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Yomiuri Giants 8 - Softbank Hawks 2
The Giants got on the board first with a 2-run homer by Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-2, BB, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the first inning. Another 2 runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch by Tsuyoshi Wada and a ground out to third by Alex Ramirez (1-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI) with runners on first and third.
The Hawks finally got on the board in the top of the 4th on an RBI single by Hitoshi Tamura (4-for-4, 2B, RBI) after a 2-out double by Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-4, R). But not wanting the Hawks to even have a hint of a chance of coming back, the Giants tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the 4th on Abe Shinnosuke's (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 9th home run of the season. One more run in the bottom of the 5th on a sac fly by Ramirez gave the Giants a 6 run lead over the Hawks.
The final runs of the game both scored in the 7th: doubles by Arihito Muramatsu (1-for-1, 2B, R) and Yuichi Honda (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) pushed across the Hawks second run of the game and Alex Ramirez's 8th home run of the season gave the Giants their final run of the game.
Dicky Gonzalez (6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 K, 2 R, 2 ER) had another effective outing for the Giants and picked up his 5th straight win in as many starts. Tsuyoshi Wada had a rough night, giving up 7 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, 4 strike outs, and 2 walks; two 2-run homers put a damper on Wada's night.
The 7 runs Wada gave up is a season high. ... The Hawks outhit the Giants, 10-9. ... The Hawks lost their first game during Inter-league play.
Time: 2h 47m
Nippon Ham Fighters - Yokohama Bay Stars
The game was rained out.
Seibu Lions 6 - Hanshin Tigers 4
Tough loss for the Tigers today as they did their best to try and win their first game after Craig Brazell officially signed on the dotted line.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) drilled his 11th homer of the season, a 2-run shot. But a 2-run shot by G.G. Sato and an RBI double by Hideaki Wakui in the top of the 2nd put the Lions out in front, 3-2. Wakui gave that run back up in the bottom of the third when he threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded (this after giving up a lead-off double and walking 2 batters).
The game would remain tied until the top of the 6th when the Tigers surrendered a lead-off double to Takeya Nakamura (1-for-3, BB, 2 R) and then walked two batters to load the bases. Tomoaki Sato (1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI), in to bat for Tatsuyuki Uemoto (0-for-2), then took a 2-2 fastball back up the middle for 2-run single to break a 3-all tie. The Tigers got a run back in their half of the 6th and threatened to break things open in the bottom of the 8th when they loaded the bases with 1 out. But Fumiya Nishiguchi got Keisuke Kano (0-for-4, RBI) to hit into a double play to end the inning.
Hideaki Wakui (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER) had a shaky outing but still managed to pick up his 5th victory of the season. Chikara Onodera recorded a save with a perfect ninth. Yuya Ando (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 5 R, 5 ER) lost his second straight game and dropped his record to 3-4 on the season.
Nishiguchi picked up the first hold of his pro career. ... The Lions managed to end their 3 game slide.
Time: 3h 33m