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Yomiuri Giants 2 - Seibu Lions 1
W: Tetsuya Yamaguchi (6-1; 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 3 BB, R, ER)
Sv: Daisuke Ochi (6)
L: Hideaki Wakui (7-3; 7.0 IP, 7 H, 9 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
Dicky Gonzalez (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 3 BB, R, ER) got the start for the Giants and retired the first 6 batters he faced before surrendering a run in the top of the third on 3 singles. Things almost got out of hand in the bottom of the 4th when Gonzalez loaded the bases on 2 walks and a single, but somehow got out of the inning unscathed by getting Ginjiro (1-for-2, BB) to line out to short and striking out Hideaki Wakui (1-for-3) for the final out.
On the other side of the diamond, Wakui was doing a good job keeping the Giants' line-up in check and limiting their chances. In fact, the only runs he surrendered came off two solo home runs: in top of the 6th when Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) nailed his 15th home run of the season to tie the game at 1; and in the top of the 7th when Shigeyuki Furuki (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) hit his first home run of the season to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.
Tatsunori Hara dipped into his bullpen from the 7th inning and the relievers did not disappoint: over the final 3 innings of the game, Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Daisuke Ochi held the Lions to just 1 hit.
Taishi Ohta was promoted to Ichi-gun prior to the game but did not have an appearance. ... Yamaguchi appeared in his NPB-leading 34th game of the season. ... The Giants finished 2-1-1 against the Lions during IL play this season.
Time: 3h 6m
Orix Buffaloes 4 - Yokohama Bay Stars 2
W: Chihiro Kaneko (7-4; 7.0 IP, 5 H, 9 K, BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
Sv: Daisuke Kato (10)
L: Kimiyasu Kudo (1-2; 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, R, ER)
The Buffaloes scored a run in the top of the second on three consecutive hits off Bay Stars' starter Yuji Yoshimi (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB, R, ER) to start the inning: a double by Greg LaRocca (1-for-4, 2B, R), a single by Hirotoshi Kitagawa (2-for-4, R), and an RBI single by Takeshi Hidaka (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI). Three more consecutive hits in the top of the 6th off reliever Hiroki Saneda gave the Buffaloes a 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the Bay Stars only managed 2 hits off Chihiro Kaneko over the first 5 innings of the game (at one point Kaneko retired 12 consecutive batters) and it appeared as though the Bay Stars would be shut-out yet again. But that changed in the bottom of the 6th when Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-3, HBP, HR, R, 2 RBI) nailed a 2-run homer to tie the game at 2. And for a moment, it appeared as though the Bay Stars just might pull out a come-from-behind win. At least until the top of the 7th.
The Bay Stars called on Kimiyasu Kudo to pitch the 7th and he promptly gave up a run: Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-5, R) led off with an infield single of Kudo's glove; Keiji Ohbiki (1-for-4) sacrificed Sakaguchi to third; and Naoyuki Ohmura (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) doubled him home. Kudo was lifted after that, but it was too.
The Buffaloes tacked on another run in the top of the 8th on an RBI single by Ryota Aikawa (1-for-3, IBB, RBI). Daisuke Kato entered the game in the bottom of the 9th to close out the game and give the Buffaloes their second straight victory.
The Bay Stars did have a chance to score some runs in the bottom of the 8th when Shuichi Murata stepped up to bat with runners on first and third with only 1 out. But the righty grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat and the inning.
The Buffaloes continue their downward spiral in the month of June -- they are now 1-10 this month. ... The Buffaloes swept the season IL series against the Bay Stars, 4-0.
Time: 3h 2m
Nippon Ham Fighters 10 - Hanshin Tigers 5
W: Tomoya Yagi (5-0; 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (5-4; 3.1 IP, 8 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi only last 2.0 innings in his last start and he didn't fare much better tonight, working only 3.1 innings while giving up 3 runs (all earned). His worst inning, by far, was the first: Kensuke Tanaka (5-for-5, BB, 2B, 3B, 3 R) led off the game with a double and was sacrificed to third by Hichori Morimoto (3-for-4, BB, 3B, R, 3 RBI). Two more doubles followed off the bats of Yoshio Itoi (1-for-5, HPB, 2B, R, 2 RBI) and Shinji Takahashi (4-for-4, BB, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI), giving the Fighters an early 3-0 lead.
Shimoyanagi would load the bases in the second on a walk and two singles, but managed to get out of the inning on a ground out by Itoi. Three singles in the third plated another run for the Fighters and double-play was the only that kept that inning from exploding into something much bigger.
The Tigers dipped into the bullpen 2 batters into the fourth, hoping that the reliever could help keep the game close, but instead it imploded for 7 runs over the next 5.2 innings -- the top of the Fighter's line-up went 8-for-11 (include a double and 2 triples) with 6 RBIs against the Tigers' relievers.
The Tigers' offense wasn't particularly bad, getting two home runs from Kodai Sakurai (3-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and good production out of the top two hitters in the line-up, Norihiro Akahoshi (3-for-4, BB, R) and Kentaro Sekimoto (2-for-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI). But the middle of the order was almost non-existant: Takahiro Arai went 1-for-5, Tomoaki Kanemoto went 1-for-4 with an IBB and an RBI, and Craig Brazell's home run streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 night.
It was the first 5-hit game for Tanaka in his career. ... The Tigers went a collective 12-for-36 and left 10 runners on base. ... The Fighters went 21-for-44 and left 14 runners on base (the 21 hits were a season high). ... The Fighters won the season IL series against the Hanshin Tigers, 2-1-1.
Time: 4h 17m