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NPB: Game Summaries for April 28, 2009

by on Apr.28, 2009 @ 10:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yakult Swallows 4 - Chunichi Dragons 2
After losing 5 straight, the Swallows finally managed to break out with a win. And the big difference came off the bat of Jamie D'Antona (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the top of the 8th: a 2-run shot that broke a 2-2 tie.

Ryo Kawashima (5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 K, BB, 2 R, 2 ER) started for the Swallows but did not factor in the decision. Masao Kida (1 IP, 2 K, BB, 0 R) picked up the victory in relief. Chang-Yong Lim 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, BB, IBB, 0 R) recorded his 5th save, but not before loading the bases. Kenta Asakura (8 IP, 6 H, 2 K, BB, HBP, 4 R, 3 ER) suffered his first loss of the season.

Ryoji Aikawa went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI; he raises his average to .344. Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) launched his 8th home run of the season for the Dragons.

Attendance: 12,115
Time: 2h 43m

Hanshin Tigers 8 - Yokohama Bay Stars 4
The Tigers collectively hit 13 hits off the Bay Stars in scoring 8 runs. Takahiro Arai had a big night, going 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 4 RBI. Tomoaki Kanemoto went 1-for-3 with an IBB and 2 runs scored. Takashi Toritani (2-for-4, 2 R) and Asai (2-for-2, RBI) finished the game with 2 hits.

The Bay Stars had their big inning in the 6th when they turned a walk, two singles, and two doubles into 4 runs. Dan Johnson (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Takeshi Hosoyamada (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) drove in all four of the runs.

Futoshi Kobayashi (5 IP, 7 H, 4 K, BB, 4 R, 4 ER) got the start for the Bay Stars, but didn't factor into the decision. Teruaki Yoshikawa (1 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 R, 2 ER) got the loss in relief. Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (6 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER) had another rough start, but was taken out of the game while the score was still tied. Hirotaka Egusa (.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R) got the win instead.

Attendance: 19,163
Time: 3h 7m

Hiroshima Carp 5 - Yomiuri Giants 0
Another rough outing for Tetsuya Utsumi: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 K, BB, HBP, 5 R, 5 ER. In 3 of his 5 starts this season, he has given up 4 or more runs three times. Kan Ohtake (9 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 R) picked up his first complete game shut-out victory of the season.

The Giants had at least two chances in the game to push a few runs across the board. In the top of the 5th, they loaded the bases with 2-out single and a walk; and they started off the 6th with lead-off single. If not for a running miscue when Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-4) singled with an out and a runner on second, the Giants could have loaded the bases again with only 1 out since Alex Ramirez (2-for-4) followed with a single.

The Carp scored all their runs in the 6th (you could argue that perhaps Utsumi was begining to tire): a double by Masato Akatamatsu (1-for-3, HBP, 3B, R), a bunt by Soichiro Amaya (1-for-1, R) that ended with him being safe, a sac fly by Scott Seabol (0-for-3, RBI), a single by Yoshiyuki Ishihara (1-for-3, R), a single by Tetsuya Kokubo (1-for-3, R, RBI), and a triple by Eishin Soyogi (1-for-3, BB, 3B, R, 2 RBI). A grounder to short by Jun Hirose (0-for-4, RBI) drove in Soyogi from third for the 5th and final run.

Ohtake retired the first 12 batters in order.

Mazda Stadium
Attendance: 24,423
Time: 2h 50m


Nippon Ham Fighters 4 - Rakuten Eagles 2
Looks like Katsuya Nomura will have to wait another day for his 1,500th victory as manager.

Takashi Kawai had a rough outing against the Fighters, giving up 4 runs (none earned) on 6 hits, 3 strike outs, a walk, and 2 HBP. Tomoya Yagi (5 IP, 5 H, 3 K, BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER) didn't pitch particularly well, but still managed to get a victory. Hisashi Takeda picked up his 5th save.

With the help of a key error by left fielder Rick Short, the Fighters managed to score 3 unearned runs -- and all 3 scored with 2 runners on and 2 outs in the books. Yoshio Itoi (2-for-4, BB, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Eiichi Koyano (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) drove in all 4 runs for the Fighters.

Norihiro Nakamura (1-for-3, BB, RBI) and Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-3, RBI) drove in both of the runs for the Eagles.

Kleenex Stadium
Attendance: 13,326
Time: 3h 32m

Seibu Lions 5 - Softbank Hawks 4

Takayuki Kishi is now a perfect 4-0 in 4 starts: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 4 R, 3 ER. Chikara Onodera got his first save with a perfect ninth. Kameron Loe ran into some bad luck and picked up his third loss of the season: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 5 R, 2 ER.

The Lions didn't exactly tear the cover off the ball against Loe -- their first two runs scored with the help of an error by Ortiz and a wild pitch. And the game-winning run that scored in the 6th crossed the plate because of a throwing error by Honda.

Jose Ortiz (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit his first home run in his first game with the Hawks, a 2-run shot in the second. The Hawks pushed 2 more runs across in the 3rd and it all started when Katsuki Yamazaki got to first safely on a bad throw by by Nakamura. That was followed up by a sac bunt and a single. A balk pushed the first run of the inning across the plate. A single and a walk later, the bases were loaded and Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) singled home the last run the Hawks would score in the game.

Kishi won his 10 straight victory (continuing from last season).

Seibu Dome
Attendance: 16,151
Time: 3h 10m

Orix Buffaloes 4 - Chiba Lotte Marines 3
The Marines held a 3-2 lead going into the top of the 6th when Greg LaRocca (3-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI) tied the score with a 1-run double. The score would remain tied until the top of the 10th when Keiji Ohbiki (1-for-5, R, RBI) hit his first home run of the season; Ohbiki had struck out in his previous 3 at bats.

Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R) and Gary Burnham Jr. (3-for-4, BB, 2 2B, 3 RBI) drove the offense for the Marines.

Kazuki Kondo (3 IP, 4 H, K, 4 BB, HBP, 3 R, 3 ER) had a rough out for the Buffaloes; Daisuke Kato (2 IP, 3 K, 0 R) tossed 2 innings for his second victory of the season. Hiroyuki Kobayashi (6 IP, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) started the game for the Marines; Brian Sikorski (2 IP, H, K, 2 BB, R, ER) suffered his second loss of the season.

Chiba Marine
Attendance: 13,198
Time: 4h 4m

0 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for April 28, 2009

  1. knucklehead7

    Good to see the Swallows break the losing streak. Now if they can just get Aoki going with the bat.

  2. Gwynar

    It was nice to see D’Antona have a big hit in the game. I think the better D’Antona and Guiel do, the better the pitches Aoki will see.