Yomiuri Giants 6 - Hiroshima Carp 4
The Carp took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third off Dicky Gonzalez when Soichiro Amaya 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) came around to score from second on Kenta Kurihara's (1-for-5, RBI) single to left. A bad throw to second by Takuro Ishii on a stolen base attempt by Yoshiyuki Kamei (3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI) with 2-outs in the books allowed Kamei to score all the way from first and tie the game at 1.
In the top of the 5th, the Carp regained the lead with Amaya's RBI single to left with runners on first and third and only 1 out. A batter later, Gonzalez walked Scott McClain (0-for-3) to load the bases with 2 outs, but then got Masafumi Suenaga (0-for-5) to strike out swinging to end the inning. But the 1-run lead didn't last long as the Giants once again returned the run when Shigeyuki Furuki (1-for-3, BB, R) scored on Hayato Sakamoto's (0-for-5, RBI) ground out to third with runners on first and third.
Back-to-back solo home run by Masato Akamatsu (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) and Amaya of Gonzalez in the top of the 7th allowed the Carp to take a 4-2 lead.
Hiroshima turned to their closer, Katsuhiro Nagakawa in the top of the 9th, but he faltered and surrendered a game-tying, 1-out, 2-run home run to Kamei.
Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Marc Kroon had solid outings, combining to hold the Carp to just 1 walk over the final 3 innings of the game. In the bottom of the 11th with Ryuji Yokoyama on the mound for Hiroshima, Kamei nailed his second 2-run homer of the day, this one breaking a 4-4 tie to give the Giants a walk-off win.
The Carp outhit the Giants, 10-8.
Carp: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 4 LOB, 0 DP
|Mike Schultz, H||2||2||1||49||1||3||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.26|
|Ryuji Yokoyama, L||2||5||0||45||1.1||7||18||3||0||0||0||2||2||3.73|
|Marc Kroon, W||1||2||12||26||1||3||16||0||3||0||0||0||0||1.29|
Time: 3h 23m
Yakult Swallows 5 - Yokohama Bay Stars 4
Norichika Aoki (1-for-5, R) led off the game with an infield single and came around to score 1-out later on Kazuki Fukuchi's (2-for-5, R, RBI) single to center. Fukuchi stole second before Jamie D'Antona (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) struck out, and then scored on Aaron Guiel's (1-for-4, IBB, RBI) single to right.
The Bay Stars scored a run in the 2nd (Tatsuhiko Kinjo's RBI double; 3-for-3, IBB, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI) and 4th (Hayato Terahara's RBI single; 1-for-3, RBI) innings to tie the game at 2.
In the top of the 7th, the Swallows took a brief 3-2 lead when Kenzo Kawashima (1-for-5, R) came around to score on Hiroyasu Tanaka's (2-for-4, RBI) single to center. The Bay Stars quickly tied it in the bottom half of othe inning on Kinjo's 6th home run of the year.
The Swallows took the lead again in the top of the 8th when D'Antona led off the inning with his 19th home run of the year.
With a 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th, the Swallows turned to their closer, Chang-Yong Lim to get the final 3 outs of the game. But before Lim could even get an out, Shigeru Morikasa (1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) nailed a pinch-hit, game-tying home run. After that, Lim gave up a double, IBB, ground out to first, and another IBB to load the bases with only 1 out before getting Shuichi Murata (0-for-4, BB) to fly out to left. Tatsuya Shimozono (1-for-1, 2B) was then thrown out at home trying to tag up from third.
Kimiyasu Kudo took the mound for the Bay Stars in the top of the 10th and retired the only 2 batters he faced. Atsushi Kizuka then followed Kudo onto the mound and promptly gave up a single to Shinya Miyamoto (2-for-4, R). Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) followed with a double to left to score Miyamoto from first.
Ryota Igarashi retired the side in order to pick up his 2nd save of the year.
The Swallows outhit the Bay Stars, 12-10. ... The Swallows committed 2 errors in the game (both in the 4th when the Bay Stars scored a run) and have now committed 6 since the All-Star break.
Swallows: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Kenichi Matsuoak, H||4||0||0||36||0.2||2||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.58|
|Chang-Yong Lim, W||4||1||24||42||1||6||19||2||0||2||0||1||1||0.42|
|Ryota Igarashi, S||2||2||2||41||1||3||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.90|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Kimiyasu Kudo, H||2||2||0||25||0.2||2||8||0||1||0||0||0||0||7.54|
|Atsushi Kizuka, L||3||2||0||27||0.1||3||9||2||0||0||0||1||1||2.57|
Time: 3h 39m
Chunichi Dragons 7 - Hanshin Tigers 0
Weiyin Chen tossed a complete game shut-out against the Tigers, allowing only 2 hits, both to the number 3 hitter Yamato (2-for-4, 2B); he also struck out 12 batters and walked none.
The Dragons provided Chen with more than enough offense, including a 3-run shot by Kazuhiro Wada (3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) off Yuya Ando in the 5th and a solo home run off Kai-Wen Cheng in the 8th (the home run came in consecutive at bats).
Chen (0-for-4, R, RBI), Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-5, RBI), and Masahiro Araki (0-for-4, RBI) each drove in a run in the bottom of the 8th.
The Dragons outhit the Tigers, 8-2. ... Yamato was in the starting line-up for the first time in the pro career. ... Chen finished strong, striking out all 3 batters he faced in the top of the 9th.
Tigers: 2 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Yuya Ando, L||6||7||0||18||5||24||76||5||2||3||1||3||3||3.59|
|Weiyin Chen, W||5||2||0||14||9||29||113||2||12||0||0||0||0||1.41|
Time: 2h 49m
Nippon Ham Fighters 5 - Seibu Lions 1
Eiichi Koyano's (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 6th home run of the season gave the Fighters a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. Two consecutive doubles by Makoto Kaneko (2-for-4, 2B, R) and Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) with 1 out extended the lead to 2-0 in the top of the 3rd.
The Lions finally got on the board in the bottom of the 4th and cut the Fighters' lead in half when Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI) nailed his 15th home run of the year off Tomoya Yagi.
In the top of the 6th, the Fighters scored three more runs off Hideaki Wakui to take a 5-1 lead: lead-off hitter Atsunori Inaba (0-for-4, HBP, R) was hit by a pitch; Shinji Takahashi (2-for-4, BB, R) hit an infield single to put runners on first and third; Wakui walked Terrmel Sledge (0-for-2, BB) to load the bases; another walk to Koyano pushed Inaba in from third; Takahashi scored on Yoshio Itoi's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out to second; and Sledge came around to score on Shinya Tsuruoka's (1-for-3, RBI) sac fly.
The Fighters outhit the Lions, 10-6.
Fighters: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Tomoya Yagi, W||8||1||0||12||5||21||91||3||2||4||0||1||0||2.71|
|Hideaki Wakui, L||12||4||0||18||6||27||113||6||4||3||1||5||5||2.47|
Time: 3h 34m
Rakuten Eagles 5 - Orix Buffaloes 2
Hisashi Iwakuma scattered 9 hits over 8 innings of work to hold the Buffaloes to 2 run. Tuffy Rhodes had a successful first game back, going 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Iwakuma also managed to strike Rhodes out to end the inning in the bottom of the 3rd with a runner on second.
The second run the Buffaloes scored came in the bottom of the 7th when Osamu Hamanaka (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the inning with his 4th home run of the year.
Down 1-0 in the top of the 3rd, the Eagles scored 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead: with 1 out, Akihito Fujii (1-for-2, R) hit a single to left; Todd Linden (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R) followed with a double to right to put runners on second and third; Ikki committed an error on Naoto Watanabe's (3-for-5, 2B) grounder, allowing a run to score and Watanabe to reach; and Teppei's (1-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI) single to center scored Linden from third.
The Eagles tacked on runs in the 4th (Rick Short's 2nd HR of the season off Mamoru Kishidal; 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI), 5th (a run scored when Takeshi Yamasaki in into a GIDP with the bases loaded; 1-for-4, IBB, RBI), and 7th (RBI single by Yamasaki that knocked Kishida out of the game) innings to take a 5-1 lead.
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 11-8.
Eagles: 9 LOB, 2 DP
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 3 DP
|Hisashi Iwakuma, W||8||5||0||15||9||35||127||8||5||2||0||2||2||3.33|
|Mamoru Kishida, L||5||2||0||10||6.0||31||121||10||4||3||0||5||4||2.56|
Time: 3h 37m
Softbank Hawks 8 - Chiba Lotte Marines 3
The Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on consecutive RBI singles by Yuichi Honda (1-for-4, BB, RBI) and Munenori Kawasaki (4-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI). The Marines managed to tie the game at 2 in the top of the 3rd on Masahiko Tanaka's 2-run home run off Kenji Ohtonari.
But the Hawks came roaring back in the bottom of the 3rd: Hiroki Kokubo (0-for-1, 2 HBP) was hit by a pitch; Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-5, 2B, R) followed with a double to put runners on second and third; Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) drove in Kokubo from third with a single to left; and Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a home run to left. Hiroyuki Kobayashi was then taken out after facing one more batter in the third.
The Hawks tacked on a run in the 6th (Kokubo sac fly) and another run in the 8th (Kokubo second sac fly of the game) to take a 8-2 lead going into the top of the 9th.
In the top of the 9th, a tiring Ohtonari gave up 3 consecutive hits to start the inning: Tadahito Iguchi nailed a double (1-for-4, 2B, R); Saburo singled (1-for-3); and Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-4, RBI) drove in Iguchi from second on a single to right. Tadashi Settsu entered the game after that with runners on first and second and struck out the final 3 batters to end the game.
The Hawks outhit the Marines, 12-6. ... Nobuhiko Matsunaka started in the field for the first time since May 31st. ... Ohtonari struck out 6 straight batters at one point between the 6th and 8th innings. ... The 13 strike outs Ohtonari recorded were a personal career high. ... The Marines have now lost 11 straight away games. ... The Marines missed out on extending their winning streak to 4 for the 6th time this season.
Marines: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Hiroyuki Kobayashi, L||2||9||0||18||2.0||17||74||8||1||1||2||6||6||4.68|
|Kenji Ohtonari, W||5||6||0||15||8.0||31||122||6||13||1||0||3||3||5.20|
Time: 2h 59m