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.
Time: 2h 31m
Yokohama Bay Stars - Hiroshima Carp
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.
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.
Time: 3h 45m
Rakuten Eagles - Chiba Lotte Marines
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.
Time: 2h 51m