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NPB: Game Summaries for May 6, 2009

by on May.06, 2009 @ 1:55 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yomiuri Giants 3 - Yokohama Bay Stars 2
The Giants took an early 2-0 lead in the first after Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) lead-off with walk, followed by an RBI triple by Tetsuya Matsumoto (1-for-3, HBP, R, RBI) for the first run. Michihiro Ogasawara (0-for-4, RBI) grounded out to first, scoring Matsumoto from third.

The Bay Stars their runs on solo shots: Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) in the 4th and Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-2, BB, HR, R, RBI) in the 5th.

The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 9th when Sakamoto hit a game-winning solo homer off Hiroki Sanada with 1 out; it was Sakamoto's first walk-off home run of his career.

Hisanori Takahashi started in his first game since April 25th and tossed a solid 7 innings: 5 H, 10 K, 2 BB, 2 R 2 ER. But it was Tetsuya Yamaguchi (2 IP, K, 0 R) that got the win. Tom Mastny (7 IP, 7 H, 5 K, BB, 2 HBP, 2 R, 2 ER) started his third game and once again did not figure in the decision despite pitching well. Hiroki Sanada took the loss.

Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 43,182
Time: 2h 53m

Hanshin Tigers - Yakult Swallows
Rained out

Attendance: --
Time: --

Chunichi Dragons 4 - Hiroshima Carp 2
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when the Dragons scored 3 runs on 4 hits, 3 of which were doubles. They scored another run in the bottom of the 8th on a double by Tony Blanco (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI), a walk to Masahiko Morino (0-for-3, BB), and an RBI single by Atsushi Fujii (2-for-4, RBI).

The Carp got on the board in the top of the 5th on a solo homer by Scott Seabol (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI). They scored their second and final run in the top of the 6th after Akihiro Higashide (1-for-3, BB, R) walked to lead off the inning. A sac bunt by Masato Akamatsu (0-for-3) moved him up a base and Soichiro Amaya (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) doubled him home.

Takuya Asao (8 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER) evened out his record to 3-3 with a win and Hitoki Iwase picked up his first save (and appeared in his first game) since beaning Norichika Aoki on April 30th. Yuki Saito (6 IP, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) picked up the loss.

Nagoya Dome
Attendance: 36,159
Time: 2h 34m


Rakuten Eagles 6 - Seibu Lions 3
The Eagles' 10 or more hits streak ended, but they still managed to score 6 runs on 8 hits. And for the first time this season, Kohei Hasebe (7 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 5 BB, HBP, R, ER) managed to pick up a quality start.

The Lions got on the board with a run in the first: a lead-off triple by Yasuyuki Kataoka (1-for-3, 2 BB, 3B, 2 R) and an RBI single by Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-4, BB, R, RBI). The Eagles answered back with a run in the second on a sac fly by Yosuke Takasu (0-for-0, RBI). The game would remain tied until the top of the 5th when the Eagles scored 4 runs on a walk, HBP, 2 singles, and a double. The Eagles scored their 6th and final run in the 6th when Fernando Seguignol (0-for-3) reached first on an error by Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, BB) and then later scored on a single by Ryuji Miyade (1-for-2, RBI).

The Lions would score one last time in the 9th when Takeya Nakamura (1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) hit a double to score 2 runs.

Hasebe picked up his second victory of the season. Fumiya Nishiguchi (5 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 R, 5 ER) picked up his first loss.

Takasu was taken off the field in the bottom of the third after crashing into Teppei Tsuchiya. Takasu was diagnosed with a fairly severe left ankle sprain. ... The Eagles are now 8 game over .500, a club first.

Seibu Dome
Attendance: 31,440
Time: 3h 30m

Chiba Lotte Marines 7 - Nippon Ham Fighters 3
The Marines were on a 3-game losing streak and another loss would have put the team on the wrong side of momentum going into a 3-game set with the Eagles on Friday. And for the first time this season, Shunsuke Watanabe (5 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER) was able to secure a victory. Brian Sweeney (5.1 IP, 4 H, K, 4 BB, 5 R, 5 ER) struggled again and is now 0-3 on the year.

The Fighters got on the board first with 2 runs in the third: Shinya Tsuruoka (1-for-2, R) singled to start the inning; Makoto Kaneko (0-for-2) bunted him over; Kensuke Tanaka (0-for-1, 3 BB) worked out a walk to put runners on first and second; Toshimasa Konta (0-for-3) struck out for the second out of the inning; and Atsunori Inaba (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) drilled a 2-run double to left.

The game would stay 2-0 until the bottom of the 5th when the bottom of the Lotte offense suddenly woke up (the bottom 5 batters combined to go 9-for-19 with 5 runs and 7 RBI). Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-2, HR, R, 2 RBI) led of the inning with his 2nd home run of the season; Saburo Ohmura (2-for-4, 2 R) struck out for the first out; Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-3, BB, R) followed with walk and Tomoya Satozaki (3-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI) nailed his 3rd homer of the season.

The Marines would score 4 more runs over the next 2 innings while the Fighters countered with 1 in the 7th.

Chiba Marine
Attendance: 23,139
Time: 3h 14m

Softbank Hawks 5 - Orix Buffaloes 1
This was a good win for the Hawks, especially coming off a tough loss yesterday in which D.J. Houton tossed a complete game while only giving up 2 runs.

Kenji Ohtonari gave the Hawks a solid 6 innings while giving up a run (earned) on 5 hits, 3 strike outs, 2 walks, and 2 HBPs. Shogo Yamamoto (5 IP, 8 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER) was saddled with his first loss of the season.

The Buffaloes lone run came in the first inning when Greg LaRocca (1-for-2, BB, HBP, RBI) singled Naoyuki Ohmura (1-for-3, R) home from second. The Hawks scored their first run in the top of the fourth, tying the game at 1. A walk, 5 singles, and a double gave the Hawks 4 runs in the top of the 6th, more than enough in a game where their pitching managed to shut-down the Buffaloes offense. The Hawks could have had a bigger inning if not for two base-running mistakes that ended their prematurely.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-4, HBP, R) recorded his 1,500th hit of his career with a single in the 6th off Shogo Yamamoto.

Kyocera Dome
Attendance: 30,960
Time: 3h 7m

0 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for May 6, 2009

  1. knucklehead7

    That’s eight wins for the Eagles in their last ten games. Watanabe has his OBP up to .450 now.

  2. Gwynar

    Losing Takasu is going to hurt. I was watching the game on TV when it happened. It was a pretty bad collision.

    Takasu’s current line:
    28 G, .304 (28-for-92), 10 R, 1 HR, 5 2B, 36 TB, 11 RBI, .356 OBP, .391 SLG