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NPB Roundup – 10/6: Swallows beat Tigers, Giants have night off, Giants and Tigers tied for first again

by on Oct.06, 2008 @ 11:37 am, under NPB

Central League

The Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers, 3-1.

The Giants now owe the Swallows two dinners.

Masanori Ishikawa held the Tigers to 1 run over 6 inning in recording his 12th victory of the season. The Tigers managed to have at least 1 runner on base through each of those inning, but Ishikawa managed to get out of each of them without giving up a big inning. The 1 run he did give up came on Tomoaki Kaneko's 26th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 4th.

NOTES: Aoki went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and a walk. He is now batting .354. ... The Tigers and Giants both have 4 games remaining on their schedule. They will face each other one more time before the season ends. ... Norihiro Akahoshi was removed from the game after getting hit by a ball he was trying to bunt. Tests revealed no structural damage. He will be day-to-day.

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

WP: Masanori Ishikawa (12-10)   SV: Chang-Yong Lim (31)
LP: Chris Resop (0-2)
HR: HAN: Tomoaki Kaneko (26). YAK: None.

Hanshin Tigers
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Chris Resop       L  4.0  19  17   6  0   1  1    0   3   3
Hirotaka Egusa       2.0  7   34   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Ryo Watanabe         2.0  7   25   1  0   0  0    0   0   0

Yakult Swallows
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Masanori Ishikawa W  6.0  25  92   5  1   3  1    1   1   1
Kenichi Matsuoka     1.0  4   19   1  0   0  0    0   0   0
Ryota Igarashi       1.0  4   19   1  0   0  0    0   0   0
Chang-Yong Lim    S  1.0  3   11   0  0   1  0    0   0   0

The Yokohama Bay Stars beat the Hiroshima Carp, 2-1.

After going through a stretch were they couldn't win a game even if it was handed to them, the Bay Stars have won 2 out of 3 against the Carp.

Teruaki Yoshikawa pitched well against the Carp, holding down them down to the 1 run they managed to push across in the top of the first. The Carp did threaten a number of times after that (2 singles in the fourth that ended in a double play, a walk and a single that ended in another double play in the 5th, and a walk and a double in the sixth that ended with a ground out), but could not get that timely hit they needed to push the tying and winning runs across the plate.

Yuuki Tsumura (2-for-3 with a walk and stolen base) scored both runs. Tatsuhiko Kinjo (2-for-4) and Toshio Saito (0-for-2 with an RBI) were responsible for driving Tsumura in. Two other players finished with 2 hits for the Bay Stars.

NOTES: Seiichi Uchikawa went 2-for-4 and raised his batting average to .381.

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

WP: Shun Yamaguchi (1-1)   SV: Hayato Terahara (20)
LP: Tomohiro Umetsu (0-3)
HR: HIR:	None. YOK: None.

Hiroshi Carp
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Junpei Shinoda       5.0  19  72   5  0   5  0    0   1   1
Kan Ootake           2.0  10  39   2  0   0  2    0   0   0
Tomohiro Umetsu   L  1.0  5   15   2  0   1  0    0   1   1

Yokohama Bay Stars
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Teruaki Yoshikawa    7.0  28  104  7  0   2  3    0   1   1
Shun Yamaguchi    W  1.0  4   18   1  0   1  0    0   0   0
Hayato Terahara   S  1.0  3   13   0  0   0  0    0   0   0
Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Hanshin Tigers     81  56  3  .591  -
Yomiuri Giants     81  56  3  .591  -
Chunichi Dragons   71  66  5  .518  10.0
-----------------------------------------
Hiroshima Carp     69  70  5  .496  13.0
Yakult Swallows    63  72  4  .467  17.0
Yokohama Bay Stars 45  92  2  .328  36.0

Pacific League

The Softbank Hawks beat the Rakuten Eagles, 4-1.

The Hawks won for only the third time over their last 10 games. And if they cane beat the Eagles tomorrow, they'll at least be able to end the season out of last place.

Nagisa Arakawa held the Eagles down to 1 hit over the first 6 innings of the game, retiring 15 straight batters at one point. The Eagles finally touched him for a run in the 7th, but otherwise it was a quiet night for the offense.

The Hawks got 2-run a peice from Keisuke Kaneko and Hidenori Tanoue. Naoyuki Oomura contributed 3 hits in his 4 trips to the plate.

NOTES: There is one more game left in the CL season. ... The Rakuten Eagles need to win tomorrow's game in order to finish the season out of last place; likewise for the Hawks.

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

WP: Nagisa Arakawa (4-6)   SV: Takahiro Mahara (11)
LP: Hideki Asai (9-11)
HR: SOF: Hidenori Tanoue (4). RAK: None.

Softbank Hawks
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Nagisa Arakawa    W  8.0  30  108  4  0   4  1    0   1   1
Takahiro Mahara   S  1.0  3   9    0  0   1  0    0   0   0

Rakuten Golden Eagles
                     IP   BF  NP   H  HR  K  BB  HBP  ER  R
Hideki Asai       L  6.0  26  99   8  1   5  2    0   4   4
Hiroshi Katayama     1.1  5   26   2  0   2  0    0   0   0
Koji Aoyama          1.0  2   9    0  0   1  0    0   0   0
Kanehisa Arime       0.2  2   7    0  0   1  0    0   0   0

The Nippon Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines, and Seibu Lions no longer have any more games left on their schedules.

Code:
                   W   L   T  WPCT  GB
Seibu Lions        76  64  4  .543  --
Orix Buffaloes     75  68  1  .524  2.5
Ham Fighters       73  69  2  .511  4.0
-----------------------------------------
Lotte Marines      73  70  1  .507  4.5
Softbank Hawks     64  76  3  .457  12.0
Rakuten Eagles     64  76  3  .457  12.0

0 comments on “NPB Roundup – 10/6: Swallows beat Tigers, Giants have night off, Giants and Tigers tied for first again

  1. knucklehead7

    In your opinion Gen, what is the general opinion of the playoff system in Japan right now? Are people generally receptive to three out of the six teams making it in each league?

  2. Gwynar

    To be honest, I’m not really sure. My guess would be that most people are fine with it. While there are hard core baseball fans in Japan (read: fans of the Giants and Tigers primarily), there are also quite a few casual fans. And in many cases, people don’t have a problem with rooting for a number of different teams.

    In the end, it’s all about money though. The NPB is putting in a huge amount of effort to get everyone on board with the new playoff rules in the PL. They even set up a special website for it. And Yahoo Japan was / is streaming most of the PL games during the final stretch for free. So the NPB is obviously trying to get more people involved. Financially, the new format probably makes more sense.

    I’m sure the old fashioned fans are all against this, much like when the wild card spot was introduced in the MLB. But if I had to venture a guess, most fans probably aren’t quite as pressed to lean one way or another about the new format.

    As for me personally (and I know you didn’t ask but I’ll just interject anyway ): I feel like letting half of the teams advance lessens the overall worth of winning the Nippon Series. And while the current format does favor the team that finishes first, it is still possible for the third place team to upset the first place team to make the final round.

  3. knucklehead7

    Thanks for your thoughts. The website information is the kind of thing that is hard to come by here.