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NPB: Game Summaries for May 20th, 2009 (HAM-YOM; YOK-LOT; SOF-HAN)

by on May.20, 2009 @ 2:38 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB

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Nippon Ham Fighters 6 - Yomiuri Giants 5

The Giants suffered another tough loss at the hands of the Fighters, this time with Seth Greisinger taking a hit. He gave up 6 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 3 strike outs over 5.1 innings of work. The Fighters went with Brian Sweeney (5 IP, 8 H, 3 K, BB, 4 R, 4 ER), who wasn't particularly great, but didn't really need to be with Greisinger giving up so many runs. Masanori Hayashi ultimately got the win for the Fighters and Hisayshi Takeda picked up his 10th save of the season.

The Giants got on the board first with a solo home run by Seung-Yeop Lee (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2R, RBI) in the top of the second. The lead didn't last long as the Fighters scored three runs in their half of the second on 5 consecutives hits that included an RBI single by Yoshio Itoi (1-for-4, R, RBI) followed by a 2-run single by Shinya Tsuruoka (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI). The Fighters would hold on to that lead until the top of the 4th, when the Giants answered back with their own 3-spot: Alex Ramirez (1-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) pushed a run across with a ground out to short; Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-3, RBI) had an RBI single; and Shinnosuke Abe (0-for-4) drove in the third run of the inning on a ground out to second.

But the Fighters would not go away so easily. In the bottom of the 5th, Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-3, R) led of the inning with a single and later scored on a wild pitch by Greisinger to tie the game at 4. Shinji Takahashi (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) and Luis Jimenez (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) then went back-to-back in the 6th to give the Fighters all the runs they would need.

The Giants got back a run in the top of the 7th on Noriyoshi Ohmichi's (1-for-1, 2B, RBI) pinch-hit RBI double, but that would be it for the rest of the game.

It was the first victory Hayashi picked up since June of 2007. ... Tomohiro Nioka complained of tightness in his left hamstring and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 6th. ... The Giants had the start of something in the top of the 5th with runners on second and third with 1 out and Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-4, BB, 2B) up to bat. But that potentially rally was quickly snuffed out when Ogasawara struck out and Ryoto Kamiya (2-for-4, R)) was thrown out at third after straying a bit too far off the bag.

Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 33,602
Time: 3h 16m

Yokohama Bay Stars 4 - Chiba Lotte Marines 1
Shuichi Murata (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Takahiro Saeki (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI), and Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) slammed 3 home runs to give interim manager Tomio Tashiro his first win since taking over the team. Takeshi Hosoyamada (1-for-3, RBI) also drove in a run with an RBI single in the 3rd.

The Marines did have a shot to score some runs in the third when the first two batters reached base on walks. But the next three batters, Saburo Ohmura (0-for-3, RBI), Tadahito Iguchi (2-for-4), and Tomoya Satozaki (2-for-4, 2B), went down quietly. They also managed to load the bases with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th, but Shoitsu Ohmatsu (0-for-1) came in to pinch-hit for Chase Lambin (0-for-3) and promptly grounded out to short. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-4, BB, 3B, R) also finished with 2 hits.

Les Walrond had a solid start, going 7 innings while only giving up a run (earned) on 4 hits, 3 strike outs, and 4 walks. Shun Yamaguchi picked up his 2nd save. Yoshihisa Naruse (9 IP, 6 H, 8 K, BB, 4 R, 4 ER) still can't seem to find his groove and dropped his season record to 2-2.

The Bay Stars surrendered lead-off walks in 3 different innings and none scored. ... Outside of the 2nd and 3rd innins when the Bay Stars did all their scoring, Naruse only allowed 1 base runner: a walk to the lead-off batter in the 9th.

Chiba Lotte Marine
Attendance: 17,019
Time: 2h 46m

Softbank Hawks 3 - Hanshin Tigers 2
If not for an error in the 3rd that lead to an unearned run, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 2 R, ER) may have been on the winning side of the stick. Instead, he has himself a solid start with nothing to show for. Hirotaka Egusa surrended a lead-off home run in the 10th for his 3rd loss of the season.

D.J. Houlton started for the Hawks and managed to hold the Tigers down to a run (earned) on 2 hits, 4 strike outs, 3 walks, and 2 HBPs. But Tadashi Settsu ultimately got the win, his second of the season.

The Tigers 2 runners on and 2 out situations in the first and fifth innings, but failed to push any runs across the plate. They didn't get on the board until the top of the 7th when Keisuke Kano (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) smacked his second home run of the season.

The Hawks didn't take advantage of all their potential scoring chances either. They left the bases loaded in the 1st, runners of first and third in the 3rd, and runners on first and second in the 9th. And if not for a key fielding error by Shimoyanagi in the 3rd that led to an unearned run and Nobuhiko Matsunaka's (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, R, RBI) walk-off shot in the 10th, the Hawks could have easily been losers against the Tigers.

The walk-off blast by Matsunaka was his first since the 2005 season.

Yahoo Dome
Attendance: 29,258
Time: 3h 43m

0 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for May 20th, 2009 (HAM-YOM; YOK-LOT; SOF-HAN)

  1. knucklehead7

    That’s the Fighters’ eighth win in their last ten games. With both teams doing so well so far this season, it must feel good to take the first two games of the series from the Giants.

  2. Gwynar

    I think most teams get pumped to play the Giants, perhaps even more so during Inter-league play and PL teams.

    The Fighters weren’t exactly the underdog going into the series, but I don’t think anyone thought they’d sweep the Giants.