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NPB Roundup – 9/26: Lions lose, but clinch the PL

by on Sep.26, 2008 @ 9:19 am, under NPB

Central League

No games in the Central League today.

What's on tap for tomorrow:

Hanshin Tigers play host to the Yomiuri Giants
Chunichi Dragons are at home against the Yokohama Bay Stars
Hiroshima Carp battle the Yakult Swallows at Hiroshima Municipal Stadium

Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Hanshin Tigers     79  53  2  .598  -
Yomiuri Giants     78  54  3  .591  1
Chunichi Dragons   65  65  5  .500  13
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Hiroshima Carp     65  65  5  .500  13
Yakult Swallows    59  68  3  .465  17.5
Yokohama Bay Stars 43  86  2  .333  34.5

Pacific League

The Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions, 2-0.

The Seibu Lions continue to look flat on the field as they drop their 4th straight decision. During this current losing streak, the Lions have been outscored, 27-9.

Brian Sweeney managed to hold the league's toughest lineup to only 2 hits over 8.1 innings. He held Hiroyuki Nakajima to 1 hit and a walk in four trips to the plate and avoided facing the big booper in the lineup, Takeya Nakamura, by walking him twice the three times he faced him.

The Nippon Ham Fighters didn't fair that much better, but they managed to score enough runs to take the win. Atsunori Inaba drove in the first run of the game with a single to right that scored Kensuke Tanaka from third. Jason Botts drove in the second run of the game in the bottom of the 4th with a double to right.

NOTES: The Lions were shut-out for only the 4th time this season. ... The Lions' current 4 game losing streak is the second longest of its kind for the team this year. The longest losing sreak the Lions have suffered was 6, back in June. The Lions are now 9-12 and still have a chance to at least finish with a .500 record in September if they go on a 3-game winning streak to end the month.

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

WP: Brian Sweeney (12-5)   SV: Yoshinori Tateyama (2)
LP: Kazuki Hoashi (11-6)
HR: SEI: None. HAM: None.

Seibu Lions
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Kazuki Hoashi     L  6.0  23  76   6  0   7  1    0   2   2
Koji Onuma           1.0  4   24   0  0   0  1    0   0   0
Tomoki Hoshino       1.0  5   22   0  0   0  2    0   0   0

Nippon Ham Fighters
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Brian Sweeney     W  8.1  30  110  2  0   4  5    0   0   0
Yoshinori Tateyama S 0.2  2   5    0  0   0  0    0   0   0

The Rakuten Eagles beat the Orix Buffaloes, 13-1.

Masahiro Tanaka registered his 9th victory of the season as the Eagles rolled to another victory -- they are now 7-3 over their last 10 games and have outscored their opponents 29-9 over their last 3 games. Tanaka retired the first 11 batters he faced before giving up a single and a walk. But he bore down and got the final out of the innning. After that, Tanaka would walk one more batter before being lifted after 6 innings of work.

Fernando Seguignol had a big night for the Eagles, going 2-for-2 with a 2-run homer, a single, a walk, 2 runs scored, and 4 rbi. Takeshi Yamasaki and Rick Short also had big days, driving in 3 runs a peice on 3-run homers. Every starting player in the lineup contributed a hit and scored a run.

NOTES: With the Buffaloes loss, the Lions have clinched the PL. ... Tanaka should have a chance at his 10th victory of the season as they Eagles still have 11 games on their schedule. ... Yamasaki now has 320 career homeruns. ... Since joining the Eagles in August, Seguignol has provided a big boost to the Eagles lineup. In 32 games, he is batting .345 with 12 homers and has driven in 36 runs.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
ORI  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    1   3   0
RAK  2  8  0  3  0  0  0  0  x    13  13  0

WP: Masahiro Tanaka (9-6)
LP: Ramon Ortiz (4-7)
HR: ORI: Mitsutaka Goto (14). RAK: Fernando Seguignol (12), 
Rick Short (12), Takeshi Yamasaki (22).

Orix Buffaloes
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Ramon Ortiz       L  1.2  14  42   8  1   1  0    2   9   9
Kazuya Motoyanagi    2.1  11  43   3  2   3  1    0   4   4
Hidetaka Kawagoe     1.0  3   11   0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Kazuo Yamaguchi      1.0  3   14   0  0   2  0    0   0   0
Shogo Yamamoto       1.0  3   8    0  0   1  0    0   0   0
Makoto Yoshino       1.0  5   27   2  0   1  0    0   0   0

Rakuten Golden Eagles
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Masahiro Tanaka   W  6.0  20  92   1  0   3  2    0   0   0
Hisashi Kitani       1.0  4   12   1  1   0  0    0   1   1
Koji Aoyama          2.0  7   23   1   0  2  0    0   0   0

The Chiba Lotte Marines and Softbank Hawks have the day off.

Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Seibu Lions        75  60  4  .556  --
Orix Buffaloes     72  67  1  .518  5
Ham Fighters       70  68  2  .507  6.5
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Lotte Marines      69  68  1  .504  7.5
Rakuten Eagles     60  70  3  .465  12.5
Softbank Hawks     61  72  3  .459  13.5


The Lions celebrate clinching the PL (first in 4 years and 16th overall)

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