Yakult Swallows 6 - Yomiuri Giants 1
W: Yoshinori Sato (4-4; 8 IP, 2 H, 5 K, BB, R, ER)
L: Seth Greisinger (7-5; 6 IP, 7 H, 5 K, BB, 4 R, 3 ER)
This is exactly the kind of game the Swallows hope that Yoshinori Sato can pitch as he develops into their ace. Sato held a powerful Giants' line-up to just one run, that on Seung-Yeop Lee's (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) 14th home run of the season in the bottom of the 5th. Hayato Sakamoto was responsible for the second hit off Sato in the bottom of the third with 2 out: a single wot this 2 douts.
The Swallows, on the other hand, didn't appear to have too much trouble scoring runs: a balk with runners on second and third; an RBI double by Jamie D'Antona (2-for-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI) in the third; an RBI single by Keizo Kawashima (2-for-4, RBI) in the 4th; a solo homer by Ryoji Aikawa in the 6th; and consecutive RBI doubles in the 6th by D'Antona and Aaron Guiel (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) gave the Swallows all the runs they would need.
The Giants collected 2 hits and left 2 runners on base. The Swallows collected 11 hits and left 8 men on base. ... The Swallows not only snapped a 9-game losing streak at the Tokyo Dome, they also snapped a 7-game losing streak against Greisinger.
Time: 3h 3m
Yokohama Bay Stars 5 - Hanshin Tigers 3
W: Daisuke Miura (7-5; 7 IP, 7 H, 6 K, BB, 0 R)
Sv: Shun Yamaguchi (6)
L: Atsushi Noumi (3-5; 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 4 ER, 4 R)
The Bay Stars jumped off to a quick start Atsushi Noumi, scoring three runs in the top of the first on an RBI single by Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-3, R, RBI) and 2-run home run by Shuichi Murata (2-for-3, IBB, HR, R, 2 RBI). After getting out of the first, Noumi would set down the next 12 Yokohama batters in a row, but the damage was already done. A bases loaded walk to Takahiro Saeki (0-for-3, BB, RBI) in the top of the 6th gave the Bay Stars their 4th run of the game.
But a lead is only as good as the starter on the mound. To that end, Daisuke Miura did a solid job of holding the Tigers' offense at bay and shutting them out for 7 innings. In all, the Tigers had at least three scoring opportunities they could not take advantage of: in the bottom of the third and again in the bottom of the 6th, they left runners on first and second with only out; and in the bottom of the 7th, the Tigers had runners on second and third with 2 out and couldn't get any one home.
The Bay Stars almost let things slip away in the bottom of the 8th when Kimiyasu Kudo entered the game with 1 out and promptly surrendered 3 hits: a solo homer to Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI); a single to Craig Brazell (1-for-4, R); and a pinch-hit 2-run homer to Mitsunobu Takahashi (1-for-1, HR, R, 2 RBI). Yokohama quickly yanked Kudo after that and next two relievers held the Tigers line-up to a hit over 1.2 innings of work.
Yokohama's 5th and final run came in the top of the 9th on Shinji Niinuma's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) first home run of the season.
The Tigers collected 11 hits and left 9 runners on base while the Bay Stars got 7 hits and left 6 runner on base.
Time: 3h 10m
Chunichi Dragons 5 - Hiroshima Carp 3
W: Kazuki Yoshimi (7-3; 6 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
Sv: Hitoki Iwase (18)
L: Kan Ohtake (5-4; 7 IP, 9 H, 5 K, 0 BB, HBP, 5 R, 5 ER)
The Carp quickly scored 2 runs off Kazuki Yoshimi on a bases loaded single by Scott McClain (1-for-4, 2 RBI) in the first. Hiroshima managed to tack on another run in the bottom of the third when Go Kida (0-for-4, RBI) grounded out to second with runners on first and third with only 1 out.
And while Kan Ohtake did a respectable job of holding the Dragons to a hit over the first 3 innings of the game (and at one point even struck out the side in the top of third), things quickly changed in the top of the fourth as Masahiko Morino (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed a 2-run homer to cut the Tiger's lead to 1. One batter later, Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) launched his 18th home run over the left field fences to tie the agame 3.
In the top of the 5th, the Dragons would break a 3-all tie with Morino's RBI single to right with runners on first and second with 2 outs. Masahiro Araki (3-for-4, R, RBI) drove in an insurance run in the 7th and the Dragons were well on their way to a surprise
Hitoki Iwase tossed the 9th for his 18th save of the season.
The Chunichi Dragons collected 5 hits and left 4 runners on base while the Chunichi Dragons picked up 9 hits and left 4 players. ... The Dragons have now won 5 in a row.
Time: 3h 14m
Softbank Hawks 10 - Seibu Lions 3
W: Toshiya Sugiuchi (8-1; 6 IP, 4 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
L: Kazuhisa Ishii (3-6; 6.2 IP, 7 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 5 R, 5 ER)
After giving up 10 runs to the Lions in Friday night's game, the Hawks came back on Saturday afternoon and scored 10 runs of their own. The first run scored in the top of the second on a solo homer by Hitoshi Tamura (2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI). A sac fly by Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) later in inning gave the Hawks a 2-0. Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, HBP, R, RBI) made the score 3-0 with an RBI single in the 3rd.
The Lions finally answered back with 2-run homer by Takeya Nakamura (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the 4th to pull within a run. And if not for an RBI single by Tanoue in the top of the 6th, the Lions would have tied the game in the bottom of the 6th when Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) nailed an RBI double with a runner on second with 2 outs.
Up 4-1 in the top of the 7th, the Hawks pushed further away from the Lions, scoring 2-run on a double by Tamura. 4 more runs in the top of the 9th on a bases clearing triple by Nobuhiro Matsuda (3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI), and a wild pitch with Matsuda at third.
The Hawks banged out 12 hits and left 11 runners on base. The Lions collected 7 hits and left 6 men on base.
Time: 3h 24m
Nippon Ham Fighters 5 - Chiba Lotte Marines 4
W: Tomoya Yagi (6-0; 6 IP, 3 H, 4 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
Sv: Hisashi Takeda (13)
L: Yuki Karakawa (4-4; 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 5 R, 5 ER)
Two doubles by Terrmel Sledge (1-for-3, 2B, R) and Tomohiro Nioka (2-for-4, 2B RBI) in the top of the second gave the Fighters an early 1-0 lead. A three spot in the top of the fourth on a 2-run homer by Yoshio Itoi (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) and a solo home run by Nioka gave the Fighters a 4-0 lead.
The Marines slowly began to chip away, beginning with a run in the bottom of the 4th on Shoitsu Ohmatsu's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 9th home run of the season. The Fighters pushed the Marines away again in the top of the 5th when they scored another run on an RBI single by Itoi. But the Marines continued their push, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th on a 2-run homer by Yuichi Hori (1-for-2, HR, R, 2 RBI) and a run in the bottom of the 7th on Gary Burnham Jr.'s (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) second home run of the season.
But the Fighters' bullpen shut down the Marines' offense over the next 2.1 innings to take the win.
The Fighters recorded 4 hits and left 1 on base. 3 of the 4 hits were home runs. The Fighters collected 11 hits and left 9 runners on base. ... Yagi has yet to lose a game this season and is on a 6-game winning streak. ... All 5 runs were driven in by 2 Kinki University graduates: Itoi and Nioka.
Time: 2h 56m
Rakuten Eagles 11 - Orix Buffaloes 5
W: Koji Aoyama (1-3; 2.1 IP, H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 R)
L: Ryota Katsuki (1-2; .2 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER)
Rough night for Satoshi Nagai (2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 0 BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER) as he got roughed up for 4 runs in just 2.2 innings of work. The big blow came off the bat of Takeshi Hidaka (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the second when he blasted a 2-run homer to give the Buffaloes a 3-0 lead.
But the Eagles chipped away and scored 2 runs off of Buffaloes' starter Shogo Yamamto (5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 K, BB, 4 R, 2 ER) in the top of the third on a lead-off homer by Teppei (3-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) and an RBI single by Daisuke Kusano (3-for-4, HBP, 2 R, RBI).
With the Buffaloes holding onto a 4-2 going into the top of the 6th, the Eagles used a hit, walk, and an error to load the bases with 1 out. Kenshi drove in the first run of the inning on sac fly. Teppei followed with a single and the game-tying run came around to score when Naoyuki Ohmura bobbled the ball in left.
The Eagles would finally take the lead in the top of the 7th as they sent 8 batters to the plate to score 5 runs. It was Takeshi Yamasaki's (1-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) 2-run double with runners on first and third with 2 out that broke the tie and gave the Eagles a 6-4 lead. A hit later, Akihito Fujii (1-for-1, HR, R, 3 RBI) came through with a 3-run bomb to give the Eagles a 9-4 lead.
But the Eagles weren't quite done yet. In the top of the 8th with a runner on first with 2 outs, Yosuke Hiraishi (1-for-2, HR, R, 2 RBI) slammed his first home run of his career.
The Buffaloes scored one final run off the Eagles' pitching staff in the bottom of the ninth when Greg LaRocca (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) led off the inning with his 12th home run of the season.
The Eagles banged out 15 hits and left 6 runners on base. The Buffaloes had 9 hits and left 4 runners on base. ... Teppei and Fujii's home runs were all first for the 2009 season.
Time: 3h 28m