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NPB: Game Summaries for May 10, 2009

by on May.10, 2009 @ 10:55 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yomiuri Giants 8 - Chunichi Dragons 7
Shun Tono (3 IP, 8 H, K, 4 R, 4 ER) was knocked out after only three innings, his shortest start of the year. But fortunately for Tono, Dragons starter Yudai Kawai (4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 K, BB, 6 R, 6 ER) also had a bad game and more than that, this game was less about pitching and more about offense (both pitchers came away with no decisions).

Micheal Nakamura recorded his first win as a Giant and Daisuke Ochi picked up a save. Shinsuke Saito was saddled with the loss.

The Dragons offense pounded out 16 hits (including 5 doubles) on their way to scoring 7 runs. Masahiko Morino went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored; Tony Blanco went 2-for-3 with a walk, a runs scored, and 3 RBI; and Kei Nomoto went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI. Hirokazu Ibata added 2 hits and an RBI in 5 trips to the plate.

The Giants offense collected 5 fewer hits (11), but still managed to score 1 more run than the Dragons. Both Hayato Sakamoto and Michihiro Ogasawara had quiet games yesterday, but bounced back -- Sakamoto went 3-for-5 with a double, homer, 3 runs, and 2 RBI; Ogasawara went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, 1 run, and 3 RBI. Alex Ramirez (3-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) homer in the 5th was back-to-back with Ogasawara and also his second straight homer in as many games.

Sakamoto's 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th gave the Giants an 8-7 lead.

The Dragons have now been swept by the Giants twice this year.

Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 43,185
Time: 3h 48m

Yakult Swallows 4 - Hiroshima Carp 1
Shohei Tateyama (6 IP, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB, R, ER) managed to hold down the Dragons and pushed his season record to 3-0. Chang-Yong Lim tossed a perfect 9th to notch his 9th save. Takahiro Aoki (3 IP, 4 H, BB, R, ER) was yanked after 3 innings and ultimately did not factor in the decision. Masaki Hayashi (1.1 IP, 3 H, K, BB, 3 R, 0 ER) got the loss when he gave up 3 unearned run in the bottom of the 6th.

The Dragons had a chance to score some runs in the 3rd when they led off the inning with two consecutive innings, but the next three batters couldn't get the job done: Kenta Kurihara (1-for-4) grounded out to third; Shigenobu Shima (1-for-4) struck out; and Scott Seabol (0-for-4) flied out to center. The Dragons did make good use of Takuro Ishii's (1-for-3, 2B, R) lead-off double in the 5th: Eishin Soyogi (1-for-4) moved Ishii over to third on a grounder and Soichiro Amaya (1-for-3, RBI) hit a sac fly to drive him in. But that's all they would manage.

The Swallows offense got some help from the Carp defense, namely on a costly error on a routine grounder hit by Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-4, R) by Soichiro Amaya in the 6th with 2 outs and Ryoji Aikawa (2-for-4, R) on first. That opened the flood gates: pinch-hitter Shinichi Takeuchi singled Aikawa home. Keizo Kawashima (2-for-5, R, RBI) singled Tanaka home; and a bad throw by Shima allowed another run to score.

Attendance: 14,891
Time: 3h 6m

Hanshin Tigers 12 - Yokohama Bay Stars 4
After getting shut out twice in a row by the Bay Stars, the Tigers came roaring back in the final game of the series to score 12 runs on 9 hits. Kentaro Sekimoto went 2-for-3 with 2 walks, a double, 2 runs, and 4 RBI and Atsushi Fujimoto went 3-for-4 with a walk and 2 runs. Both Takashi Toritani (1-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Keisuke Kano (1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit home runs for the Tigers. Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-5) and Takahiro Arai (0-for-4, BB) continued to struggle.

The Bay Stars actually managed to score first, pushing 2 runs across in the secoond on a 2-run homer by Yuta Naito (1-for-2, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI). Seiichi Uchikawa (3-for-4, HR, R, RBI) added a solo shot in the 6th and Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) capped off the Bay Stars' night with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 9th.

It was a rough start for Futoshi Kobayashi, giving up 5 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, 3 strike outs, and 4 walks over 6 innings of work. If not for an ugly third that got started on 2 consecutive walks followed by 2 consecutive errors and 4 unearned runs, perhaps the outcome of the game would have been different. Shinobu Fukuhara (5 IP, 5 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER) picked up his second victory of the season.

Attendance: 23,963
Time: 3h 4m


Nippon Ham Fighters 7 - Orix Buffaloes 2
Masaru Takeda tossed 6 innings while giving up a run (earned) on 7 hits, 4 strike outs, a walk, and an HBP. He is now 2-1 on the season. Makoto Yoshino, used out of the pen in his previous 6 appearances, dropped his first start of the season: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 R, 3 ER.

The Fighters got a bit of a boost in the bottom of the second when Mitsutaka Goto made a throwing error on a ground ball hit by Luis Jimenez (1-for-3, R, RBI) with 1 out in the inning and runners on first and third. The error allowed a run to score and Jimenez was safe at first. The next two batters connected for consecutive hits: an RBI double by Makoto Kaneko (1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI) and a 2-run single by Kensuke Tanaka (2-for-3, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) gave the Fighters a 5-0 lead. A pitching change would bring in Takehito Kanazawa, who would retire the next batter on a grounder to second. But Atsunori Inaba (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) wouldn't go down quite as quietly, and yanked an RBI double to left.

The Buffaloes actually managed to record 12 hits (including 4 doubles and a homer), but only managed to push 2 runs across the plate. Shinji Yamashita (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) got the Buffaloes on the board in the third with his second home run of the season. Goto (2-for-4, R) crossed the plate in the 7th on a single by Yamashita.

The Fighters have now won 3 in a row. ... The Buffaloes have dropped 4 in a row. ... It was the first time in 8 years that Yoshimi started a game -- he started in place of the hurt Mamoru Kishida.

Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 28,156
Time: 3h 8m

Chiba Lotte Marines 6 - Rakuten Eagles 0
Darrell Rasner hasn't been very consistent over his 5 starts this season -- he seems to have a bad start after a good start and based on that pattern, he was due for a bad start. And a bad start it was: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 3 BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER. Yuki Karakawa tossed a complete game shut-out for the Marines: 8 IP, 8 H, 11 K, BB, 0 R.

The Eagles' offense managed to collect 8 hits, including 2 doubles, but could not come up with the big hit to get on the board: they left the bases loaded in the third; led off the 4th with a double; and had runners on first and second in the 6th with 1 out. Both Naoto Watanabe (2-for-5) and Masato Nakamura (2-for-4) picked up 2 hits a piece.

The Marines got 2 quick runs in the first on Tadahito Iguchi's (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 7th home run of the season. Chase Lambin (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI) tacked on another run in the second with his second homer of the season. Benny Agbayani (1-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) capped off the Marines' day with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th.

It was Karakawa's first complete game shut of his career. ... Daisuke Kusano went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. ... Iguchi hit his 200th home run of his career (combined MLB and NPB totals).

Chiba Marine
Attendance: 24,023
Time: 2h 50m

Softbank Hawks 8 - Seibu Lions 1
A day after the Lions held the Hawks to a run, the Hawks answered back with 8 runs and a victory. Toshiya Sugiuchi (8 IP, 4 H, 12 K, BB, R, ER) had a solid start to win his 4th game of the season. Ryoma Nogami (used as a reliever in his previous three appearances) started his first game of the season and lost: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 5 R, 5 ER.

The Lions scored their sole run on a homer by Hiram Bocachica (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) in the top of the 8th. Hiroyuki Nakajima went 2-for-4 with a double, but the two batters in front of him and the two batters after him went a combined 1-for-14 with a walk, double, and 5 strike outs.

The Hawks collected 10 hits, including 2 solo homers hit by Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, RBI) in the 3rd and Jose Ortiz (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) in the 6th. But the big inning came in the 3rd when the Hawks scored 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Hiroshi Shibahara went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Yahoo Dome
Attendance: 30,337
Time: 2h 55m

0 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for May 10, 2009

  1. knucklehead7

    That’s four in a row for the Giants and they’re up to 20-9 now. It’s nice to look at the PL standings and see the Eagles at the top and eight games over .500 despite this loss.

  2. Gwynar

    The Giants are starting to click, but you know what sucks though?

    Dicky Gonzalez was on the Swallows last season. And now he’s on the Giants. Who know what his numbers will be like at the end of the season, but so far he’s been pretty good. If Gonzalez puts up halfway decent numbers, that’ll make three solid players that the Giants "stole" from the Swallows.

  3. knucklehead7

    It reminds me a bit of how some of the better Kansas City Athletics of the 1950s ended up playing for and contributing to the Yankees.