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Rakuten Eagles 4 - Yokohama Bay Stars 0
W: Satoshi Nagai (4-3)
L: Ryan Glynn (2-8)
Satoshi Nagai helds the Yokohama Bay Stars to just 2 hits over 9 innings of work, including 8 strikeouts, 3 walks, and an HBP -- Tatsuya Shimozono (2-for-3) picked up both of the hits.
The Bay Stars did threaten twice during the game: they had runners on first and second in the bottom of the second with only 1 out when Toshiyuki Kitagawa (0-for-3) struck out and Takahiro Saeki (0-for-1, HBP, BB) was thrown out at second when he wandered a bit too far of the second base bag; and in the top of the fourth, Shimozono flied out to third for the final out of the inning with runners on first and second.
The Eagles managed to score 3 of their four runs in the second inning after Ryan Glynn (7 IP, 4 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) loaded the bases with a walk to Yosuke Hiraishi (0-for-2, BB, R) and then walked Motohiro Shima (1-for-2, BB, RBI) to push the first run of the game across home plate. Naoto Watanabe (1-for-4, 2 RBI) then followed with a with 2-run single to center.
The Eagles picked up their final run on consecutive doubles by Jobu Morita (1-for-1, 2B, R) and Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) off Yuji Yoshimi in the bottom of the 8th.
Not since May 13th did the Eagles manage to score 3 runs in an inning. ... It has been almost a month since the Eagles managed to win consecutive games. ... It was Nagai's first win since May 1st. ... Glynn picked up his third consecutive loss and has not won a game over his last 4 starts (his last victory came on May 9th).
Time: 2h 38m
Chiba Lotte Marines 9 - Hanshin Tigers 1
W: Shingo Ono (3-4)
L: Shinobu Fukuhara (3-5)
Playing in their first game since scoring 15 runs in 1 inning, the Marines once again flexed their muscles and banged out 10 hits over 3 innings (13 in all).
And it all started in the bottom of the third after Toshiaki Imae (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led off the inning with a single and Keisuke Hayasaka (1-for-4, BB, 3 R) reached first on a bad throw by the pitcher, Shinobu Fukuhara (3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 6 R, 3 ER), on a sac bunt. With runners on first and second and no out, Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-2, 2 BB) bunted them over, setting the stage for a Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-3, HBP, BB, R, 2 RBI) 2-run single to center and a Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-4, BB, RBI) 1-run single to left.
The Marines scored another 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th when Benny Agbayani (1-for-2, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double. An out later, Hayasaka singled to right, putting runners and first and third and 1 out. Fukuhara managed to retire the next batter on a fly out to the shotstop for the second out. But Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-5, 2B, R, 4 RBI) nailed a 2-run double to center. A walk to Iguchi brought about a pitching change, but that wouldn't keep Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-4, BB, RBI) from lining an RBI single off the new pitcher.
Another run in the 5th gave the Marines a 7-0 lead going into the top of the 7th, when the Tigers finally scored their one (and only) run on Craig Brazell's third homer of the season off Shingo Ono (8 IP, 8 H, 7 K, BB, R, ER).
The final 2 runs Chiba scored were gift runs from Ken Nishimura: a hit by Imae, 2 walks to Hayasaka and Fukuura, and a 2-run single to Ohmatsu.
Keisuke Kano (HAN) went 2-for-3 with a double. ... The Tigers collected 8 hits as a team and left 7 on base. ... The Marines banged out a total 13 hits and left 13 runners on base.
Chiba Lotte Marine
Time: 3h 21m
Softbank Hawks 3 - Yomiuri Giants 1
W: Justin Germano (2-0)
Sv: Takahiro Mahara (12)
L: Tetsuya Utsumi (2-4)
Tetsuya Utsumi (8 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 ER) tossed a complete game and pitched well enough to win, but instead suffered his fourth loss of the season.
An error in the fourth by Michihiro Ogasawara (0-for-4) helped set the tables for an RBI single by Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-3, BB, RBI). A solo homer by Nobuhiro Matsuda in the 5th gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. And two consecutive doubles hit by Munenori Kawasak (1-for-4, 2B, 2 R) and Jose Ortiz (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) pushed across the third and final run of the game.
The Giants scored their lone run on three singles in the second inning off Justin Germano (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 0 BB, R, ER). They did have two scoring opportunies in the 5th and 7th, but Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-4) and Tetsuya Matsumoto (0-for-4) both failed to deliver -- the two of them went a combined 0-for-4 with 2 strike outs with runners in scoring position.
The Giants outhit the Hawks 9-6 and left 7 runners on base. ... Shigeyuki Furuki (YOM) went 3-for-4 with an RBI. ... Alex Ramirez (YOM) went 2-for-4. ... Takahiro Suzuki (YOM) went 2-for-3.
Time: 2h 27m