Yomiuri Giants 3 - Hiroshima Carp 3
The Carp took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Akihiro Higashide (1-for-5, R) led off the game with a single, stole second 1 out later, moved to third on a ground out, and then scored on a wild pitch by Shun Tono. The Giants tied it in the bottom of the 4th on Hayato Sakamoto's (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) 12th home run of the season.
Hiroshima pulled ahead again the in the 7th with Masafumi Suenaga's 1st home run of year. And the Giants once again tied it in the bottom of the 7th: Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-4, 2B, R) led off the inning with double, moved to third on a ground out, and 1 out later, scored on Takuya Kimura's pinch-hit single to center.
In the top of the 12th, the Carp re-gained the lead on another wild pitch, this time by Marc Kroon. But fortunately for him, Takahiro Suzuki (2-for-2, HR, R, RBI) led off the bottom half of the inning with his first home run of the year to tie the game at 3.
The game ended in a tie 3 batter later when Takayuki Terauchi (0-for-1) struck out with a runner on first.
The Giants outhit the Carp, 12-7. ... Kenta Maeda has not won a game since June 21st. ... Alex Ramirez tied Wally Yonamine for the most number of games played by a foreigner in the NPB with his 1,219th game.
Carp: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 10 LOB, 1 DP
|Mike Schultz, H||2||2||1||50||1||4||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.24|
|Katsuhiro Nagakawa, H||2||5||23||37||1||5||18||1||0||1||0||0||0||3.35|
|Hayato Aoki||0||0||0||16||0 2/3||3||9||1||0||0||0||1||1||2.35|
|Takahiro Aoki||1||2||0||18||0 1/3||2||13||1||1||0||0||0||0||4.27|
|Daisuke Ochi, H||5||2||9||46||2||7||27||1||2||1||0||0||0||2.77|
|Tetsuya Yamaguchi, H||7||1||3||51||1||3||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.22|
Time: 3h 51m
Yokohama Bay Stars 8 - Yakult Swallows 3
The Swallows loaded the bases in the top of the second on 2 singles and a walk. Keizo Kawashima's (1-for-4, RBI) single to center gave the Swallows a 1-0 lead. Hiroyasu Tanaka's (2-for-4, RBI) single to right 2 outs later put the Swallows up by 2.
Yasuhiro Ichiba started off pitching well for the Swallows, but things slowly began to unravel for him in the 3rd when the Bay Stars got two runners on with only 1 out. Ichiba managed to work his way out of the inning without surrendering any runs, but he wouldn't be quite as lucky over the next 2.1 innings.
In the bottom of the 4th, after retiring the first two outs of the inning, Ichiba gave up a single and hit Takehiro Ishikawa (2-for-3, HBP, 2B, 2 R) to put runners on first and second. Takeshi Hosoyamada then nailed a 2-run double (2-for-3, BB, 2 B, R, 2 RBI) to tie the game at 2. A 2-run homer by Shuichi Murata (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) followed by another home run by Dan Johnson (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the bottom of the 5th put the Bay Stars up by 3.
It clearly wasn't Ichiba's night, and yet the Swallows trotted him back out to the mound in the bottom of the 6th. While Ichiba was taken out of the game in this inning, it wasn't until after he had runners on second and third with 1 out. And by then, the momentum was all Bay Stars: Hye-Chun Lee relieved Ichiba and gave up a pinch-hit, 2-run triple to Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-2, 3B, R, 2 RBI), the first batter he faced; got Kazuya Fujita (0-for-5) to foul out; but then gave up a run scoring double to Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI); before finally ending the inning with Murata's fly out to center.
Daisuke Miura struggled a bit in the 2nd, but after striking out Ichiba to end the inning, he went on to retire the next 12 batters in a row. It wasn't until the 7th that his streak ended with Ryoji Aikawa's (1-for-2, BB) lead-off single to center. But Miura was still on top of things and retired the next 6 batters until giving up a lead-off home run to Aaron Guiel (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) in the top of the 9th. Despite that little hiccup, he retired 3 of the next 4 batters to round out his complete game victory against the Swallows.
The Bay Stars outhit the Swallows, 11-8. ... Miura won his first game since June 27th. ... After winning his first game on April 11th against the Yokohama Bay Stars, Ichiba has gone 0-4 in 6 appearances.
Swallows: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 0 DP
|Yasuhiro Ichiba, L||1||4||0||7||5 1/3||27||112||8||4||2||1||7||7||7.58|
|Hye-Chun Lee||0||0||0||19||0 2/3||4||11||2||0||0||0||1||1||3.66|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Daisuke Miura, W||8||7||0||19||9||36||141||8||4||1||0||3||3||3.52|
Time: 3h 0m
Chunichi Dragons 3 - Hanshin Tigers 1
Takahashi Toritani went 2-for-3 with a home run in the bottom of the third and a walk in the 5th. Unfortunately, the rest of the line-up went 4-for-29 -- the two batters in front of Toritani went a combined 0-for-7 and the batter behind him, Tomoaki Kanemoto, was 0-for-3 until he hit a double in the 8th.
The Tigers did get consecutive singles out of Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, BB) and Craig Brazell (1-for-4) to start the 4th, but Kenta Asakura retired Weichu Lin (0-for-3) on a fly out to center, Keisuke Kano (0-for-3) on a ground out to third, and Minoru Iwata (0-for-3) on a ground out to short.
The Dragons actually didn't do that much better, but 2 walks in the 7th were pivotal in the win.
With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the 7th, Minoru Iwata issued 1-out walks to Masaaki Koike (0-for-2, BB, R) and Keiji Oyama (1-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R). Iwata then gave up a single to pinch-hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami to load the bases. Scott Atchison replaced Iwata after that, but he ended up surrendering the go-ahead run on Hirokazu Ibata's (1-for-3, 2 RBI) single to right. And an insurance run crossed the plate on Masahiro Araki's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out to short.
Hitoki Iwase gave up a 1-out walk in the top of the 9th before getting the final 2 outs of the game for his 32nd save of the year.
The Tigers outhit the Dragons, 6-5. ... Tatsunami's single off Atchison was his 2,471st of his career. That ties him for 7th with Shigeo Nagashima on the All-Time hit list. ... Kanemoto was 0 for his last 18 before the double he hit in the 8th.
Tigers: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 6 LOB, 1 DP
|Minoru Iwata||1||2||0||6||6 1/3||27||102||4||5||3||1||3||3||3.03|
|Scott Atchison||4||2||0||46||0 2/3||3||12||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.21|
|Kenta Asakura, W||8||5||0||18||7||28||96||4||3||2||1||1||1||3.71|
|Takuya Asao, H||7||7||0||42||1||4||21||1||2||0||0||0||0||3.80|
|Hitoki Iwase, S||1||2||32||42||1||5||17||1||0||1||0||0||0||1.91|
Time: 2h 48m
Seibu Lions 5 - Nippon Ham Fighters 2
Hideki Sunaga was pitching a no-hitter through the first 6 innings. Only 3 Lions reached base: 2 on walks and 1 on an error. But things quickly went downhill after that. In the top of the 7th, the Fighters up 2-0, Sunaga gave up an infield single to Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, R) and a double to Takeya Nakamura (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R) before Kazumasa Kikuchi replaced him. Kikuchi retired the first batter he faced on a strike, but then gave up an RBI single to G.G. Sato (1-for-4, R, RBI). Tomoaki Sato's (0-for-3, BB, R, RBI) then hit into a fielder's choice, leaving everyone safe and allowing the tying run to score. Taketoshi Goto (1-for-3, R, RBI) and Ginjiro (1-for-3, RBI) followed with RBI singles before Kikuchi was finally replaced by Shintaro Ejiri. He hit the first batter he faced to load the bases and the next batter, Takumi Kuriyama (0-for-3, RBI) drove in the Lions' 5th run of the inning on a sac fly to center. The inning finally ended on Nakajima's ground out to short.
The Fighters' offense never really got things going against Kazuhisa Ishii. They collected lead-off singles in the 1st and 2nd, and then got runners on first and second with two 1-out walks in the 3rd, but neither Atsunori Inaba (0-for-4) nor Shinji Takahashi (0-for-3, BB) could get the runners home. But the Fighters did finally get to Ishii in the top of the 4th when Terrmel Sledge (1-for-3, BB, R) led off with a walk and came around to score on Tomohiro Nioka's (1-for-2, BB, R, RBI) 1-out single to center. Shinya Tsuruoka (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) followed with a double that scored Nioka from second, giving the Fighters a temporary 2-0 lead.
From the 5th inning on, the Lions' bullpen held the Fighters to just 1 hit (in the top of the 9th) and 3 walks.
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 6-5. ... Sunaga has appeared in 18 games and is still looking for his first win. ... Ishii won his first game since July 4th.
Fighters: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Hideki Sunaga||0||0||0||8||6 0/3||22||83||2||5||2||0||2||2||6.23|
|Kazumasa Kikuchi, L||2||2||0||41||0 1/3||5||16||3||1||0||0||3||3||3.43|
|Shintaro Ejiri||2||0||0||24||0 2/3||3||6||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.81|
|Kazuhisa Ishii, W||5||7||0||15||7||31||121||4||6||6||0||2||2||4.53|
|Tetsuya Iwasaki, H||2||3||0||24||1||3||13||0||2||0||0||0||0||2.96|
|Chikara Onodera, S||2||3||16||40||1||4||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.33|
Time: 3h 1m
Rakuten Eagles 8 - Orix Buffaloes 0
The rookie Hiromichi Fujiwara tossed a 1-hit, complete game shut out against the Orix Buffaloes. The 1 hit came off the bat of Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-3) in the bottom of the 5th. Rhodes was then quickly erased in 6-4-3 double play. Fujiwara got 12 ground ball outs, 12 fly ball outs, and 2 strike outs.
The Eagles offense was somewhat lively, scoring 8 runs over 9 innings of play. The first 2 runs scored in the top of the 2nd on Takeshi Yamamasaki's (1-for-4, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI) 1-out, 2-run double with runners on first and second. Rakuten tacked on another run in the top of the 4th when Rick Short (1-for-4, R) came around to score on Ryuji Miyade's (1-for-3, BB, RBI) infield single.
Fernando Seguignol's (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) 3-run homer in the top of the 8th off Kazuki Kondo gave the Eagles a more than comfortable 6-0 lead. But the Eagles weren't done quite yet, scoring 2 more runs in the top of the 9th: Todd Linden's 6th home run of the season off Makoto Yoshino to start the inning; and the second run came around to score on Teppei's (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI) hit single of the night.
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 8-1. ... Teppei extended his hitting streak to 21 and is now tied with Kusano Daisuke for the longest hitting streak in team history. ... This was Fujiwara first pro win.
Eagles: 6 LOB, 3 DP
Buffaloes: 0 LOB, 1 DP
|Hiromichi Fujiwara, W||1||3||0||8||9||27||98||1||2||0||0||0||0||4.55|
|Kazuki Kondo, L||5||7||0||15||8||36||137||8||5||6||0||6||6||5.90|
Time: 2h 34m
Softbank Hawks 5 - Chiba Lotte Marines 4
Shoitsu Ohmatsu's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 2-run homer off Yoshiaki Fujioka in the top of the first gave the Marines an early 2-0 lead. The Hawks answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the first when Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R) came around to score on Hitoshi Tamura's (2-for-4, RBI) single to right.
In the top of the 3rd, Saburo (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) nailed the team's second 2-run homer of the night and knocked Fujioka out of the game. But once again, the Hawks returned a run in the bottom of the 3rd when Kawasaki led off the inning with a triple and scored on Nobuhiko Matsunaka's (1-for-4, R, RBI) ground out to second.
Trailing by 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th, the Hawks managed to tie the game on Hiroki Kokubo's (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 2-run homer to left off Naokyuki Shimizu.
In the bottom of the 8th with Shimizu still on the mound, the Hawks complete their come-from-behind victory: Kokubo flied out to center for the first out; Tamura singled and was replaced by Ryuma Kidakoro; Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-4, 2B) fouled out to Masahiko Tanaka (3B); a bad throw to second by Tomoya Satozaki (C) on Kidakoro's stolen base attempt allowed Kidakoro to get to third; Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-2, BB) walked on four straight pitches; Arihito Muramatsu (1-for-3, RBI) then served Shimizu's 141st pitch to left for a 2-out single, scoring the go-ahead run from third. Shimizu was finally yanked after giving up another single to load the bases and the inning ended with Tadahiro Ogino striking out Yuichi Honda (0-for-5).
Takahiro Mahara made things interesting in the top of the 9th when he gave up an infield single to Koichi Hori (1-for-1) and walked Benny (0-for-1, BB) on 8 pitches with only 1 out. But Mahara managed to settle down and struck out Masahiko Tanaka (0-for-3) and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-5) for his 22nd save of the year.
The Hawks outhit the Marines, 11-9. ... Including the 2 batters Masahiko Morifuku retired in the 3rd after replacing Fujioka, he retired 12 straight before giving up a single to Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-3) in the 7th. ... This was Morifuku longest outing at Ichi-gun.
Marines: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Naokyuki Shimizu, L||4||4||0||16||7 2/3||36||144||11||2||2||0||5||4||3.98|
|Tadahiro Ogino||2||2||8||36||0 1/3||1||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||4.46|
|Yoshiaki Fujioka||4||5||0||21||2 1/3||12||61||5||5||0||0||4||4||4.13|
|Tadashi Settsu, W||4||2||0||46||1 2/3||7||27||2||2||0||0||0||0||1.79|
|Takahiro Mahara, S||3||1||22||33||1||5||21||1||2||1||0||0||0||2.67|
Time: 3h 22m