Yomiuri Giants 2 - Yokohama Bay Stars 0
W: Wirfin Obispo (2-0; 7.1 IP, 4 H, 6 K, BB, 0 R)
Sv: Daisuke Ochi (8)
L: Hayato Terahara (1-3; 7 IP, 7 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
Wirfin Obispo did a great job shutting down the Bay Stars over 7.1 inning of work. He carried a no-hitter into the 4th, but with 2 outs, Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-3) broke through with a single. Obispo then gave up a single in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. Obispo was relieved after facing two batters in the 8th and tossing 101 pitches.
The Giants generated both of their runs on solo homers off Terahara: Michihiro Ogaswara (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI) in the 4th and Ryota Wakiya (1-for-2, BB, HR, R, RBI) in the 7th. But other than these two home runs, a bases loaded situation in the 5th, and runners on first and third in the 6th, the Giants' offense really couldn't get much of anything going against the Bay Stars.
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 7-6. ... Ogasawara left the game partway through the 5th when Takehiko Ishikawa slid into third base really hard.
Bay Stars: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 5m
Yakult Swallows 8 - Chunichi Dragons 2
W: Shohei Tateyama (9-2; 9 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Kenta Asakura (5-4; 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 7 R, 7 ER)
Shohei Tateyama had been struggling a bit after starting the season off really hot (15 ER over his last 15 IP). But he managed to turn his luck around against the Dragons and tossed a 118-pitch complete game victory.
Tateyama faced the minimum through his first 3.2 innings of work. After which he gave up a single to Masahiko Morino (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) and an RBI double to Tony Blanco (1-for-4, 2B, RBI). Fortunately the Tateyama, the Swallows got out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Jamie D'Antona (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) and an RBI double by Shinya Miyamoto (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI). The Swallows would extend that lead in the bottom of the 5th on Aaron Guiel's (2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) 13th home run of the season, a 2-run shot.
The Dragons scored a run in the top of the 6th on Morino's 10th home run of the season to cut the Swallows' lead in half to 4-2. But that's as far as the Dragons got: Tateyama then held the Dragons to just 2 hits over the next 3.1 innings.
The Swallows would score 4 more runs in the bottom of the 6th on a solo home run by Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI), a sac fly by Miyamoto, and a bases clearing, 2-run double by Ryoji Aikawa (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI).
The Swallows outhit the Dragons, 12-5. ... The Swallows sent 8 men to the plate in both the 5th and 6th innings. ... Norichika Aoki went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. ... Tateyama had gone 3 starts without a win.
Dragons: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 3m
Rakuten Eagles 8 - Chiba Lotte Marines 3
W: Kazuo Fukumori (1-0; 2 IP, H, K, 0 BB, 0 R)
L: Shunsuke Watanabe (1-7; 6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 R, 3 ER)
Takashi Kawai (5 IP, 7 H, K, 2 BB, 0 R) got the start for the Eagles and had a bit of a rough go at things, but still managed to keep the Marines from scoring any runs over his 5 innings of work: Kawai walked 2 in the 1st after two out; he gave up 2 consecutive hits with 2 out in the 2nd and 3rd; and was taken out after giving up 2 consecutive singles in the 6th to start the inning. Kazuo Fukumori replaced Kawai in the 6th and got the remaining three outs of the inning.
The Eagles were also held at bay by Lotte starter Shunsuke Watanabe over the first 5 innings of the game. Rakuten did load the bases in the 2nd and 5th innings, but Watanabe managed to wiggle out of both innings without a scratch. The Eagles finally managed to touch Watanabe for a run in the bottom of the 6th on Norihiro Nakamura's (1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 B, RBI) 2-out, RBI double.
But that wouldn't be all the Eagles would score. In the following inning, Watanabe gave up a single to Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4, HBP, 2R) after striking the first batter of the inning out. Naoto Watanabe (0-for-2, R) then reached first on a throwing error by third baseman Toshiaki Imae and stole second to put runners on first and third with only 1 out. Teppei (2-for-5, 2 3B, R, 5 RBI) followed with a bases clearing triple, effectively ending Watanabe's night. But Watanabe's replacement, Tatsuya Uchi, promptly gave-up a 2-run homer to Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI), putting the Marines in a 5-0 hole.
With Hiroki Ueno on the mound for the Marines in the bottom of the 8th, the Eagles extended their lead on a bases clearing, 2-out, 3-run triple by Teppei.
The Marines did give the Eagles a bit of a scare in the top of the 9th when the loaded the bases with only 1 out. The first run scored on a passed ball by Jin Nakatani. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-5, 2 RBI) supplied a 2-run single after that to cut the Eagles lead to 5. But that would be all the Marines would score as the next batter, Kazuya Fukuura (0-for-2), grounded in a 6-3 double play to end the inning and the game.
The Marines outhit the Eagles, 12-10. ...
Marines: 8 LOB, 2 DP
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 6m
Seibu Lions 8 - Nippon Ham Fighters 2
W: Hideaki Wakui (10-3; 8 IP, 9 H, 11 K, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Masaru Takeda (4-6; 3.1 IP, 10 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 5 R, 5 ER)
Hideki Wakui held the Fighters to just 2 runs despite giving up 9 hits and 3 walks. But he also struck out 10 batters, 5 of them ending innings. And in the one inning the Fighters managed to string together a number of hits to push a run across the plate, Wakui managed to end with a double play before it got out of hand. And if not for a lead-off triple by Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, BB, 3B, R) in the top of the 6th, the Fighters probably would have had to settle for just 1 run. But as it was, a ground out by Eiichi Koyano (1-for-4, R, RBI) managed to push Takahashi across for what would be the Fighters' last run of the game.
Masaru Takeda had a rough outing for the Fighters, lasting only 3.1 innings while giving up 5 runs. He actually started off strong with a 1-2-3 first ining, and then retired the first batter of the second inning. But then he surrendered three consecutive singles that ended up netting the Lions a run in the inning. The Lions scored another run in the bottom of the third on Hiroyuki Nakajima's (1-for-5, RBI) run-scoring single. But it was what happened in the 4th inning that would ultimately knock Takeda out of the game.
After retiring the first batter on a ground out to third, Takeda proceeded to give up singles to Keisuke Mizuda (2-for-3, BB, 2 R) and Ginjiro (2-for-3, R). A double by Yasuyuki Kataoka (4-for-5, 3 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases and a single off Takumi Kuriyama's (1-for-3, BB, RBI) bat allowed Kataoka to score from second and give the Lions a 5-1 lead. Shintaro Ejiri relieved Takeda after that and got out of the inning without giving up any more runs.
The Lions would score three more runs over the final 3 innings of the game, including solo homers by Takeya Nakamura (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) in the 6th and G.G. Sato (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) in the 8th.
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 18-9. ... The Lions have now won 6 in a row. ... Tensions were apparently fairly high in the game. And it all culminated in both benches clearing in the top of the 9th. ... The Fighter have now lost 5 in a row. ... Wakui won his 50th career game.
Fighters: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 12 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 26m
Softbank Hawks 15 - Orix Buffaloes 2
W: Justin Germano (4-0; 8 IP, 8 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
L: Atsuhiro Mitsuhara (1-2; .1 IP, 2 H, K, 3 BB, 5 R 5 ER)
This game was as good as over in the top of the 1st as the Buffaloes touched the Hawks for 6 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Atsuhiro Mitsuhara managed to record only 1 out after facing 7 batters and was down 3-0 with the bases loaded when he was lifted in favor of Hidetaka Kawagoe. Kawagoe didn't really do much better, giving up a 2-run single to the first batter he face, Nobuhiro Matsuda (3-for-5, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI). Fortunately for Buffaloes, the runner on first got a little greedy and was thrown out trying to get to third. Hidenori Tanoue (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) followed with an RBI single, after which the inning finally came to an end when Yuichi Honda flew out to center.
The Hawks would score 9 more times after the 1st inning: a run in the 2nd on a fielder's choice by Nobuhiko Matsnaka (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI); a run in the 3rd on Matsuda's 5th home run; 2 runs in the 4th on a 2-run homer by Hitoshi Tamura (3-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI); 4 runs in the 8th on a run-scoring ground out by Arihito Muramatsu (0-for-3, R, RBI), an RBI single by Matsuda, and a 2-run double by Tanoue; and 1 final run in the top of the 9th on an RBI single by Kenta Nakanishi (1-for-2, RBI).
The Buffaloes couldn't get much going against Germano, scoring a run in the first on Jose Fernandez's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 8th home run of the season, and a second run in the 7th on an RBI double by Tomotaka Sakaguchi (1-for-4, 2B, RBI). Asides from these scoring innings, the Buffaloes also left 2 runners on base in both the 1st and 6th innings.
The Hawks outhit the Buffaloes 18-8. ... The Hawks sent 10 batters to the plate in the 1st. ... The 15 runs the Buffaloes gave up on Thursday night established a seasonal high for the team.
Hawks: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 18m