|Yokohama Bay Stars||1||4||0||0||2||3||0||0||3||13||21||2|
(Bay Stars lead series, 12-4-0)
Daisuke Miura went the distance to win his 9th game of the season. He started strong, retiring the first 7 batters of the game in a row before surrendering a single to Keizo Kawashima (3-for-4, R) in the 3rd. A throwing error in the 5th allowed Ryoji Aikawa to score all the way from first. Another error in the 8th put runners on first and third and extended the inning long enough for the Swallows to score their second run of the game on Norichika Aoki's (2-for-4, RBI) infield single.
The Swallows put together another scoring threat in the bottom of the 9th with 2 consecutives singles after the first two batters of the innings were retired. But Miura bore down and retired Ryohei Kawamoto (0-for-2) to end the game.
On offense, the Bay Stars had quite a busy night, pounding out 21 hits for 13 runs. Up 1-0 in the top of the 2nd, with runners on first and third, Miura (1-for-5, RBI) drove in a run with a single. That ended Shun Takaichi's night and brought Jun Hagiwara into game. Two batters later, with the bases now loaded, Seiichi Uchikawa (3-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI) hit a 2-out single and drove in 2 runs. Dan Jonhson (3-for-4, RBI) followed with another single and drove in the 4th run of the inning. In the top of the 5th, with the bases juiced once more, Tatsuya Shimozono (2-for-5, BB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a 2-run double that gave the Bay Stars a 7-0 lead.
Uchikawa's led off the 6th with his 14th home run of the year. Two singles later, Yuki Yoshimura (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) hit an RBI single. With the bases loaded yet again, Takeshi Hosoyamada (2-for-5, RBI) drove in the Bay Stars' 10th run of the game. A 3-run homer in the top of the 9th by Noriharu Yamazaki (1-for-2, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) capped off Yokohama's night at the plate.
The Bay Stars outhit the Swallows, 21-6. ... The Bay Stars won the series, 2-1. ... The Bay Stars were 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs in bases loaded situations for the game. ... Every player in the starting line-up collected at least 1 hit. ... Miura picked up his third complete game of the year.
Bay Stars: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Miura, Daisuke W||20||9||7||0||9||140||36||34||6||0||7||1||0||1||0||0||2||0||3.296|
|Takaichi, Shun L||3||0||1||0||1 1/3||40||9||8||5||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||4||4||9.643|
|Hagiwara, Jun||31||1||1||0||3 2/3||77||20||18||8||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||3||3||4.706|
Time: 3h 22m
(Dragons lead series, 11-6-0)
The Tigers took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a 2-run homer by Takashi Toritani (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI). While the Tigers did threaten to score a number of times after the first (4th inning, runners on first and second with 2 outs; 6th inning, bases loaded with 2 outs), Yudai Kawai and 4 other Chunichi pitchers managed to keep the Tigers from scoring any additional runs.
And for the first 6 innings of the game, that didn't seem to matter because Yasutomo Kubo was throwing a very good game (6 innings, 3 hits, 0 R). But things quickly fell apart for Kubo in the 7th: after giving up a lead-off homer to Tony Blanco (2-for-4, R, RBI), Kubo gave up 2 singles, a sac bunt, and a walk to load the bases. An out later, with the bases still loaded, Kubo surrendered a 2-run single to Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and a 1-run infield single to Masahiro Araki (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI). Hirotaka Egusa entered the game and immediately allowed 2 more runs to score on Masahiko Morino's (2-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 5 RBI) double to right. A walk later, the inning finally ended with Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-5) grounding out to short.
In the top of the 9th, after Kai-Wen Cheng struck out the lead-off batter, Ibata and Araki followed with two consecutive singles. Morino then launched his 17th home run of the year to give the Dragons a 9-2 the game would later end on.
The Dragons outhit the Tigers, 13-5. ... The Dragons won the series, 2-1. ... Toritani's 10th home run of the year gives him 10+ home runs in each of his last 4 seasons. ... Junichi Kawahara tossed only 2 pitches and got the win.
Dragons: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 7 LOB, 1 DP
|Kawai, Yudai||16||11||1||0||5 2/3||103||25||19||4||1||2||5||0||1||1||0||2||2||3.219|
|Kawahara, Junichi W||26||2||0||0||1/3||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.500|
|Kubo, Yasutomo L||17||6||5||0||6 2/3||99||29||27||8||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||6||6||3.459|
Time: 3h 25m
(Giants lead series, 8-6-3)
Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, RBI) followed Yoshitomo Tani's (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) double with a single that gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. The Carp tied and took the lead in the bottom of the inning on 2 solo home runs by Andy Phillips (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Tetsuya Kokubo (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI). But the Giants quickly re-took the lead in the top of the 3rd: with runners on second and third and 1 out, Alex Ramirez (1-for-5, RBI) drove in a run with a grounder to short; Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI) drove in the go-ahead run with a double to left; and Tani launched his a 2-run homer that gave the Giants a 5-2 lead.
But the Carp would not go silently into night. With the help of the bullpen that shut the Giants down with 5 innings of 3-hit ball, the Carp offense staged a comeback.
After returning single runs in the bottom of the 3rd (RBI double by Soichiro Amaya) and 4th (sac fly by Jun Hirose), the Carp tied and took the lead in the bottom of the 6th: Micheal Nakamura relieved Soichi Fujita to start the inning; with runners on second and third and 1 out, Yoshiyuki Ishihara (3-for-4, 2 RBI) tied the game with an RBI single and put runners on first and third; Tetsuya Yamaguchi relieved Nakamura; Koichi Ogata drove in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit sac fly to right.
The Carp tacked on 4 more runs in the bottom of the 7th on consecutive hits with runners on first and third and 2 out: Phillips' RBI single, Kokubo's 2-run double, and Ishihara's RBI single; the inning ended when Ishihara tried to stretch his single into a double.
The Carp outhit the Giants, 12-10. ... The Giants won the series, 2-1. ... Prior to tonight's homer, Tani's last hit one out on June 8th. ... The Giants gave up 10+ runs for the third time this season. ... This was Hiroshi Kisanuki first start since August 15th, 2008.
Giants: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 4 LOB, 0 DP
|Kisanuki, Hiroshi||1||0||0||0||2 2/3||56||12||12||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||3||10.125|
|Nomaguchi, Takahiko H||14||0||0||1||1||24||6||3||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||4.418|
|Fujita, Soichi H||7||0||0||0||1 1/3||14||4||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.348|
|Nakamura, Micheal L||28||1||2||0||1/3||15||4||4||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||6.577|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya||54||8||1||3||1 1/3||22||8||6||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||4||3||1.588|
|Kimura, Shota||11||0||0||0||1 1/3||11||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.000|
|Komatsu, Takeshi W||16||3||3||0||2||24||7||6||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.993|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji H||47||2||5||0||2||29||10||9||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.477|
Time: 3h 13m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||1||0||4||1||0||2||X||8||13||0|
(Fighters lead series, 10-4-0)
The Buffaloes jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Tuffy Rhodes' (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 2-run homer. Orix then doubled their lead in the top of the 3rd: Fumihiro Suzuki (1-for-2, BB, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double; Naoyuki Ohmura (1-for-4, R) followed with a single that put runners on first and third; Keiji Ohbiki's (1-for-5, RBI) single drove the third run of the game; Alex Cabrera walked to load the bases; and the 4th run of the game scored when Rhodes hit into a double play. The Fighters managed to return one of the runs in the bottom of the inning on Makoto Kaneko's (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) 10th home run of the year.
While the Fighters went down in order in the 4th, they exploded for 4 runs in the 5th: with the bases loaded and 2 out, Eiichi Koyano (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 4 RBI) doubled 2 runs home; a walk to Terrmel Sledge (0-for-3) re-loaded the bases; Yoshio Itoi (2-for-5, 2 RBI) drove in the tying and go-ahead runs on a single to right.
Not satisfied with a 1-run lead, the Fighters tacked on another run in the 6th when Toshimasa Konta (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI) doubled in a run with runners on first and second and 1 out. Koyano's 2-run double in the 8th gave the Fighters their 8th and final run of the game.
The Fighters outhit the Buffaloes, 13-7. ... The Fighters won the series, 2-1. ... Rhodes has now hit a home run in each of his last 3 games. ... For the first time since 1997, Makoto Kaneko will finish with 10+ home runs. ... Hirano is suffering through a 7-game losing streak. His last victory came on May 31st.
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Fighters: 10 LOB, 0 DP
|Hirano, Yoshihisa L||14||2||8||0||5||110||25||24||9||1||5||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||5.529|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Sweeney, Brian W||15||3||5||0||5 1/3||92||25||20||7||1||0||5||0||0||0||0||4||4||5.903|
|Hayashi, Masanori H||28||3||0||0||2/3||17||3||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.068|
|Ejiri, Shintaro H||27||2||0||0||1||18||4||3||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.859|
|Kikuchi, Kazumasa H||43||2||2||0||1||8||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.232|
Time: 3h 35m
(Eagles lead the series 9-8-0)
The Hawks jumped all over Satoshi Nagai in the top of the 1st and scored 6 runs on 7 hits (they sent 10 batters to the plate). After Kenji Akashi (2-for-6, R, 2 RBI) led off the game by striking out, Munenori Kawasaki (3-for-6, 3B, 2 R, RBI) tripled and scored on Nobuhiko Matsunaka's (2-for-5, BB, 2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI) double. Hiroki Kokubo (3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) followed with his 14th home run of the year. Hitoshi Tamura and Jose Ortiz both singled before Yuya Hasegawa struck out for the second out of the inning. Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI) and Yuichi Honda (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI) both plated a run with singles before the inning finally ended with Akashi striking out for the second time in the inning.
With 2-outs in the top of the 2nd, Kokubo launched his second home run of the game in as many at bats and gave the Hawks a 7-0 lead. Softbank made it 9-0 in the top of the 4th on RBI singles by Tamura and Hasegawa. And the Eagles finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning on Takeshi Yamasaki's (3-for-5, R, 4 RBI) 25th home run of the season.
In the bottom of the 6th, Yamasaki drove in 2 runs when he hit a double with the bases loaded and a third run scored on Fernando Seguignol's (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) ground out to third, bringing the Eagles to within 5 runs of tying the game. But such would not be the fate for the Eagles on Thursday night.
Akashi's RBI single and Kawasaki's run-scoring ground out extended the Hawks lead to 11-4 in the top of the 7th. The Eagles managed to return those 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th on a run-scoring ground out by Yamasaki and an RBI single by Seguignol. Two batters later, with runners on first and second, Kenshi (1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI) hit a pin-hit double that cleared the bases and brought the Eagles to within 3 runs of the Hawks. But that would be as close as they'd get.
Akashi's RBI single and Matsunaka's 3-run homer in the top of the 9th gave the Hawks their 15-8 victory over the Eagles.
The Hawks outhit the Eagles, 19-12. ... The Eagles won the series, 2-1. ... Yamasaki drove in his 1,000th run of his career with his 2-run double in the 6th inning. ... The 19 team hits the Hawks recorded are a season high. The 15 runs tied the season high.
Hawks: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 7 LOB, 1 DP
|Fujioka, Yoshiaki W||22||5||5||0||6||97||25||23||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||4||4||4.269|
|Mise, Koji||12||0||0||0||1 1/3||25||7||7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||3||5.400|
|Nagai, Satoshi L||18||7||6||0||4||96||26||24||12||2||5||2||0||0||0||0||9||8||4.255|
Time: 3h 43m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||3||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||X||5||8||1|
(Lotte lead the series, 9-6-0)
The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Takumi Kurihara (4-for-4, R) scored on Takeya Nakamura's (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) double to left. But the Marines quickly erased the lead and took one themselves in the bottom of the inning: with the base loaded and 1 out, the tying run scored on Tadahito Iguchi's (1-for-3, BB, R, 2 RBI) ground out to second; Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-3, BB, RBI) followed with a 2-out, RBI single; the third and final run of the inning scored on Gary Burnham Jr.'s (1-for-3, 2 RBI) single to right.
In the top of the 4th, Nakamura came around to score on G.G. Sato's (2-for-4, RBI) 1-out double to center, bringing the Lions to within 1 run of tying the game. But Yoshihisa Naruse kept Sato at second by striking out Hiram Bocachica (0-for-3) and getting Toru Hosokawa (0-for-3) to fly out to left.
Iguchi's RBI single and Burnham's run scoring ground out with the bases loaded gave the Marines 2 insurance runs in the bottom of the 5th.
Brian Sikorski retired the side in order in the top of the 9th for his 7th save of the year.
Both teams collected 8 hits. ... The Lions won the series, 2-1.
Lions: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Wasdin, John L||14||2||3||0||4||76||20||16||5||0||1||3||0||1||0||0||3||3||5.306|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Naruse, Yoshihisa W||16||6||5||0||7||107||31||30||8||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||4.161|
|Uchi, Tatsuya H||18||3||0||1||1||14||3||3||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.696|
|Sikorski, Brian S||39||6||5||7||1||5||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.106|
Time: 3h 7m