Yomiuri Giants 10 - Chunichi Dragons 4
Seth Greisinger (6 IP, 10 H, K, 2 BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER) had another rough start, but his teammates came through and provided him with enough runs for a victory. Daisuke Yamai (1 IP, 2 H, K, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) was knocked out after an inning and lost his second game of the season.
Tony Blanco hit another monster shot that hit the top of the Bulgaria Yogurt sign in left center (150m) and went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Keiji Oyama went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, and 3 RBI. Both Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-4, 2 R) and Atsushi Fujii (2-for-4, 2B) also finished with 2 hits a piece.
The big hitters in the line-up all had big nights for the Giants: Michihiro Ogasawara went 3-for-5 with home run, a run, and 3 RBI; Alex Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI; and Seung-Yeop Lee went 3-for-5 with a home run, a run, and 4 RBI. Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-4, BB, 2B, R) and Tetsuya Matsumoto (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) both finished with 2 hits a piece.
Tom Hanks threw out the ceremonial first pitch -- it was a one bounder that was wide of the plate. ... The Giants are now 10 games over .500 and own the best record in the NPB. The Giants are also the only team with single digit losses (9).
Time: 3h 16m
Yokohama Bay Stars 2 - Hanshin Tigers 0
Daisuke Miura (9 IP, 2 H, 6 K, BB, 0 R) had his best game of the season, pitching a complete game shut out against the Hanshin Tigers for his 4th win of the season. Yuya Ando was on the unfortunate end of the shut out, tossing a fairly solid, if not somewhat wild, game: 8 IP, 5 H, 7 K, 6 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.
Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-3) was held without a hit and is now 0 for his last 8 and 4 for his last 24. Takahiro Arai (0-for-3), also continues to struggle: he is now 3 for his last 26.
The Bay Stars got their first run on a solo shot by Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the 6th. Their second run came in the bottom of the 8th when Yuta Naito (0-for-3, BB, RBI) walked with the bases loaded.
The home run Ando gave up to Uchikawa was apparently on a slider that hung because he couldn't get a good grip on the ball (it was raining all night).
Time: 2h 45m
Nippon Ham Fighters 10 - Orix Buffaloes 1
Yu Darvish (7 IP, 4 H, 4 K, BB, HBP, 0 R) wasn't quite as sharp in his 6th start of the season, but still managed to keep the Buffaloes offense at bay to pick up the win. Shinya Nakayama (4.1 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER) dropped to 0-3 on the season.
The Dragons only managed 4 hits against Darvish through 7, but picked up 4 over the last 2 innings, including 3 consecutive hits in the 9th to plate their first and only run of the game. Greg LaRocca (0-for-3, HBP), Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-3), and Jose Fernandez (1-for-4) went a combined 2-for-10.
The Fighters swatted 15 hits, including 3 doubles and 3 triples, over 8 innings as a team. Kensuke Tanaka (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Shinji Takahashi (3-for-5, 2 RBI) each had three hits and 2 RBIs. Atsunori Inaba (1-for-5, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Eiichi Koyana (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) picked up 2 runs and 2 RBIs a piece.
Time: 3h 20m
Chiba Lotte Marines 4 - Rakuten Eagles 3
The Eagles got on the board first with a triple by Masato Nakamura (1-for-3, 3B, R) and an RBI double by Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-4, 2B, RBI). But the Marines answered back with 2 runs in their half of the first on a 2-run shot by Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) after Chase Lambin (0-for-3, BB, R) reached first on an error.
That lead would quickly go away in the top of the third when Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit a 2-run homer to give his team the lead again. But once again, the Marines answered back with a run in the bottom half of the third when Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) smacked a sac fly to push Toshiaki Imae (1-for-3, 3B, R) across home plate. The Marines would score one more run in the 5th on an RBI double by Iguchi.
Satoshi Nagai (7 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 4 R, 3 ER) lost his first game of the season after starting 3-0. Naoyuki Shimizu (7 IP, 8 H, 6 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER) finally notched his first win and Tadahiro Ogino picked up a save with a perfect 9th (3 strike outs).
Time: 2h 44m
Softbank Hawks 4 - Seibu Lions 3
After losing 2 straight against the Eagles, the Lions really needed this game. And with Hideaki Wakui (8 IP, 4 H, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER) on the mound, they had as good a shot as any, to win. But the Hawks had other ideas and Jose Ortiz (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) drilled a 2-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th off Alex Graman.
Tsuyoshi Wada (7.2 IP, 4 H, 8 K, 3 BB, HBP, 3 R, 3 ER) started the game for the Hawks and avoided the loss. Tadashi Settsu (1.1 IP, H, 2 K, BB, 0 R) got his first pro win.
Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) drove in all 3 runs for the Lions with a 3-run homer in the 6th.
Yuichi Honda was in the starting line-up for the first time in 5 games (he suffered a bruise on his lower left leg). Honda batted 9th and went 0-for-3.
Wakui had only thrown 113 pitches through 8 and could have potentially tossed 1 more inning, but Hisanobu Watanabe (mgr) wanted to give Graman a shot at getting a save.
Time: 2h 45m