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NPB: Game Summaries for April 5, 2009

by on Apr.05, 2009 @ 10:21 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

The Yomiuri Giants (0-2-1) and Hiroshima Carp (2-0-1) game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Both starting pitchers did a great job -- the Carp started Junpei Shinoda (7 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) and the Giants went with Shun Touno (7 IP, 5 H, 5 K, 0 R). The Giants actually held a 1-0 lead going into the 9th, but Marc Kroon walked 2 of the 3 batters he faced before being replaced by Tetsuya Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi couldn't hold down the doors and allowed 1 of the two runners Kroon walked to cross the plate.

The Giants had a good chance in the 11th to win the game after Takahiro Suzuki led-off the inning with a walk, but he was caught stealing shortly after that. The next batter got a hit, was bunted over to second, and Seung-Yeop Lee was intentionally walked with first base open. But the Giants couldn't get the job done as Shinnosuke Abe went down with a strike out.

Key Player:
Eishin Soyogi 1-for-2, 1 RBI
The team lost, but his 2 doubles and 2 RBIs did give the Tigers a lead early on.

Attendance: 42,275
Time: 4h 0m

The Chunichi Dragons (3-0) beat the Yokohama Bay Stars (0-3), 6-0.
Weiyin Chen got the start for the Dragons and got the win by tossing 6 shut-out inning while scattering 3 hits and walk 5; he also struck out 5. Futoshi Kobayashi got the loss in pitching 4.2 innings while giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strike outs.

Asides from Fujii, the Dragons got some offense from Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-4, 2 RBI), Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-3, 1 RBI) and Kei Nomoto (1-for-3, double, 1 RBI). Seiichi Uchikwa went 1-for-4 for the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Key Player:
Atsushi Fujii 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 HR
The team lost, but his 2 doubles and 2 RBIs did give the Tigers a lead early on.

Attendance: 33,496
Time: 3h 1m

The Yakult Swallows (2-1) beat the Hanshin Tigers (1-2), 7-6.
The Swallows managed to hold off the Tigers to win their second game of the season. Ryo Kawashima pitched well enough to get the win, going 6 innings while giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, a walk, and 3 strike outs. Chang-Yong Lim pitched the 9th for a save. Shinobu Fukuhara got sacked with the loss by giving up 6 runs (all earned) on 7 hits (including 2 homers), a walk, a HBP, and 3 strike outs.

Jamie D'Antona (batting fourth and playing first) had a big night for the Swallows, going 2-for-3 with a walk, 3 RBIs, and a 2-run homer in the 5th. Kenzo Kawashima (2-for-4) hit the other home run for the Swallows, a 2-run shot in the second that gave the Swallows a 4-3 lead.

Kevin Mench continued to struggle, going 0-for-3 with 2 strike outs. Norichika Aoki picked up his first hit of the season and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.

Key Player:
Kentaro Sekimoto 3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 doubles
The team lost, but his 2 doubles and 2 RBIs did give the Tigers a lead early on.

Attendance: 33,436
Time: 3h 43m

The Rakuten Eagles (3-0) beat the Nippon Ham Fighters (0-3), 9-6.
Katsuya Nomura said that he might die after watching his team start the season 2-0. Wonder what he'll say tonight now that his team has won 3 straight.

Neither starter was very effective -- the Eagles sent Darrell Rasner to the mound (3.1 IP, 8 H, 1 SO, 6 R, 6 ER) while the Fighters countered with Brian Sweeney (5 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 R, 4 ER). The difference ultimately came down to the bullpens: the Eagles' bullpen pitched 7.2 shut-out innings while the Fighters' bullpen gave up 4 runs (3 earned) over 6 innings.

Tsuyoshi Kawagishi (2 IP, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 R) ultimately got the win for the Eagles and Yataro Sakamoto (1 IP, 3 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) took the loss for the Fighters.

Norihiro Nakamura came up big for the Eagles by hitting a game-tying single in the 9th to tie the game at 6 and then hitting a go-ahead 1-run double in the 11th to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead. Terrmel Sledge (3-for-6 with a double) hit a 2-run homer for the Fighters in the 4th. After Sledge's home run, the Fighters connected for 5 straight hits, the last knocking Rasner out of the game (all told, the Fighters sent 10 batters to the plate in the 4th).

Key Player:
Norihiro Nakamura 4-for-6, 5 RBI
He drove in the game-tying run in the 9th and the go ahead run in the 11th.

Attendance: 34,252
Time: 5h 2m

The Chiba Lotte Marines (2-1) beat the Seibu Lions (1-2), 6-5.
Just like the Eagles game, neither starting pitcher was effective -- John Wasdin for the Lions (3 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 5 R, 5 ER) and Shingo Ono for the Marines (4 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 4 R, 4 ER). The final pitchers on record: Alex Graman (.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) with the loss for the Lions and Brian Sikorski (.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K) with the win for the Marines.

Hiroyuki Nakajima powered the Lions' lineup with 4 hits (including 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs) in 5 trips to the plate. Takeya "Please sir, can I have some more" Nakamura (1-for-5) hit a 2-run homer in the third. Out side of Ohmatsu's 3 RBI performance for the Marines, Tomoya Satozaki also had a fairly big day, going 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs.

Key Player:
Shoitsu Ohmatsu 1-for-2, 3 RBI, 1 HR
He hit a 2-run homer in the first and a tie-breaking sac-fly in the ninth to give the Marines the win.

Attendance: 24,313
Time: 3h 32m

The Softbank Hawks (2-1) beat the Orix Buffaloes (1-2), 2-1.
Both pitchers pitched well enough to win, by neither got the victory. Mamoru Kishida (7 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) started for the Buffaloes and Toshiya Sugiuchi (7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) took the mound for the Hawks. The two pitchers that ultimately ended up in the books: Hidetaka Kawagoe (.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) was saddled with the loss for the Buffaloes and Yasushi Kamiura (1 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 R) got the win for the Hawks.

While Matsunaka did have a big game, it was Yuichi Honda's game-winning double in the bottom of the 9th that won the game for the Hawks. Alex Cabrera (1-for-4) hit a solo homer for the Buffaloes and Tuffy Rhodes went 3-for-3 with a walk. Jose Fernandez (0-for-4) was held without a hit again.

Kishida struck out 5 straight Hawks between the first and second innings.

Key Player:
Nobuhiko Matsunaka 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 HR
His solo shot in the 6th tied the game up and gave the Hawks a chance to win.

Attendance: 29,576
Time: 3h 25m