(Giants lead series, 8-6-2)
A 2-run homer by Takashi Toritani (2-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) and a solo home run by Takahiro Arai (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st. The Giants scored their first run on Yoshitomo Tani's (3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd.
In the top of the 4th, Kodai Sakurai (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit a 2-run homer that put the Tigers up, 5-1. A 2-out RBI triple by Toritani, followed by an RBI single by Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-4, RBI) in the top of the 7th made it 7-1.
Tani's second home run of the game came in the bottom of the 7th with Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, 2B, R) on second pulled the Giants to within 4 runs of tying the game. With Kyuji Fujikawa in the game to start the 9th, Alex Ramirez (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) hit a lead-off solo homer. Fujikawa then struck out the next two batters and retired Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-4, 2 2B) on a ground out to short to end the game and pick up his 13th save of the year.
Missed scoring chances for the Giants: bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 0 out.
Both teams collected 9 hits. ... Potentially bad news for the Giants when Michihiro Ogasawara left the game after running out a grounder to third and suddenly felt tightness in his left leg. ... Toritani appeared in his 700th consecutive game. ... The Giants have now lost 3 in a row against Atsushi Noumi. ... Tetsuya Utsumi gave up 3 home runs in one game for the first time in his pro career.
Tigers: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 3 LOB, 3 DP
|Noumi, Atsushi W||20||7||7||0||6 0/3||90||25||23||8||2||3||2||0||0||0||0||3||3||2.896|
|Utsumi, Tetsuya L||19||5||8||0||5 1/3||89||24||22||6||3||3||1||0||1||0||0||5||5||3.320|
|Nomaguchi, Takahiko||15||0||0||1||1 2/3||36||8||7||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||4.950|
Time: 2h 44m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||9||2|
(Bay Stars lead series, 8-7-0)
Andy Phillips (1-for-3, HBP, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) nailed a 3-run homer off Les Walrond in the top of the first and gave the Carp a 3-0 lead. The Bay Stars answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring ground out by Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI).
The Carp scored single runs in the top of the 2nd (bases loaded, 1 out > Phillips sac fly) and 3rd (runner on second, 2 outs > RBI double by Yoshikazu Kura; 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) to take a 5-1. In the top of the 4th, they exploded. For 6 runs.
Kentaro Takasaki took over for Les Walrond to start the inning. Akihiro Higashide (3-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R) led off with a single. Masato Akamatsu (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R) hit a double to put runners on second and third. Phillips was hit by a pitch. Kenta Kurihara (1-for-6, 2B, R, RBI) reached on Dan Johnson's (1B) throwing error, which also allowed 2 runs to score. Carp 7-1. Scott McClain (1-for-5, RBI) hit an RBI single. Carp 8-1. Soichiro Amaya (0-for-5, R) hit into a force at second that put runners on the corners. Tetsuya Kokubo (2-for-4, BB, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double. Carp 10-1. Kura drove in the 6th run of the inning with a single. Carp 11-1. Colby Lewis (1-for-3, R) grounded out to short. And Higashide struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 8th, the Bay Stars made it 11-3 with Uchikawa's 2-run homer off Rui Makino. The Carp scored their last run in the top of the 9th when Kokubo came around to score on Koichi Ogata's pinch-hit single to left.
Missed scoring chances for the Bay Stars: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and second, 2 out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 1 out; bottom of the 9th, runners on first and second, 0 out.
The Carp outhit the Bay Stars, 16-9. ... Colby finally beat the Bay Stars this season after losing 4 straight against them.
Carp: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Lewis, Colby W||20||8||5||0||6||87||23||21||4||0||9||0||1||1||0||0||1||1||2.941|
|Makino, Rui||10||0||2||0||1 1/3||26||8||7||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||5.023|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Walrond, Les L||19||5||8||0||3||61||18||16||8||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||4.395|
Time: 3h 19m
(Swallows lead series, 11-5-0)
Kazuki Yoshimi scattered just 5 hits over 8 innings of work and held the Swallows to just one run: a solo homer by Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) to start the 2nd inning. Aside from the home run, no runners made it past first in any of the 9 innings.
The Dragons offense did most of their damage in the bottom of the first when they send 11 batters to the plate and collected 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-5, BB, R) led off the inning with a single. Masahiro Araki (3-for-5, 4 R) grounded into a force, erasing Ibata. Masahiko Morino (3-for-4, BB, 2B, R, 4 RBI) drove in Araki with a double. Dragons 1-0. Bony Blanco (0-for-4, BB, R) walk. Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) flied out to center. Byung-Kyu Lee (1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) walked to load the bases. Atsushi Fujii (2-for-5, R, 3 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a single. Dragons 3-0. Motonobu Tashishige (2-for-5, RBI) singled to re-load the bases. Kazuki Yoshimi (1-for-3, 2 RBI) joined in on the fun and drove in 2 runs with a single of his own. Dragons 5-0. Ibata walked to re-reload the bases. Araki fouled out to the catcher for the final out of the inning.
Single runs in the bottom of the 2nd (runners on first and second, 2 out > RBI single by Fujii) and 3rd (runner on second, 2 out > RBI single by Morino) extended the Dragons lead to 7-2. Morino's 2-run double off Ricky Barrett in the bottom of the 5th and Wada's solo homer to lead off the 6th, followed by Tanishige's RBI single 2 batters later, extended the Dragons lead by 4 more runs. The 12th and final run crossed the plate in the bottom of the 7th on Lee's 1-out single with the bases loaded (the inning ended when the next batter, Fujii, grounded into a 5-4-3 double play).
Missed scoring chances for the Swallows: None.
The Dragons outhit the Swallows, 16-6.
Swallows: 3 LOB, 2 DP
Dragons: 10 LOB, 1 DP
|Muranaka, Kyohei L||5||0||4||0||2||79||17||13||7||0||1||4||0||0||0||0||6||6||8.060|
|Yoshimi, Kazuki W||19||12||4||0||8||105||28||28||5||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1.633|
Time: 3h 6m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||X||3||12||0|
(Fighters lead series, 8-5-0)
Other than a "hiccup" in the top of the 7th, Yu Darvish had himself another solid outing. He tossed a 1-hitter through the first 6 innings of the game and struck out 12 over 8 innings of work.
In the top of the 7th, with the Fighters holding onto a 1-0 lead, the Lions hit collected 4 consecutive hits to start the inning: Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, R) led off with a single. Takeya Nakamura (1-for4, 2B, R) doubled to left and put runners on second and third. Yoshihito Ishii (1-for-4, RBI) tied the game with a single. G.G. Sato (1-for-3, BB, RBI) drove in the go ahead run with an infield single. The next three batters went down in order, leaving runners stranded on first and second.
On the flip side, the Fighters' offense had plenty of chances to score, and yet somehow managed to score only 3 runs: they recorded at least one hit in every inning except the 8th and they had at least one runner on base in every inning.
With runners on first and second and 1 out, in the bottom of the 3rd, the Fighters poked their first run across home plate on Atsunori Inaba's (2-for-2, BB, 2 RBI) single into center. They tied the game in the bottom of the 7th on Inaba's sac fly to right. And Makoto Kaneko drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th when Chung-Shou Yang, pinch-running for Terrmel Sledge (3-for-4), scored from second on a single by Makoto Kaneko (3-for-4, RBI).
Hisashi Takeda tossed a 1-2-3 top of the 9th for his 24th save of the year.
Missed scoring chances for the Lions: None.
The Fighters outhit the Lions, 12-5.
Lions: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 11 LOB, 2 DP
|Hoashi, Kazuyuki||18||5||3||0||4 2/3||86||21||17||8||0||2||1||1||2||0||0||1||1||3.696|
|Bayliss, Jonah||1||0||0||0||1 1/3||18||6||5||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Ohnuma, Koji L||35||2||4||0||1 2/3||34||9||5||2||0||3||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||2.282|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Darvish, Yu W||20||14||4||0||8||119||30||29||5||0||12||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||1.453|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||39||1||0||24||1||10||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.350|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||10||1|
(Marines lead series 10-5-0)
Asides from 2 back-to-back, 2-out, solo homers in the top of the 1st by Saburo (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Masahiro Tanaka tossed a very good game. After the first inning, he held the Marines to just 3 hits over 7 innings of work and didn't allow a single runner to get past first.
The Eagles offense, on the other hand, sputtered, despite collecting 12 hits. And of course, their first run scored on a throwing error on a grounder to third, hit by Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-4), that allowed Todd Linden (1-for-4) to score all the way from second and put Yamasaki on second.
After going down in order in the 2nd and 3rd, the Eagles tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the 4th when Teppei (2-for-4, 2B, R) and Yamasaki singled to start the inning and Fernando Seguignol (2-for-4, RBI) followed with an infield single that scored Teppei from third. Masato Nakamura (1-for-4) followed with another single to load the bases, giving the Eagles the perfect chance to take the lead, but the next three batters went down in order.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Eagles had runners on second and third with 1 out, and neither Yamasaki nor Seguignol could get a run home. It wasn't until the bottom of the 6th that the Eagles finally took the lead on a 2-out, solo home run by Motohiro Shima (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI).
Rakuten scored a VERY important insurance run in the bottom of the 8th when Akihisa Makida, pinch-running for Seguignol, came around to score on Shima's infield single.
Kazuo Fukumori started the 9th for the Eagles and ran into some trouble. He put the tying runners on base with consecutive singles to Tadahito Iguchi (2-for-4, R) and Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-4) and then saw them move up a base on Koichi Hori's pinch-hit sac bunt. Fukumori managed to strike out pinch-hitter Tasuku Hashimoto for the second out of the inning, but Kazuya Fukuura drove in a run with a pinch-hit, 2-out single. With runners on first and third and 2 out, Fukumori got Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-5) to ground out to second to end the game.
Missed scoring chances for the Marines: top of the 9th, runners on first and third, 2 out.
The Eagles outhit the Marines, 12-10. ... For the first time since 2006, Shunsuke Watanabe will end the year with 10+ losses. ... Tanaka recorded 10+ wins for the second time in his carer and now has 30. ... Shima had gone 2 season without a single home runs. ... Saburo's 15 home runs on the year establishes a new career high for him.
Marines: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Watanabe, Shunsuke L||16||2||10||0||7 2/3||130||34||33||10||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||4||3||4.216|
|Tanaka, Masahiro W||18||10||4||1||8||107||31||30||7||2||8||0||1||0||0||0||2||2||1.822|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||14||4||0||2||1||26||6||5||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||0.915|
Time: 3h 34m
(Buffaloes lead the series, 8-7-0)
Shogo Yamamoto scattered 5 hits over 7.1 innings of work and allowed only 1 runner to cross the plate: Yuichi Honda (2-for-5, R) led off the game with a single, moved to second on a sac bunt, and scored on a single by Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-4, RBI). If not for his 4 walks, his outing would have been more impressive.
The Buffaloes tied and took the lead by scoring single runs in the 1st (runner on second, 1 out > RBI single by Alex Cabrera; 1-for-5, RBI) and 2nd (bases loaded, 1 out > sac fly by Tomotaka Sakaguchi; 2-for-3, R, RBI) innings.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Buffaloes put up 5 runs to take a 6-1 lead. With runners on first and third and 2 out, Jose Fernandez (2-for-4, R, RBI) drove in a run with a single and Takahiro Okada (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) followed with a 3-run blast. The Buffaloes scored their last run in the bottom of the 6th when Fumihiro Suzuki (2-for-3, HBP, R) came around to score on Masahiro Abe's (2-for-4, R, RBI) single into center.
Missed scoring chances for the Hawks: top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out; top of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out; top of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out; top of the 8th, runners on first and third, 1 out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 1 out.
The Buffaloes outhit the Hawks, 15-5. ... Every player in the starting line-up had at least 1 hit. ... Okada's homer was the first of his pro career.
Hawks: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Germano, Justin L||9||4||3||0||4 2/3||92||25||21||11||1||5||0||1||2||0||0||6||6||4.415|
|Ohba, Shota||14||0||3||0||2 2/3||46||11||11||3||0||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.192|
|Yamamoto, Shogo W||20||8||3||0||7 1/3||136||30||25||5||0||8||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.512|
Time: 3h 22m