Yakult Swallows 7 - Chunichi Dragons 1
Shohei Tateyama went the distance while giving up a run (earned) on 7 hits and 5 strike outs; he picked up his second victory of the season. Takuya Asao (6 IP, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 4 R, 3 ER) was saddled with his third loss.
Keiji Oyama drove in the sole run for the Dragons with an RBI-double in the 5th. Tony Blanco went 2-for-4.
Jamie D'Antona came through again for the Swallows, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and 2 RBI. Keizo Kawashima (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R) and Aaron Guiel (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) also picked up 2 hits. Kazuki Fukuchi went 1-for-3 with 2 walks, a double, and 2 runs scored.
Tateyama has not suffered a loss at Nagoya Dome since August 15th of last season.
Time: 2h 57m
Yokohama Bay Stars 7 - Hanshin Tigers 4
Yuya Ando didn't have anything against the Bay Stars, lasting only 3 innings while giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits, 2 strike outs, and 2 walks. Despite giving up 4 runs (all earned), Les Walrond managed to pick up his first start of his victory in the NPB. Yuya Ishii recorded his 6th save with a perfect 9th.
Kentaro Sekimoto (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-3, BB, RBI) each collected 2 hits for the Tigers. Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) nailed his 4th home run of the season, but also grounded into 2 double plays, one of which destroyed a runners on first and third, 1-out situation in the bottom of the 5th.
The Bay Stars scored 6 of their runs in the third when they sent 9 batters to the plate (2 walks, 2 doubles, and a triple). Shuichi Murata went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, 2 R, and 3 RBI. Yuki Yoshimura also went 2-for-4, with a triple, 1 R, and 3 RBI. Two other players collected 2 hits for the Bay Stars: Takehiro Ishikawa (2-for-5, R) and Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-3, BB, R).
Time: 2h 54m
Hiroshima Carp 2 - Yomiuri Giants 0
Shun Tono (6 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER) had a fairly decent outing and yet suffered his first loss of the season, due primarily to a sputtering offense. Yuki Saito (5 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 0 R) picked up his second victory with 5 shut-out innings and Katsuhiro Nagakawa recorded his 8th save.
The Giants offense had runners on first and second in the second with 2 out and loaded the bases in the third with 2 out and could not plate a run. The offense completely shut down after the 4th inning -- including the final out of the fourth, the Carp retired 16 consecutive batters.
The Carp didn't exactly blow away Giants pitching either, but they did get big hits in key situations. Akihiro Higashide (1-for-2, BB, IBB, RBI) hit a 2-out RBI single with runners on first and second in the 5th. Masato Akamatsu (3-for-3, BB, RBI) also hit a 2-out RBI single with runners on first and second in the 7th.
Time: 2h 55m
Rakuten Eagles 2 - Nippon Ham Fighters 1
The hottest pitcher in baseball continues to mow the opposition down.
Masahiro Tanaka (9 IP, 4 H, 11 K, BB, R, ER) earned his fourth consecutive victory in his fourth consecutive complete game. The run he allowed was only his second this season. Masaru Takeda (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 ER) started for the Fighters and suffered the loss.
Terrmel Sledge (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) drilled his 6th home run in the top of the 7th for the lone Fighter's run of the game.
The Eagles offense collected 10 hits (3 doubles) but managed to only push 2 runs across the plate. Takeshi Yamasaki went 3-for-4 with a run and was responsible for all three doubles. Toshiya Nakashima went 2-for-3 with an IBB.
Katsuya Nomura won his 1,500th game as a manager.
Time: 2h 45m
Seibu Lions 7 - Softbank Hawks 2
Kazuhisa Ishii (6 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 3 BB, R, ER) tossed his best game of the season and finally picked up his first win in four starts. D.J. Houlton (6.2 IP, 4 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER) suffered his first loss of the season.
Jose Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and crossed the plate for the team's first run in the 7th. Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-3 with a double and came around to score in the 8th for the Hawks' second and final run of the game.
The Lions mashed 3 home runs in the game: Hiram Bocachica (2-for-3, BB, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) hit 2 solo shots and Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit a 2-run shot in the 7th. Yasuyuki Kataoka went 1-for-3 with a walk, double, R, and 2 RBI.
Yuya Hasegawa shifted from left to right in the bottom of the 7th and committed a fielding error with 2 out and a runner on first. The error allowed the Seibu's third run to cross the plate. A pitching change, walk, and a wild pitch then set the tables for Kataoka's 2-run single and Kuriyama's 2-run homer.
Time: 2h 56m
Orix Buffaloes 5 - Chiba Lotte Marines 3
Chihiro Kaneko gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 6 hits, 1 strike out, and 3 walks over 8.1 innings of work. Daisuke Kato recorded 2 outs in the 9th to notch his 5th save. Shunsuke Watanabe (6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 5 R, 5 ER) lost his third straight.
The Marines were held without a run until the bottom of the ninth with 1 out. Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-2, 2 BB, R) recorded a single, Saburo Ohmura followed with a walk, and Gary Burnham Jr. (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) a 3-run shot, his first HR of the season. Benny Agbayani went 2-for-4 with a double.
The Buffaloes collected 14 hits (including 2 doubles and 2 home runs) in scoring 5 runs over 9 innings. Takeshi Hidaka (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Mitsutaka Goto (3-for-5, R, RBI) each collected 3 hits a piecce; Jose Fernandez (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R) and Greg LaRocca (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) had 2 hits; and Keiji Ohbiki (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) hit his second home run of the year in the top of the 7th, accounting for the fourth run of the game.
Time: 3h 3m