Yakult Swallows 8 - Chunichi Dragons 4
Aaron Guiel came through big for the Swallows by going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBIs. Norichika Aoki also hit a solo homer and finished the night 2-for-5 with an RBI. Masao Kida racked up his first win as a starter in 11 years (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) -- all three of the runs he gave up came in the first off a 3-run homer by Masahiko Morino.
Time: 3h 10m
Yomiuri Giants 12 - Yokohama Bay Stars 1
The Giants exploded for 12 runs against the Bay Stars to even out their season record at 2-2-1. Michihiro Ogasawara led the offensive charge with a 2-for-2 night that included 2 walks and 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. Takahiro Suzuki also helped the Giants with his 4-for-5 night and scored 3 times. Satoshi Fukuda (7 IP, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER) picked up his first win since August 5, 2007.
Abe Shinnosuke was taken out of the game after taking a foul tip on the right knee off the bat of Seiichi Uchikawa in the first. Dan Johnson also suffered an injury while fielding a ball in foul territory in the second -- he apparently dislocated his left shoulder and could be out from a week to 10 days.
Time: 3h 10m
Hanshin Tigers 8 - Hiroshima Carp 2
Tomoaki Kanemoto is on fire! He finished the night 4-for-4 with 3 homers (hit in consecutive at bats) and 7 RBIs. Kevin Mench picked up a double in the second and finished 1-for-4. Takahiro Arai banged out his first home run of the season in the 3rd (he went back-to-back with Kanemoto) and added a double in the 7th (2-for-4). Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi picked up the victory for the Tigers (6 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 R, 2 ER).
Kanemoto is now 7-for-10 with 4 runs, 12 RBIs, 2 doubles and 2 home runs over his last two games against the Carp.
Time: 2h 57m
Nippon Ham Fighters 8 - Chiba Lotte Marines 7
Big night for Atsunori Inaba -- he went 3-for-3 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs. Eiichi Koyana went yard twice in four trips to the plate and also drove in 4 runs. Tadahito Iguchi and Shunichi Nemoto both went 3-for-5, but the team came up short. Yoshinori Tateyama picked up the victory, in relief, for the Fighters.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka was out of the line-up for the third straight game.
Time: 3h 20m
Softbank Hawks 7 - Rakuten Eagles 0
The Hawks put a stop to the Eagles 4 game win streak with a shut-out behind the arm of D.J. Houlton (7 IP, 1 H, 7 K, 5 BB, 0 R). Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Hiroki Kokubo (referred by some fans as the MK Canon) went 5-for-9 with 3 runs, 5 RBIs and 3 doubles. The Eagles 4, 5, 6 (Fernando Seguignol, Norihiro Nakamura, and Takeshi Yamasaki) hitters were completely shut-down (0-for-11).
Time: 3h 4m
Orix Buffaloes 10 - Seibu Lions 2
Shogo Yamamoto set a new career high after striking out 11 batters in a complete game victory over the Lions (9 IP, 3 H, 11 K, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 ER). Alex Cabrera and Tuffy Rhodes provided most of the spark for the Buffaloes -- they went a combined 6-for-11 with 3 runs, 6 RBIs and a home run (hit by Rhodes).
Rhodes' home run was his 444th of his career (NPB). He is now tied with Shigeo Nagashima for 12th on the all-time home run list.
Time: 3h 6m