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NPB: Game Summaries for June 20th, 2009 (YOM-LOT; SOF-YOK; RAK-HAN)

by on Jun.20, 2009 @ 1:33 pm, under Game Summaries, NPB

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Yomiuri Giants 5 - Chiba Lotte Marines 2

W: Seth Greisinger (7-4; 7.0 IP; 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB, R, ER)
Sv: Daisuke Ochi (7)
L: Watanabe Shunsuke (1-1; 4.0 IP, 6 H, K, 2 BB, 5 R, 5 ER)

Seth Greisinger was a little shaky over the first two innings, surrendering two hits to start the first and two more hits in the second, but then managed to settle down and retired 13 straight batters before getting into some trouble in the 7th, when he surrendered an RBI single to Toshiaki Imae (2-for-4, RBI) with a runner on second.

Watanabe Shunsuke didn't have quite as much luck and faced 6 batters before finally getting the first out of the inning: Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-4, 2B, R) led off with double; Tetsuya Matsumoto (1-for-4, R) followed with a single, then stole second to put runners on second and third with no out; Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-3, HBP, R) was hit by a pitch to load the bases; Alex Ramirez (1-for-4, RBI) drove in a run with a single to right; Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI) hit a double and drove in 2 runs; Seung-Yeop Lee (1-for-2, IBB, HR, R, RBI) was intentionally walked. The Giants would score one more run before the inning finally came to an end on a fly out to center by the batter that began the inning.

The Giants scored another run off Shunsuke in the 3rd when Lee drilled his 12th home run of the season.

With a 5-1 lead heading into the top of the 8th, Tatsunori Hara once again turned to Tetsuya Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi wasn't very effective and surrendered a run on a single by Koichi Hori (1-for-1, R), a wild pitch, and a pinch-hit RBI single by Naotaka Takehara (1-for-1, RBI). Another hit, an infield single to Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-1), was all Hara needed to see before calling on Daisuke Ochi to get the Giants out of a no out, runners on first and second jam. Ochi didn't disappointed: he got Tadahito Uguchi (0-for-4) to ground into a double play, and then retired Tomoya Satozaki (0-for-4) on a ground out to third.

Ochi would give up another single in the ninth, but nothing doing as he picked up his 7th save of the season.

Game Notes
The Chiba Lotte Marines are 4-6-3 so far in June. ... The Marines have 3 ties this year, all have come this month and two have come against the Giants. ... Lee's homer was measured at 145m (~476ft).

Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 44,110
Time: 2h 36m

Softbank Hawks 11 - Yokohama Bay Stars 7
W: Justin Germano (3-0; 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
L: Ryan Glynn (2-9; 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 K, BB, 5 R, 5 ER)

The Hawks got off to a quick 1-0 lead when lead-off batter Yuichi Honda (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) jumped on a 1-1 fastball down the middle for his first home run of the season. Ryan Glynn would settle down briefly to retire the next three batters to end the inning.

The Bay Stars quickly answered back with three runs in their half of the second, on a solo shot by Yuki Yoshimura (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) and a 2-run shot by Shuichi Murata (3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI). Unfortunately for the Bays Stars, their 3-1 lead wouldn't last very long.

In the top of the 2nd, the Hawks charged back against Glynn with 3 runs on 2 home runs of their own: a 2-run shot by Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-3, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) and a solo shot by Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI). With Kentaro Takasaki on the mound for the Bay Stars, the Hawks pushed another run across the board in the third on a lead-off triple by Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-5, 3B, R) and an RBI double by Jose Ortiz (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI).

The Hawks would score a run in the 5th and 6th, before scoring 4 more runs in the top of the 7th Takahiro Matsuka: an RBI single by Hitoshi Tamura (2-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI) and Hasegawa's second home run of the game, a 3-run shot.

The Bay Stars would inch back in their half of the 7th against Tadashi Settsu on Murata's second homer of the game, a 3-run shot of his own. Yokohama would score another run in the bottom of the 9th, but that would be all for the Bay Stars as Seiichi Uchikawa grounded into a double play to end the game.

Game Notes
A total of 9 home runs were hit in the game. ... For the first time Inter-league play, both teams started their innings off with lead-off homers (Honda for the Hawks and Yoshimura for the Bay Stars). ... This was the first time Hasegawa hit 2 home runs in a game in his career. ... Glynn is now 0-5 in 6 starts since his victory on May 9th against the Hanshin Tigers. ... The Bay Stars are 2-11 in June with 5 more games to play. ... Kenji Ohtonari pinched in his first game since he was involved in a minor car accident and had to be removed from the active roster on June 3. ... By beating the Bay Stars, the Hawks managed to beat all 6 Central League teams during this year's Inter-league games. ... Murata's 2 home runs gave him 103 career home runs at Yokohama Stadium, breaking the previous record of 102 held by the current interim manager, Tomio Tashiro.

Yokohama
Attendance: 25,110
Time: 3h 26m

Rakuten Eagles 5 - Hanshin Tigers 2
W: Satoshi Nagai (5-3; 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 K, BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
Sv: Marcus Gwyn (2)
L: Yuya Ando (4-5; 3.0 IP, 9 H, 6 K, BB, 5 R, 5 ER)

Satoshi Nagai had himself a pretty decent game, save for a hiccup in the 6th when he gave up 3 consecutive hits for 2 runs: a single to Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, R); a double to Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-2, HBP, BB, 2B, R); and a 2-run single to Craig Brazell (2-for-4, 2 RBI). Nagai did also give up 2 hits in the 4th with 2 outs, but got Takashi Toritani 0-for-4) to harmlessly fly out to left for the final out of the inning.

The Eagles offense showed some life in the top of the first as Yosuke Hiraishi (3-for-5, R) and Masato Nakamura (3-for-5, R) collected consecutive singles with 1 out, but Daisuke Kusano (1-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI) promptly ended the inning on a double play.

It wouldn't be until the top of the third that the Eagles offense would really come to life. After Yuya Ando retired Nagai (0-for-3) and Naoto Watanabe (0-for-5) on strike outs, the Eagles sent 7 batters to the plate before the inning finally came to an end with Nagai's second strike out of the game.

Here's what the 7 batters the Eagles sent to the plate managed to do: Hirashi singled to left; Nakamura singled to center; Kusano drilled a 3-run homer to right to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead; Takeshi Yamamsaki (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) homered to center; Teppei (2-for-4, R) doubled to left; Jobu (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) hit an RBI double to left; and Motohiro Shima (0-for-2, IBB, BB) was intentionally walked.

Marcus Gwyn tossed a perfect 9th for his 2nd save of the season.

Game Notes
The Tigers are now 5-8 in June with 5 more games to play. ... The Eagles are 4-1 since breaking out of a 6 game losing streak. ... Norihiro Akahoshi stole his 20th base of the season in the bottom of th 7th with Kanehisa Arime on the mound. He now has at least 20 steals in each of the past 9 seasons and has 370 over his career. ... The Tigers fell 10 below .500 for the first time in 8 years. ... It was Ando's shortest outing (3.0 IP) this season.

Koshien
Attendance: 46,893
Time: 3h 20m