Yomiuri Giants 10 - Yakult Swallows 7 (Giants lead series, 8-3-0)
Norichika Aoki (1-for-4, BB, 2 R) led off the game with a walk and came around to score one out later on Yasushi Iihara's (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) single to center. But that 1-run lead quickly disappeared in the bottom of the inning when the Giants overwhelmed Shohei Tateyama by consecutive singles from Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Testuya Matsumoto (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R), followed by a 2-run double off the bat of Michihiro Ogasawara (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI). After Alex Ramirez (1-for-5) struck out for the first out of the inning, Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) doubled Ogasawara home. Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) struck out for the second out, but the next batter, Shigeyuki Furuki (2-for-4, RBI) singled Kamei home from second. The inning finally ended when Tateyama got Daijiro Tanaka (0-for-2, HBP) to fly out to third.
With the Giants leading 4-1, the Swallows got back another run in the top of the 6th on Iihara 3rd home run of the season. And as if on cue, the Giants' offense got things going again in the bottom of the inning. Abe led off with a solo home run. Three batters later, with runners on first and second and 1 out, Sakamoto nailed 13th home run of the season into the left field stands to give the Giants an 8-2 lead. Tateyama was yanked after that, but his replacement, Masao Kida, didn't do that much better, giving up a single and a home run to the first 2 batters he faced out of the pen, before striking out the following 2 batters to end the inning.
Down 10-2 after 7 innings, it appeared as though the Swallows would go slowly into the night, but in the top of the 8th, they suddenly exploded for 4 runs. With Micheal Nakamura on the mound with 1 out, both Iihara and Jamie D'Antona (2-for-4) singled; Aaron Guiel (0-for-3) struck out. The Giants then brought in Satoshi Fukuda, but he proceeded to walk pinch-hitter Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (0-for-1, BB, R) to load the bases. He then surrendered a grand slam to Ryohei Kawamoto (1-for-1, HR, R, 4 RBI) that allowed the Swallows back into the game.
In the top of the 9th, Marc Kroon made things a little more interesting. After Aoki led off with an infield single, he retired the next two batters but then allowed Aoki to score on Yoshiyuki Noguchi's (1-for-1, R, RBI) single to center. After walking the next batter to bring the tying run to the plate, Kroon settled in and got Hatakeyama to ground out to short to end the game.
The Giants outhit the Swallows 15-11. ... Tateyama hasn't pitched well against the Giants this season. He entered the game with a 2-1 record but had a 5.11 ERA. ... Ramirez surpassed Wally Yonamine with his 1,220th NPB game.
Swallows: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 7 LOB, 0 DP
|Tateyama, Shohei L||12||3||0||18||5 1/3||28||104||10||6||1||1||8||8||3.41|
|Kida, Masao||3||4||0||25||0 2/3||4||14||2||2||0||0||2||2||5.74|
|Utsumi, Tetsuya W||5||7||0||18||6||24||88||5||4||2||0||2||2||3.09|
|Nakamura, Micheal||1||1||0||26||0 2/3||4||16||2||1||0||0||2||2||6.20|
|Fukuda, Satoshi||0||0||0||8||0 0/3||2||13||1||0||1||0||2||2||9.00|
|Kimura, Shota||0||0||0||9||0 1/3||2||13||0||1||1||0||0||0||4.05|
Time: 3h 40m
Chunichi Dragons 10 - Yokohama Bay Stars 3 (Dragons lead series, 12-1-0)
Masahiko Morino's (5-for-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI) 2-run homer in the top of the 1st gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead. The Bay Stars cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning when Shigeru Morikasa (1-for-4, BB, 2B, 3 R) came around to score on Shuichi Murata's (1-for-4, RBI) ground out to short.
A 2-out solo homer in the top of the 2nd by Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) gave the Dragons a 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, the Bay Stars had runners on first and second with 1 out, but with the pitcher due up, a sac bunt was in order, leaving Morikasa with the responsibility of driving in the runners now on second and third. But he failed, grounding out out to second for the final out of the inning.
In the top of the 5th, with Yuji Yoshimi still on the mound for the Bay Stars, Morino drilled a 1-out, 2-run home run to give the Dragons a 5-1 lead. Three batters later, with runners on first and second and 2 out, Masaaki Koike (2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a double and suddenly the Bay Stars were down by 6 runs.
The Bay Stars returned a run in the bottom of the inning when Seiichi Uchikawa (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) nailed a double with Morikasa standing on third. But the Dragons quickly took that run back with Morino's RBI single in the top of the 6th.
With the Bay Stars down 8-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Uchikawa picked up another RBI when he hit a 2-out single with runners on first and second. Three consecutive walks in the bottom of the 8th gave the Bay Stars a great start, but pinch-hitter Tatsuhiko Kinjo flied out to center and both pinch-hitter Toshihisa Nishi and Morikasa struck out for the final 2 outs of the inning.
A lead-off double by Morino in the 9th, followed by an RBI double by Hidenori (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI) and an RBI single by Koike 2 outs later, gave the Dragons a 10-3 lead. The Bay Stars went down quietly in the bottom of the 9th.
The Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 13-7. ... Murata left the game in the 7th after coming lame while running out a grounder to third. ... Morino collected 5 hits and hit 2 home runs in one game for the first time in his pro career.
Dragons: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 10 LOB, 0 DP
|Yoshimi, Kazuki, W||11||4||0||18||7||31||127||7||5||1||1||3||2||1.66|
|Payano, Nelson||1||1||0||28||0 0/3||3||13||0||0||3||0||0||0||2.53|
|Asao, Takuya H||7||7||0||43||1||3||12||0||2||0||0||0||0||3.76|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Yoshimi, Yuji L||1||2||0||20||5||26||96||9||4||2||0||7||7||3.69|
Time: 3h 51m
Hanshin Tigers 4 - Hiroshima Carp 0 (Tigers lead the series, 7-5-0)
A lead-off single by Tomoaki Kanemoto (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R) and a double by Takahiro Arai (3-for-4, 3 2B) put runners on second and third for a sac fly by Craig Brazell (1-for-3, RBI) that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Two consecutive doubles by Kanemoto and Arai after a strike out in the top of the 4th, followed by Kodai Sakurai's (1-for-4, RBI) 2-out single to left with Arai on second, gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. And a manufactured run in the top of the 9th that all started with a lead-off walk to pinch-hitter Ikuro Katsuragi and ended with him scoring on a squeeze play by Yamoto (0-for-4, RBI) after a stolen base and a bunt moved Katsuragi over to third.
The 4 runs the Tigers scored provided Atsushi Noumi with more than enough support as he faced the minimum through 5 innings (he gave up a walk in the 4th and erased the runner with a double play). And while he did give up a 1-out walk and single in the 6th, he got out of the jam by striking out the next two batters of the inning. Kyuji Fujikawa tossed the 9th and retired he side in order on 2 strike outs and a fly out.
The Tigers outhit the Carp, 10-3. ... The Carp suffered their 6th shut-out of the year. ... The Carp are now 1-3-1 in the month of August.
Tigers: 8 LOB, 2 DP
Carp: 4 LOB, 0 DP
|Noumi, Atsushi W||6||7||0||19||8||28||115||3||5||2||0||0||0||2.81|
|Saito, Yuki L||6||8||0||17||6||25||77||7||4||0||0||3||3||3.72|
Time: 2h 31m
Rakuten Eagles 3 - Nippon Ham Fighters 1 (Eagles lead the series, 7-6-0)
Not an especially great game for Masahiro Tanaka, but he still managed to get the job done, going 8 strong inning while giving up only 1 run on 10 hits, 3 walks, and 8 strike outs. Through the first 4 innings, Tanaka surrendered 6 hits and a walk, yet somehow managed to hold the Fighters to just 1 run. He pitched a lot better through the final 4 innings of his outing, giving up just 2 hits. In the top of the 8th, he walked 2 straight batters to start the inning, but managed to get out of the jam with a double play.
Yu Darvish also tossed a pretty solid game, except that he had a hard time keeping the Eagles from getting the key hits after putting men on with walks. Like in the 3rd when Makoto Kosaka (0-for-2, BB, R) walked and stole second and then came around to score on Teppei's (2-for-2, 2 BB, RBI) single to center. Or in the 5th when the Eagles took the lead after Darvish loaded the bases with 3 walks and surrendered the go-ahead run on Takeshi Yamamsaki's (1-for-4, RBI) single to left and the second run of the inning on Rick Short's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out to short.
The Eagles turned to Kanehisa Arime to close out the game. But after he surrendered a 2-out walk, Katsuya Nomura quickly turned to the pen and brought in Marcus Gwyn; he struck out Shinji Takahashi (1-for-5) to end the game.
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 10-5. ... Darvish appeared to have a hard time getting a good grip on the ball. ... The Eagles have now won 4 in a row. ... Teppei extended his hitting streak to 23 games.
Fighters: 12 LOB, 2 DP
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Darvish, Yu L||13||4||0||19||8||35||135||5||12||5||0||3||3||1.41|
|Tanaka, Masahiro W||9||4||1||17||8||36||137||10||8||3||0||1||1||1.80|
|Arime, Kanehisa H||0||2||2||35||0 2/3||3||10||0||0||1||0||0||0||3.82|
|Gwyn, Marcus S||1||4||4||40||0 1/3||1||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.43|
Time: 3h 26m
Softbank Hawks 5 - Seibu Lions 4 (Series is tied 6-6-1)
Both starting pitchers did a good job of keeping each other's team off the scoreboard. That is, until the bottom of the 6th when the two teams started a seesaw battle.
In the bottom of the 6th, Yasuyuki Kataoka (3-for-5, HR, R, RBI) hit his 9th home run of the season off Justin Germano to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. The Hawks answered back with a run of their own in the top of the 7th on Hitoshi Tamura's (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) 13th home run.
The Lions regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Taketoshi Goto (1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI) hit a pinch-hit, 1-out double with the bases loaded and drove in 2 runs. And once again the Hawks tied the game in the next inning: Satoru Morimoto (2-for-4, 2B, R) came around to score on a fielder's choice and Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-4, RBI) hit a 2-out RBI single to right.
Back-to-back home runs by Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the top of the 9th off Chikara Onodera gave the Hawks a 7-5 lead. And With Takahiro Mahara on the mound for Softbank in the bottom of the inning, the Lions did their best to stage a comeback, scoring a run on a wild pitch. But Takumi Kuriyama (1-for-4, BB) ended the threat, and the game, when he flied out to left with runners on second and third with 2 outs.
The Lions outhit the Hawks, 10-8. ... Hoashi matched his career high of 10 strike outs in a game.
Hawks: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 7 LOB, 1 DP
|Germano, Justin||4||2||0||8||6 0/3||23||80||6||5||0||1||3||3||3.72|
|Falkenborg, Brian W||6||0||1||40||1||4||18||0||2||1||0||0||0||1.37|
|Mahara, Takahiro S||3||1||23||34||1||6||23||3||1||0||0||1||0||2.60|
|Hoashi, Kazuyuki||5||3||0||17||7 1/3||30||119||6||10||1||0||3||3||3.77|
|Iwasaki, Tetsuya H||2||4||0||26||0 2/3||2||9||0||0||1||0||0||0||3.86|
|Onodera, Chikara L||2||4||16||41||0 0/3||2||5||2||0||0||0||2||2||3.72|
Time: 4h 53m
Orix Buffaloes 5 - Chiba Lotte Marines 1 (Buffaloes lead the series, 11-2-0)
Shunsuke Watanabe suffered from some early control problems and walked Osamu Hamanaka (1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) after loading the bases on a single, double and a walk, to gift-wrap a 1-0 lead to the Buffaloes. In the bottom of the 3rd, Orix loaded the bases again, this time on a walk sandwiched between two singles, and scored 2 runs, one on Ikki's (1-for-4, RBI) single to right and another on Hiroyuki Oze's (0-for-3) sac fly to left.
The Marines finally got on the board in the top of the 6th when Masahiko Tanaka (1-for-3, R) came around to score on Saburo's (1-for-4) single to right. Prior to that, Shogo Yamamoto was working on a no-hitter through 5, facing 1 over the minimum (a walk and an error put 2 runner on in the 5th, but a caught stealing erased one of the runners). Over the final 3 innings of the game, Yamamoto gave up just 1 hit and struck out 5 batters.
The Buffaloes scored single runs in the 7th (Hamanaka's RBI double) and 8th (Ohbiki's RBI double) to win the game, 5-1.
The Buffaloes outhit the Marines, 12-4. ... Tomoya Satozaki left the game in the middle of the first after experiencing dizzy spells. ... Tuffy Rhodes picked up his 300th double of his career in the bottom of the 1st. ... Alex Cabrera was thrown out of the game for arguing ball and strikes after being called out on strikes in the 4th.
Marines: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Watanabe, Shunsuke L||2||9||0||15||5||25||101||8||5||3||0||3||3||4.27|
|Ueno, Hiroki||0||0||0||7||1 1/3||6||26||1||2||1||0||1||1||4.15|
|Ito, Yoshihiro||2||4||0||43||0 2/3||3||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.87|
|Yamamoto, Shogo W||7||3||0||19||9||33||132||4||8||1||0||1||1||3.67|
Time: 3h 4m