The Hiroshima Carp beat the Yomiuri Giants, 5-3.
The Giants had a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the eighth. Micheal Nakamura was brought in and proceded to retire the first two batters of the inning but then ended up walking Akihiro Higashide, hitting Go Kida, and surrendering a 3-run homer to Kenta Kurihara, followed by a solo homer by Scott Seabol. The Giants managed to score one more run in their half of the eigth, on an RBI single by Ramirez, but that would be all they would score.
Kenta Maeda picked up the win by pitching 7 innings. He gave up 2 runs (both earned) on 8 hits (2 homers) and struck out 2. Katsuhiro Nagakawa picked up the save. Micheal Nakamura was the losing pitcher on record for the Giants.
Kenta Kurihara 1-for-4 3 RBI, 1 HR
Hit a key come 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Carp a 2-run lead after being down 2-1.
Time: 3h 2m
The Chunichi Dragons shut-out the Yokohama Bay Stars, 6-0.
Kazuki Yoshimi tossed a complete game 3-hit shut-out and did it on 95 pitches. He also struck out 6 and walked a batter. Ryan Glynn was largely ineffective in his first start with the Bay Stars, lasting only 4 innings while giving up 5 runs (all earned) on 5 hits (2 homers) and 2 walks; he also struck out 4.
Glynn's problem innning came in the 3rd after he retired the first batter of the inning. He gave up 2 consecutive hits, a walk, and then a 2-run double to Tony Blanco.
Kei Nomoto 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 HR
Hit his first home run as a pro.
Time: 2h 27m
The Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers, 5-1.
Yoshinori Sato got the start against the Tigers and gave up 1 run (earned) on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 HBPs over 6 innings. It wasn't pretty, but it was good enough for a win. Atsushi Noumi started for the Tigers and went 5 innings while giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits (1 homer) and 3 walks; he also struck out 2 and took the loss.
Norchika Aoki went 0-for-5 and scored 2 runs for the Swallows. Norihiro Akahoshi recorded his 351st career stolen base, a new record the Tigers. Kevin Mench had another quiet night, going 0-for-4 with 2 strike outs.
Shinya Miyamoto 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 triple
His triple in the 5th came with runners on second and third and 2 out.
Time: 3h 34m
The Rakuten Eagles beat the Nippon Ham Fighters, 6-5.
Kohei Hasebe got the start for the Eagles but only lasted 2.2 innings. He gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 6 hits, a walk, and 2 strike outs. Fortunately for Hasebe, Shugo Fujii wasn't having a great day either: 5 runs (all earned) over 3 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks.
Norihiro Nakamura (1-for-2, 2 walks) and Yosuke Takasu (1-for-4) drove in 2 runs a peice for the Eagles on doubles. Makoto Kaneko (2-for-3) and Luis Jimenez (1-for-4) each hit solo home runs for the Fighters.
Fernando Seguignol 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 HR
He hit his second staight home run in as many games. The run also ended up being the difference.
Time: 3h 35m
The Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Seibu Lions, 10-5.
While Hiroyuki Kobayashi got the start (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 4 R, 4 ER), 43 year-old veteran Satoru Komiyama was the winning pitcher on record for the Marines. Komiyama pitched 1.1 shut-out innings and scattered 2 hits and struck out 1. Kazuyuki Hoasahi started the game for the Lions and was saddled with the loss. He gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 3 over 4.1 innings of work.
Hoasahi actually wasn't doing all badly, that is until the bottom of the 5th. After retiring the first batter, he gave up a single and then a run scoring single to Daisuke Hayakawa. The Lions still had a 4-3 lead at that point, but instead of buckling down, Hoasahi gave up another hit to Kazuya Fukuhara, setting up a runners on first and third situation for Tsuyoshi Nishioka. With the count 1-1, Nishioka smacked Hoashi's 68th pitch of the game for a 2-run double and gave the Marines a 5-4 lead. Hoashi was taken out after that, but it was too late, the momentum had shifted. Tadahito Iguchi followed with an RBI single to left and the Marines had a 6-4 lead at the end of the 5th.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 1-for-5, 2 RBI
His 2-run double in the fifth turned the tide for the Marines.
Time: 3h 40m
The Orix Buffaloes beat the Softbank Hawks, 5-2.
Kazuki Kondo tossed 7 strong innings to get the win for the Buffaloes. Daisuke Kato pitched the 9th for the save. Shota Ohba started for the Hawks and gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strike outs.
Ohba managed to get into and out of trouble over the first 3 innings of his start, but things quickly caught up to him in the 4th, when he sandwiched a strike out on 2 doubles to start the inning. He followed that up walk and 2 consecutive singles. He was taken out after that, but the damage was already done.
Tuffy Rhodes (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 doubles) hit a 2-run homer in the 5th for Orix. Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-4) hit a solo homer for the Hawks in the 9th. Ohba was demoted to Ni-gun after the game.
Kazuki Kondo 7 IP, 5 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Did a good job changing speeds to keep the Hawks off-balance.
Time: 3h 7m