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Orix Buffaloes 8 - Yomiuri Giants 6
The first three innings went by without either team scoring. The Giants did put runners on first and second with 1 out in both the second and third inning and the Buffaloes managed a first and second with no out situation in the top of the third, but neither team could push a run across the plate.
That is, until the top of the fourth when the Buffaloes loaded the bases and Koji Yamasaki (2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI) hit a double to clear them. Three consecutive doubles after two consecutive strike outs to start the 5th led to 2 more runs for the Buffaloes. The Giants would finally get on the board in the bottom of the 6th on an RBI double by Shinnosuke Abe (3-for-3, RBI).
The Buffaloes weren't done scoring just yet: in the top of the 7th, Shinji Shimoyama (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) drilled a two-run homer to push the Giants further away. The Giants did answer back with a 2-run homer by Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) in their half of the 7th and a solo shot by Seung-Yeop Lee (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) in the bottom of the 8th. But the Giants still trailed 7-4.
An insurance run in the top of the 9th (RBI single by Yamasaki) put the game further out of reach, but the Giants still had a little fight left in them. In the bottom of the 9th, Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-5, R) and Takahito Kudo (3-for-4, 2 R) led off with consecutive singles. A wild pitch moved Sakamoto up to third. A 10-pitch walk to Ogasawara loaded the bases for Alex Ramirez, who laced a 2-run single to cut the lead in half. But the next three batters couldn't get the job done: Lee struck out, Yoshiyuki Kamei (0-for-4) grounded into a force, and Tetsuya Matsumoto (0-for-1) flied out to center to end the game.
Shun Tono had a tough start, lasting 4 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, 4 strike outs, 3 walks, and an HBP; he dropped to 2-3 on the season. Yoshihisa Hirano picked up his first win of the season with 6 innings of work: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 K, BB, 1 R, 1 ER.
The last time Hirano pitched was on September 30th, 2007, a period of 602 days.
Time: 3h 45m
Rakuten Eagles 5 - Yokohama Bay Stars 2
You never really know which Kohei Hasebe you're going to get: the "decent" Hasebe that is capable of holding down an offense to 1-2 runs; or the "bad" Hasebe that gets hits up for 4-5 runs. Tonight, the decent Hasebe showed up: 6 IP, 5 H, 7 K, BB, 2 R, ER. Futoshi Kobayashi was looking to break-out of a 2-game losing streak, but failed: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB, HBP, 5 R, 4 ER.
The Bay Stars got on the board first when Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) hit a solo shot in the first. The lead would hold until the top of the 4th when the Eagles scored 2 runs: with the bases loaded, Rick Short (1-for-3, RBI) hit a sac fly to score a run; Motohiro Shima (3-for-3, IBB, 2B, R, RBI) followed with an RBI single to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
An RBI single by Teppei (1-for-5, RBI) with runners on first and third in the top of the 5th, along with 2 more runs in the top of the 6th on an RBI single by Makoto Kosaka (1-for-4, BB, R) and an RBI double by Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4, HBP, 2B, 2 R, RBI), put the game out of reach for the Bay Stars as they were only able to score one more run in the bottom of the 6th on a sac fly by Yuki Yoshimura (0-for-3, RBI).
The last time Hasebe recorded a win was on May 5th. Since then, the team had gone 4-8, with all four of those wins from from Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma. Hasebe broke that streak by winning tonight. ... It was Tomio Tashiro's first game as manager at home.
Time: 3h 12m
Hanshin Tigers - Chiba Lotte Marines
The game was rained out after 1 out in the bottom of the 4th.
Time: 1h 9m