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NPB Roundup – 9/27: Giants beat Tigers, deadlocked again

by on Sep.27, 2008 @ 10:15 am, under NPB

Central League

The Chunichi Dragons beat the Yokohama Bay Stars.

The game started off well enough for the Bay Stars as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The big blow was a 3-run home run off the bat of Tatsuhiko Kinjo, his 9th of the season. Unfortunately for the Bay Stars, the magic number in this game was 5 runs.

With the score tied at 4-all going into the bottom of the 9th, the Bay Stars brought in 21-year-old Shun Yamaguchi to hold down the fort. Prior to this particular appearance, Yamaguchi had appeared in 10 games, tossed 16 innings, struck out 17, walked 10, and scattered 5 hits without giving up an earned run. But 10 walks in 16 innings isn't a good indication of control and this is exactly where he was hurt.

Yamaguchi started the inning off with a pop fly to second. He then gave up an infield single to Motonobu Tanishige and a single to left to pinch hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Yamaguchi walked the next batter, Byung-Kyu Lee, on 5 pitches to load the bases. Not a good sign. But then he struck out Masahiro Araki for the second out of the inning, bringing Kazuhiro Wada, a player with a .380+ career OBP, into the batter's box. 9 pitches later, Wada drives in the game-winning run on a walk.

NOTES: Seiichi Uchikawa finished with a hit and a walk in four trips to the plate.

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

WP: Shoji Nagamine (2-1)
LP: Shun Yamaguchi (0-1)
HR: YOK: Tatsuhiko Kinjo (9). CHU: None.

Yokohama Bay Stars
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Mike Wood            3.2  19  81   6  0   3  2    0   4   4
Hiroki Sanada        1.1  5   23   0  0   0  1    0   0   0
Yukiya Yokoyama      1.0  3   10   0  0   2  0    0   0   0
Yuya Ishii           2.0  6   30   0  0   3  0    0   0   0
Shun Yamaguchi    L  0.2  6   35   2  0   1  2    0   1   1

Chunichi Dragons
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Kazuki Yoshimi       4.0  19  64   4  1   1  3    0   4   4
Akinobu Shimizu      2.0  7   26   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Akifumi Takahashi    1.0  3   10   0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Takuya Asao          1.2  6   22   0  0   0  1    0   0   0
Shoji Nagamine    W  0.1  1   8    0  0   0  0    0   0   0

The Hiroshima Carp blanked the Yakult Swallows, 5-0.

Colby Lewis tossed a complete game, 4-hit shut out against the Yakult Swallows. He tossed 115 pitches while facing 32 batters and gave up 4 hits, a walk, and struck out 11. It was the 15th vitory of the season for Lewis and the shutout dropped his ERA to 2.33 (best in the CL).

Scott Seabol (2-for-3) and Tetsuya Kokubo (1-for-3) provided most of the offense by driving in 2 rbi's a piece for the Hiroshima.

Tomorrow afternoon's game against the Swallows will be the final regular season home game for the Carp.

NOTES: Norichika Aoki went 1-for-3 with a strike out and a *GASP* walk.

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

WP: Colby Lewis (15-7)
LP: Sean Douglass (2-2)
HR: YAK: None. HIR: None.

Yakult Swallows
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Sean Douglass     L  4.0  18  75   5  0   2  2    0   4   4
Takashi Maruyama     1.0  4   16   2  0   0  0    0   1   1
Kosuke Matsui        2.0  7   28   1  0   3  1    0   0   0
Masahiro Yoshikawa   1.0  4   19   0  0   1  1    0   0   0

Hiroshima Carp
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Colby Lewis       W  9.0  32  115  4  0   11 1    0   0   0

The Yomiuri Giants beat the Hanshin Tigers, 6-4.

The race for the top spot in the CL just might be the hottest ticket in baseball right now (and perhaps even the entire sports scene in Japan).

Seung-Yeop Lee came up big for the Giants yet again. He capped off the 3rd inning with a go-ahead (at the time) 2-run homer and was responsible for driving in 4 of the 6 Giants' runs. Alex Ramirez (also 2-for-3) and drove in the other 2 runs for the Giants and his walk with the bases loaded (driving in the 5th run of the game) would ultimately end up being the difference maker.

Tetsuya Utsumi didn't have a very good game, 4 runs in 5 innings pitched, but did well enough to eek out a win. He should also thank the bullpen for 4 innings of 2 hit, no run ball. Marc Kroon came in to pitch the ninth and recorded his 37th save of the season.

Notes: The Giants have 8 games remaining on their schedule: 3 x Chunichi (9-12), 2 x Yokohama (17-4-1), 2 x Yakult (16-6), 1 x Hanshin (13-10). The Tigers have 9 games remaning on their schedule: 4 x Yakult (12-8), 2 x Yokohama (13-8-1), 1 x Chunichi (16-6-1), 1 x Hiroshima (13-10), 1 x Yomiuri (10-13). ... Marc Kroon's 37 saves is a career high. His previous career high was 31. Kroon has also set career highs in IP 57.1 (53.1), games 56 (55), and ERA 1.88 (2.70). He has a chance to better his previous k/9 high of 13.819 depending on how he does over his next few appearances (currently at 13.658).

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
YOM  0  0  3  3  0  0  0  0  0    6   14  0
HAN  0  1  1  0  0  2  0  0  0    4   8   1

WP: Tetsuya Utsumi (11-8)   SV: Marc Kroon (37)
LP: Minoru Iwata (9-10)
HR: YOM: Seung-Yeop Lee (8). HAN: None.

Yomiuri Giants
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Tetsuya Utsumi    W  5.0  23  103  6  0   4  3    1   4   4
Daisuke Ochi         0.1  3   18   1  0   1  1    0   0   0
Tetsuya Yamaguchi    2.0  7   29   1  0   4  0    0   0   0
Kiyoshi Toyoda       0.2  2   8    0  0   1  0    0   0   0
Marc Kroon        S  1.0  3   13   0  0   2  0    0   0   0

Hanshin Tigers
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Minoru Iwata      L  3.2  21  80   6  1   3  4    1   6   6
Ryo Watanabe         0.1  3   14   1  0   0  1    0   0   0
Tomoyuki Kubota      2.0  10  44   4  0   4  0    0   0   0
Scott Atchison       1.0  3   12   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Jeff Williams        1.0  4   20   1  0   3  0    0   0   0
Kyuji Fujikawa       1.0  4   16   1  0   2  0    0   0   0
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Hanshin Tigers     79  54  2  .594  -
Yomiuri Giants     79  54  3  .594  -
Chunichi Dragons   66  65  5  .504  12
-----------------------------------------
Hiroshima Carp     66  65  5  .504  12
Yakult Swallows    59  69  3  .461  17.5
Yokohama Bay Stars 43  87  2  .331  34.5


Lee's 2-run homer for the Giants...

Pacific League

The Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions, 5-4.

The Lions managed to clinch the PL last night, but the fact that they did so despite losing shows the current state of the team -- over their last 10 games, the Lions are 4-6 and only 9-13 for the month of September. And today's game was no different as the Fighters beat the Lions, 5-4.

The Fighters set the tone of the game in the bottom of the first with a 2-run homer off the bat of Atsunori Inaba. The Lions were able to respond with 2 runs of their own in the top of the third, with a Takuya Nakamura 2-run single. But the Lions weren't able to overcome the 3 additional runs the Fighters scored in the bottom of the 7th. And the inning could have been prevented if not for an error and four walks (2 that came with the bases loaded) the Lions gave up. Incidentally, all three runs scored after 2 outs were recorded.

The Lions managed to answer back with 2 runs in the top of the 8th when they loaded the bases and Kenta Matsusaka hit a 2-run double with 2 outs. But with runners on second and third, Yasuyuki Kataoka grounded to second to end the inning. The Lions went down in order in the ninth against Micheal Nakamura.

NOTES: Takuya Nakamura drove in 2 runs and now has 97 rbi this season. He also struck out twice and sits atop both leagues with 157 strikeouts. ... Inaba's 20th homerun of the season was also his 200th of his career.

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

WP: Ryan Glynn (7-14)   SV: Micheal Nakamura (28)
LP: Ming-Chieh Hsu (1-3)
HR: SEI: None. HAM: Atsunori Inaba (20).

Seibu Lions
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Takayuki Kishi       5.0  23  94   4  1   5  4    0   2   2
Tomoyuki Hoshino     0.1  1   3    0  0   1  0    0   0   0  
Ming-Chieh Hsu    L  1.1  10  34   2  0   0  4    0   0   3
Shinji Taninaka      1.1  4   17   0  0   1  0    0   0   0

Nippon Ham Fighters
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Ryan Glynn        W  7.0  30  119  5  0   6  3    1   1   2
Yoshinori Tateyama   1.0  7   31   3  0   1  1    0   2   2
Micheal Nakamura  S  1.0  3   9    0  0   0  0    0   0   0

The Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Softbank Hawks, 4-2.

Tsuyoshi Wada's string of double-digit wins is in jeopardy of ending this season. After 5 straight seasons of at least 10 victories or more, Wada has been stuck at 8 victories over his last 6 starts going into today's game. Run support has been somewhat of a factor for Wada as the Hawks have been outscored 23-15 in games he starts. And it would appear that things would be no different for him today.

Wada gave up 2 runs in the second inning when Daisuke Hayakawa hit a 2-run double with runners on the corners and 2 outs. Wada loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, but managed to induce Task Hashimoto into a double play and struck out Akira Otsuka to end the inning. He retired the side in order in the 4th and 5th innings, and then was helped in the 6th when Benny Agbayani was thrown out at second on a botched run-and-hit play. The 7th inning started off with a fly out to center, but two singles and a 2-run double later, the Marines had a 2-run lead that they would hold on to.

The Hawks didn't give the Marines too much trouble until the 8th when Hiroshi Shibahara Kenta Nakanishi started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Unfortunately, the next batter up, pinch hitter Mitsuru Honma, grounded into a double play. That left a runner on third with two outs for pinch hitter Hidenori Tanoue. He turned on the first pitch he saw from Naoyuki Shimizu for his third homerun of the season, giving the Hawks 2 runs.

The Marines teased the crowed some more when Satoru Morimoto led off the 9th with a double, but was then followed by two fly outs and a ground out to end the game.

NOTES: Wada has thrown 140+ pitches in 4 of his last 7 starts. He is 0-3 with a 2.97 ERA since returning from the Olympics. That includes 42 hits, 4 walks, and 39 strike outs in 39.1 innings.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R   H   E
SOF  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    2   6   0
LOT  0  2  0  0  0  0  2  0  x    4   11  0

WP: Naoyuki Shimizu (13-9)   SV: Tadahiro Ogino (28)
LP: Tsuyoshi Wada  (8-7)
HR: SOF: Hidenori Tanoue (3). LOT: None.

Softbank Hawks
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Tsuyoshi Wada     L  7.0  33  141  11 0   5  3    0   4   4
Shinsuke Ogura       1.0  3   16   0  0   2  0    0   0   0

Chiba Lotte Marines
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Naoyuki Shimizu   W  7.2  27  95   5  1   6  0    0   2   2
Brian Sikorski       0.1  1   9    0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Tadahiro Ogino    S  1.0  4   19   1  0   0  0    0   0   0

The Rakuten Eagles beat the Orix Buffaloes, 6-4.

Potentially one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, the Eagles have now won 4 straight and are 7-2-1 over their last 10 games. And they've done it against teams like the Lions (2-1), Buffaloes (2-1) and Fighters (3-0).

But their win today didn't come easy. In fact, the Buffaloes were in front, 4-3 going into the bottom of the 9th. The Eagles would not going quietly into the night.

Naoto Watanabe started things off with a single. He was then moved to second on a sac bunt. Daisuke Kusano fouled out for the second out of the inning. And for a moment it appeared as though the Buffaloes had wrapped up a victory. But Jose Fernandez would have none of it and double Watanabe home from second to tie the game.

The game would go into extra innings and remained knotted at 4 going into the bottom of the 11th. Masato Nakamura walked to start the inning. Kusano bunted him over to second for Jose Fernandez. And after taking the count full, he slammed a slider into the left field stands for a walk-off 2-run homer.

NOTES: The Eagles most likely won't finish any higher than fifth, but at least they're out of last place. If the Eagles can go 1 game over .500 the rest of the way (6-4), they could end the season with a better record than last season (one less game in the loss column). It's too bad they couldn't play like this earlier.

Code:
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11    R   H   E
ORI  1  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0   0     4   8   0
RAK  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0   2     6   13  2

WP: Masahiro Tanaka (9-6)
LP: Ramon Ortiz (4-7)
HR: ORI: None. RAK: Takeshi Yamasaki (23), Jose Fernandez (17).

Orix Buffaloes
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Michihiro Kaneko     7.0  31  125  8  0   5  2    0   2   2
Hidetaka Kawagoe     0.1  2   6    1  1   0  0    0   1   1
Shogo Yamamoto       0.2  2   4    1  0   0  0    0   0   0
Daisuke Kato         0.2  6   20   2  0   0  2    0   1   1
Ryota Katsuki        1.1  4   9    0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Kazuo Yamaguchi   L  0.1  3   12   1  1   0  1    0   2   2

Rakuten Golden Eagles
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Hiroshi Katayama     7.1  34  134  7  0   7  2    2   3   4
Shinichiro Koyama    1.0  4   13   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Kanehisa Arime       0.2  2   10   0  0   1  0    0   0   0
Tsuyoshi Kawagishi   0.2  4   17   0  0   0  2    0   0   0
Kenta Satake         0.1  1   6    0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Koji Aoyama       W  1.0  3   16   0  0   2  0    0   0   0
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Seibu Lions        75  61  4  .551  --
Orix Buffaloes     72  68  1  .514  5
Ham Fighters       71  68  2  .511  5.5
-----------------------------------------
Lotte Marines      70  68  1  .507  6
Rakuten Eagles     61  70  3  .466  11.5
Softbank Hawks     61  73  3  .455  13


Teammates congratulate Inaba on his 200th career homer

2 comments on “NPB Roundup – 9/27: Giants beat Tigers, deadlocked again

  1. knucklehead7

    Gen, if you come across any pictures of the Carp in action with the throwbacks, I would love to see them. Don’t go to any trouble looking for them though.

    With the Swallows out of it, I suppose I would like to see the Buffaloes make the playoffs. I used to follow Kintetsu a bit before the merger with Orix.

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