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NPB: Game Summaries for May 2, 2009

by on May.02, 2009 @ 12:33 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yokohama Bay Stars 6 - Chunichi Dragons 1
Daisuke Miura took the mound for the Bay Stars and notched his second consecutive victory (8 IP, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP, R, ER). Daisuke Yamai started the game for the Dragons and lasted only 4 innings (4 IP, 4 H, K, 4 BB, 5 R, 5 ER).

The Bay Stars jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Seiichi Uchikawa's (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) third round tripper of the season. Yuki Yoshimura (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI), Yuta Naito (1-for-3, R, RBI) and Takeshi Hosoyamada (2-for-3, 2 2B, R, RBI) each contributed RBIs. Shuichi Murata went 0-for-3 with a walk and a GIDP in the 7th.

The Dragons lone run came in the top of the 5th on Atsushi Fujii's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 5th home run of the season. ... Miura wanted to try for a complete game, but was taken out after 8 innings as a precaution -- he was hit with a comebacker off the bat of Tony Blanco in the 8th.

Attendance: 21,080
Time: 2h 36m

Yomiuri Giants 6 - Hanshin Tigers 5
Hayato Sakamoto had a huge day for the Giants, going 3-for-3 with a walk, 2 homers, 2 runs, and 4 RBI. The first of Sakamoto's home runs came in the top of the fourth with runners on first and third and 2 out. The second came in the top of the 9th and turned out to be the difference in the game. Yoshitomo Tani (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI) also hit a home run for the Giants, his first of the season.

The Tigers offense banged out 10 hits, including a double and triple, and only managed to push 5 runs across the plate. Norihiro Akahoshi (3-for-5, 3 R) scored every time he got on base; Kentaro Sekimoto (2-for-3, 3B, RBI) and Keisuke Kano (2-for-4, 2B R) contributed 2 hits a piece.

Seth Greisinger ran into some bad luck, giving up 2 unearned run, but still managed to keep the Giants in the game over his 6.1 innings of work (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 K, BB, 5 R, 3 ER). Tetsuya Yamaguchi ended up with the win; Daisuke Ochi recorded his second save. Kyuji Fujikawa was saddled with the loss when he gave up the game-winning home run to Sakamoto in the top of the 9th.

Tani was the Giants' lead-off hitter for the first time this season. ... Sakamoto hit 2 home runs in a game for the first time in his career. It was also the 5th time this season that he collected 3 hits.

Attendance: 46,425
Time: 3h 3m

Hiroshima Carp 9 - Yakult Swallows 2
After stringing together two solid starts, Yasuhiro Ichiba tossed up a stinker: 5.1 IP, 8 H, K, 2 BB, 6 R, 6 ER. Kolby Lewis (5 IP, 4 H, 7 K, BB, HBP, 2 R, 0 ER) started for the Carp but didn't figure in the decision; Tomohiro Umetsu got the win in relief.

The Swallows did all their scoring in the second inning when Ryoji Aikawa (0-for-4, R) reached base on a fielding error by Kenta Kurihara with 2 out. Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) then followed with his first home run of the season. That gave the Swallows an early 2-1 lead that would only last until the bottom of the third when Hiroshima tied the game at 2.

The Carp pounded out 14 hits (including a double, 3 triples, and a home run) in the game. Akihiro Higashide went 2-for-5 with 2 triples and 2 runs scored; Masato Akamatsu (2-for-3, R, 2 RBI), Soicihro Amaya (2-for-3, BB, 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI), Scott McClain (2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI), Eishin Soyogi (2-for-3, BB, 2 R), and Takuro Ishii (2-for-2, RBI) each contributed 2 hits a piece; Jun Hirose (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) hit his first home run of the season.

...McClain played in his first game of the season for the Carp.

Mazda Stadium
Attendance: 31,427
Time: 3h 1m


Nippon Ham Fighters 7 - Seibu Lions 6
The Seibu Lions used a single, 2 doubles, and 4 home runs (Hiroyuki Nakajima, Hiroshi Hirao, G.G. Sato, and Hiram Bocachica) to score 6 runs over 11 innings. While it was enough to push the game into extra innings (the 2 runs that scored on Bocachica's 2-run homer in 7th tied the game at 6), they simply didn't have anything else left in the tank, going a combined 0-for-6 in the 10th and 11th innings.

The Fighters banged out 10 hits to score 6 runs, but only needed 1 hit, a walk, a sac bunt, and a sac fly to score the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th (Terrmel Sledge hit the game-winning sac fly). Hichori Morimoto went 5-for-6 with 3 runs and an RBI.

Kazuyuki Hoashi was knocked out after giving up 6 runs (all earned) on 10 hits and 3 strike outs over 4.1 innings of work. Ryuma Nogami was saddled with the loss after recording his first career save on Friday against the Fighters. Shugo Fujii (5 IP, 5 H, 3 K, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER) had another rough start -- it was the third time this season he has given up 4 or more runs in a start. Hisashi Takeda got the win in relief.

Nakajima finally hit his first home run of the season in his 26th game. ... The last time Morimoto recorded 5 hits was back in 2004.

Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 34,711
Time: 4h 17m

Rakuten Eagles 7 - Orix Buffaloes 3
Hisashi Iwakuma (7 IP, 12 H, 5 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER) tossed a season high, 115 pitches on his way to his third victory of the year. Satoshi Komatsu continues to struggle, giving up 7 runs (all earned), on 8 hits and 2 walks over 1.1 innings of work.

Naoto Watanabe (2-for-2, BB, HBP, R), Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI), and Norihiro Nakamura (2-for-4, R) each collected 2 hits. Teppei Tsuchiya (1-for-4, 3B) drove in 2 runs with a triple in the first.

The Buffaloes recoreded 12 hits but managed to score only 3 runs. Hirotoshi Kitagawa (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) hit a run-scoring double in the 6th for the Buffaloes' first run of the game. Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) smacked his 11th home run of the season in the 7th, following a double by Jose Fernandez (2-for-4, 2B, R).

The Buffaloes fielded a starting line-up that featured players that were all over 30.

Kleenex Stadium
Attendance: 20,246
Time: 2h 53m

Lotte Marines 9 - Softbank Hawks 4
The Marines offense combined for 13 hits (3 doubles, 2 home runs) and scored 9 runs. Tadahito Iguchi went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, 2 runs scored and an RBI; Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit the other home run for the Marines. Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-4, HBP, 2B, R, 2 RBI), Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-5, 2B, R), and Saburo Ohmura (2-for-4, BB, R) collected 2 hits a piece.

Of the 9 hits the Hawks hit, 6 went for extra base hits -- 5 doubles and a home run. Only one of those doubles didn't factor into the scoring. Jose Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Satoru Morimoto (2-for-3, 2B, R) came in for Yuichi Honda (HBP) after he was hit by a pitch in the first.

Yuki Karakawa started for the Marines and got the win (6 IP, 8 H, 6 K, 2 HBP, 3 R, 3 ER). Nagisa Arakaki (6 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 2 BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER) gave up 4 runs in his third consecutive start, this time getting saddled with a loss.

A bad throw by Ortiz in the 8th after 2 out allowed an extra run to score on the play. ... The homers by Nishioka and Iguchi were hit back-to-back in the 5th. ... Fukuura recorded his 1,500th hit in the 8th: a 2-run double off Akio Mizuda.

Yahoo Dome
Attendance: 30,239
Time: 3h 28m

0 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for May 2, 2009

  1. Unregistered

    I thought the Marines’ Iwaguchi was gonna be out for a while, but he’s not, and he’s been belting the ball the past few days. They need him in that lineup.

    Even if Chiba was somehow able to win it all, Bobby V.’s gone for good from there, it wouldn’t make a difference, right? I mean, they aren’t bringing him back under any circumstances it seems. Too bad, that’s gonna be a drag.

  2. Gwynar

    Iguchi is still actually hurt, but apparently the pain doesn’t affect his hitting (he’s being used as a DH).

    Since Iguchi has been such a spark in the line-up, they can’t really afford to take him out. And that’s why he keeps playing. Otherwise they’d probably take him off the active roster so that he can heal and get back to being 100%.

    AFAIK, Bobby isn’t returning to the Marines next season, unless a crazy miracle takes place. The front office has said over and over again that they want to move in a different direction.

    It really is too bad about Bobby. He basically made that team. All his hard work is for naught.