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Nippon Ham Fighters 16 - Yomiuri Giants 6
The Ham Fighters banged out 20 hits and scored 16 runs over 8 innings. Every player in the starting line-up had at least one hit. Eiichi Koyano led hit attack with 2 singles and 2 doubles in 5 trips to go along with 2 runs scored and an RBI; Tomohiro Nioka faced his team for the first time since being traded away and went 3-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. 5 other players collected 2 hits, including Makoto Kaneko's 2-for-3 (R and 3 RBI) night that included a 2-run home run that capped off a 6-run 5th.
The turning point of the game probably came in the Fighters' fourth when Atsunori Inaba led off the inning on what appeared to be a ground out to first, but Seung-Yeop Lee couldn't handle the grounder, allowing Inaba to reach first safely. A single later, Shinji Takahashi dropped a bunt toward third, but neither Hisanori Takahashi nor Michihiro Ogasawara went after the ball and everyone ended up safe. Things quickly got worse for Takahashi after that with the Fighters' ultimately scoring 4 runs to turn the tables.
The Giants' offense was also fairly active, scoring 6 runs on 10 hits. The 10 hits also included 3 home runs: a solo shot by Takuya Kimura (3-for-4, HR, R, RBI) to put the Giants on the board with 1-0 lead; and back-to-back solo home runs by Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the 7th. Hayato Sakamoto went 2-for-5 with 2 runs.
Takahashi had a rough start, lasting only 4 innings while giving up 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, 3 strike outs, and a walk. The two pitchers that followed in relief (Kentaro Nishimura and Satoshi Fukuda) did little to stop the Fighter's offense, giving up 10 runs (6 earned) on 12 hits, 4 strike outs, and 3 walks in 4 innings of work. Tomoya Yagi (5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) didn't have a great game, but pitched well enough to remain undefeated and now has 4 wins in 5 starts.
Lee was working on an errorless streak of 1,225 innings (going back to 7/8/2007) when he committed an error in the 4th.
Time: 3h 19m
Chiba Lotte Marines 2 - Yokohama Bay Stars 1
It was the first game at the helm of the Bay Stars for interim manager Tomio Tashiro. So perhaps it was only fitting that they were beaten by a Chiba Lotte Marines' team managed by Bobby Valentine, a rumored candidate to take over the team next season.
Tom Mastny (5 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 5 BB, R, ER) was a bit wild, but still managed to keep the Bay Stars in the game. It was Yuya Ishii that ultimately got the loss when he gave up a game-winning RBI double to Toshiaki Imae (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) in the bottom of the 8th.
Yuki Karakawa (9 IP, 4 H, 10 K, R, ER) tossed a complete game for his 4th victory of the season. The 1 run he surrender came in the third on an RBI double by Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, 2B, RBI).
Shuichi Murata went 0-for-3 for the Bay Stars. Tadahito Iguchi ended his night 0-for-2 with 2 walks and an RBI for the Marines.
Karakawa has now thrown 2 back-to-back complete game victories with 10+ strike outs.
Chiba Lotte Marine
Time: 2h 46m
Hanshin Tigers 1 - Softbank Hawks 1
It was a pitcher's duel at Yahoo Dome. And if not for a game-tying, pinch-hit home run by Weichu Lin in the top of the 9th, the Tigers would have ended up losing a tough game.
Yasutomo Kubo tossed 8 solid innings, giving up 1 run (earned) on 2 hits, 5 strike outs, and 4 walks. The bullpen followed and did a great job tossing 4 shut-out innings while giving up only a hit, 5 strike outs, and a walk. Toshiya Sugiuchi also had a great game, hurling 7 shut-out inning while giving up 6 hits and 4 walks; he also struck out 7. The bullpen did a good job of shutting down the Tigers until the top of the 9th when Takahiro Mahara (2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, BB, R, ER) surrendered a lead-off solo home run on a 2-1 151km/hr fastball.
The Tigers actually had a number of chances to break through, including 2 bases loaded opportunities with only 1 out in both the 3rd and 6th innings, but simply could not get the big hit to drop. The Tigers also got runners on first and second in the top of the 12th with 1 out but neither Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-6) nor Takahiro Arai (2-for-6) could get a hit.
The Hawks really couldn't get much going against the Tigers, scattering only 3 hits over 12 innings. In the inning that they scored their lone run, the Hawks managed to load the bases with 1 out. A sac fly by Hiroki Kubota (1-for-3, RBI) chased one run home, but the next batter, Yuya Hasegawa, lined out to third for the final out of the inning with runners on first and third.
Sugiuchi had won 11 consecutive games in the month of May (going back to 2007) prior to his start. The no decision leaves his streak intact.
Time: 4h 30m