|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||3||9||1|
(Giants lead series, 12-4-0)
Dicky Gonzalez continues to win games for the Giants. His outing tonight wasn't exceptionally great, but it was good enough for the win. Gonzalez held the Bay Stars to 4 hits over the first 4 innings of the game and then surrendered a run in the 5th when Yuki Yoshimura (2-for-3, HBP, 2B, R) led off with a double and then scored 1 out later on a pinch-hit sac fly by Shigeru Morikasa. The second run scored in the top of the 7th on Dan Johnson's (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) 18th home run of the year to lead-off the inning. And it was Johnson's second home run in the top of the 9th, off Takahiko Nomaguchi, that accounted for the Bay Stars' third run.
The Giants offense jumped all over Hayato Terahara for 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st: Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-5, 2B, 3 R) reach on a fielding error; Tetsuya Matsumoto (4-for-5, 2B, 2 R) doubled to right to put runners on second and third; Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-3, R, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a single; Alex Ramirez struck out (3-for-5, HR, R, RBI); Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-5, R) hit a single to put runners on first and second; Yoshitomo Tani (1-for-4, R, RBI) singled in Ogasawara from second and put runners on first and third; Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-3, RBI) singled Kamei in from third and put runners on first and second; Shigeyuki Furuki (1-for-5) hit into a force at second and put runners on first and third; Gonzalez (1-for-4, RBI) singled Tani in from third and put runners on first and second; and Sakamoto flied out to right to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Ramirez nailed his 19th home run of the season off Terahara to give the Giants a 6-0 lead. Another run in the 6th (Sakamoto scored from third on Hidetoshi Tsuburaya's ground out to second) and 3 runs in the 8th on a 3-run bomb by Tsuburaya (1-for-2, HR, R, 4 RBI) put the Giants up by 8 runs.
Bay Stars: top of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Johnson struck out; top of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Takeyama struck out; top of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Hosoyamada flied out; top of the 9th, runner on second and third, 2 out > Ohnishi struck out.
Giants: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Sakamoto flied out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 0 out > Tani fouled out to short, Abe flied out, and Furuki flied out; bottom of the 6th, runner on second. 2 out > Ramirez flied out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Gonzalez grounded out; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Furuki struck out.
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 17-9. ... The 15-second rule was called against Kimiyasu Kudo in the 7th inning with Tani up to bat. It was the first time the rule was used this season. ... Tsuburaya's homer in the game was not only the first of his pro career, but it was his first ever pro hit.
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 2 DP
Giants: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Terahara, Hayato L||11||2||5||0||4||63||21||20||8||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||6||4||3.803|
|Gonzalez, Dicky W||16||11||1||0||8||113||29||28||7||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||2.127|
Time: 2h 54m
(Swallows lead series, 9-4-0)
Yuya Ando pitched into and out of trouble all night and managed to keep the Swallows down to just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of work. And it was in the second inning that Ando gave up the unearned run and somehow staved off a potential nightmare of an inning.
Aaron Guiel (0-for-3, BB, R) led off the 2nd with a walk. A fielding error by Craig Brazell allowed Shinichi Takeuchi (0-for-4) to reach first and moved Guiel up to third. Ando hit Hiroyasu Tanaka (0-for-3, HBP) to load the bases. Ryoji Aikawa (0-for-1, 2 BB, RBI) walked to push a run across the plate. Ando then retired Masanori Ishikawa (1-for-2), Keizo Kawashima (2-for-5), and Kazuki Fukuchi (0-for-4) in order to end the inning without giving up another run.
The Tigers offense relied on three home runs and some wildness to score their 4 runs. In the top of the 2nd, Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, HBP, HR, R, RBI) jacked his 13th home run of the year off Ishikawa. A walk and an HBP to start the 4th put runners on first and second for Craig Brazell's (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI) double to left and gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Solo homers in the 6th and 8th by Kodai Sakurai (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Brazell, respectively, put the Tigers up, 4-1.
Kyuji Fujikawa tossed a perfect 9th to pick up his 15th save of the year.
Tigers: top of the 4th, bases loaded, 2 out > Ando struck out and Akahoshi grounded out; top of the 7th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Toritani struck out and Kanemoto flied out.
Swallows: bottom of the 1st, runner on second/third, 0 out > Fukuchi struck out, Aoki flied out moving runner to third, and Hatakeyama flied out; bottom of the 2nd, bases loaded, 0 out > Ishikawa grounded out, K. Kawasahima flied out, and Fukuchi grounded out; bottom of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out > Hatakeyama fouled out to first and Guiel flied out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Aoki flied out and Hatakeyama flied out.
The Tigers outhit the Swallows, 7-5. ... Ando won his first game since July 3rd, when he beat the Swallows. ... Arai is currently riding a modest 6-game hitting streak.
Tigers: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Swallows: 9 LOB, 0 DP
|Ando, Yuya W||20||7||8||0||6||116||27||23||4||0||1||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.430|
|Egusa, Hirotaka H||48||3||3||0||1||15||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1.776|
|Atchison, Scott H||50||4||2||0||1||12||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.017|
|Fujikawa, Kyuji S||32||3||3||15||1||16||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.718|
|Ishikawa, Masanori L||21||9||6||0||6||86||26||22||4||2||3||3||1||0||0||0||3||3||3.708|
Time: 3h 18m
(Dragons lead series, 13-3-0)
Wei-Ying Chen tossed 8 shut-out innings to pick up his 7th win of the season. He ran into some trouble in the 5th and 6th innings, but managed to work out of both without giving up a run. The 2 runs that Hiroshima scored came in the bottom of the 9th on three consecutive singles by Tetsuya Kokubo (3-for-4, R), pinch-hitter Masafumi Suenaga (1-for-1, R), and pinch-hitter Koichi Ogata (1-for-1, 2 RBI) and were charged to Junichi Kawahara.
The Dragons pushed four runs across the plate on 12 hits. Kazuhiro Wada's (1-for-4, R) lead-off single in the top of the second, followed by a balk, put Wada in perfect position to score on Atsushi Fujii's (4-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI) 1-out single. Byung-Kyu Lee's (1-for-4, H, R, RBI) first home run of the season in the top of the 4th gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead over Hiroshima. A 2-out RBI single by Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-5, RBI) in the top of the 7th and a pinch-hit, RBI double off Kazuyoshi Tatsunami's (1-for-1, 2B, RBI) bat put the Dragons up by 4.
Dragons: top of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Morino flied out; top of the 5th, runner on second, 2 out > Morino flied out; top of the 9th, runner on third, 2 out > Araki grounded out.
Carp: bottom of the 5th, runners on first and third, 1 out > K. Maeda flied out and Higashide grounded out; bottom of the 6th, bases loaded, 2 out > Kokubo flied out.
The Dragons outhit the Carp, 12-6. ... Chen has now won 5 in a row. ... The Dragons have won 12 straight against the Carp. ... K. Maeda has now lost 7 in a row.
Dragons: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Chen, Wei-Ying W||16||7||2||0||8||112||31||28||3||0||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.304|
|Iwase, Hitoki S||46||1||2||36||1/3||7||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1.815|
|Maeda, Kenta L||21||5||12||0||7||100||29||28||9||1||5||0||0||1||1||0||3||3||3.587|
Time: 3h 15m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||10||0|
(Series tied, 8-8-0)
A very big win for the Eagles and Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma tossed a complete game and gave up 3 runs on 10 hits, a walk, and 4 strike outs. He gave up single runs in the 1st (RBI single by Shinji Takahashi; 3-for-3, BB, 2 RBI), 3rd (RBI single by Takahashi), and 9th (pinch-hit solo home run by Yoshihiro Sato; 1-for-1, HR, R, RBI) innings. The GIDP got him out of trouble in the 3rd and kept Sato's home run in the 9th from being either a 2-run or 3-run shot (GIDP cleared the bases prior to the homer).
Fernando Seguignol (3-for-3, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) powered the Eagles offense with a 2-run homer in the 2nd and a solo homer in the 8th. The other three runs all scored in the top of the 3rd: with 1 out, Todd Linden (1-for-5, R), Naoto Watanabe (1-for-3, BB, R), and Teppei (1-for-4, R, RBI) hit consecutive singles to make it 3-1; an out and a walk later, with the bases loaded, Rick Short (0-for-2, BB, RBI) walked in a run and Ryuji Miyade (1-for-4, RBI) push across another run with a single into center; Motohiro Shima (0-for-4) grounded out to third to end the inning.
Eagles: top of the 3rd, bases loaded, 2 out > Shima grounded out.
Fighters: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Koyano grounded out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 1 out > M. Kaneko grounded out and Tanaka grounded out.
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 10-8. ... Seguignol hit homers from both sides of the plate. It was the 9th time he's done that in his career. ... The last time Yagi lost was on July 4th against the Softbank Hawks.
Eagles: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 6 LOB, 2 DP
|Hisashi Iwakuma W||17||10||5||0||9||111||36||33||10||1||4||1||0||2||0||0||3||3||3.103|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Yagi, Tomoya L||14||8||2||0||7||118||30||26||7||1||6||4||0||0||0||0||5||5||2.904|
Time: 2h 47m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||3||6||0|
(Buffaloes lead series 12-4-0)
The Buffaloes took a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first on two swings of the bat: a 3-run shot by Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 5 RBI) and a solo home run by Takahiro Okada (3-for-5, 2B, HR, R, RBI). The Marines cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with a 2-run blast by Saburo (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI), but the Buffaloes got both of those runs back in the top of 2nd when Fumihiro Suzuki (1-for-5, R) came around to score on Keiji Ohbiki's (5-for-5, 2B, 4 R, RBI) single into left and Rhodes doubled him home.
In the meantime, Mamoru Kishida was finding his rhythm and struck out 5 straight batters, beginning with Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-4) for the final out of the 1st. He surrendered another run in the bottom of the 5th on a 1-out sac fly by Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-2, R, RBI) with the bases loaded and managed to wiggle out of the inning when a bad throw to second, by Suzuki (C), on Tsuyoshi Nishioka's (0-for-3, BB) stolen base attempt rolled into the outfield and the runner at third, Takumi Kobe (1-for-3), took off, only to be tagged out at home.
Kishida ended his night on a strong note, retiring the final 5 batters in a row, 4 on strike outs.
In the top of the 6th, Alex Cabrera (2-for-3, HBP, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) launched his 8th home run of the year with Ohbiki on second. Marines' reliever Koji Takagi came in to pitch the 8th and had a rough start, giving up a single, a walk, and an HBP to load the bases with no outs. Rhodes drove in the first run of the inning on a sac fly to center. Masahiro Abe's (1-for-1, R, 2 RBI) triple cleared the bases and Koji Yamasaki's (2-for-4, RBI) 2-out single scored Abe from third and gave the Buffaloes their 12-3 lead.
Buffaloes: top of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Fernandez grounded out; top of the 3rd, runner on third, 1 out > Oze grounded out and Suzuki flied out; top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Rhodes struck out and Fernandez flied out; top of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Suzuki grounded out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Kitagawa GIDP.
The Buffaloes outhit the Marines, 19-6. ... Okada collected 3 hits in a game for the first time in his career.
Buffaloes: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 4 LOB, 0 DP
|Kishida, Mamoru W||12||6||2||0||7||102||27||24||6||1||9||1||0||1||0||0||3||3||2.710|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Kobayashi, Hiroyuki L||20||2||11||0||2 0/3||45||15||14||9||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||6||6||4.790|
Time: 3h 0m
(Series tied, 7-7-2)
The Lions manufactured a run in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead: Ginjiro (1-for-4, BB, 2B, R) led off with a double and scored on the next play when Hiram Bocachica (1-for-2) hit a sac bunt that Hiroki Kokubo (1B) fielded. He threw the ball over to Yuichi Honda (2B) covering first and as he made the catch, Bocachica bumped into Honda and made him drop the ball, allowing Ginjiro to score.
The Hawks managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th on Hiroki Kokubo's (2-for-4, IBB, 2B, HR, R, RBI) 15th home run of the year.
With the score still 1-1 after 9, the game went into extra innings. The Hawks had a number of chances to score, but failed to get a run home and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Lions: top of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Shimizu fouled out to the catcher; top of the 3rd, runner on second, 1 out > Kuriyama grounded out to first and moved the runner to third and Nakajima struck out; top of the 5th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Ginjiro struck out and Kuriyama flied out; top of the 6th, runner on third, 2 out > G.G. Sato struck out; top of the 9th, runners on first and third, 1 out > Goto struck out and Ginjiro struck out; top of the 12th, runner on second, 2 out > Akada grounded out.
Hawks: bottom of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > Matsunaka struck out; bottom of the 9th, runner ont third, 2 out > Kosai struck out; bottom of the 10th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Morimoto grounded out and moved the runners up a base and Akashi struck out; bottom of the 11th, runners on first and second > pinch-hitter Nakanishi fouled out to the catcher and Hasegawa grounded out; bottom of the 12th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kawasaki fouled out to the catcher.
The Hawks outhit the Lions, 8-6.
Lions: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 10 LOB, 0 DP
|Ohnuma, Koji H||38||2||4||0||1||24||5||4||1||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.174|
|Hoshino, Tomoki H||47||1||1||0||1/3||8||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.214|
|Bayliss, Jonah H||4||0||0||0||2/3||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Falkenborg, Brian H||43||6||0||1||2||41||8||6||1||0||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.440|
Time: 4h 11m