(Giants lead series, 9-7-2)
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on Alex Ramirez's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 18th home run of the year. That lead quickly disappeared in the top of the 3rd when the Tigers took advantage of a fielding error by Takuya Kimura (2B) that allowed the lead-off batter, Norihiro Akahoshi (0-for-5, R), to get all the way to second. That was followed by sac bunt, and then a single by Takashi Toritani (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) that scored Akahoshi from third and tied the game at 1. Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-4, R) got on base with a single and 1 out later, Craig Brazell (2-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) launched his 10th home run of the season to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
A solo homer by Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the bottom of the 4th brought the Giants to within 2 runs of tying the game.
Kiyoshi Toyoda started the top of the 8th for the Giants and surrendered two consecutive doubles to Takahiro Arai (2-for-5, 2B, R) and Brazell that put runners on second and third. Toyoda struck out the next batter and intentionally walked Akihiro Yano (1-for-3, IBB) to load the bases. Soichi Fujita relieved Toyoda and immiedately gave up a pinch-single to Mitsunobu Takahashi that scored Arai from third and gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead. Fujita regained his composure and struck out Akahoshi and got Keiichi Hirano (0-for-4) to foul out to left to end the inning.
The Tigers sent Kyuji Fujikawa to the mound in the 8th to close out the important win. He walked the first batter he faced, but then got Abe to ground into a 1-6-3 double play and retired Ramirez on a foul out to first. In the bottom of the 9th, after striking out Kamei for the first out of the inning, Fujikawa walked Yoshitomo Tani (1-for-2, 2 BB). But no worries as he struck out the next two batters to end the game.
Giants: bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and third, 2 out > Abe flied out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Tsuruoka grounded out.
Tigers: top of the 1st, bases loaded, 2 out > Brazell struck out; top of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > Akahoshi struck out; top of the 8th, bases loaded, 1 out > Akahoshi struck out and Hirano fouled out.
The Tigers outhit the Giants, 10-6. ... The Tigers took the series, 2-1. ... The Giants dropped their third consecutive series against the Tigers. ... Fourth time must be a charm: the 40+ year-old battery mates Shimoyanagi and Yano won their first game in four tries this season.
Tigers: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 6 LOB, 2 DP
|Shimoyanagi, Tsuyoshi W||17||6||8||0||5||54||20||18||5||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.737|
|Egusa, Hirotaka H||47||3||3||0||1||24||5||4||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.812|
|Atchison, Scott H||49||4||2||0||1||9||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.053|
|Fujikawa, Kyuji S||31||3||3||14||2||30||7||5||0||0||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.766|
|Takahashi, Hisanori L||18||5||5||0||5||95||24||21||5||1||5||2||0||1||0||0||4||0||3.262|
Time: 3h 30m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||4||11||2|
(Bay Stars lead series, 9-8-0)
Kenta Kurihara's (2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) solo homer in the top of the 2nd gave the Carp a 1-0 lead. The Bay Stars tied it in the bottom of the inning on pitcher Stephen Randolph's (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI) first home run of his NPB career. Takahiro Saeki's solo shot in the bottom of the 3rd gave the Bay Stars a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the 7th, after Randolph gave up two consecutive walks with 1 out and was relieved by Atsushi Kizuka, Andy Phillips' (1-for-2, HBP, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) and Kurihara went back-to-back and re-took the lead, 5-2.
The Bay Stars made it 5-3 in the bottom of the 8th when Kazuya Fujita (2-for-5, R) led off the inning with a single and came around to score on Seiichi Uchikawa's (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) triple. The Carp returned the run in the top of the 9th on an RBI double by Shogo Kimura (1-for-1, 2B, RBI).
Katsuhiro Nagakawa made it interesting in the bottom of the 9th. With a runner on first and 2 out, Nagakawa gave up a single to Fujita that put runners on first and second. Uchikawa then nailed a single to bring the Bay Stars to within 2 runs of tying the game. But Dan Johnson (1-for-3) forgot his boom stick and struck out with the tying runs on base.
Carp: top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kurihara struck out; top of the 5th, runner on first and second, 2 out > Kurihara struck out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Ogata grounded out.
Bay Stars: bottom of the 1st, bases loaded, 2 out > Yoshimura fouled out; bottom of the 7th, runner on third, 2 out > Shimozono grounded out; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and third, 1 out > Yoshimura struck out and Ishikawa grounded out; bottom of the 9th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Johnson struck out.
The Bay Stars outhit the Carp, 11-7. ... Hiroshima took the series, 2-1. ... This was Randolph's first pro start since joining the Bay Stars.
Carp: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Hasegawa, Masayuki W||7||2||1||0||3||31||9||8||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.014|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji H||48||2||5||0||1||17||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.400|
|Schultz, Mike H||53||2||2||1||1||25||6||5||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||1.491|
|Nagakawa, Katsuhiro S||40||2||5||24||1||25||6||6||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.320|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Randolph, Stephen L||1||0||1||0||6 1/3||127||29||23||4||1||12||5||1||0||0||0||3||3||4.263|
Time: 3h 25m
(Swallows lead series, 12-6-0)
Yoshinori Sato tossed 8 shut-out innings of 4-hit ball and walked 3 and struck out 7. While he did run into trouble a couple of times during his 8 innings of work, he managed to get right out of them without too much difficulty (he really needs to stop walking so many batters).
On the other side of the diamond, Kenichi Nakata wasn't quite as lucky, but still managed to limit the damage to just 1 run on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strike outs over 6 innings of work. The one run that he allowed, scored in the top of the 6th when Hiroyasu Tanaka (2-for-5, 2 RBI) hit a single with runners on first and third and no out.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead in the bottom 9th, the Swallows turned to their closer, Chang-Yong Lim, to face the meet of the Dragon's line-up. But the baseball gods were not kind to Lim as he surrendered a game-tying, 1-out solo home run to Tony Blanco (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI). A walk and a double play later, the game went into extra innings.
Takuya Asao started the 10th and retired the first batter he faced. A single to Norichika Aoki (3-for-5, R) and a sac bunt later, Aaron Guiel (1-for-2, 3 BB, 2 R) picked up an infield single to put runners on first and third. A single by Shinichi Takeuchi (3-for-5, RBI) put the Swallows on top 2-1 and Tanaka's infield single tacked on an insurance run.
The Swallows turned to Ryota Igarashi for the final three out of the game, but he too had rough beginning, allowing the first two batters to reach on a single and a walk. 2 batters and 2 outs later, Masahiro Araki (0-for-5) stranded runners on first and third with a ground out to third to end the game.
Swallows: top of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Aikawa flied out and Yoshinori grounded out; top of the 3rd, bases loaded, 2 out > Takeuchi grounded out.
Dragons: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Araki flied out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Lee grounded out and Fujii struck out; bottom of the 10th, runner on first and third, 1 out > Araki grounded out.
The Swallows outhit the Dragons, 11-6. ... The Dragons took the series, 2-1. ... The Swallows snapped a 4-game losing streak.
Swallows: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 7 LOB, 3 DP
|Lim, Chang-Yong W||45||5||1||24||1||11||4||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||0.591|
|Igarashi, Ryota S||46||2||2||3||1||13||5||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.581|
|Asao, Takuya L||48||7||8||0||1||15||6||5||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.747|
Time: 3h 36m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||3||1x||7||9||0|
(Fighters lead series, 10-5-0)
With runners on first and second and 2 out, the Lions took a 2-0 lead on G.G. Sato's (2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) bases clearing double. Takuya Kuriyama (1-for-4, HBP, HR, 2 R, RBI) extended the lead by a run in the top of the 3rd with his 10th homer run of the year. Another run in the top of the 6th on G.G. Sato's second double of the game with a runner on first gave the Lions a 4-0 lead.
The Fighters finally managed to break through against Ryoma Nogami in the bottom of the 6th on a 3-run homer by Eiichi Koyano (2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI). That shot knocked Nogami out of the game.
In the top of the 8th, the Lions doubled up on the Fighters when Takeya Nakamura (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) nailed his 35th home run of the year with Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, BB, 2 R) on first. But in the bottom of the 9th, Chikara Onodera gave up a game-tying, 3-run home run to Atsunori Inaba (2-for-3, IBB, BB, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) that forced the game into extra innings.
The Lions got a runner on base in top of the 10th on a 2-out walk, but Toru Hosakawa (1-for-4, 2B) struck out to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, with Onodera still on the mound, Yoshihiro Sato (0-for-0, BB) and Satoshi Nakajima (0-for-1, R) managed to get on base after Onodera struck out Koyano. The Lions brought in Jonah Bayliss to relieve Onodera and he retired the first batter he faced on a force, but gave up an infield single to Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-4, BB, R) to load the bases. With Yoshio Itoi (1-for-4, BB, 2B) up to bat, Bayliss uncorked a wild pitch that scored Nakajima (Sato was erased on the force) from third to give the Fighters a 7-6 victory.
Lions: top of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Ishi popped out to the catcher; top of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kuriyama flied out; top of the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > Kataoka grounded out.
Fighters: bottom of the 4th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Koyano grounded out; bottom of the 5th, runner on 3rd, 2 out > Tanaka struck out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Takahashi grounded out.
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 10-9. ... The Fighters swept the series 3-0 and outscored the Lions, 12-8. ... With his appearance in the game, Nakajima now has a career that spans 23 seasons, good for 5th on the All-Time list.
Lions: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 10 LOB, 1 DP
|Nogami, Ryoma||19||1||4||1||5 2/3||86||24||20||5||1||3||3||0||1||0||0||3||3||5.283|
|Fujita, Taiyo H||8||1||0||1||1 1/3||27||6||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.348|
|Ohnuma, Koji H||37||2||4||0||1||14||4||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.219|
|Onodera, Chikara L||43||2||5||16||1 1/3||35||9||6||2||1||3||2||0||1||0||0||4||4||4.313|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Kanamori, Takayuki||4||0||0||0||1 2/3||22||6||5||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.929|
|Miyanishi, Naoki W||41||6||0||0||1||25||4||3||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.783|
Time: 4h 2m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||2||0||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||6||9||0|
(Marines lead series 10-7-0)
With the bases loaded in the top of the 2nd and 1 out, Masahiko Tanaka (1-for-4, R, RBI) hit a sac fly that scored the first run of the game. A fielding error by Yosuke Takasu (2B) on a grounder by Naotaka Takehara (0-for-4) made it 2-0. A 3-run homer by Saburo (2-for-5, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) in the top of the 4th put the Marines up by 5. And it was Tomoya Satozaki's (1-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI) lead-off homer in the 8th that appeared to put this game out of reach for the Eagles.
But the Eagles had other plans. Takeshi Yamasaki's (2-for-5, HBP, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) 3-run jack off Yuki Karakawa in the bottom of the 8th cut the Marines' lead in half. That brought Tatsuya Uchi into the game and two batters later, with Kenshi (1-for-4, BB, R) on second and 2 out, Rick Short (3-for-5, RBI) hit a single that allowed Kenshi to score from second. Another hit spelled the end for Uchi and Brian Sikorski entered the game and retired pinch-hitter Fernando Seguignol on a fly out to center to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 9th, Sikorski retired the first 2 batters he faced before giving up a single to Teppei (2-for-4, HBP, BB, 3 R). That single would loom large as Yamasaki took Sikorski's fourth pitch in the left field stands to tie the game at 6 and push the game into extra innings.
The Marines went down in order in the top of the 10th. Short picked up a 1-out single in the bottom of the inning, but a double-play ended it. In the top of the 11th, Kazuo Fukumori relieved Tsuyoshi Kawagishi and gave up a 2-out single to Daisuke Hayakawa (1-for-2). The inning ended when Hayakawa was caught trying to steal second. Yoshihiro Ito relieved Sikorski in the bottom of the 11th and retired the Eagles in order. In the top of the 12th, Fukmori tossed a 1-2-3 inning. Ito hit Teppei and Yamasaki to start the bottom of the 12th and ended his night. Koji Takagi relieved Ito and walked the only batter he faced. With the bases loaded and no out, Tadahiro Ogino struck out Takasu for the first out of the inning. But the next batter, Makoto Kosaka (1-for-1, RBI), drove in the game-winning run with a single as the Eagles beat the Marines in extra innings, 7-6.
Marines: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 1 out > Ohmatsu flied out and Iguchi struck out; top of the 2nd, runners on first and third, 2 out > Saburo flied out; top of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > Takehara struck out; top of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > Hayakawa flied out.
Eagles: bottom of the 1st, runner on third, 2 out > Yamasaki struck out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Teppei flied out and Yamasaki fouled out; bottom of the 6th, runner on first and second, 1 out > Takasu lined out, runner on first doubled up; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Seguignol flied out.
Eagles outhit the Marines, 12-9. ... The Eagles swept the series 3-0 and outscored the Marines, 16-10. ... Kosaka picked up his first walk-off hit since 1997 (when he was with Lotte). ... Yamasaki recorded his 350th and 351st home runs of his career.
Marines: 8 LOB, 2 DP
Eagles: 11 LOB, 2 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Karakawa, Yuki||15||4||5||0||7 1/3||112||31||25||5||1||2||5||0||1||0||0||3||3||3.342|
|Sikorski, Brian||40||6||5||7||2 1/3||33||9||9||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||2.372|
|Ito, Yoshihiro L||46||2||5||0||1 0/3||16||5||3||0||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||1||1||4.856|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||16||5||0||2||2||37||6||6||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.794|
Time: 4h 26m
(Buffaloes lead the series, 9-8-0)
Depite holding the Buffaloes to just one run over 8 innings of work, Toshiya Sugiuchi gave up 9 hits and 3 walks -- he had a least 1 runner on base in each of the 8 innings he tossed. And the inning in which the Buffaloes scored their lone run of the game, Sugiuchi gave up 2 singles and a walk: with 1 out in the bottom of the 1st, Keiji Ohbiki (2-for-4, R) got on base with a single and Alex Cabrera (0-for-2, BB) followed with a walk. Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-4, RBI) then drove in Ohbiki from second on a single to center; Cabrera was thrown out at third after he tried to advance an extra base on the hit.
Down 1-0 in the top of the 3rd, the Hawks tied the game on Yuichi Honda's (2-for-5, BB, R, 2 RBI) single that scored Satoru Morimoto (3-for-3, HBP, BB, 3 R) from second. They had a chance to put the game away when they loaded the bases with 2 out, but Hitoshi Tamura (0-for-2) ended up flying out to second to end the inning.
But the Hawks wouldn't let their next bases loaded chance slip away. In the top of the 6th, with the bases loaded and 1 out, Yusuke Kosai (1-for-1, R, RBI) broke the 1-1 tie with a pinch-hit infield RBI single. The Buffaloes dipped into the pen and brought in Akio Shimizu to relieve Satoshi Komatsu and stop the bleeding. But he only made things worse: he surrendered a RBI single to Honda, and 1 out later, a grand slam to Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI). After giving up a single to Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, BB), Shimizu finally ended the inning by getting Keiji Akashi (2-for-3, R) to ground out to short.
Hidenori Tanoue's 2-run homer in the top of the 7th with 2 outs off Yasunari Takagi gave the Hawks a 9-1 lead.
Hawks: top of the 3rd, bases loaded, 2 outs > Tamura flied out; top of the 4th, runners on first and third, 1 out > Yamazaki struck out and Honda flied out.
Buffaloes: bottom of the 6th, runner on 2nd, 1 out > Cabrera flied out and Rhodes flied out; bottom of the 8th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Okada grounded out and Rhodes struck out.
The Hawks outhit the Buffaloes, 15-9. ... The Buffaloes took the series, 2-1.
Hawks: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 0 DP
|Sugiuchi, Toshiya W||19||11||3||0||8||131||31||28||9||0||8||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.540|
|Komatsu, Satoshi L||12||1||8||0||5 1/3||102||27||23||8||0||4||2||1||1||0||0||5||5||7.043|
Time: 3h 25m