Yakult Swallows 10 - Chunichi Dragons 7
The Swallows sent 11 batters to the plate in the 5th and push 6 runs across the plate. The 3, 4, 5 hitters (Norhichika Aoki, Aaron Guiel, and Yasushi Iihara) went a combined 8-for-15 with 6 runs, 5 rbis, 3 doubles, and a home run. Masanori Ishikawa didn't exactly pitch all that well (6 IP, 9 H, 3 SO, 6 R, 6 ER) but he had a better outing than Dragons' starter Takuya Asao (4 IP, 12 H, 1 SO, 8 R, 8 ER; Chang-Yong Lim picked up his second save of the season.
Time: 3h 19m
Yomiuri Giants 9 - Yokohama Bay Stars 2
Seth Greisinger started his second game of the season for the Giants and fared much better than his first start -- he gave up an earned run 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP, and 6 strike outs over 6 innings of work (the 1 run was a home run off the bat of Yuki Yoshimura in the second inning). Michihiro Ogasawara provided most of the pop for the Giants with 3 doubles and 4 rbis in five trips to the plate. Hayato Sakamoto also did some damage going 4-for-5 with 2 runs, 1 rbi, and 2 doubles.
With their loss against the Giants tonight, the Bay Stars have now given up 42 runs to go along with 6 straight losses to start the season.
Time: 3h 16m
Hiroshima Carp 4 - Hanshin Tigers 2
After scoring 19 runs on 30 hits in the first two games of the series, Masayuki Hasegawa was able to Tigers offense to 1 run over 5 innings of work (5 IP, 3 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 1 R, 1 ER); Katsuhiro Nagakawa pitched the ninth picked up his third save of the season. Akihiro Higashide helped power the offense with a 2-for-3 night that included a run scoring triple in the third.
Tomoaki Kanemoto ended the night 1-for-1 with an RBI and finished the series 8-for-11 with 4 runs, 13 rbis, 2 doubles, and 3 home runs. His offensive explosiong against the Carp also included a streak of 7 straight hits.
Time: 2h 55m
Rakuten Eagles 2 - Softbank Hawks 1
The Eagles continue to get very solid outings from their pitchers. Take away their second game against the Hawks (which they lost 7-0), and the Eagles have only given up 12 runs over 5 games. The Eagles started Satoshi Nagai and were rewarded with 8 innings of 1-run, 4 hit ball; he also struck out 11 and walked only 1. Shinichiro Koyama got the last out of the 9th and picked up his first save of the season. Takeshi Yamasaki hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second.
Kenji Ohtonari started in his first game for the Hawks since he went under the knife last year (left elbow).
Time: 3h 10m
Seibu Lions 13 - Orix Buffaloes 6
7 home runs were hit in the game, but none were off the bat of Tuffy Rhodes. Takeya Nakamura went 3-for-4 with a 3 runs, 3 rbis, a double, and a home run; two other players also collected 3 hits; every starter had at least one hit and scored at least one run for the Lions. Despite giving up 5 runs (all earned) Fumiya Nishiguchi ended up with the win for the Lions (6 IP, 9 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 5 R, 5 ER). Incidentally, every starter in the Buffaloes' line-up also had at least 1 hit.
Takumi Kuriyama's single in the bottom of the third was his first hit of the season (he was held hitless over 27 trips to the plate).
Time: 2h 57m