Yomiuri Giants 4 - Yokohama Bay Stars 2
W: Hisanori Takahashi (5-3; 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB, HBP, 2 R, ER)
Sv: Daisuke Ochi (9)
L: Hayato Terahara (2-4; 6 IP, 6 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER)
Six straight batters reached base after Hayato Terahara retired the led-off batter on a ground out to first in the top of the 1st. Tetsuya Matsumoto (1-for-3, R) reached first on an infield single; Michihiro Ogasawara (0-for-2, BB, R) walked; Alex Ramirez (2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI) drove in Matsumoto with a double; Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double; Yoshitomo Tani (1-for-3, RBI) singled Kamei home from second; and Shinnosuke Abe (0-for-2, BB) walked. The inning finally came to an end when Terahara struck out Shigeyuki Furuki (0-for-2) and got Hisanori Takahashi (0-for-2) to ground out to second.
The Bay Stars returned a run in the bottom of the 1st when Takahiro Saeki (1-for-2, RBI) singled Toshihisa Nishi (1-for-2, BB) from second. Yokohama loaded the bases in the 2nd with 2 out, but Takahashi got out of the inning when Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-4) flied out right. They also managed to put runners on first and second in the 3rd, but Shingo Takeyama (2-for-3, 2B, R) struck out looking to end the inning.
In the top of the 5th, the Giants put runners on first and third with 1 out, but neither Tani nor Abe could get a run home. But the Bay Stars did finally break through for another run in the bottom of the 6th.
Takahashi retired Noriharu Yamazaki (1-for-3) to start the inning, but then surrendered a single to Takeyama and hit pinch-hitter Tatsuya Shimozono to put runners on first and second. The Giants then turned to Daisuke Ochi to protect the lead. Ochi got Seiichi Uchikawa to hit a grounder back to the mound for a force at second, but then walked pinch-hitter Dan Johnson to load the bases. A run finally crossed the plate when Kamei bobbled Kinjo grounder to first. Kamei was tested again on the next play when Kazuya Fujita (1-for-3) hit a grounder to first, but he handled it without any problems to end the inning.
The Bay Stars made a pitching change but the game was called shortly after that, giving the Giants a 4-2 victory.
The Bay Stars outhit the Giants, 8-6. ... The game was called after 6 innings due to rain. ... Abe appeared in the starting line-up for the first time since July 14th. ... Shuichi Murata came out of the game after he hurt his right flank when he hit a foul ball to left in the first inning.
Giants: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 11 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 2h 32m
Chunichi Dragons 7 - Hiroshima Carp 4
W: Maximo Nelson (1-2; 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER)
Sv: Hitoki Iwase (27)
L: Rui Makino (0-2; .2 IP, H, 0 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
For the first 5 innings of the game, neither team was able to score any runs. Both Takashi Ogasawara (5 IP, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 4 ER), Dragons starter, and Yuki Saito (5 IP, 6 H, 2 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER), Carp starter, held their opponents to just 3 hits and a walk over 5 innings. But things fell apart for both pitchers when they got into their 6th inning of work.
In the top of the 6th, Ogasawara gave up two consecutive doubles to Akihiro Higashide (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) and Andy Phillips (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) that gave the Carp a 1-0 lead. A walk to Kenta Kurihara (2-for-3, BB, R) put runners on first and second for Scott McClain's (1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) 10th home run of the season. Ogasawara was taken out of the game after that and Maximo Nelson retired the next three batters in a row to end the inning.
Down 4-0, Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-4, 2B, R) and Masahiro Araki (2-for-5, 3B, 2 R) led off with singles to put runners on first and third. Back-to-back home runs by Masahiko Morino (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI) and Tony Blanco (2-for-3, HBP, HR, R, RBI) tied the game at four (Rui Makino replaced Saito on the mound after Morino's home run). Four batters later, with runners on first and second, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami (1-for-1, 2 RBI) nailed a pinch-hit 2-run double to right off Hayato Aoki, putting the Dragons in front, 6-4.
The Dragons extended the lead in the bottom of the 7th when Araki led off the inning with a triple and Morino drove him home with a single to right. An HBP put runners on first and second with no out. A fly out to center and a sac bunt moved runners to second and third. The inning finally ended when Hidenori (1-for-4) grounded out to first.
Hitoki Iwase walked the first batter he faced in the top of the 9th, but then retired the next 3 batters in a row to pick up his 27th save of the season.
The Dragons outhit the Carp, 11-6. ... Nelson picked up his first win since coming to Japan in 2008. ... The Dragons are the first team to 50 wins in the NPB.
Carp: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 13m
Yakult Swallows - Hanshin Tigers
Nippon Ham Fighters 7 - Chiba Lotte Marines 3
W: Kazuhito Tadano (4-2; 7 IP, 5 H, 10 K, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
L: Kodai Matsumoto (0-1; 0 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, HBP, 3 R, 3 ER)
The Marines took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) led off the inning with a double and then came around to score 2 outs later on Naotaka Takehara's (1-for-3, RBI) single to center.
The Fighters loaded the bases in the bottom of the 3rd with only one out, but like last night, neither Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, 2 BB, R) nor Terrmel Sledge (1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI) were able to come through with a hit. But the Fighters would get on the board in the bottom of the 4th when Makoto Kaneko's single drove in Eiichi Koyano from second to tie the game at 1. Two batters later, with the bases loaded and 2 out, Atsunori Inaba (2-for-4, HBP, R, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a single to right.
Ohmatsu's solo home run in the top of the 6th and Gary Burnham Jr.'s pinch hit double that drove in Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-3, BB, R) in the 7th, tied the game at the 3. But the Fighters quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the 7th when newly inserted pitcher Kodai Matsumoto hit Inaba, gave up a single to Takahashi, and then a deciding 2-run double to Sledge. The Marines yanked Matsumoto after that and went with Tadahiro Ogino. But before he could get out of the inning, he gave up another run on Kaneko's RBI single to left.
The Fighters tacked on another run in the bottom of the 8th as they beat the Marines, 7-3.
The Fighters outhit the Marines, 10-5. ... Kensuke Tanaka was Shimizu's 1,000th career strike out victim. ... The Fighters have now won 4 in a row.
Marines: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 11 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 5m
Seibu Lions 4 - Orix Buffaloes 2
W: Hideaki Wakui (12-3; 7 IP, 8 H, 11 K, 2 BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 ER)
Sv: Chikara Onodera (13)
L: Satoshi Komatsu (1-6; 4.1 IP, 8 H, 3 K, BB, HBP, 4 R, 4 ER)
The Buffaloes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first Keiji Ohbiki (0-for-2, HBP, R) scored on Alex Cabrera's (1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) double to right. They extended their lead by another run in the top of the 2nd when Hiroyuki Oze (1-for-4, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double and then scored on Daisuke Maeda's (2-for-3m RBI) single to center.
The Lions managed to return a run in the bottom of the second on G.G. Sato's (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, RBI) 14th home run of the season. In the bottom of the 5th, the first two batters of the inning reached and moved to second and third on a sac bunt. That set the stage for Hiroyuki Nakajima's (3-for-3, R, 2 RBI) 2-run single to left, that gave the Lions a 3-2 lead. Satoshi Komatsu's wild pitch then moved Nakajima to second, which would allow him to score on Takeya Nakamura's (1-for-3, RBI) single to center. Akio Shimizu replaced Komatsu after that and got out of the inning without giving up another run.
In the top of the 7th, the Buffaloes stranded runners on second and third with 1 out when Wakui managed to strike out both Greg LaRocca (0-for-3) and Cabrera to end the inning. The Lions loaded the bases with 2 outs in the bottom half of the inning, but Takayuki Shimizu failed to come up with a hit, instead grounding out to second.
Chikara Onodera retired the first two batters in the 9th before giving up a walk to Tomotaka Sakaguchi (1-for-4, BB). The game ended when pinch-hitter Jose Fernandez grounded out to short.
The Lions outhit the Buffaloes, 9-8. ... Wakui and Tetsuya Iwasaki combined to strike out 5 straight Buffaloes between the 7th and 8th innings.
Buffaloes: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Time: 3h 28m
Softbank Hawks 6 - Rakuten Eagles 4
W: Yoshiaki Fujioka (4-4, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 8 K, BB, 3 R, 3 ER)
Sv: Takahiro Mahara (18)
L: Ryohei Isaka (2-3; 3 IP, 5 H, 2 K, BB, 4 R, 4 ER)
Ryohei Isaka had problems from the start, giving up a 1-out hit to Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-5, R), followed by a 4-pitch walk to Nobuhiok Matsunaka (1-for-2, IBB, 2 BB, HR, 3 R, RBI). Isaka managed to strike out Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-5) for the second out of the inning, but then gave up a 3-run home run to Hitoshi Tamura (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI).
In the top of the 2nd, the Eagles started the inning off with a single by Takeshi Yamamsaki (4-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI). But Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, RBI) struck out and Fernando Seguignol (0-for-4) flied out for the first two outs of the inning. The next batter, Masato Nakamura (2-for-4), singled to put runners on first and second, but Norihiro Nakamura (0-for-4) ended the inning when he flied out to center.
If not for a caught stealing after a lead-off single by Kawasaki in the bottom of the 3rd, the Eagles would have found themselves down 5 runs instead of 4 after Matsunaka followed the CS with his 16th home run of the season.
The Eagles finally got on the board in the top of the 4th when Teppei (1-for-4, BB, 2 R) came around to score on Kusano's ground out to second.
The Hawks put a little more distance between themselves and the Eagles in the bottom of the 5th when Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-4, 2 RBI) drove two runs in with a 2-out single to center after the bases were loaded with 3 walks. Softbank missed an opportunity to extend their lead a bit more in the bottom of the 6th when Satoru Morimoto (0-for-4) ended up bunting into a double play after a lead-off HBP to Arihito Muramatsu (0-for-3, HBP). They also failed to push any runs across in the bottom of the 7th when they loaded the bases with 2 outs.
Rakuten would attempt to stage a late comeback with Yamasaki's 2-run homer off Yoshiaki Fujioka in the 8th and a 2-out, pinch-hit RBI single by Ryuji Miyade in the 9th off Takahiro Mahara. But the next batter, Teppei, would leave runners stranded on first and second as he grounded out to second to end the game.
The Hawks outhit the Eagles, 12-10. ... Mahara picked up his 118th career save. ... Yamasaki has now hit at least 20 home runs in each of his last 3 seasons.
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Time: 3h 23m