Six games on tap tonight.
Chunichi Dragons at Yakult Swallows
Kenta Asakura vs Shohei Tateyama
Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Bay Stars
Hisanori Takahashi vs Hayato Terahara
Hiroshima Carp at Hanshin Tigers
Kan Ohtake vs Yasutomo Kubo
Chiba Lotte Marines at Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Kawakawa vs Kazhito Tadano
Softbank Hawks at Rakuten Eagles
Kameron Loe vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Orix Buffaloes at Seibu Lions
Chihiro Kaneko vs. Takayuki Kishi
It's the bottom of the 5th and Kevin Mench 2-for-3. Looks like the Tigers were right to keep playing him. The Tigers are currently tied at 3 with the Carp.
Carp manager Marty Brown was thrown out of the game in the first. It was the 7th time he's been thrown out of a game in the NPB.
The Swallows were tied at 2 in the bottom of the 5th, but Aaron Guiel came through with a big hit to put them up by one (I could hear the fireworks going off from my room).
The Giants have a 1-0 lead over the Bay Stars going in the 4th.
The Eagles have 4-0 lead over the Softbank Hawks. Masahiro Tanaka is still pitching for the Eagles.
The Lions have a 3-2 lead over the Buffaloes in the 6th.
And the Ham Fighters and Marines are knotted at 1 in the 7th.
Almost forgot, the Ham Fighters turned a triple play against the Lotte Marines in the first inning. I haven't seen a replay of it yet, but the Marines apparently had runner on first and third and were trying to tag up on fly ball to left. It wasn't deep enough and the runner at third was thrown out at home and the trailing runner was thrown out at second.
The Swallows are still knotted at three with the Dragons.
The Giants now have a 3-0 lead over the Bay Stars.
The Tigers have a 1-run lead in the 7th.
The Fighters have a 5-1 lead going into the 8th. The scored 3 runs in the 7 and another run in the 8th.
The Eagles are now up, 6-0 over the Hawks.
And the Lions now have a 6-2 lead over the Buffaloes.
Two games are in the books.
The Eagles beat the Hawks, 6-0, behind Masahiro Tanaka. That's now 4 straight victories for the Eagles.
The Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Chiba Lotte Marines, 9-1.
Got caught up in a few other things and couldn't post any updates until now.
The other four games are now over.
The Dragons beat the Swallows, 4-3.
The Giants beat the Bay Stars, 5-1.
The Tigers eeked out a win against the Carp.
And the Lions beat the Buffaloes, 8-3.