Yokohama Bay Stars 4 - Yakult Swallows 3
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 4th with 1 out, Takehiro Ishikawa (1-for-3, RBI) hit a sac fly to give the Bay Stars a 1-0 lead. The Swallows tied it in the top of the 6th when Norichika Aoki (3-for-3, BB, 3B, 2 R) led off the innings with a triple and came around to score on Hiroyasu Tanaka's (0-for-1, BB) sac hit to right.
In the bottom of the 6th, Shuichi Murata's 22nd home run of the season off Takehiko Oshimoto gave the Bay Stars a 2-1 lead. Yokohama tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the 7th when Takahiro Saeki (2-for-3, BB, R, 2 RBI) nailed a 2-out, 2-run single with the bases loaded.
The Swallows started a comeback in the top of the 8th when Kosuke Kato walked the first 2 batters of the inning. After striking out Kazuki Fukuchi, Kato was replaced by Atsushi Kizuka, but he couldn't contain the Swallows, giving up an RBI single to Jamie D'Antona (3-for-4, RBI). It was Kimiyasu Kudo's try to get out of the inning, but he allowed another run to score when Aaron Guiel (1-for-4, RBI) grounded out to third. The fourth pitcher of the inning, Hiroki Sanada, finally ended the inning by getting Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-4) to ground out to first.
Shun Yamaguchi retired the side in order in the top of the 9th to pick up his 13th save of the year.
The Swallows outhit the Bay Stars, 8-7. ... The Bay Stars took the series, 2-1. ... Glynn won his first game since May 9th.
Swallows: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 10 LOB, 0 DP
|Takehiko Oshimoto, L||1||3||0||30||1||5||14||1||1||1||0||1||1||3.00|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Ryan Glynn, W||3||10||0||15||7||27||108||7||8||0||0||1||1||5.31|
|Kosuke Kato||0||0||0||18||0 1/3||3||20||0||1||2||0||2||2||5.29|
|Atsushi Kizuka||3||2||0||28||0 0/3||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.57|
|Kimiyasu Kudo, H||2||2||0||26||0 1/3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.43|
|Hiroki Sanada, H||4||2||0||45||0 1/3||1||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.70|
|Shun Yamaguchi, S||3||4||13||38||1||3||20||0||2||0||0||0||0||3.05|
Time: 4h 10m
Hanshin Tigers 9 - Chunichi Dragons 2
Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI), Takahiro Arai (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 6 RBI), Craig Brazell (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI), and Kodai Sakurai (3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI) collected consecutive doubles following a 1-out single by Yamato (1-for-4, BB, 3 R) and walk to Takashi Toritani (1-for-4, BB, 2 R) and scored 5 runs in the top of the first.
The Tigers added 3 more in the top of the 2nd on a 3-run blast by Arai off Yudai Kawai (all unearned due to an error by Hirokazu Ibata). And the 9th run of the game scored in the top of the 6th on Arai's sac fly to right that scored Yamato from third.
Unlike the Tigers offensive outburst, the Dragons simply could not get any going against Yasutomo Kubo. Through the first 7 innings of the game, Chunichi could only scatter 6 hits; Tony Blanco (1-for-4, 2 RBI), Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-3), and Atsushi Fujii (0-for-4) went a combined 1-for-9 in those 7 innings.
But with Kubo tiring slightly in the 8th, the Dragons got their chance: Hidenori (2-for-2, R) led off with a single; 1-out later, Masahiro Araki (2-for-5, R) singled to right; Masahiko Morino (2-for-3) was hit by a pitch to load the bases; and Blanco followed with a single to center to score 2 runs. Unfortunately, the rally ended there as the next two batters went down in order.
The Dragons got 2 runners on base in the bottom of the 9th, but with 2 out already in the books, the game ended with Araki flying out to right.
The Tigers outhit the Dragons, 13-11. ... The Dragons won the series, 2-1. ... Kubo celebrated his 29th birthday with a victory. ... Kawaii's consecutive win streak ends at 11. ... The last time Arai drove in 6 runs was back on August 19th, 2006 against the Yokohama Bay Stars when he was a member of the Hiroshima Carp.
Tigers: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Yasutomo Kubo, W||6||4||0||16||8||33||111||9||4||0||1||2||2||3.15|
|Yudai Kawai, L||11||1||0||15||6||33||120||13||4||2||0||9||6||3.22|
Time: 3h 18m
Nippon Ham Fighters 7 - Seibu Lions 4
Consecutive singles by Kensuke Tanaka (3-for-6, 2B, R, RBI) and Tomochika Tsubio (2-for-4, R) put runners on first and third to start the inning. Atsunori Inaba's (2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI) single to left scored Tanaka at third and gave the Fighters a 1-0 lead. The Fighters wasted the final two runners as John Wasdin managed to retire the next three batters without giving up another run.
The Fighters tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth on Tanaka's 2-out RBI double to center.
Meanwhile, Kazuhito Tadano was working on a no-hitter through the first 5 innings. But in the bottom of the 5th, after striking out the lead-off batter, Tadano gave up a single to Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-4, 2 R); walked Takumi Kuriyama (1-for-2, 2 BB, 3B, 2 R, RBI); and surrendered a double to Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) that cleared the bases and tied the game at 2.
In the top of the 7th, the Fighters regained the lead on a 2-run homer by Inaba. The Lions returned to the 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th on Kuriyama's RBI triple, and one out later, Takeya Nakamura's (0-for-1, HBP, BB, RBI) sac hit to left.
The Fighters took the lead for good in the top of the 9th when Naoto Inada (1-for-1, 2 RBI) nailed a pinch-hit, 2-out single with the bases loaded to drive in 2 runs and give the Fighters a 6-4 lead. Makoto Kaneko (2-for-5, RBI) followed with an RBI single to center before Tanaka ended the inning on a strike out.
Hisashi Takeda tossed the bottom of the 9th and gave up a 2-out single before striking out Hiram Bocachica (0-for-4) to end the game.
The Fighters outhit the Lions, 15-5. ... The Fighters won the series 2-1. ... The benches cleared in the 9th after Eiichi Koyano was hit by a pitch. ... Hichori Morimoto was hit by a pitch in the 1st and suffered a fracture of his 5th metacarpal in his left hand. ... The Fighters have now won their last 6 consecutive series.
Fighters: 12 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Naoki Miyanishi, H||5||0||0||37||1||3||13||0||2||0||0||0||0||1.95|
|Yoshinori Tateyama, W||3||4||0||35||1||5||15||2||1||0||0||2||2||2.65|
|Hisashi Takeda, S||1||0||21||35||1||4||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0.99|
|Koji Mitsui||0||1||0||19||0 2/3||5||13||3||0||0||0||2||2||6.23|
|Jun Yamamoto||0||1||0||8||0 2/3||4||14||1||0||1||0||0||0||5.87|
|Tetsuya Iwasaki, L||2||4||0||25||0 2/3||7||22||3||1||1||1||3||3||3.96|
Time: 3h 22m
Rakuten Eagles 7 - Orix Buffaloes 4
Eagles' starter Ryohei Isaka had a halfway decent game: his only problems? Isaka gave up a 2-run homer to Osamu Hamanaka (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the 5th and a solo homer to Keiji Ohbiki (1-for-5, BB, HR, R, RBI) in the bottom of the 6th. Two swings of the bat gave the Buffaloes a 3-0 lead through 6 innings play.
Despite giving up 7 hits and a walk over 6 innings, Yoshihisa Hirano somehow managed to keep the Eagles off the board. It wasn't until he left that the Eagles actually managed to put some runs on the board: With Ryota Katsuki on the mound to start the 7th, Motohiro Shima (2-for-5, R) led off with an infield single; 1-out later, Naoto Watanabe (2-for-4, 3 BB, 2B, 2 R) hit a double to left to put runners on second and third; Teppei (3-for-6, BB, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI) cleared the bases with a double to left; Katsuki was lifted at this point for Masanobu Okubo; he retired the first batter he faced, but then walked two straight batters to load the bases before giving up a 2-run double to Fernando Seguignol (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) that gave the Eagles a 4-3 lead; Okubo was relieved by Akio Shimizu; he walked the first batter he faced to reload the bases before getting Shima to line out to second to end the inning.
The Eagles brought in Kazuo Fukumori to toss the bottom of the 9th and close out the game, but he instead gave up a lead-off solo home to Jose Fernandez (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI). After retiring the next two batters, he loaded the bases with 2 walks and a hit. But he managed to get out of the jam by getting Ohbiki to ground out to short.
Into extra innings, both team went down in order in the 10th. In the top of the 11th, the Eagles almost got off to a great start, except Rick Short (4-for-5, 2 BB, 2B, R, RBI) was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. But the Eagles wouldn't make any more base-running mistakes: in the top of the 12th, with Daisuke Kato pitching in his 4th innings, Todd Linden (1-for-7, R) got things started with a 1-out single to right; Watanabe walked; Teppei followed with a big 2-run double that gave the Eagles a 6-4 lead; Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-6) was intentionally walked; a third run came around to score on Short's grounder to third; and the inning finally ended with Keisuke Uchimura (1-for-2) grounding out to first (although replays showed he was clearly safe).
With a 3-run cushion this time, Fukumori gave up a lead-off infield single to Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-6) before retiring Ohbiki on a strike out and getting Alex Cabrera (1-for-6) to ground into a game-ending, 5-4-3 double play.
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 17-8. ... The Eagles swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Buffaloes 20-6. ... Teppei extended his hitting streak to 22 and now holds the club record.
Eagles: 17 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Marcus Gwyn, H||1||4||3||39||0 2/3||3||15||0||2||1||0||0||0||3.46|
|Kanehisa Arime, H||0||2||2||34||0 1/3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.90|
|Kazuo Fukumori, W||4||0||1||12||4||17||53||3||3||3||0||1||1||0.51|
|Ryota Katsuki||2||2||0||44||0 1/3||4||17||3||0||0||0||3||3||3.80|
|Masanobu Okubo||2||0||1||37||0 1/3||4||19||1||0||2||0||1||1||2.41|
|Akio Shimizu||0||1||0||38||0 2/3||5||23||0||0||3||0||0||0||3.55|
|Jon Leicester||0||1||0||18||1 2/3||7||32||2||2||1||0||0||0||4.07|
|Daisuke Kato, L||4||4||13||32||3||14||55||4||4||2||0||3||3||4.95|
Time: 4h 53m
Chiba Lotte Marines 13 - Softbank Hawks 5
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (3-for-6, HR, 2 R, RBI) lead off the game with his 8th home run of the season to give the Marines a quick 1-0 lead. But the Hawks would come back with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 2nd off Yoshihisa Naruse: with 1 out, both Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-3, R) and Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, R) hit singles to put runner on first and second; after Kenta Nakanishi (1-for-4) flied out to left, the next two batters followed with triples -- Satoru Morimoto (1-for-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI) a 2-run triple and Yuichi Honda (3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI) a 1-run triple -- to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the 4th, the Marines tied the game at 3 when Naotaka Takehara (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) and Kazuya Fukuura (3-for-5, R) came around to score on Gary Burnham Jr.'s (1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) double to right. The Marines then took the lead in the top of the 5th when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 4 runs to take a 7-3 lead: Saburo (1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI) hit an RBI double with runners on first and second; Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-6, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI) followed with a 2-run single to center with runners on second and third; and Takehara pushed 2 more runs across with a double of his own (all of this happening with no outs).
A 2-run homer in the top of the 6th by Ohmatsu gave the Marines a 9-3 lead. But Chiba wasn't done scoring run yet; in the top of the 8th, Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) hit a bases clearing, 1 out, 3-run double to center, pushing the Marines' run total to 12.
On the mound for the Chiba, Naruse settled in nicely after a 3-run 2nd, retiring 13 straight batters between the 2nd and 6th innings. Having thrown 122 pitches, Naruse was relieved by Yusuke Kawasaki prior to the 8th. And that's when the Lions' offense kicked in again: Kawasaki faced 3 batters and allowed all of them to reach base, prompting for a pitching change that brought Tatsuya Uchi to the mound; Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-5, R) drove in a run with a grounder to third; 1-out later, Hasegawa walked to reload the bases with 2 out; Yusuke Kosai drove in another run with a single to left; and the inning finally ended with Kenta Nakanishi (1-for-4) grounding out to third.
Hisao Heiuchi's (2-for-2, HR, R, RBI) lead-off home run in the top of the 9th off Shingo Tatsumi scored the 13th and final run for the Marines.
The Marines outhit the Hawks, 16-10. ... The Hawks won the series, 2-1. ... 13 runs allowed in a new season high for the Hawks. ... The Marines stopped their road losing streak at 12.
Marines: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Yoshihisa Naruse, W||5||5||0||15||7||27||122||6||7||0||0||3||3||4.28|
|Yusuke Kawasaki||1||1||0||36||0 0/3||3||17||2||0||1||0||2||2||4.17|
|Shota Ohba, L||0||3||0||10||4 0/3||21||95||7||7||2||0||6||6||5.40|
Time: 3h 53m