(Giants lead series, 9-6-2)
Seth Greisinger held the Tigers scoreless over the first 4 innings of the game. And then things fell apart, not only for Greisinger, but also for the Giants' defense, in the top of the 5th. Craig Brazell (1-for-4, R led off the inning with a single. Kodai Sakurai (0-for-4) reached on an error. Keisuke Kano (0-for-4, R) grounded into a force that put runners on first and third with only 1 out. Mitsunobu Takahashi pinch-hit for Satoru Kanemura and hit a grounder to first that Shinnosuke Abe (1B) went to second on. But Hayato Sakamoto (SS) dropped the ball, allowing Brazell to score, Kano to reach second, and Takahashi to reach first. Norihiro Akahoshi's (2-for-5, R) single loaded the bases. Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4, 3B, R) flied out to short. The Tigers then got three consecutive hits: a 2-run single by Takashi Toritani (1-for-4, BB, R, 2 RBI); a 1-run double by Tomoaki Kanemoto (3-for-5, 3 2B, R, 2 RBI); and a 1-run single by Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI). Brazell flied out to center for the final out of the inning. All 6 of the runs that scored were unearned.
Greisinger came out of the game after the lengthy 5th and the Giants bullpen took over in the 6th. The bullpen, specifically Daisuke Ochi, struggled a bit in the 7th. After giving up a single to Akahoshi, the Giants caught him trying to steal second. Hirano followed with a triple, at which point Tetsuya Yamaguchi relieved Ochi. Yamaguchi struck out the first batter he faced, Toritani, but gave up an RBI double to Kanemoto that cuts the Giants' lead to 2 runs. He walked Arai before ending the inning by striking out Brazell.
By the time the Tigers had their 6-run 6th, the Giants had already put together what appeared to be a fairly comfortable 8-0 lead. They scored a run in the first on Yoshiyuki Kamei's (2-for-4, BB, R, RBI) double with runners on first and third and 2 out; five runs in the 2nd on Takuya Kimura's (4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) bases clearing, 2-out double with runners on first and second and Alex Ramirez's (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) 3-run blast; and 2 more runs in the bottom of the 4th on Shinnosuke Abe's (1-for-4, HBP, HR, 2 R, RBI) 16th home run of the season and an RBI double by Yoshitomo Tani (2-for-4, 2B, RBI).
With their 8-run lead cut to down to 2-runs in the top of the 5th, the Giants tacked on another run in the bottom of the 5th when Takahito Kudo hit a 1-out pinch hit double and then later came around to score on a 2-out single by Kimura.
Marc Kroon gave up a 1-out single in the top of the 9th before getting Toritani to fly out to left and striking out Kanemoto to end the game.
Missed scoring chances for the Tigers: top of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Arai flied out; top of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Brazell struck out.
The Giants outhit the Tigers, 16-10.
Tigers: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 10 LOB, 1 DP
|Tsutsui, Kazuya L||28||0||2||0||2||49||14||12||6||1||3||1||1||0||0||0||6||6||4.000|
|Greisinger, Seth W||20||10||5||0||5||91||24||23||6||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||6||0||3.306|
|Ochi, Daisuke H||50||6||2||10||1 1/3||26||5||5||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.732|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya H||55||8||1||3||1 2/3||26||7||6||1||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.543|
|Kroon, Marc S||31||1||2||14||1||15||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.871|
Time: 3h 21m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||X||6||8||2|
(Bay Stars lead series, 9-7-0)
Andy Phillips' (1-for-4, BB, RBI) single with a runner on second gave the Carp a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st. Dan Johnson's (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) sac fly in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 1. A throwing error by the catcher, in the bottom of the 2nd, on a stolen base attempt by Takehiro Ishikawa (2-for-3, R, 3 RBI) allowed Ishikawa to go to third. When Nobuhiko Matsunaka (CF) couldn't back-up the play cleanly, Ishikawa moved on and crossed home plate to put the Bay Stars up by a run.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Bay Stars extended their lead by another run when Johnson came around to score on Ishikawa's 1-out single. The Carp tied the game at 3 in the top of the 5th on a 2-run homer by Kenta Kurihara (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI).
The Bay Stars pulled away in the bottom of the 8th with 3 runs and some bad defense: Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-3, BB) and Johnson singled to start the inning. Takahiro Saeki (1-for-4) hit a grounder to first and Uchikawa was caught in a rundown between third and home and was tagged out. Scott McClain (3B) noticed Johnson running toward third and threw over, but Jun Kokubo, who was covering the bag, wasn't paying attention to McClain and the ball went passed him. That allowed Johnson to score and Saeki to advance to second. Noriharu Yamazaki entered the game to pinch-run for Saeki. A wild pitch on a third strike allowed Yuki Yoshimura to reach first and allowed Yamazaki to advance to third. Another wild pitch put runners on second and third with only 1 out. Ishikawa then laid down a bunt that Ohtake fielded and for some reason tossed over to first for the out, allowing two runners to score to give the Bay Stars a 6-3 lead. The inning finally ended a batter later on a ground out by Takeshi Hosoyamada (0-for-1).
(Here's a little more to the Uchikawa play: First, Ishihara was involved in the run down. He was the last player to throw the ball to McClain and it was McClain that tagged Uchikawa. But the problem lies in how that happened. Apparently Uchikawa grabbed at Ishihara in an attempt to keep him from throwing the ball as Johnson was rounding second and heading toward third (and he didn't realize Ishihara had already thrown the ball to McClain). When Uchikawa was tagged out, Ishihara instantly made an appeal with the ump, moving a lot of the focus away from what was happening on the field. In the midst of this chaos, McClain threw over to third to try and get Johnson, only to see the ball go rolling off into the outfield.)
Shun Yamaguchi gave up a 1-out walk, but retired the next two batters to close out the game in the top of the 9th.
Missed scoring chances for the Carp: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kokubo struck out; top of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Kurihara fouled out; top of the 4th, runners on first and second > Ishihara struck out and Ohtake grounded out; top of the 5th, bases loaded, 2 out > Ishihara struck out; top of the 7th, runner on 2nd, 2 out > Kokubo lined out.
The Bay Stars outhit the Carp, 8-6.
Carp: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 0 DP
|Ohtake, Kan L||20||7||5||0||8||129||36||30||8||0||5||2||0||3||2||0||6||4||2.953|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Sanada, Hiroki H||49||5||2||0||1||14||4||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.625|
|Kato, Kosuke W||22||1||0||0||1||15||3||2||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.219|
|Yamaguchi, Shun S||42||3||4||14||1||22||4||3||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.130|
Time: 3h 25m
(Swallows lead series, 11-6-0)
Yuki Tanaka's wildness in the 2nd likely cost him this game against the Chunichi Dragons. Through 6 innings of work, Yuki tossed 111 pitches, made worse with the fact that he walked 5 batters.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Yuki surrendered singles to Tony Blanco (2-for-3, BB, R) and Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-3, BB). He struck out the next batter, but then walked Atsushi Fujii (0-for-2, BB) AND Motonobu Tanishige (0-for-2, RBI). That gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead. The inning could have been far worse, but Yuki got the pitcher, Takashi Ogasawara (0-for-3) to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. The Dragons tacked on a key insurance run in the bottom of the 5th on one swing: Hirokazu Ibata's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 5th home run of the year.
After giving up a 2-out walk to Masahiko Morino (0-for-2, 2 BB), Yuki retired the next 4 straight batters before Kenichi Matsuoka relieved him in the 7th. Igarashi almost made things worse in the bottom of the 8th when he gave up a walk and single with 1 out, but he managed to retire the next two batters to get out of the jam unscathed.
The Swallows scored their lone run on a solo homer by Norichika Aoki (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the top of the 8th. And if not for a GIDP by Hiroyasu Tanaka (0-for-3) after Kazuki Fukuchi's (2-for-4) lead off single, Aoki's homer may have been able to tie the game.
Hitoki Iwase faced one batter in the 9th and needed only 1 pitch to pick up his 35th save of the year.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (2-for-4, 2B) and Keizo Kawashima (2-for-3) both finished with 2 hits for the Swallows.
Missed scoring chances for the Swallows: top of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Aoki grounded out and Hatakeyama flied out; top of the 3rd, runner on second, 1 out > Fukuchi struck out and Tanaka flied out; top of the 4th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Aikawa grounded out.
The Swallows outhit the Dragons, 7-4. ... Iwase recorded his 228th career save.
Swallows: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 7 LOB, 1 DP
|Tanaka, Yuki L||11||3||3||0||6||111||25||20||3||1||6||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.644|
|Ogasawara, Takashi W||14||5||1||0||7 2/3||109||30||27||7||1||2||1||0||2||0||0||1||1||3.553|
|Asao, Takuya H||47||7||7||0||1||7||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.594|
|Iwase, Hitoki S||45||1||2||35||1/3||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.831|
Time: 2h 45m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||X||2||6||0|
(Fighters lead series, 9-5-0)
Shugo Fujii started for the Fighters and had just one 1-2-3 inning -- he gave up a single in the first, a double in the second, another single in the 4th, and 2 walks in the 5th before getting yanked in the 5th after giving up consecutive singles to start the inning. Both Takuya Kuriyama (2-for-4) and Takeya Nakamura (2-for-4, 2B) collected 2 hits off Fujii.
Takayuki Kishi had a slightly better start, tossing a no-hitter through 3 and stricking out 4 in a row between the 2nd and 3rd innings. He did give up 2 singles in the 4th and 2 singles in the 7th, but managed to keep the Fighters from pushing any of those runners across the plate. He wasn't quite as lucky in the bottom of the 8th when he gave up a lead-off double to Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-3, BB, 2B), followed by a sac bunt and an intentional walk to Atsunori Inaba (0-for-2, IBB, BB, R). Koji Ohnuma then came in to relieve Kishi and got Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4, R) to hit a grounder to third. The play went to home and the Lions got Tanaka out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Tomoki Hoshino relieved Ohnuma and promptly gave up a 2-run double to Terrmel Sledge (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBU). Jonah Bayliss took over for Hoshino and ended the inning by striking out Eiichi Koyano (1-for-4).
Hisashi Takeda gave up a 1-out single before retiring the next 2 batters to end the game and pick up his 25th save of the year.
Missed scoring chances for the Lions: top of the 2nd, runner on third, 1 out > Sato struck out and G.G. Sato flied out; top of the 5th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Ginjiro lined out and a runner was caught off the bag on the same play; top of the 6th, runner on third, 2 out > Nakamura struck out.
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 7-6. ... Kishi's 16-game winning streak against PL teams came to an end. ... The Lions were shut-out for only the second time this season. ... The Lions hit into 3 doubles play in 3 consecutive innings (5th, 6th, and 7th). ... The Fighters have won their last 9 series.
Lions: 5 LOB, 3 DP
Fighters: 7 LOB, 0 DP
|Kishi, Takayuki L||19||11||2||0||7 1/3||125||30||25||5||0||7||3||0||2||0||0||2||2||3.283|
|Ohnuma, Koji H||36||2||4||0||1/3||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.266|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Fujii, Shugo||14||6||4||0||5 0/3||99||20||17||5||0||1||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||3.359|
|Ejiri, Shintaro H||28||2||0||0||2||25||5||5||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.670|
|Kikuchi, Kazumasa W||44||3||2||0||1||11||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.166|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||40||1||0||25||1||17||4||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.317|
Time: 3h 19m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||5||1|
(Marines lead series 10-6-0)
Hisashi Kitani gave up two consecutive 2-out singles to Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-4) and Naotaka Takehara (1-for-3) in the 2nd, but managed to get Hisao Heiuchi to ground out to third to end the inning. The one time the Marines did manage to score a run in the game, they got some help from the Eagles' defense. After Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off the 3rd with a double, Saburo (1-for-3, BB) walked 1 out later to put runners on first and second. Kitani then got Shoitsu Ohmatsu (0-for-4) to hit a grounder to Fernando Seguignol (1B), but his throw to second was wide and rolled into left, allowing Nishioka to score; Saburo went to third. The inning ended on the next play when Tadahito Iguchi (0-for-4) grounded in a 4-6-3 double play. After that, Kitani retired the next 9 batters in a row before the bullpen took over in the 7th.
On offense, the Eagles scored 2 runs in the 1st. Naoto Watanabe (3-for-4, BB, 2B, R) singled and Teppei (2-for-5, 2 R) reached on a fielding error by Nishioka (SS). Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) followed with a double to right that cleared the bases; Yamasaki was then thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple. Seguignol (1-for-4) and Rick Short (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) hit consecutive singles, giving the Eagles another great chance to score, but Ryuji Miyade (2-for-4, R) grounded out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Short's ground out to short allowed Teppei to score the third run of the game. A 2-out single by Todd Linden (2-for-5, 2 RBI) with runners on second and third in the bottom of the 5th gave the Eagles a 5-1 lead.
Missed scoring chances for the Marines: top of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Ohmatsu struck out; top of the 2nd, runners on first and third, 2 out > Heiuchi grounded out; top of the 3rd, runners on first and third, 1 out > Iguchi GIDP; top of the 7th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Nishioka flied out.
The Eagles outhit the Marines, 14-5. ... Kitani picked up his first win of his career.
Marines: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Ono, Shingo L||16||6||5||0||4 2/3||99||29||26||13||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||5||4||4.021|
|Ueno, Hiroki||8||0||0||0||3 1/3||45||11||11||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.306|
|Kitani, Hisashi W||9||1||0||0||6||89||23||22||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.500|
Time: 2h 57m
(Buffaloes lead the series, 9-7-0)
Chihiro Kaneko faced the minimum over the first 4.2 innings of the game. He then scattered four hits over the next 3.1 innings before retiring the side in order in the 9th. Kaneko didn't allow a single runner to get past first.
After going down in order in the bottom of the 1st, the Buffaloes score a run in the bottom of the second on two doubles by Jose Fernandez (3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Masahiro Abe (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI). Fernandez's 2-run homer in the bottom of the 4th gave the Buffaloes a 3-0 lead. An RBI double by Keiji Ohbiki in the bottom of the 7th extended the lead to 4-0.
In the bottom of the 9th, the Buffaloes relieved D.J. Houlton and brought in Masahiko Morifuku. He retired the first batter on a grounder to second, but then gave up a double to Fernandez and a single to Takahiro Okada (1-for-3, BB, R) to put runners on first and third. Makoto Sato then entered the game for Morifuku and Abe laid down a bunt for a squeeze play; with the throw going home, Fernandez was safe, Abe reached first. 1 out later, with Abe on first and Okada on second, Daisuke Maeda (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) hit a double that scored Okada and gave the Buffaloes a 6-0 lead.
The Buffaloes outhit the Hawks, 11-4.
Hawks: 2 LOB, 3 DP
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 0 DP
|Houlton, D.J. L||18||8||6||0||7||113||30||27||8||1||5||1||0||2||0||0||4||4||2.796|
|Kaneko, Chihiro W||19||9||6||0||9||123||29||28||4||0||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.733|
Time: 2h 48m