Yomiuri Giants 2 - Yakult Swallows 0 (Giants lead series, 10-3-0)
Yoshinori Sato only real mistake was a hanging 2-2 forkball that Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) pounced on for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th that ultimately sealed the deal for the Giants. Prior to that, Yoshinori scattered 4 hits over 6 innings and struck out 6. He did almost give up a run in the bottom of the 6th, when Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-3) nailed a single to center with Takahiro Suzuki (1-for-3) on second. Suzuki rounded third as Aoki got the ball and fired it back toward home. When the dust settled, Suzuki was out and so were the Giants.
Hisanori Takahashi had a strong start, retiring the first 7 batters he faced before giving up a single in the 3rd. He ran into some trouble in the 4th after giving up a lead-off double to Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-3, 2B) and a bunt single to Norichika Aoki (2-for-4) to put runners on second and third. But Takahashi got Jamie D'Antona (1-for-4, 2B) to ground into a 1-4-3 double play that didn't allow Tanaka to score from third. Aaron Guiel (0-for-2) ended the inning with a ground out to third.
The Swallows threatened again in the 7th, this time with D'Antona leading off the inning with a double. Three batters later, Ryoji Aikawa's (1-for-3) 2-out single to right to put runners on first and third, which made the Giants dip into the pen and bring out Daisuke Ochi. Ochi got Keizo Kawashima (1-for-3) to strike out on a ball out of the zone to end the inning.
Kroon entered the game in the 9th and put runners on first and second before retiring the next two batters for his 13th save of the year.
The Swallows outhit the Giants, 8-6. ... The Giants swept the series, 3-0, and outscored the Swallows 14-8. ... The Swallows have now lost 5 straight.
Swallows: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 1 LOB, 2 DP
|Sato, Yoshinori L||5||6||0||14||7||24||101||6||7||0||0||2||2||3.44|
|Takahashi, Hisanori||5||4||0||17||6 2/3||25||94||7||5||0||0||0||0||3.43|
|Ochi, Daisuke W||6||2||9||48||1 1/3||4||21||0||2||0||0||0||0||2.65|
|Kroon, Marc S||1||2||13||29||1||5||14||1||0||1||0||0||0||1.69|
Time: 2h 50m
Chunichi Dragons 7 - Yokohama Bay Stars 4 (Dragons lead series, 13-2-0)
Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) homer to lead off the game gave the Dragons a quick 1-0 lead. Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-3, BB, RBI) drove in the team's second run in the top of the 2nd on a double to left that scored Byung-Kyu Lee (2-for-5, R) from first.
The Bay Stars returned a run in the bottom of the second on Takehiro Ishikawa's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) first home run of the season.
In the top of the 5th, the Dragons took advantage of a fielding error to put Masahiko Morino (0-for-4, BB, R) on first and Masahiro Araki (2-for-5, R) on third with no out. Takeharu Kato replaced Teruaki Yoshikawa at this point and got Tony Blanco (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) to ground out to third, but that also pushed Araki across the plate and moved Morino second. Kazuhiro Wada's (2-for-5, R, RBI) single to center scored Morino to put the Dragons up by 3. After striking Lee out for the second out of the inning, Kato surrendered a 2-run homer to Atsushi Fujii (3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) that put the Dragons up, 6-1.
Blanco's solo home run in the top of the 9th off Kimiyasu Kudo extended the Dragons lead to 7-1.
With Kenichi Nakata still on the mound in the bottom of the 9th to try and finish out a complete game, the Bay Stars got a mini rally going. Two consecutive singles by Kazuya Fujita (2-for-4, R) and Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-4, R) put runners on first and second. One out later, Takahiro Saeki (1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed his 7th home run of the year. Nakata then got Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-4) to fly out to center before giving up single to Ishikawa. That spelled the end for Nakata and brought Hitoki Iwase into the game. Iwase gave up a single to the first batter he face, but ended the game by getting Tatsuhiko Kinjo (0-for-2) to ground out to second.
The Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 12-9. ... The Dragons took the series, 2-1. ... There was a 2-minute delay during the game when an earthquake hit the Kanto region at about 7:57pm. ... Nakata won his first game since July 7th.
Dragons: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 0 DP
|Nakata, Kenichi W||2||2||0||6||8 2/3||34||110||8||6||0||0||4||4||4.24|
|Iwase, Hitoki S||1||2||33||43||0 1/3||2||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.89|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Yoshikawa, Teruaki L||0||2||0||6||4 0/3||21||78||6||3||2||0||4||3||9.31|
Time: 3h 3m
Hiroshima Carp 7 - Hanshin Tigers 3 (Series tied, 7-7-0)
Colby Lewis started the game and held the Tigers to just 3 hits (all doubles) over the first 5 innings. And if not for a fielding error in the top of the 6th with the bases loaded and 2 out, Lewis may have gotten out of the game without giving up any runs.
Meanwhile, the Carp took the lead in the bottom of the 4th an Andy Phillips (3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) 3-run homer of Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi. They tacked two more runs on in the bottom of the 6th on a solo home run by Scott McClain (3-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and a sac fly by Yoshiyuki Ishihara (0-for-2, RBI).
Hayato Aoki struck out Akihiro Yano (0-for-3, BB) in the top of the 7th and was replaced by Takahiro Aoki. He hit a batter and got Keiichi Hirano (1-for-5, 2 R) to ground out to second before being relieved by Mike Schultz. Schultz gave up a pinch-hit single to Mitsunobu Takahashi and allowed his pinch-runner to steal second. That put runners on second and third and allowed both to score on Takashi Toritani's (3-for-5, 3 2B, 2 RBI) double to left. Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-3) struck out and left Toritani stranded at second.
The Carp scored single runs in the bottom of the 7th (RBI single by McClain) and 8th (pinch-hit RBI double by Shigenobu Shima) to pad their lead to 7-3.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa entered the game for the Carp in the top of the 9th and made things interesting by putting runners on first and third with 2 out. But he bore down and got Toritani to fly out to left to end the game.
The Carp outhit the Tigers, 10-8. ... The Carp took the series, 2-1. ... Colby finally won his first game at Mazda Stadium. ... Shimoyanagi has now lost 6 straight.
Tigers: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 6 LOB, 0 DP
|Shimoyanagi, Tsuyoshi L||5||8||0||16||5 0/3||24||84||6||1||2||1||5||5||3.74|
|Lewis, Colby W||7||5||0||19||6||25||111||5||7||1||0||1||0||3.02|
|Aoki, Hayato||0||0||0||17||0 1/3||1||6||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.30|
|Aoki, Takahiro||1||2||0||19||0 1/3||2||8||0||0||0||1||1||1||4.42|
|Schultz, Mike||2||2||1||51||1 1/3||6||29||2||3||0||0||1||1||1.38|
Time: 3h 25m
Nippon Ham Fighters 4 - Rakuten Eagles 1 (Fighters lead series, 8-7-0)
Masaru Takeda tossed a solid game, with his biggest mistake a 0-1 slider he threw to Rick Short (2-for-2, IBB, BB, HR, R, RBI) in the bottom of the 3rd for a solo home run. Other than that one pitch, he held the Eagles to just 2 hits over 8 innings of work. He did get into a couple of other jams, but got out of each on unscathed: a walk and hit put runners on second and third in the 5th, but he got Ryuji Miyade (0-for-2) to strike out and got Jin Nakatani (0-for-3) to ground out to third; and a double and a single in the 7th put runners on first and third with 2 out, but he got pinch-hitter Akihisa Makida to foul out to first.
Kohei Hasebe was managing a similarly effective outing for the Eagles and gave up just 1 run (RBI single to Yoshio Itoi in the top of the 3rd) over his first 7 innings of work. Things were clicking so well for him that at one point, he retired 11 straight batters, 6 on strike outs, between the 3rd and 7th innings. But things quickly fell apart for Hasebe after he retired the first two batters of the inning in the top of the 8th. Itoi (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) and Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4, R) hit singles to put runners on first and third. Eiichi Koyano (1-for-4, R, RBI) followed with an infield single that scored Itoi from third and a wild throw by Hasebe allowed Koyano to reach to second. Tomohiro Nioka's (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) double to right on Hasebe's 118th pitch of the night, cleared the bases and gave the Fighters a 4-1 lead. Hasebe was finally taken out after that, but the damage was already done.
The Eagles' bullpen did it's job by holding the score at 4-1, but the offense simply could not turn it on. In the bottom of the 9th, with Hisashi Takeda on the mound, the Eagles stirred things up a bit by loading the bases on a hit and 2 walks after the first two batters were retired. But pinch-hitter Masato Nakamura could not get the job done and grounded out to short to end the game.
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 10-4. ... The Fighters took the series, 2-1. ... Teppei went 0-for-4 and saw his consecutive hit streak end at 24.
Fighters: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Takeda, Masaru W||6||6||0||15||8||29||98||3||8||2||0||1||1||3.52|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||1||0||23||37||1||6||29||1||0||2||0||0||0||0.93|
|Hasebe, Kohei L||5||8||0||17||7 2/3||33||118||9||8||1||0||4||3||4.28|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi||1||0||1||3||0 2/3||3||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Arime, Kanehisa||0||2||2||37||0 2/3||2||11||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.71|
Time: 2h 50m
Softbank Hawks 4 - Seibu Lions 1 (Series tied 7-7-1)
Toshiya Sugiuchi tossed 7 shut-out innings and picked up his first victory July 4th. Sugiuchi ran into some trouble in the bottom of the third when he loaded the bases with 1 out, but got Hiroyuki Nakajima (0-for-4) to ground into an inning-ending, 4-3 double play. He also found himself in a first and second jam with only 1 out in the bottom of the 7th, but struck out both G.G. Sato (0-for-3) and Hiroshi Hirao (0-for-2, BB) to end the inning (and his night).
Ryoma Nogami started for the Lions and struggled with his control at times. In only 4.1 innings of work, he tossed 98 pitches, 42 of them coming in the top of the second when he gave up an RBI single to Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-4, RBI). In the top of the 6th, Koji Onuma surrendered a lead-off solo home run to Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR, 3 R, RBI), extending the Hawks lead to 2.
In the top of the 8th, the Lions brought in Tomoki Hoshino to replace Onuma. He retired the first 2 batters he faced and was replaced by Tetsuya Iwasaki. But instead of getting the third out of the inning, he waslked the next two batters and gave up a single to Hasegawa to load the bases. Hidenori Tanoue (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) followed with a 2-run single that gave the Hawks a 4-0.
The Lions finally got on the board in the bottom of the 8th when Brian Falkenborg threw a wild pitch that allowed Yoshihito Ishii (0-for-0, BB, R) to score from third.
Takahiro Mahara retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th and picked up his 24th save of the year.
The Hawks outhit the Lions, 7-3. ... The Hawks took the series, 2-1. ... Toshiya now has 3 consecutive seasons of 10+ wins.
Hawks: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 1 DP
|Sugiuchi, Toshiya W||10||3||0||18||7||26||100||3||7||2||1||0||0||2.63|
|Mahara, Takahiro S||3||1||24||35||1||3||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.52|
|Nogami, Ryoma L||1||4||1||18||4 1/3||19||98||4||3||2||0||1||1||5.40|
|Onuma, Koji||2||3||0||33||2 2/3||9||35||1||3||0||0||1||1||2.25|
|Hoshino, Tomoki||0||1||0||42||0 2/3||2||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.33|
|Iwasaki, Tetsuya||2||4||0||27||0 1/3||5||19||2||0||2||0||2||2||4.50|
Time: 3h 16m
Chiba Lotte Marines 3 - Orix Buffaloes 2 (Buffaloes lead the series, 11-4-0)
This was a tough loss for Satoshi Komatsu. After giving up a run in the top of the 1st on Shoitsu Ohmatsu's (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) 2-out single that scored Saburo (2-for-4, 2B, R) from second, Komatsu settled in quite nicely, holding the Marines to just 2 hits and a walk over the next 7.1 innings. In fact, after giving up a lead-off single in the top of the 2nd, Komatsu retired 22 straight batters before giving up a single to Saboru in the top of the 9th. And just as in the 1st, Ohmatsu came up to bat. But instead of a single, Ohmatsu drilled his 15th home run of the season to give the Marines a 3-2 lead.
Similar to Komatsu, Yuki Karakawa struggled early on. In the bottom of the 1st, he gave up a 1-out triple to Keiji Ohbiki (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R) and then allowed him to score on Alex Cabrera's (1-for-4, RBI) single to left. Osamu Hamanaka (1-for-4, 2B, R) led of the bottom the 2nd with a double of his own and came around to score 1-out later on Naoyuki Ohmura's (1-for-3) single to center.
Karakawa ran into a little trouble in the 3rd inning as well, by putting runners on first and second with only 1 out. But he bore down and struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Over the next 4 inning, Karakawa gave up just 1 hit; another reached on an error and made it as far as second, but that was it.
Brian Sikorski entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and retired the side in order for his 6th save of the year.
The Buffaloes outhit the Marines, 6-5. ... The Marines took the series, 2-1.
Marines: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Uchi, Tatsuya W||3||0||1||16||1||3||11||0||1||0||0||0||0||4.73|
|Sikorski, Brian S||6||5||6||37||1||3||11||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|Komatsu, Satoshi L||1||7||0||11||9||34||135||5||4||2||0||3||3||6.93|
Time: 2h 50m