Yokohama Bay Stars 5 - Yomiuri Giants 4
W: Hiroki Sanada (2-1; .1 IP, 0 H, K, 0 R)
Sv: Shun Yamamguchi (8)
L: Kiyoshi Toyoda (1-2; .2 IP, H, K, BB, R, ER)
The Bay Stars scored a run in the 1st on Shuichi Murata's (2-for3, IBB 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) RBI triple. Yoshiyuki Kamei (3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) answered with a 2-out RBI single in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bay Stars took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd with Murata's 16th home run of the season. Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) anwered back with his 18th home run of the season in the bottom of the 3rd.
The score remained knotted at 2 until the bottom of the 7th when Alex Ramirez (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) and Kamei went back-to-back to give the Giants a 4-2 lead. This time it was the Bay Stars' turn to answer back: Yuki Yoshimura (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI) nailed his 10th home run of the season and with 2 runners on, Takahiro Saeki (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double, giving the Bay Stars a 5-4 lead.
Shun Yamamguchi tossed a perfect 9th for his 8th save of the season.
Yuji Yoshimi (3 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER) started for the Dragons while Shun Tono (7.1 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 4 R, 4 ER) got the call for the Giants.
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 11-9. ... The Giants have now lost 3 in a row. ... The Giants intentionally walked Murata in the 9th in order to face Saeki.
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 12 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 41m
Chunichi Dragons 12 - Yakult Swallows 1
W: Kenichi Nakata (1-1; 8 IP, 3 H, 11 K, 4 BB, R, ER)
L: Kyohei Muranaka (0-1; 5 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 5 R, 5 ER)
The game started off innocently enough with a 1-0 lead by the Dragons. But two 2-run homers in the 4th by Masaaki Koike (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Motonobu Tanishige (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) quickly put the Dragons up, 5-0. Kyohei Muranaka tossed another inning for the Swallows and then was replaced by Jun Hagiwara.
By the top of the 8th, with Yasuhiro Ichiba now on the mound for the Swallows (since the 7th) the Dragons tacked on 2 more runs and held a commanding 7-0. But the Dragons still weren't done, scoring 4 more runs in the 8th: Tanishige's second home run of the game (solo shot); 2-run single by Masahiko Morino (3-for-4, BB, 2 RBI); and a run scoring ground out by Tony Blanco (1-for-4, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI).
The Swallows finally scored a run off Muranaka in the bottom half of the inning on a sac fly by Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-3, 2B, RBI). And a wild pitch by Tanaka prior to the sac fly helped put a runner on third.
Nobumasa Fukuda (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) entered the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the 9th and gave the Dragons' their 12th run of the night on a homer to left.
The Dragons outhit the Swallows, 16-4. ... Fukuda became the 49th player to hit a home run in his first career at bat.
Dragons: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 9m
Hiroshima Carp 8 - Hanshin Tigers 1
W: Yuki Saito (5-6; 6 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 3 BB, R, ER)
L: Shinobu Fukuhara (3-7; 5 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
The Tigers' offense struggled again, this time against Yuki Saito, scoring their only run in the top of the 6 on a run-scoring ground-out by Takashi Toritani (0-for-3, BB, RBI). Other than the 6th, the Tigers threatened in the 3rd and 5th innings with runners on first and second, but could not push any runs across home plate.
Shinobu Fukuhara did a good job of matching 9's with Saito over the first 4 innings of the game. Fukuhara even managed to get out of the bases loaded jam by getting Shigenobu Shima (0-for-2) to strike out. But things would change in the 5th as Fukuhara gave up an RBI triple to Yoshiyuki Ishihara (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI) and then a 2-run single to Masato Akamatsu (2-for-4, BB, 2 B, 2 R, 3 ER).
The Tigers brought in Hirotaka Egusa to pitch the 6th and he allowed a run to score on a wild pitch, 2 runs to score on a double by Akamatsu, and a run on a double by Akihiro Higashide (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI). The Carp now had a 6-1 lead.
An inning later, an error by Ikuro Katsuragi in right allowed the final 2 Carp runs of the game to score.
The Carp outhit the Tigers, 10-7. ... The Tigers committed 5 errors and the pitching staff threw 2 wild pitches, leading to 4 unearned runs.
Tigers: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 18m
Chiba Lotte Marines 10 - Rakuten Eagles 4
W: Naoyuki Shimizu (4-3; 9 IP, 8 H, 5 K, BB, 4 R, 4 ER)
L: Kohei Hasebe (4-7; 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 3 BB, HBP, 5 R, 5 ER)
It was a rough 1st inning for Kohei Hasebe, as he surrendered 5 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and an HBP. After giving up a run on a ground out to short by Saburo with the bases loaded, Hasebe re-loaded the bases with a walk and then surrendered a grand slam to Naotaka Takehara (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) to give the Marines a 5-0 lead.
The Eagles scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI single Todd Linden (4-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) and a run scoring ground out by Norihiro Nakamura (0-for-4, RBI). That pulled the Eagles to within 3 of tying the game. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Eagles threatened with runners on second and third with 2 outs, but Teppei grounded out to end the inning.
Neither team would score any runs until the 7th when the Fighters scored 2 runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead: Tadahito Iguchi (2-for-2, HBP, 2 BB, 2 R) came around to score on a bad throw by Teppei on single hit by Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-4, BB). Ohmatsu then scored on a sac fly by Saburo (1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI). The Eagles answered back with a solo homer by Linden in the bottom half of the inning.
The Fighters put the game further out of reach in the top of the 8th on another home run by Takehara (solo shot) and a 2-run home run by Toshiaki Imae (1-for-3, HBP, HR, R, 2 RBI). The Eagles would score another run in the bottom of the 9th, but that would be it.
The Marines outhit the Eagles, 11-8. ... The Eagles have now lost 7 in a row. ... It was Takehara's first multi-home run game and grand slam of his career.
Marines: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 2h 48m
Seibu Lions 6 - Nippon Ham Fighters 4
W: Takayuki Kishi (9-1; 9 IP, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER)
L: Keisaku Itokazu (1-4; 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 6 R, 5 ER)
Pitching for the Fighters... Brian Sweeney? Or at least that's what it looked like. Keisuke Itokazu apparently forgot his uniform and had to borrow Sweeney uniform. From the looks of things, he forgot more than just his uniform.
The Fighters gave Itokazu a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st on sac fly by Atsunori Inaba (2-for-3, RBI) and a solo home run by Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI). But Itokazu gave those 2 runs back to the Lions in the bottom of the 1st by hitting the lead-off hitter and walking the following two batters to load the bases. He managed to strike Takeya Nakamura (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) out, but then gave up a big 2-run double to Yoshihito Ishii (1-for-2, HBP, 2B, 2 RBI). Itokazu then retired the next two batters to get out of any further trouble.
The Fighters re-gained the lead in the top of the 2nd on Yoshihiro Sato's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) first home run of the year. A sac fly by Takahashi in the 3rd gave the Fighters a 2-run lead. But that lead would quickly melt away.
Itokazu started the bottom of the 4th with another lead-off HBP, followed by a double to G.G. Sato (2-for-3, HBP, R) and a walk to load the bases. A liner back to the mound started a double play (lead-runner was caught too far from third). Ginjiro then came through with a clutch hit to center. Yoshio Itoi came up throwing, but his throw hit G.G. Sato sliding into home, allowing the runner behind to score as well. The Lions tied the game at 4.
And as if avenging his strike out with the bases loaded in the first, Takeya Nakamura drilled a tie-breaking 2-run home run in the 5th off Itokazu to give the Lions a 6-4 lead.
The Fighters outhit the Lions, 8-6. ... The Fighters have now lost 3 in a row. ... This was Kishi's first complete game of the season.
Fighters: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 2h 42m
Orix Buffaloes 5 - Softbank Hawks 1
W: Kazuki Kondo (4-6; 7 IP, 5 H, 5 K, 2 BB, R, ER)
L: Kenji Ohtonari (3-4; 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
The Softbank Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-4, RBI) with a runner on third and only 1 out. Yuya Hasegawa then struck out with Tamura running on the pitch; he was thrown out at second after the strike out to end the inning.
The 1-0 lead would hold up until the bottom of the 7th when the Buffaloes collected 5 consecutive hits after Fumihiro Suzuki (0-for-4, R) grounded out to short to start the inning. Tomotaka Sakaguchi (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a single; Keiji Ohbiki (3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) doubled Suzuki home to tie the game; Jose Fernandez (2-for-4) got an infield single to put runners on first and second; Alex Cabrera (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the go ahead run with a single to center to put runners on first and third; and Greg LaRocca (1-for-3, BB, RBI) singled in Fernandez while Cabrera was thrown out trying to go from first to third.
A 2-run shot in the bottom of the 8th by Sakaguchi off Akio Mizuda put the Buffaloes up by 4.
The Buffaloes outhit the Hawks, 11-7. ... Nakamura now has 27 home runs. ... This was Cabrera's first game back since going on the DL with a fractured right pinky toe. ... Kazuki won his first game since May 4th. ... Yuichi Honda was back in the starting line-up after sitting out three with tightness in his back. He went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Hawks: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 6m