Yokohama Bay Stars 4 - Yakult Swallows 3 (Bay Stars lead series, 11-4-0)
Yasuhiro Ichiba had a good start, retiring the first 8 batters of the game in a row before walking Ryan Glynn with 2 outs in the 3rd. In the top of the 4th, with runners on first and third, the Bay Stars got on the board on Yuki Yoshimura's (2-for-4, HBP, 2B, RBI) single to left. A wild pitch moved the runners on first and third up a base and allowed the second run of the inning to score on Takehiro Ishikawa's (1-for-3, 2 RBI) squeeze bunt (the inning ended when Yoshimura also tried to score from second and was thrown out at the plate).
The Swallows cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 5th on Keizo Kawashima's (0-for-4, RBI) grounder to short that score Shinya Miyamoto (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) from third. But the Bay Stars returned the run in the top of the 6th on Ishikawa's 2-out RBI single to left off Jun Hagiwara.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Swallows tied the game at 3 after Miyamoto followed Aaron Guiel's (2-for-5, R) lead-off single with his 5th home run of the year. Miyamoto almost helped the Swallows take the lead in the bottom of the next inning on a 2-out single to center, but the go-ahead run was thrown out at home for the final out of the inning.
With the score still tied at 3 after 9 full innings, the game proceeded into extra innings.
Yakult had another chance to win the game in the bottom of the 11th when Noguchi and Guiel got on base with consecutive singles to start the inning, but Kentaro Takasaki bore down and retired the next three batters on a ground out and 2 strike outs.
The Bay Stars took a 1-run lead in the top of the 12th on Seiichi Uchikawa's (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI) 2-out, solo homer off Yuya Kamada. The Swallows were in good position to score some runs in their half of the inning after Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-5, BB) and Hiroyasu Tanaka (2-for-6, 2B) hit consecutive singles with 1 out. But Norichika Aoki (2-for-6) grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the game.
The Swallows outhit the Bay Stars, 13-9. ... Jamie D'Antona left the game early after hurting his left thigh during a fielding play in the third.
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 9 LOB, 3 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Kudo, Kimiyasu||2||2||0||30||0 0/3||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||7.88|
|Sanada, Hiroki||5||2||0||48||0 1/3||4||14||1||0||2||0||1||1||2.68|
|Kato, Kosuke H||0||0||0||21||1 1/3||5||17||1||1||1||0||0||0||4.43|
|Kizuka, Atsushi H||3||2||0||30||1 1/3||4||12||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.78|
|Yamaguchi, Shun H||3||4||13||41||1||3||12||0||2||0||0||0||0||3.20|
|Takasaki, Kentaro W||2||0||0||36||2||9||31||4||3||0||0||0||0||3.63|
|Igarashi, Ryota H||2||2||2||44||1||5||19||1||1||1||0||0||0||2.70|
|Lim, Chang-Yong H||4||1||24||44||1||3||15||0||2||0||0||0||0||0.40|
|Matsuoka, Kenichi H||4||0||0||41||1||4||17||1||1||0||0||0||0||2.86|
|Oshimoto, Takehiko H||1||4||0||33||1||4||12||1||2||0||0||0||0||3.09|
Time: 4h 33m
Hanshin Tigers 6 - Chunichi Dragons 1 (Dragons lead series, 10-5-0)
Minoru Iwata gave the Tigers the pitching boost they sorely needed -- a complete game victory.
After giving up a lead-off triple to Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-4, 3B) to start the game, Iwata struck out the next three batters to end the inning. After that, Iwata basically went on cruise control (at one point retiring 13 straight batters from the last out of the 2nd until the end of the 6th) until the top of the 7th when he walked Masahiko Morino (0-for-3, BB, R), the lead-off batter, and surrendered a single to Tony Blanco (1-for-4) to put runners on first and second. A double play later, Byung-Kyu Lee (1-for-3, RBI) singled Morino home from third.
The Dragons weren't quite lucky with their starter, Kenta Asakura.
Although Asakura was shaky from the start (5 hits over the first 3 innings), the Tigers didn't actually get around to scoring on him until the 4th when four consecutive Tigers collected hits with 1 out: Craig Brazell (1-for-4, HR, R, rBI) hit a solo homer; Ikuro Katsuragi hit a double (2-for-3, 2B, R); Keisuke Kano singled (2-for-4); and Iwata (2-for-4, RBI) drove in the second run of the inning on a single to right.
With only a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 7th, the Tigers' offense kicked in again: Yamato (1-for-5, R) hit a 1-out single and stole second; Takashi Toritani (2-for-3, BB, 2B, R) walked; Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI) hit a bases clearing double to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead; Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, R) singled to put runners on first and third; the Dragons' brought in Masato Kobayashi for Asakura; Brazell struck out; Junichi Kawahara relieved Kobayashi; Kodai Sakurai (1-for-1, 3B, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a pinch-hit triple, scoring the 5th and 6th Tigers' runs; and Kano ended the inning by flying out to center.
Iwata retired the side in order in the 8th and after a throwing error allowed Morino to reach first in the top of the 9th with 1 out, he retired the next two batters on ground balls to earn his 2nd CG of the season.
The Tigers outhit the Dragons, 14-4.
Dragons: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Tigers: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Asakura, Kenta L||8||6||0||19||6 1/3||32||114||13||1||1||0||6||6||3.96|
|Kobayashi, Masato||2||1||0||20||0 1/3||1||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.59|
|Kawahara, Junichi||1||0||0||25||0 1/3||2||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.51|
|Iwata, Minoru W||2||2||0||7||9||32||135||4||9||1||0||1||1||2.64|
Time: 2h 55m
Yomiuri Giants 16 - Hiroshima Carp 5 (Giants lead series, 8-5-3)
After the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a sac fly by Alex Ramirez (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) with the bases loaded, the Carp countered with 4 in the bottom of the 2nd on Keisuke Imai's (1-for-1, R, 3B, 3 RBI) 2-out, 3-run triple, followed by Akihiro Higashide's (2-for-4, RBI) single that scored Imai.
But the Giants quickly came erased the lead in the top of the 3rd. Imai gave up a lead-off walk to Hayato Sakamoto (3-for-5, BB, 3B, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI) and a 1-out single to Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-3, 2 BB, R) before giving up an RBI single to Ramirez and a 3-run homer to Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-5, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) that pushed the Giants out in front, 5-4. Two consecutive doubles by Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Shigeyuki Furuki (3-for-5, HBP, 2B, R, RBI) extended the Giants lead to 2 runs.
The Giants and Carp exchanged solo home run blows in the 6th with Sakamoto nailing his with 1 out in the top of the 6th off Masayuki Hasegawa; and Scott McClain (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI) hitting his to start the bottom of the 6th of Shun Tono.
It was in the next inning that the Giants exploded for 9 runs on a walk, a HBP, 4 singles, 2 doubles, 2 triple, and a home run -- Yomiuri sent 14 batters to the plate. The big hit in the inning was a grand slam by Abe that gave the Giants a 16-5 lead.
While Yomiuri continued to apply pressure on the Carp by collecting 2 hits in each of the last 2 innings of the game, they failed to score any more additional runs. The Giant bullpen retired the last 9 Carp batters in a rows.
The Giants outhit the Carp, 23-8. ... Sakamoto was a double away from hitting for the cycle. ... The last time Sakamoto collected 3 hits in a game was on July 10th.
Giants: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 4 LOB, 1 DP
|Tono, Shun W||5||6||0||20||5 0/3||25||91||8||4||1||0||5||5||3.05|
|Nomaguchi, Takahiko H||0||0||1||13||1||2||6||0||1||0||0||0||0||4.15|
|Imai, Keisuke L||0||1||0||3||3||18||59||7||3||2||0||6||6||7.20|
|Komatsu, Takeshi||2||3||0||15||0 1/3||4||8||2||0||0||1||3||3||5.21|
|Aoki, Hayato||0||0||0||19||0 0/3||3||14||3||0||0||0||3||3||3.86|
|Aoki, Takahiro||1||2||0||21||0 2/3||7||27||4||0||1||0||3||3||4.75|
Time: 3h 34m
Orix Buffaloes 8 - Nippon Ham Fighters 2 (Fighters lead series, 9-4-0)
The Fighters manufactured a run in the bottom of the first on a double by Kensuke Tanaka (2-for-4, 2B, R), a sac bunt by Toshimasa Konta (0-for-2), and a sac fly by Atsunori Inaba (1-for-3, RBI).
In the top of the 4th, the Buffaloes flexed some muscle: after an HBP, Alex Cabrera (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) nailed his 7th home run of the season; after a walk, Jose Fernandez (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit his 12th bomb of the year; and still with no outs, Osamu Hamanaka (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) got in on the madness and drilled a home run of his own and gave the Buffaloes a comfortable 5-1 lead. After the next two batters reached on singles, Hideki Sunaga finally recorded the first out of the inning on a sac bunt that moved the runners up a base. Naoyuki Ohmura's (1-for-5, 2 RBI) single to left then plated 2 more runs for the Buffaloes. Orix extended their lead to 8-1 in the top of the 5th on Tuffy Rhodes' (3-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) 14th home run of the year.
A big double play after a lead-off single in the bottom of the 7th helped keep the Fighters from scoring more than 1 run on Terrmel Sledge's (2-for-3, HR, R, RBI) 16th jack of the year.
Both teams would continue to get runners on base over the final 2 innings of the game (Buffaloes collected 3 hits and the Fighters picked up 2 hits and a walk), but neither would able to plate any more runs.
The Buffaloes outhit the Fighters, 13-8.
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 2 DP
Fighters: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Kondo, Kazuki W||6||7||0||16||8||33||147||7||2||3||0||2||2||5.59|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Sunaga, Hideki L||0||1||0||9||5||24||82||8||1||1||1||8||8||8.50|
Time: 3h 2m
Rakuten Eagles 5 - Softbank Hawks 1 (Eagles lead the series 9-7-0)
Hiromichi Fujiwara had a rough start, loading the bases in both the 1st and 2nd innings of the game: he got out of the first jam by getting Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-3) to ground out to short; and wiggled out of the second jam by getting Jose Ortiz (0-for-2, BB, RBI) to fly out to right. But Fujiwara settled in nicely after that. But he did give up a run in the 5th: Yuichi Honda (1-for-3, BB, 2B) led off the inning with a double, Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-2, BB) hit a sac bunt, and Ortiz hit a sac fly to right that scored Honda from third.
On offense, the Eagles slowly piled 5 runs on the board, starting with single runs in the 3rd (2-out RBI double by Naoto Watanabe) and 4th (sac fly by Ryuji Miyade) innings, followed by a 2-run 6th (a run scored when Rick Short grounded into fielder's choice and the second run scored on what should have been a sac hit by Miyade, but Ortiz dropped the ball), and capped off with Todd Linden's 7th home run of the season in the bottom of the 7th.
Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Kawagishi (8th), and Kazuo Fukumori (9th) combined to retire the last 11 straight Hawks' of the game.
The Eagles outhit the Hawks, 7-4. ... Ohtonari was hit in the left-flank by a comebacker in the the third inning, but stayed in the game. ... The Hawks are filing a complaint on a call made by the second base ump in the first inning when they had the bases loaded and Hiroki Kokubo was forced out at second. The Hawks feel Kokubo was safe.
Hawks: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 5 LOB, 0 DP
|Ohtonari, Kenji L||5||7||0||16||6 2/3||30||116||7||3||3||0||5||5||5.32|
|Sato, Makoto||1||1||0||16||0 1/3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.16|
|Fujiwara, Hiromichi W||2||3||0||9||7||29||128||4||2||4||0||1||1||3.96|
Time: 3h 13m
Seibu Lions 5 - Chiba Lotte Marines 3 (Lotte lead the series, 8-6-0)
The Lions scored a run in the 1st on Hiroyuki Nakajima's (2-for-6, RBI) 2-out RBI single to left. The Marines returned the run on Saburo's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) sac fly to right in the bottom of the inning.
Tomoya Satozaki's solo home run in the bottom of the 4th gave the Marines a 2-1 lead, that would disappear in the top of the 6th after Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-6, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI) doubled, moved to third on Nakajima's fly out to right, and scored on Takeya Nakamura's (1-for-6, RBI) single to left.
Tatsuya Uchi relieved Naoyuki Shimizu in the 9th and gave up the go-ahead run when Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-5, 2B, R) came around to score on Hiram Bocachica's (1-for-2, 3 BB, 2B, RBI) double to center.
But the Marines weren't ready to give up just yet -- Saburo's 14th home run of the year off Kazuhisa Ishii in the bottom of the 9th pushed the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 12th, Tadahiro Ogino walked Bocachica with 1-out. A single later, with runners on first and second, Kuriyama nailed his second double of the game to give the Lions a 5-3 lead.
Seibu brought in Taiyo Fujita to pitch the 9th -- he retired the first two batters he faced then gave up a double to pinch-hitter Tasuku Hashimoto before finally ending the inning on a ground out by Gary Burnham Jr. (0-for-2).
The Lions outhit the Marines, 11-5. ... Fujita picked up his first save of his pro career.
Lions: 8 LOB, 3 DP
Marines: 5 LOB, 1 DP
|Ishii, Kazuhisa||5||7||0||16||8 1/3||31||128||4||7||3||0||3||3||4.42|
|Ohnuma, Koji H||2||3||0||34||1 2/3||5||17||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.17|
|Onodera, Chikara H||2||4||16||42||0 2/3||3||11||0||1||1||0||0||0||3.66|
|Hoshino, Tomoki W||1||1||0||43||0 1/3||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.29|
|Fujita, Taiyo S||1||0||1||7||1||4||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Sikorski, Brian H||6||5||6||38||2||6||22||1||1||0||0||0||0||2.15|
|Ogino, Tadahiro L||2||3||8||37||0 1/3||4||14||2||1||1||0||2||2||4.93|
|Ito, Yoshihiro||2||4||0||44||0 2/3||2||6||0||1||0||0||0||0||4.80|
Time: 3h 49m