Yakult Swallows - Yomiuri Giants
Postponed due to rain
Hanshin Tigers - Chunichi Dragons
Postponed due to rain
Yokohama Bay Stars 4 - Hiroshima Carp 1
Hayato Terahara followed up an extremely awful start (5 runs in 4 innings against the Giants on the 7th) with a solid 7 inning effort (4 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER). Yuya Ishii picked up his 2nd save of the season. Kan Ohtake (6 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 3 BB), the Carp starter, gave up 4 unearned runs in the 6th and took the loss.
The Carp didn't really put up much of an offensive fight until the 8th, when they managed to score their lone run of the game on back-to-back hits to start the inning: a triple by Soichiro Amaya and a pinch-hit RBI single by Go Kida. The Bay Stars scored all four of their runs in the 6th when the line-up went 3-for-4 with 2 walks, 1 SH, and 1 SF; the lead-off batter also reached base on a botched fielding play.
Time: 3h 12m
Orix Buffaloes 8 - Nippon Ham Fighters 7
Chihiro Kaneko started for the Buffaloes and went 7 innings while giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks and struck out 5. Daisuke Kato faced 4 batters for his 4th save of the season. Kazuhito Tadano lasted 4 innings and gave up 5 earned runs (7 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP) for the loss.
Tuffy Rhodes had a big game for the Buffaloes going 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBIs; 3 other Buffaloes also collected 2 hits; and both Tomotaka Sakaguchi and Mitsutaka Goto scored 2 runs a piece. Astunori Inaba (2-for-4 with 2 RBI) and Makoto Kaneko (2-for-3 with double and a run scored) were the only players in the Fighters' line-up with more than a hit.
Tadano balked in his second straight start. Kaneko has now hit a double in 6 consecutive games, tying him for the NPB record. Shoto Ohno picked up his first hit in the pros in the 9th inning off Ryan Vogelsong.
Time: 3h 25m
Rakuten Eagles 2 - Chiba Lotte Marines 1
Masahiro Tanaka pitched himself another gem of a complete game: 9 IP, 3 H, 10 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER. Shunsuke Watanabe, making his first start of the season, also had a decent game, but still found himself on the losing end: 7 IP, 8 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 2 R, 2 ER.
Yosuke Takasu (1-for-5, double, 1 RBI) and Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4, double, 1 RBI) drove in both runs for the Eagles. The one run the Marines managed to score came in the 8th when Tanaka started the inning with 2 straight walks and Kazuya Fukuura singled him home. And as luck would have it, the inning also ended on that play as the trailing runner (the runner that was on first) was thrown out trying to score.
Tadahito Iguchi's hitting streak ended at 8. Tanaka now has a win versus every team in the Pacific League.
Chiba Marine Stadium
Time: 3h 7m
Seibu Lions 5 - Softbank Hawks 3
Takayuki Kishi won his second straight game by tossing 8 innings of 6-hit, 3-run ball (8 K, 1 HBP, 3 ER). Alex Graman picked up his 3rd save of the season. Kameron Loe had a somewhat shaky outing, but also wasn't helped out by the defense: 7 IP, 5 H, 4K, 3 BB, 4 R, 2 ER.
Hiroshi Hirao (1-for-4 with 2 RBI), G.G. Sato (1-for-4, 1 RBI) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-2, 1 run, 1 RBI) were the drivers of the offense for the Lions. Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-4) hit a solo homer for the Hawks in the 5th; Yuya Hasegawa went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored; and Hiroaki Takaya (1-for-3) drove in the other 2 runs with a single in the 5th.
Yuichi Honda (SOF) struck out in all four trips to the plate (once looking, three times swinging).
Time: 2h 56m