Hiroshima Carp 8 - Yokohama Bay Stars 1
W: Kan Ohtake (6-4; 7 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 3 BB, R, ER)
L: Hayato Terahara (1-2; 6 IP, 6 H, 3 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
The Hiroshima Carp beat up on the Bay Stars, 8-1. But the game didn't become a blow-out until much later in the game.
Hiroshima scored a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Andy Phillips (1-for-5, RBI). The scored then remained 1-0 until the top of the 5th, when the Carp started a streak of 4 straight innings where they scored at least 1 run: Masafumi Suenaga (4-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI) drove in a run in the 5th with single; Scott McClain (2-for-3, HBP, HR, R, RBI) homered in the 6th; Suenaga had another RBI single in the 7th; and Takuro Ishii (1-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double and 2 more runs scored when Shigeki Ushida struck out Yoshiyuki Ishihara (0-for-3, BB, R) on a wild pitch in the 8th.
The Bay Stars scored their run in the bottom of the 7th with the help of two walks and a pinch-hit RBI single by Dan Johnson (1-for-1, RBI). Yokohama managed to put runners on first and third in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, but Takeshi Hosoyamada (0-for-1) flied out to right for the final out of the game.
The Carp outhit the Bay Stars 12-5. ... Ohtake picked up his first victory since May 31st.
Carp: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 13m
Yomiuri Giants 4 - Chunichi Dragons 3
W: Dicky Gonzalez (8-1; 7 IP, 7 H, 3 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
Sv: Tetsuya Yamaguchi (3)
L: Masato Kobayashi (2-1; 1 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, R, ER)
The Giants jumped all over Weiyin Chen (6 IP, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) in the first, scoring three runs after it appeared as though Tetsuya Matsumoto killed any momentum the team may have had by hitting into a double play. But a single by Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI), followed by a double to Alex Ramirez (1-for-4, 2B, R) and a walk to Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-2, 2 BB, R) loaded the bases to give the Giants another chance. And Yoshitomo Tani (1-for-1, 2B, 3 RBI) wouldn't disappoint, nailing a bases-clearing double to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. Although it should be noted that Atsushi Fujii tried to make an aggressive play on the ball but couldn't come up with it.
Chen would settle down after that, scattering only 2 hits over the next 5 innings. And that gave the Dragons offense a chance to get back into the game, which they did, starting in the 5th: Kei Nomoto (1-for-3, RBI) drove in a run with a ground out to second; and Tony Blanco (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) drove in the game-tying run with a 2-run homer in the 6th.
The score would remain tied until the top of the 8th when Ogasawara nailed his 17th home run of the season to give the Giants a 4-3 lead.
Daisuke Ochi and Tetsuya Yamaguchi tossed perfect innings in the 8th and 9th, respectively.
The Giants outhit the Dragons, 9-7. ... This was Chen's first Ichi-gun start since May 30th, when he was taken off the active roster due to left shoulder problems.
Giants: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Dragons: 3 LOB, 2 DP
Time: 3h 9m
Hanshin Tigers 7 - Yakult Swallows 2
W: Yuya Ando (6-5; 8 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Shohei Tateyama (8-2; 4 IP, 8 H, 2 K, BB, 5 R, 4 ER)
Another rough start for Shohei Tateyama. He surrendered a 2-run homer to Craig Brazell (3-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) in the second, as well as two consecutive doubles by Ikuro Katsuragi (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R) and Takashi Toritani (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) to drive in the third run of th e game. A bobble by Jamie D'Antona by Kentaro Sekimoto 2 outs later, gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead after only 2 innings of play.
In the top half of the second, the Swallows actually had a chance to do some damage some damage with runners on second and third, but the 8 and 9 hitters (Ryosuke Morioka and Tateyama) failed to get the big hit.
The Tigers would score 3 more runs before the end of the 7th inning for a 7-1 lead. Kazuki Fukuchi (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) homered in the top of the 8th to give the Swallows their second run of the game.
The Tigers outhit the Swallows, 12-7. ... Tateyama has now lost 2 straight, after starting off the season with 8 wins. ... Norichika Aoki went 0-for-4. ... The Swallows carried a 6-game winning streak into the game against the Tigers.
Swallows: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Tigers: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 2h 48m
Seibu Lions 11 - Rakuten Eagles 2
W: Hideaki Wakui (9-3; 9 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 2 BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Masahiro Tanaka (8-3; 8 IP, 10 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER)
Masahiro Tanaka did a good job holding down the Lions' offense over the first 7 innings of the game, scattering only 5 his and walking 2. He even loaded the bases in third, but managed to snake out of the jam by getting Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-5, 2 R, RBI) to fly out to second.
But things took a somewhat bizarre twist for Tanaka in the top of the eight after he retired the first batter of the inning: Hiroyuki Nakajima (4-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI) singled; Takeya Nakamura (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) blasted a 2-run shot to tie the game at 2; Ishii singled; G.G. Sato (3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit an RBI double to put the Lions up by a run; Yutaro Ohsaki (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) struck out; pinch hitter Tomoaki Sato (2-for-2, 3B, R, 2 RBI) singled and collected an RBI, giving the Lions a 4-2 lead; and Ginjiro (1-for-5, RBI) grounded out to short for the final out of the inning.
Tanaka was then taken out of the game in between innings to make way for Koji Aoyama, who made things even worse -- he surrendered 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits, 7 of which were consecutive and after 1 out was recorded.
The Eagles did manage to score 2 runs in the game (on each in the 2nd and 5th inning), but it wouldn't be nearly enough to even make this game close, especially not after the top of the 9th.
The Lions out hit the Eagles, 18-7. ... Every Lion except for Takumi Kuriyama had at least one hit in the 9th. Kuriyama had the unfortunate distinction of making 2 outs in one inning.
Lions: LOB 9, 0 DP
Eagles: LOB 5, 2 DP
Time: 3h 21m
Orix Buffaloes 6 - Chiba Lotte Marines 2
W: Shogo Yamamoto (5-2; 6 IP, 9 H, 9 K, BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Hiroyuki Kobayashi (1-6; 6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 K, HBP, 6 R, 4 ER)
After the Buffaloes scored a run in the top of the second on an RBI-double by Takeshi Hidaka, the Marines followed with a 2-run homer off the bat of Koichi Hori in the bottom half of the third to take a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived as the Buffaloes got to work in the top of the 4th and scored a run on a sac fly by Hiroyuki Oze (1-for-3, RBI) and the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Koji Yamasaki (2-for-4, RBI). A solo home run in the 5th by Jose Fernandez (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI), an RBI single by Tomotaka Sakaguchi (1-for-5, RBI) in the 6th, and an RBI double by Hirotoshi Kitagawa (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) gave the Buffaloes a 6-2 lead.
The Marines did have a couple of innings where they probably should have been able to score a run or two, especially in the bottom of the 6th when they managed to load the bases, but they simply could not delivery the key hit when they needed it most.
The Buffaloes outhit the Marines, 12-11. ... Naoyuki Ohmura collected his 1,824th hit, good for a tie of 49th with Buffaloes manager Daijiro Ohishi. ... For the second time this season, every player in the Lotte line-up struck out at least once. ... The Lotte bullpen retired the last 8 batters in a row, and struck out 8 of them.
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 2h 59m