Seibu Lions 2 - Nippon Ham Fighters 1
A pitcher's duel between Hideaki Wakui and Yu Darvish took place at Sapporo Dome. The game was so close, it had to be decided in extra innings.
Hideaki Waku: 8.1 IP, 137 NP, 6 H, 7 K, 7 BB, 1 R, 1 ER
Yu Darvish: 9 IP, 132 NP, 5 H, 11 K, 3 BB, 3 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER
The game was scoreless through the first 5 innings. The Lions broke through for the first run of the game in the top of the 6th: two consecutive doubles by Takeya Nakamura (1-for-6, 2B, R) and Takayuki Shimizu (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) to lead-off the inning. The Fighters answered back with a run in their half of the 6th: a lead-off walk to Atsunori Inaba (0-for-4, BB, HBP, R), a single to Terrmel Sledge (1-for-5, BB), a sac hit to move the runners over by Eiichi Koyano (2-for-5, 2B), and then an RBI single by Shinji Takahashi (2-for-5, BB, RBI).
The score would remain tied at 1 until the top of the 12th when the Lions lead-off with a single by Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-5). Shogo Akada came in to pinch-run for Ishii and would later score on a double Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-5, HBP, 2B, RBI).
Koji Ohnuma recorded the win in relief (1 IP, H, K, 0 R) and Ryoma Nogami picked up a save, the first in his career. Yoshinori Tateyama was saddled with the loss.
This was the fifth time (second time this season) that Wakui and Darvish faced off against each other.
Time: 4h 30m
Rakuten Eagles 12 - Orix Buffaloes 2
The Eagles offense exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits (including a double and a home run) against Shinya Nakayama and the Buffaloes. Daisuke Kusano (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) and Teppei Tsuchiya (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI) lead the offensive hit parade with 3 hits a piece. Motohiro Shima went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs; Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) smacked his 5th home run of the season in the 8th.
The 3, 4, and 5 batters for the Buffaloes went 0-for-12. Keiji Ohbiki was probably the only bright spot in the line-up: 2-for-3, HR, R, RBI.
Nakayama (8 IP, 15 H, 2 K, 6 BB, 1 HBP, 12 R, 12 ER) went the distance for the Buffaloes -- all 12 of the runs he gave up were earned. Satoshi Nagai (9 IP, 6 H, K, BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER) came through with a solid outing, earning his third victory of the season.
The Eagles sent 12 batters to the plate in the 3rd and scored 8 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 1 HBP.
Time: 2h 36m
Softbank Hawks 6 - Lotte Marines 2
Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his 2nd win of the season in going 6 IP while giving up a run (earned) on 6 hits, 6 strike outs and a walk. Shingo Ono took the loss for the Marines: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 K, 1 HBP, 6 R, 6 ER.
The top of the order combined to go 6-for-12 with a double, 2 homers, 5 runs, and 6 RBI -- Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) was the key player within the group.
Tadahito Iguchi was in the starting line-up again as the DH and went 1-for-4. Gary Burnham Jr. (1-for-4, BB, RBI) and Chase Lambin (2-for-4, R, RBI) drove in both of the Hawks' runs.
Time: 2h 47m