Yakult Swallows 6 - Hiroshima Carp 1
Masanori Ishikawa started his third game of the season and finally managed to hold the opposition down to fewer than 5 runs (he did struggle though): 7 IP, 9 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER. Takahiro Aoki made his first start for the Carp and ended up on the losing end of the game: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.
Jamie D'Antona had a big power night for the Swallows, going 2-for-4 with 2 homers and 3 RBI. Norichika Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, 1 R, and 1 RBI and Hiroyasu Tanaka went a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored. The Carp got their lone run in the fourth when Scott Seabol (2-for-4) took Ishikawa deep for his 3rd home of the season. Akihiro Higashide had a nice night, but unfortunately it went to waste: he went 3-for-4.
Colby Lewis was originally set to start for Hiroshima but was a late scratch.
Time: 2h 38m
Hanshin Tigers 5 - Yokohama Bay Stars 1
Tomoaki Kanemoto had another big night for the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with a homer, 1 R, and 3 RBI. Keisuke Kano also picked up 2 hits for the Tigers (including a double) and scored a run. The Bay Stars managed to score their run in the 4th on a sac fly by Kazuya Fujita that pushed Takahiro Saeki across the plate.
Yuya Ando (7 IP, 5 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) picked up his second win in three starts for the Tigers and Daisuke Miura (7 IP, 6 H, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER) picked up his second loss for the Bay Stars.
Kanemoto's home run was a 3-run shot in the first that set the tone of the game for the Tigers. It was also his first hit off Miura in 20 trips to the plate. Kanemoto's hitting streak now stands at 12.
Time: 2h 57m
Yomiuri Giants 5 - Chunichi Dragons 3
Shun Tono's third start wasn't quite as good as his first two, but he still managed to bear down in key situations to the Dragons from breaking through (5 IP, 6 K, 5 BB, 3 R, 3 ER). Marc Kroon faced 4 batters in the 9th for his 3rd save of the season. Kazuki Yoshimi didn't have a great night, but he managed to keep his team in the game (7 IP, 5 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER).
The Giants hit 3 home runs collectively, two by Seung-Yeop Lee (2 solo shots) and one by Alex Ramirez (2-run shot). The 5th run scored in the 8th on a wild pitch by Shinsuke Saito. Hirokazu Ibata went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, 1 R, and 1 RBI for the Dragons; Kazuhiro Wada went 1-for-2 with a double, 2 walks, 1 R, and 1 RBI.
Time: 3h 14m
Nippon Ham Fighters 4 - Seibu Lions 2
Yu Darvish picked up his second straight victory by downing the Seibu Lions (8 IP, 3 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER). Hisashi Takeda picked up his second save of the season with a perfect 9th. Hideaki Wakui took the loss for the Lions (7 IP, 9 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 4 R, 4 ER).
Hiram Bocachica (1-for-3) hit his first home run of the season for the Lions. The middle of the line-up (3, 4, 5, and 6) went 2-for-15 with 4 strike outs and a walk. Shinji Takahashi went 2-for-4 with a homer, 1 R, and 3 RBI for the Fighters; both Eiichi Koyano (3-for-4, 2 R) and Makoto Kaneko (3-for-4, 1 R) picked up 3 hits.
Darvish now has 50 career wins.
Time: 3h 20m
Chiba Lotte Marines 2 - Softbank Hawks 1
Starting pitchers for either team did a great job: Tsuyoshi Wada (SOF) 7 IP, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 ER; Yuta Ohmine (LOT) 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 0 R. Bullpens on either side also did equally well, except for the Marines' first-year rookie Tadashi Settsu, who gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 11th after giving up a hit, 2 walks, and a HBP after retiring the first two batters of the inning.
The Marines recorded 5 hits (2 doubles), but also took 5 free passes and an HBP. The Hawks banged out 9 hits (all singles) and walked 3 times.
Wada threw 132 pitches through his 7 innings of work.
Chiba Marine Stadium
Time: 3h 52m