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NPB: Game Summaries for May 22nd, 2009 (YOM-RAK; YOK-SEI; ORI-HAN)

by on May.22, 2009 @ 10:36 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

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Yomiuri Giants 12 - Rakuten Eagles 2
After getting swept by the Ham Fighters two games to none, the Giants took out all their frustration on the Eagles by scoring 12 runs on 14 hits (including 2 doubles and 2 home runs). Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-3, 3 BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) got the Giants on the board in the hurry with a lead-off blast into the leftfield seats. 3 more runs in the inning would give the Giants 4 runs in the first.

It didn't end there though. The Giants would go on to score 1 in the third, another in the fourth, 5 runs in the fifth, and their 12th and final run in the 7th. Seung-Yeop Lee (2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) smacked two home runs in his first 2 at bats. Michihiro Ogasawara went 2-for-3 with 2 walks, a double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Tetsuya Matsumoto led the hit parade with 3 hits in four trips to the plate and scored 3 runs.

Teppei Tsuchiya (1-for-4, 3B, R) off the second with a triple and Norihiro Nakamura (0-for-4, RBI) chased him home with a ground out to second. That would be all the Eagles would score until the bottom of the 8th when Kenshi Kawaguchi (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI) led off the inning with his first home run of the season.

Dicky Gonzalez (8 IP, 5 H, 4 K, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER) started his fourth game of the season and pushed his record to a perfect 4-0 on the year. Satoshi Nagai (3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 R, 6 ER) had his worst outing of the season and dropped his record to 3-2.

Gonzalez has now gone 28 innings without giving up a walk. ... Sakamoto's home run to lead-off the game was the first of his career.

Kleenex Miyagi
Attendance: 20,170
Time: 3h 12m

Yokohama Bay Stars 15 - Seibu Lions 5
Big offensive outburst by the Bay Stars against one of the better pitchers in the NPB, Hideaki Wakui (5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 8 R, 6 ER). Daisuke Miura (6 IP, 8 H, 5 K, BB, 5 R, 5 ER) didn't exactly toss a great game, but it didn't matter with the way the offense was scoring runs.

The game was actually close over the first 5 innings: going into the top of the 6th, the Bay Stars only had a 5-4 lead. But that quickly when the Bay Stars scored 5 runs in the inning: with runners on first and third, Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-6, R, 2 RBI) and Tatsuhiko Kinjo (2-for-3, R, RBI) both hit RBI singles; Dan Johnson (3-for-3, 2 BB, 3B, HR, 2 R 3 RBI) followed with a 3-run bomb to give the Bay Stars a 10-4 lead.

The Bay Stars would score 5 more runs in the top of the ninth: an RBI double by Takahiro Saeki (2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI); an RBI on a sac fly by Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-4, R, RBI); an RBI single by Kazuya Fujita (1-for-2, 2 R, RBI); an RBI single by Takehiro Ishikawa (3-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI); and a ground out to second by Uchikawa pushed the final run across the plate.

The Lions did all their scoring in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Two of the runs came on solo shots hit by Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) and G.G. Sato (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI). Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-4, BB, R) and Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-4, 2B, R) picked up 2 hits a piece for the Lions.

Interim Manager Tomio Tashiro is now 2-1 after taking over the Yokohama Bay Stars. ... The 15 runs and 19 hits are a season high for the Bay Stars. ... Tatsuya Shimozono's (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) home run in the first was the first of his pro career.

Seibu Dome
Attendance: 16,323
Time: 3h 13m

Orix Buffaloes 8 - Hanshin Tigers 3
The Tigers put up a quick run in the first on two back-to-back doubles by Kentaro Sekimoto (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R) and Takashi Toritani (1-for-4, 2B, RBI). They scored 2 more in the 7th on a lead-off homer by Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) and a run scoring GIDP by Makoto Imaoka.

The Buffaloes banged out 14 hits (including 5 doubles) to score 8 runs. Keiji Ohbiki went 3-for-4 with a walk, double, a run scored, and an RBI. Jose Fernandez (2-for-3, BB), Takahiro Okada (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Koji Yamasaki (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI), and Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-4, 2 R) each recorded 2 hits a piece.

Yuya Ando started for the Tigers and gave up 4 runs (all earned) on 9 hits, 3 strike outs, and 2 walks. Chihiro Kaneko (6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) picked up his 4th win of the season for the Buffaloes. Daisuke Kato recorded the last 2 outs of the game on a double play and picked up his 7th save.

The Tigers are now 4-11-1 in the month of May with 7 games to play. Lose tomorrow and the Tigers no longer have a chance to finish the month at .500.

Yahoo Dome
Attendance: 23,433
Time: 3h 29m