunichi Dragons beat the Yakult Swallows, 9-3.

The Chunichi Dragons banged 16 hits of Yakult pitching. Every player in the lineup (exluding the pitcher) registered at least one hit -- Tomas de la Rosa (3-for-5, double, 2 runs scored, 2 rbi) and Ryosuke Hirata (3-for-4, 3 runs scored, 1 rbi) both had 3 hits a piece while Byung-Kyu Lee (2-for-5, 1 rbi) and Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-5, 1 run scored) each had 2.

The Yakult Swallows didn't put up much of a fight, scattering 3 hits in the 1st (resulting in 2 runs), 1 in the fourth and 6th, and then 2 in the 8th (resulting in 1 run). 3 of the seven hits came off the bat of Kenzo Kawashima (3-for-4, double, 1 runs scored, 1 rbi). Norichika Aoki was held to 1 hit in 4 trips to the plate (1-for-3, 1 run scored, hit-by-pitch).

NOTES: Yoshinori Sato wasn't very effective in his outing. The four batters he faced: double, walk, single, single. He has now given up 14 runs on 15 hits in 13.2 innings. He has also walked 7.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
YAK  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    3   7   1
CHU  0  4  0  0  3  0  0  2  x    9   16  0

WP: Kenshin Kawakami (8-5)
LP: Masanori Ishikawa (10-10)
HR: YAK: None. CHU: None.

Yakult Swallows
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Masanori Ishikawa L  1.2  13  53   6  0   2  2    0   4   4
Kosuke Matsui        2.1  9   35   2  0   2  0    0   0   0
Yoshinori Sato       0.0  4   17   3  0   0  1    0   3   3
Takehiko Oshimoto    2.0  9   22   2  0   0  0    0   0   0
Masato Handa         2.0  9   33   3  0   1  0    0   2   2

Chunichi Dragons
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Takashi Ogasawara    2.0  9   40   3  0   1  0    2   2   2
Kenshin Kawakami  W  3.0  10  31   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Takuya Asao          2.0  6   20   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Akifumi Takahashi    1.0  5   21   2  0   1  0    0   1   1
Hitoki Iwase         1.0  3   16   0  0   2  0    0   0   0

The Hanshin Tigers beat the Yokohama Bay Stars, 5-2.

Seiichi Ichikawa continues to rack up the hits, going 2-for-4 with solo homer, and is now batting .376. Unforunately for the Bay Stars, he was the only player in the line-up that was really seeing the ball well -- at one point, the Tigers managed to retire 10 straight batters before giving up a homerun to Uchikawa in the top of the 6th.

Kanemoto was held hitless for his third straight game (now 0-for-12 with 2 strikeouts and a walk over his last 3 games), but Norihiro Akahoshi and Makoto Imaoka managed to pick up the offense by driving in 2 runs a piece.

NOTES: Kyuji Fujikawa currently has a 0.80 ERA. If he finishes the season with an ERA under 1, it will be the second time he has done it in his career. The last time he did it was in 2006 when he tossed 79.1 innings and had a 0.68 ERA. That was also his last season before he officially became the closer for the Tigers.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
YOK  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0    2   7   0
HAN  0  0  2  2  0  0  0  1  x    5   10  0

WP: Shinobu Fukuhara (3-2)   SV: Kyuji Fujikawa (35)
LP: Daisuke Miura (7-9)
HR: YOK: Seiichi Uchikawa (11). HAN: Makoto Imaoka (6)

Yokohama Bay Stars
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Daisuke Miura     L  6.0  29  117  8  1   7  2    0   4   4
Shigeki Ushida       1.1  6   32   1  0   0  1    0   1   1
Kazuya Takamiya      0.2  3   11   1  0   0  0    1   0   0

Hanshin Tigers
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Chris Resop          4.0  16  70   4  0   0  0    0   1   1
Shinobu Fukuhara  W  2.0  7   27   1  1   1  0    0   1   1  
Scott Atchison       1.0  4   15   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Jeff Williams        1.0  5   19   1  0   3  0    1   0   0
Kyuji Fujikawa    S  1.0  3   11   0  0   1  0    0   0   0

The Yomiuri Giants beat the Hiroshima Carp, 6-2.

After finishing yesterday's game with a tie, the Giants most likely entered tonight's game with a mindset to win. And the Hiroshima Carp looked as if they wanted to accomdate -- they started the game with an error that would allow 2 runs to score before the dust settled. The Giants would tack on another 4 more runs before the Carp finally answered with 2 runs on Scott Seabol's 12th homer of the season in the bottom of the 7th.

NOTES: The Giants have now won 12 out of their last 13 (1 tie) and are 15-4 in the month of September. ... Shun Tono tossed a complete game after throwing the final inning in yesterday's 12-inning tie.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
YOM  2  0  0  0  0  1  3  0  0    6   11  0
HIR  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0    2   6   2

WP: Shun Tono (2-0)
LP: Takahiro Aoki (0-3)
HR: YOM: None.  HIR: Scott Seabol (12).

Yomiuri Giants
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Shun Tono         W  9.0  33  112  6  1   9  2    0   2   2

Hiroshima Carp
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Takahiro Aoki     L  5.0  21  80   5  0   5  0    0   2   3
Hirofumi Ueno        1.2  10  36   5  0   2  0    0   1   3
Koji Hiroike         0.1  1   5    0  0   1  0    0   0   0
Takayuki Oshima      2.0  7   22   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Hanshin Tigers     78  53  2  .595  -
Yomiuri Giants     78  53  3  .595  -
Chunichi Dragons   65  65  5  .500  12.5
-----------------------------------------
Hiroshima Carp     64  65  5  .496  13
Yakult Swallows    59  68  3  .465  17
Yokohama Bay Stars 43  85  2  .336  33.5


Makoto Imaoka's 2-run shot in the third.

Pacific League

The Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Seibu Lions, 9-1.

After suffering a devastating loss at the hands of the Rakuten Eagles yesterday, the Lions looked flat on the field. While they managed to bang out 9 hits as a team, no one was able to step up to deliver a timely hit, other than Takumi Kuyama, when he hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 4th. Lotte pitchers held the 3, 4, 5 hitters (Hiroyuki Nakajima, Taketoshi Goto, Takeya Nakamura combine for 44 HR and 198 RBI so far this year) to 2 hits in 11 trips to the plate.

Shoitsu Omatsu had a big game for the Marines, going 3-for-5 with a 2-run homer and 4 rbi. 5 other Lotte players drove in at least one run, while 8 scored at least once.

NOTES: Hideaki Wakui is now 1-3 in 5 starts since the Olympics -- 5.34 ERA, 32 IP, 37 H, 5 HR, 21 K, 12 BB, 19 ER.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
LOT  0  0  0  7  0  1  0  1  0    9   13  1
SEI  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    1   9   0

WP: Yasutomo Kubo (3-7)
LP: Hideaki Wakui (9-11)
HR: LOT: Shoitsu Omatsu (24), Tasuku Hashimoto (10). SEI: None.

Lotte Chiba Marines
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Yasutomo Kubo     W  9.0  38  139  9  0   3  1    0   1   1

Seibu Lions
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Hideaki Wakui     L  3.1  21  103  8  1   2  3    1   7   7
Koji Mitsui          0.1  3   5    1  0   1  0    1   0   0
Ming-Chieh Hsu       3.1  14  60   3  0   3  0    1   1   1
Masamitsu Hirano     2.0  8   33   1  1   3  1    0   1   1

The Orix Buffaloes beat the Softbank Hawks, 4-1.

35,526 fans (max cap 35,773) packed Fukuoka Yahoo Dome to cheer on Sadaharu Oh during his final home game of the season (and last of his career). That the Hawks lost doesn't seem to be much of a shock, considering they've managed to win only 3 times this month. But one would think that they'd play with a little more vim and vigor, in this, Oh's final game at home. (I suppose I should also mention that Hiroku Kokubo has been out since 9/11 with a foot injury and that the team is 1-10 since then.)

The two biggest offensive threats in the lineup (Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Nobuhiro Matsuda) were held to a combined 2-for-7, while the 1, 2, 3 hitters were held to a collective 1-for-12. There were only two innings in which the Hawks had more than one runner on base (bases loaded with two outs in the 2nd and runners on second and third with two outs in the 4th) and in both innings they failed to push a runner across home plate.

NOTES: Tuffy Rhodes' walk in the first inning gave him 92 on the year. That's good for first in both the PL and CL. The next closest player is Tyrone Woods with 75. ... The Hawks have been outscored 42-14 over their last 8 games.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
ORI  0  0  0  0  1  1  2  0  0    4   10  1
SOF  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    1   7   0

WP: Kazuki Kondo (7-7)
LP: D.J. Houlton (4-7)
HR: ORI: Kitagawa (13). SOF: None.

Orix Buffaloes
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Kazuki Kondo      W  8.0  32  150  6  0   4  3    0   0   0
Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara 0.0  1   3    1  0   0  0    0   1   0
Ryota Katsuki        1.0  3   12   0  0   1  0    0   0   0

Softbank Hawks
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
D.J. Houlton      L  6.0  25  108  5  1   7  2    0   2   2
Makoto Sato          0.1  2   6    1  0   0  0    0   1   1
Koji Mise            0.1  1   3    0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Akio Mizuda          0.0  2   10   2  0   0  0    0   1   1
C.J. Nitkowski       1.1  6   21   1  0   0  1    0   0   0
Takahiro Mahara      1.0  5   21   1  0   1  1    0   0   0

The Rakuten Eagles and the Nippon Ham Fighters have the 24th and 25th off. The Rakuten Eagles will begin a 2-game series against the Orix Buffaloes on the 26th. The Nippon Ham Fighters will start a 2-game series against the Seibu Lions.

Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Seibu Lions        75  59  4  .560  --
Orix Buffaloes     72  66  1  .522  5
Ham Fighters       69  68  2  .504  7.5
-----------------------------------------
Lotte Marines      69  68  1  .504  7.5
Softbank Hawks     61  72  3  .459  13.5
Rakuten Eagles     59  70  3  .457  13.5


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0 comments on “NPB Roundup – 9/24: Giants and Tigers win; Seibu drops another; Hawks downed again

  1. knucklehead7

    Nice story on Oh’s farewell.

    I saw there was a fight in the Lions-Marines game involving Agbayani.

  2. Gwynar

    Yeah, I forgot to mention it in the update, but you’re right. Benny got into it with Seibu Lions catcher Toru Hosokawa. I think Hosokawa suffered a dislocated shoulder. As for why he went after Hosokawa… Two batters before him were hit by pitches and then he was hit by a pitch and I guess he thought it was intentional.

    BTW: Takuya Kimura (Yomiuri Giants) recorded his 1,000th hit yesterday. He was the 252nd person to reach 1,000 hits and apparently only the 8th player who fell outside of the draft to do it.