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NPB: Game Summaries for April 21, 2009

by on Apr.21, 2009 @ 11:09 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yomiuri Giants 4 - Yakult Swallows 0
Seth Greisinger tossed a complete game shut-out gave up 3 hits and a walk and struck out 11. It was by far the best start he has had this season. Masao Kida suffered his second straight loss against the Giants (5 IP, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER).

Half of the hits the Giants hit went for doubles; Hayato Sakamoto (3-for-4, R, 2 2B) and Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI, 2 2B) each hit 2.

Greisinger has now won 7 straight games against the Swallows.

Attendance: 20,817
Time: 2h 31m

Yokohama Bay Stars - Hiroshima Carp
Rained out

Attendance: --
Time: --

Chunichi Dragons 2 - Hanshin Tigers 1
Kenta Asakura (8 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 ER) picked up his second victory of the season and Hitoki Iwase recorded a save. Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (6 IP, 5 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 2 R, 2 ER) pitched well enough to win, but the offense failed to deliver.

Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-4, 2 K) was held hitless for his second straight game; the middle four hitters went 0-for-11 with 4 strike outs, a walk, and a GIDP. Kazuhiro Wada continues to produce for the Dragons, going 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.

Iwase set a new club record for appearances with his 587th.

Nagoya Dome
Attendance: 30,434
Time: 2h 54m

Softbank Hawks 10 - Nippon Ham Fighters 5
Kameron Loe started his third game and struggled once again: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 4 R, 4 ER. Yasushi Kamiuchi (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER) relieved Low and recorded his second win of the season. Kazuhito Tadano (4 IP, 9 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 7 R, 7 ER) picked up the loss.

Despite collecting 13 hits (including 4 doubles), the Fighters managed to score only 5 runs. The Hawks were much more effecient with their hits, pushing 10 runs across the plate with 10 hits (including a double, triple, and 3 home runs). Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-2, BB, HBP, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-4, HBP, HR, R, 3 RBI) provided the fire works.

Matsunaka's 2-run homer in the third helped give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Matsunaka left the game in the 6th after an HBP on his left wrist and was immediately taken to the hospital for x-rays. ... The Fighters were riding 5-game winning streak prior to the game.

Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 17,486
Time: 3h 45m

Rakuten Eagles - Chiba Lotte Marines
Rained out

Kleenex Stadium
Attendance: --
Time: --

Seibu Lions 7 - Orix Buffaloes 1
Takayuki Kishi wasn't able to toss a complete game, but he did manage to give the bullpen a break: 8.1 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER. Chihiro Kaneko started for the Buffaloes and took the loss (6.2 IP, 8 H, 13 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 7 R, 7 ER).

G.G. Sato had a big night for the Lions, going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. Takeya Nakamura went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI; Takumi Kuriyama hit a solo homer in the 7th. Greg LaRocca (1-for-3, HBP, R, RBI) drove in the lone Buffaloes run with a solo shot in the 4th.

Four of the runs the Lions scored came in the 1st -- that really set the tone of the game.

Kyocera Dome
Attendance: 10,326
Time: 2h 51m

0 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for April 21, 2009

  1. knucklehead7

    Both D’Antona and Guiel have shown some power so far this season, but neither is doing a particularly good job of getting on base. Guiel’s average (.264) is the same as his on base percentage at this point, and Aoki still isn’t hitting very well. 9-6 is still a pretty solid start for the Swallows, and they’re only two back of the red-hot Giants.