Yomiuri Giants 11 - Hanshin Tigers 4
W: Seth Greisinger (8-5; 7 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER)
L: Yuya Ando (6-6; 5 IP, 9 H, 4 K, BB, 6 R, 6 ER)
Both Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R, RBI) and Aex Ramirez (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI) scored on a 2-out single in the bottom of the 1st by Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI). And the Tigers managed to tie the game at 2 with 2-out RBI singles by Keiichi Hirano (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and Kentaro Sekimoto (1-for-4, RBI) in the top of the 3rd. But the Giants quickly regained the lead in the bottom half of the third when Michihiro Ogasawara (3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI) hit a lead-off double and came around to score 2-outs later on Yoshitomo Tani's (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI) double to right. Ryota Wakiya (2-for-4, RBI) then drove Tani home on a single to right.
In the top of the 5th, the Tigers pulled to within one when Akihiro Yano (2-for-3, 2 R) picked up a single with one out, walked balked to second, and then came around to score on a 2-out single by Hirano. But the Giants padded their lead in the bottom half of the inning when Ramirez nailed the first of his two 2-run home runs of the night, this off Yuya Ando, to give the Giants a 6-3 lead.
The Tigers scored another run in the top of the 7th when Ikuro Katsuragi (1-for-2, 2B, R) hit a pinch-hit double with 2 outs and then later scored on a passed ball. But once again the Giants padded their lead in the bottom half of the inning on Ramirez's second 2-run home run of the game and Kamei's 10th home run of the season (both were hit off relief pitcher Kazuya Tsutsui).
The Giants would score 2 more runs in the bottom of the 8th on RBI doubles by Sakamoto and Ogasawara to win the game 11-4.
The Giants outhit the Tigers, 14-9. ... Tomoaki Kanemoto was hit by a Craig Brazell liner while on the base paths in the 6th inning.
Tigers: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 3m
Chunichi Dragons 7 - Yokohama Bay Stars 0
W: Kazuki Yoshimi (10-3; 9 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER)
L: Koji Yoshimi (1-1; 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 5 R, 4 ER)
Back-to-back singles by Kazuya Fujita (1-for-4) and Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-4) but put runners on first and second with only 1 out. But neither Shuichi Murata (0-for-4) nor Takahiro Saeki (1-for-4) could come up with the big hit.
The Dragons ended up drawing first blood in the top of the 2nd on Tony Blanco's (1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) 26th home run of the season.
In the bottom of the third, Murata once again stepped up to bat with runners on first and second but could only manage an inning-ending ground out to short.
The Dragons then pulled away in the top of the 7th when Atsushi Fujii hit a grounder to short with Wada on first and Blanco on third. Blanco started for home plate and the short stop threw home, but Shinji Niinuma dropped the ball when Blanco barrelled into him and scored safely. Niinuma was shaken up by the play; Takeshi Hosoyama came in to replace Niinuma. One walk later it was Koji Yoshimi's turn to get yanked as the Bay Stars brought in Hiroki Sanada to help stop the bleeding. Only the bleeding continued when Motonobu Tanishige (2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) nailed a 2-run single. Sanada finally recorded the first out on a sac bunt that put runners on second and third with only 1-out. And that set the stage for a run-scoring balk that put the Bay Stars behind by 5. Sanada did finally settle down after that and retired the final 2 batters of the inning without much fanfare.
A solo home run by Masahiko Morino (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) off Yasuhiro Oyamada in the top of the 8th and run-scoring wild pitch by Oyamada in the top of the 9th gave the Dragons a 7-0 lead.
The Bay Stars did manage to put a runner on first with 1 out out in the bottom of the 9th, but Tatsuya Shimozono (1-for-4) hit into a game-ending double play.
The Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 8-7. ... The Dragons tossed their second straight, complete game shut-out against the Bay Stars last night. In all, opponents have tossed 15 complete game shut-outs against Yokohama this season. ... This was Kazuki Yoshimi's fourth complete game shut-out of the season.
Dragons: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 12m
Hiroshima Carp 8 - Yakult Swallows 4
W: Katsuhiro Nagakawa (2-4; 1 IP, H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER)
L: Ryota Igarashi (1-2; 1 IP, 4 H, K, 2 BB, 5 R, 5 ER)
Jamie D'Antona continued his hot hitting, nailing his 17th home run of the season off Carp starter Takahiro Aoki (1-2; 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER) to give the Swallows a 1-0 lead in the top of the 7th. But the Carp quickly answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning on Tsubasa Aizawa's (2-for-3, IBB, 2B, 2 R, RBI) run scoring double off Swallows' starter Yoshinori Sato (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 K, BB, R, ER).
In the top of the 4th, with the score still tied at 1, Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-3, R) and Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-3, BB, R) connected for back-to-back singles to start the inning. Jamie D'Antona then nailed a double to left to clear the bases and give the Swallows a 3-1 lead.
Up to this point, Sato was doing a pretty good job of keeping the Carp at bay. But after retiring the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the 6th, Sato had to be removed from the game due to a popped blister.
The second pitcher out of the Swallows' bullpen, Kenichi Matsuoka, retired the first two batters of the 7th. But then consecutive singles by Aizawa and pinch-hitter Shigenobu Shima put runners on fist and third. Both pinchi-hitter Masafumi Suenaga (2-for-2, 2B, R, 4 RBI) and Akihiro Higashide (2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI) then followed with big RBI singles to tie the game 3. Andy Phillips (2-for-5,) flied out to center to end the inning.
The Swallows re-grabbed the lead in the top of the 8th when Norichika Aoki (1-for-3, BB, R) crossed the plate on D'Antona's RBI single. But that wouldn't be enough to hold off the Carp. In the bottom of the 8th, with setup man Ryota Igarashi on the mound for the Swallows, the Carp battled back and score 5 (!) runs off Igarashi: a 1-out single by Scott McClain (1-for-4, R) followed by a walk and a game-tying RBI double by Eishin Soyogi (1-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI). Another walk followed to load the bases. 1-out later, Suenaga and Higashide came through for the Carp once again: Suenaga cleared the bases with a double and Higashide chansed Suenaga home on a triple.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa did give up a 1-out single in the bottom of the 9th, but then struck out the final two batters of the inning to give the Carp a 8-4 win.
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 13-7. ... Throw in D'Antona's 4-for-4 from yesterday's game and his first two at bats from tonight's game and he's 6-for-6 with 3 homers and a double. ... The Carp managed to put an end to their 7-game losing streak.
Swallows: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 12m
Seibu Lions - Nippon Ham Fighters
Orix Buffaloes - Rakuten Eagles
Softbank Hawks 8 - Chiba Lotte Marines 6
W: Brian Falkenborg (5-0; 1 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 0 BB, R, ER)
Sv: Takahiro Mahara (17)
L: Yoshihiro Ito (2-4; .1 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 2 R, 2 ER)
It was a very ugly first inning for Yuki Karakawa (6 IP, 8 H, 4 K, BB, 2 HBP, 4 R, 3 ER). After getting the first batter out, he gave up a triple to Munenori Kawasaki (3-for-5, 3B, R), an RBI double to Jose Ortiz (1-for-5, 2B, RBI), a walk to Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI), and an HBP to Hiroki Kokubo (3-for-4, HBP, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, RBI) to load the bases. Karakawa then managed to retire the next two batters to get out of the inning after having allowed only 1 run.
Shota Ohba (7.1 IP, 3 H, 10 K, 5 BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER) also had a rough 1st inning, giving up 3 walks to load the bases, the last walk coming with 2 outs. Ohba then struck out Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) to get out of the inning without giving up any runs.
The Hawks padded their lead with a run in the 2nd and 2-runs in the 3rd and took a 4-0 lead into the top of the 7th. With 2 out, Kokubo extended the lead to 5-0 with his 9th home run of the season off Kentaro Hashimoto (he followed Karakawa).
In the bottom of the 8th, the Marines managed to explode for 5 runs to tie the game: a 2-run homer by Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) off Ohba, a solo home run by Satozaki off Brian Falkenborg, and a big 2-run, game-tying triple by Gary Burnham Jr (1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI) also off Falkenborg.
But the Hawks weren't about to let this game go. In the top of the 9th, Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) hit his 15th home run of the season. Kokubo followed with a double and scored on Arihito Muramatsu's (1-for-1, 3B, R, RBI) triple to right. Muramatsu then scored on a squeeze play by Yuya Hawsegawa (1-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and gave the Hawks an 8-5 lead.
The Hawks called on Takahiro Mahara to close out the game -- he surrendered a lead-off infield single to Tomoaki Imae (1-for-3, HBP, R) and then an RBI double to Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, R, RBI) to close the lead to 2-runs. But Mahara bore down and struck out the next 3 batters to end the game.
Hawks outhit the Marines, 13-9. ... Ohba is still looking for his first victory this season. ... Mahara picked up his 117th career save. The save tied him with Rodney Pedraza atop the club's All-Time Saves list. ... Nobuhiro Matsuda was hit by Karakawa in the third inning. He was taken to a hospital and was diagnosed with bone fracture in his right wrist.
Hawks: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 43m