Yomiuri Giants 2 - Yakult Swallows 1 (Giants lead series, 9-3-0)
Seth Greisinger may not have gotten a decision, but he certainly pitched well enough for a win. He retired the first 7 batters in a row to start the game and then kept the Swallows to just 2 hits until the 7th when Yakult finally got on the board. After Aaron Guiel (0-for-3, R) was hit by a pitch to start things off in the 7th, Shinya Miyamoto (0-for-3) bunted him over to second and a grounder by Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-4) to second allowed Guiel to move up to third. Guiel then came around to score on Keizo Kawashima's (3-for-4, RBI) single to center, tying the game at 1.
The Swallows countered with Yuki Tanaka, who struggled with his control, yet still managed to hold the Giants to just 1 run. And while he managed to get out of a first and second situation with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st by striking out Yoshiyuki Kamei, he could not work his way out of a first and third situation with 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th; he instead gave up an RBI single to Kazunari Tsuruoka (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
After that inning, Yuki continued to gamble with his luck and won: he put runners on first and second with 2 outs in the 5th and got Alex Ramirez (0-for-4) to ground out to short; and he loaded the bases in the 6th iwth 1 out and got Hayato Sakamoto (0-for-4) to fly out to first.
The game proceed into extra innings as neither team was able to get any runs across after scoring their first.
In the top of the 10th, the Swallows got a lead-off single from Kawashima, but that was about it as pinch-hitter Yoshiyuki Noguchi struck out, Kawashima was caught stealing, and Kazuki Fukuchi (0-for-4) struck out for the final out of the inning.
Perhaps atoning for his strike out in the 1st with 2 runners on base, Kamei (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI) nailed a 1-0 forkball from Takehiko Oshimoto in the bottom of the 10th for a lead-off, walk-off homer that gave the Giants a 2-1 victory.
The Giants outhit the Swallows, 8-4. ... This was Kamei's third walk-off home run of the season. ... The Giants as a team have 6 walk-off wins this seasons.
Swallows: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 12 LOB, 0 DP
|Lee, Hye-Chun H||0||0||0||21||0 1/3||2||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.43|
|Matsuoka, Kenichi H||4||0||0||38||1 2/3||7||28||2||2||0||0||0||0||2.85|
|Igarashi, Ryota H||2||2||2||42||1||3||9||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.83|
|Oshimoto, Takehiko L||1||4||0||32||0 0/3||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||3.18|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya W||8||1||3||52||2||6||28||1||3||0||0||0||0||1.17|
Time: 3h 28m
Yokohama Bay Stars 4 - Chunichi Dragons 3 (Dragons lead series, 12-2-0)
After Takashi Ogasawara retired the first 2 batters in the bottom of the third, he walked Toshihisa Nishi (1-for-3, 2 BB, R), and then gave up 4 consecutive singles to Seiichi Uchikawa (3-for-6, 2B, R, RBI), Dan Johnson (1-for-4, R, RBI), Takahiro Saeki (1-for-5, RBI), and Yuki Yoshimura (2-for-3, IBB, BB, RBI). When the dust settled, the Dragons were down, 3-0.
But solid pitch after that kept the game close and the Dragons began to chip away at the 3-run lead. In the top of the 5th, Motonobu Tanishige (2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) hit his 5th home run of the year with 2 outs; in the top of the 7th, Tanishige came around to score on Masahiro Araki's (1-for-5, RBI) infield single; and the Dragons finally tied the game in the top of the 9th when Kazuyoshi Tatsunami nailed a pinch-hit double to right that scored pinch-runner Hidenori from second.
With the score tied at 3, the game went into extra innings. The Bay Stars had 2 runners on in the bottom of the 10th (via a walk and an IBB) with 2 outs, but Takehiro Ishikawa (0-for-5) ended the inning with a ground out to second. But the Dragons wouldn't be so lucky in the bottom of the 11th. After a walk, a sac bunt, and an IBB put runners on first and second with 1 out, the next two batters hit back-to-back infield singles: pinch-hitter Tatsuya Shimozono loaded the bases with his infield single and Uchikawa drove in the game-winning run with his.
The Bay Stars outhit the Dragons, 10-8. ... Tatsunami collected his 2,472nd hit to take sole possession of 7th place on the all-time hit list.
Dragons: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 13 LOB, 0 DP
|Ogasawara, Takashi||4||1||0||13||3 2/3||20||89||7||2||3||0||3||3||3.82|
|Kawahara, Junichi||1||0||0||24||0 1/3||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.52|
|Takahashi, Akifumi H||1||2||0||31||2||8||38||0||2||2||0||0||0||4.82|
|Nagamine, Shoji L||1||2||0||3||0 1/3||3||11||0||0||2||0||1||1||21.60|
|Kobayashi, Masato||2||1||0||19||0 0/3||2||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||1.64|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Kizuka, Atsushi H||3||2||0||29||0 1/3||4||11||3||0||0||0||1||1||2.95|
|Kudo, Kimiyasu||2||2||0||27||0 0/3||1||8||0||0||1||0||0||0||7.43|
|Yamaguchi, Shun||3||4||13||39||1 2/3||7||32||2||0||1||0||1||1||3.14|
|Sanada, Hiroki W||5||2||0||46||2||7||33||0||2||1||0||0||0||2.58|
Time: 4h 42m
Hiroshima Carp 8 - Hanshin Tigers 0 (Tigers lead the series, 7-6-0)
Kan Ohtake tossed a complete game shut-out and scattered just 5 hits over 9 innings of work. Ohtake did run in trouble a couple of times in the game, like in the top of the 6th when gave up a 1-out double to Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4, 2B), wild pitched him to third, and walked Yamoto to put runners on first and third. But he retired both Takashi Toritani (1-for-4) and Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-3, BB) without surrendering a run. He also made things interesting in the top of the 9th after putting runners on first and second with 1 out, but got Craig Brazell (0-for-4) to ground into a double play to preserve the shut-out.
The Carp did more of their offensive damage in the bottom of the 4th. With Kazuya Tsutsui on the mound for the Tigers, Kenta Kurihara (1-for-3, 2B, R) and Scott McClain (1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI) hit back-to-back doubles to give the Carp a 1-0 lead. Masafumi Suenaga (1-for-4, R) followed with a single and Takuro Ishii (0-for-3, R) walked to load the bases. The Tigers turned to Satoru Kanemura to get out of the jam, but he gave up a an RBI single to Yoshiyuki Ishihara (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI), recorded an out when Ohtake (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) flied out to center, but then surrendered an RBI single to Akihiro Higashide (1-for-4, R, RBI) and a 2-run single to Masato Akamatsu (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI). A stolen base later, Soichiro Amaya's (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) double cleared the bases and the Carp held a 7-0 lead.
Hiroshima tacked on another run in the bottom of the 7th on a sac fly by McClain that scored Akamatsu from third.
The Carp outhit the Tigers, 10-6. ... The Carp collected 9 of their 10 hits during the two innings in which they scored runs (4th and 7th). ... The last time Tsutsui started a game at Ichi-gun was back on April 27th, 2005. ... Ohtake threw his second complete game of the season. It was also his first win since July 3rd.
Tigers: 6 LOB, 2 DP
Carp: 4 LOB, 0 DP
|Tsutsui, Kazuya L||0||1||0||27||3 1/3||16||64||4||0||2||0||4||4||2.65|
|Kanemura, Satoru||0||1||0||3||2 2/3||12||45||4||1||0||0||3||3||4.91|
|Ohtake, Kan W||7||4||0||19||9||33||109||6||3||2||0||0||0||2.85|
Time: 2h 34m
Nippon Ham Fighters 8 - Rakuten Eagles 6 (Series tied, 7-7-0)
Two consecutive doubles with 2 outs from Yoshio Itoi (4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R) and Shinji Takahashi (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) gave the Fighters a 1-0 lead in the top of the top of the 1st. But the Eagles quickly put 2 runs on the board in the bottom of the inning on a 2-run homer by Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-4, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 45 RBI).
Down 2-1 in the top of the 4th, the Fighters got their first two batters on base with a single and an error. A wild pitch by Satoshi Nagai moved the runners up to second and third and allowed the tying run to score on Terrmel Sledge's (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) ground out to short. Nagai walked the next batter and gave up the go-ahead run on Tomotaka Tsuboi's (1-for-3, 2 RBI) sac fly to right.
But it was the 5th inning that broke the camel's back. After loading the bases without recording an out in the top of the 5th, the Eagles brought in Takashi Kawai to relieve Nagai. He got the first batter he faced to fly out to center. Makoto Kaneko (on third) tried to tag up on the play but was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. With one pitch, the inning suddenly seemed surmountable, but consecutive RBI singles by Takahashi and Sledge ended up knocking Kawai out of the game. Akira Matsumoto entered the game, but he also surrendered two consecutive hits: a bases clearing double to Eiichi Koyano (1-for-3, IBB, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI) and an RBI single to Tsuboi. Matsumoto hit the next batter before ending the inning by striking out Kaneko (1-for-4).
In the bottom of the 7th, the Eagles closed the gap to 8-5 when Yamasaki followed 2 walks with his second home run of the game. Another run in the bottom of the 8th on a run scoring single by Teppei (3-for-3, BB, 2 R, RBI) pulled the Eagles to within 2 runs of tying the game. With Yamasaki due up and runners on first and third, the Fighters turned to Hisashi Takeda. Including Yamasaki to fly out to center to end the inning, Takeda retired all 4 of the batters he faced and picked up his 22nd save of the year.
The Eagles outhit the Fighters, 13-12. ... Yamasaki is 2 homers shy of 350 and 2 RBIs shy of 1,000.
Fighters: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Fujii, Shugo W||6||4||0||13||6||27||101||9||6||1||0||2||2||3.61|
|Hayashi, Masanori||2||0||0||26||0 1/3||3||15||0||1||2||0||2||2||3.25|
|Ejiri, Shintaro||2||0||0||25||0 2/3||4||15||2||0||0||0||1||1||3.08|
|Tateyama, Yoshinori||3||4||0||36||0 2/3||4||20||1||0||1||0||1||1||2.84|
|Miyanishi, Naoki||5||0||0||38||0 0/3||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.95|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||1||0||22||36||1 1/3||4||15||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.96|
|Nagai, Satoshi L||7||5||0||17||4 0/3||20||91||5||2||2||0||5||3||3.74|
|Kawai, Takashi||0||2||0||14||0 2/3||3||12||2||0||0||0||2||2||3.58|
|Matsumoto, Akira||0||0||0||7||2 1/3||12||47||4||3||0||1||1||1||3.38|
|Koyama, Shinichiro||1||3||2||41||1 2/3||7||15||1||0||1||0||0||0||3.79|
|Arime, Kanehisa||0||2||2||36||0 1/3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.78|
Time: 3h 54m
Seibu Lions 12 - Softbank Hawks 3 (Lions lead series 7-6-1)
A lead-off single by Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-4, 2 R) in the bottom of the 1st, followed by a stolen base, allowed Kataoka to score on Takumi Kuriyama's (4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) single to center. An HBP and a fly out later, Taketoshi Goto (1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed a 3-run homer to give the Lions a 4-0 lead. The Lions added 3 more runs in the bottom of the 5th on three consecutive hits to start the inning: a single by Kuriyama, an RBI double by Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI), and a 2-run home run by Takeya Nakamura (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI).
In the bottom of the 6th, the Lions made it 9-1 on an RBI single by Kuriyama and a throwing error by Akihiro Yanase that allowed Kataoka to score from third. Ginjiro's (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI) run-scoring, 1-out double in the 7th and Tatsuyuki Uemoto's 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th rounded out the Lions' offensive attack.
Backed by a lively offense, Takayuki Kishi tossed a 3-hit shut-out through the first 5 frames of the game. The Hawks finally got to Kishi in the top of the 6th on Munenori Kawasaki's (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) 3rd home run of the season to lead-off the inning. Their second run came off Hironori Matsunaga in the top of the 8th when Kenji Akashi (1-for-1, 2B, RBI) followed back-to-back walks with a 1-out double that scored Kawasaki from second.
The third and final Hawks' run came in the top of the 9th with Taiyo Fujita on the mound for Seibu. Fujita retired the first 2 batters he faced but then gave up a single to pinch-hitter Mitsuru Honma (1-for-1, R) and an RBI double to Yuichi Honda (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) before retiring Kawasaki for the final out of the game.
The Lions outhit the Hawks, 15-7. ... Kishi is still undefeated in the PL. His lone loss this season came against the Hiroshima Carp during Inter-league play. Going back to last season, Kishi is 16-0 against PL teams.
Hawks: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 7 LOB, O DP
|Houlton, D.J. L||8||5||0||17||4 1/3||23||84||9||4||0||1||7||7||2.65|
|Mise, Koji||0||0||0||11||0 2/3||2||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.11|
|Kishi, Takayuki W||11||1||0||18||7||27||127||4||6||2||0||1||1||3.33|
Time: 3h 17m
Chiba Lotte Marines 6 - Orix Buffaloes 2 (Buffaloes lead the series, 11-3-0)
Three consecutive 1-out singles by Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-4, BB, 2 R), Saburo (4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI), and Shoitsu Ohmatsu (3-for-4, BB, 2 2B, 3 RBI) gave the Marines 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th. Lotte extended their lead in the top of the 6th when Saburo came around to score on Ohmatsu's 1-out double to right. Two batters later, in the same inning, the Marines had the bases loaded, but neither Naotaka Takehara (0-for-4) nor Gary Burnham Jr. (0-for-4) could plate a run (the Marines' bottom of the line-up went 1-for-14 while the top of the line-up went 11-for-23 in the game).
After being held scoreless over the first 6 innings of the game, the Buffaloes finally managed to get on the board and tie the game at 2 in the bottom of the 7th when Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI) blasted his 12th home run of the season.
In the top of the 9th, Ryota Katsuki retired the first 2 batters he face before giving up a double to Hisao Horiuchi (1-for-1, 2B, R). A wild pitch moved Horiuchi to third and allowed him to score easily on Tsuyoshi Nishioka's (2-for-5, R, RBI) single to center. The Buffaloes dipped into the pen and brought in Jon Leicester to get the final out of the game, but he instead allowed Nishioka to steal second, walked Fukuura, and then gave up a 2-run double to Saburo and a 1-run double to Ohmatsu. The inning finally ended with Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-5) grounding out to third, but not before the Marines scored 4 runs to take a 6-2 lead.
Brian Sikorski gave up a 2-out double to Rhodes before striking out Jose Fernandez (1-for-4) to end the game.
The Marines outhit the Buffloes, 12-6. ... Kaneko has not been able to win a game since June 26th.
Marines: 8 LOB, 2 DP
Buffaloes: 3 LOB, 2 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Ono, Shingo||6||4||0||15||6 0/3||23||91||5||5||2||0||2||2||3.83|
|Uchi, Tatsuya W||2||0||1||15||2||5||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.11|
|Katsuki, Ryota L||2||3||0||45||0 2/3||4||14||2||1||0||0||2||2||4.13|
|Leicester, Jon||0||1||0||19||0 1/3||4||23||2||0||1||0||2||2||4.74|
Time: 3h 11m