|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
(Giants lead series, 13-4-0)
Shun Tono held the Bay Stars to just 3 hits over 8 innings of work. His biggest jam may have come in the top of the 8th when he gave up a lead-off double to pinch-hitter Yuta Naito (1-for-1, 2B) and allowed him to get as far as third before ending the inning with Kazuya Fujita (1-for-4) flying out to short.
Tono also helped himself on offense: in the bottom of the 3rd, Tono (1-for-3, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double and a throwing error by Dan Johnson (3B) on Hayato Sakamoto's (1-for-4, R) grounder not only allowed Sakamoto to reach first, but also allowed both runners to advance an additional base to put runners on second and third. 1 out later, Michihiro Ogaswara (1-for-2, BB, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a single into left.
The Giants tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the 4th when Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-3, 2B, R) and Yoshitomo Tani (3-for-4, 2 2B, R) led off the inning with singles and heads-up base-running during Tani's single moved them up to second and third. An out later, Shigeyuki Furuki (1-for-3, IBB, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a single into right and the Giants had their 4-0 lead.
Bay Stars: top of the 5th, runner on second, 2 out > Hosoyamada struck out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Johnson flied out; top of the 8th, runner on second, no out > Shimozono grounded out, Kinjo grounded out and moved runner to third, and Fujita flied out.
Giants: bottom of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Ogasawara fouled out to third and Ramirez grounded out; bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Sakamoto flied out; bottom of the 6th, runner on second, no out > Abe lined out, Furuki struck out, and Tono grounded out; bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > T. Kimura grounded out.
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 9-5. ... Miura has not won a game against the Giants since August 23, 2005.
Bay Stars: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Miura, Daisuke L||21||9||8||0||5||86||23||21||7||0||3||1||0||1||0||0||4||2||3.306|
|Tono, Shun W||21||6||6||0||8||125||29||27||3||0||6||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||2.854|
Time: 2h 46m
(Swallows lead series, 10-4-0)
Shohei Tateyama was back on the mound for the Swallows after spending 10 days off the active roster due to a popped blister. If not for some gutsy pitching, the Swallows could have easily lost this game. But Tateyama managed to limit the damage.
In the top of the 2nd, he gave up an RBI single to Keisuke Kano (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) that also put runners on first and second. A bunt moved the runners up a base and Tateyama got Norihiro Akahoshi (0-for-4, HBP) to grount out to short to end the inning. Tateyama gave up a second run in the top of the 4th on an RBI double to Kano with 1 out. He then struck out Minoru Iwata (0-for-2) and got Akahoshi to ground out to short, leaving Kano at second.
On offense, the Swallows continued to struggle. They took the lead in the bottom of the first, but only after Iwata gave up three consecutive singles and then hit Yasushi Iihara (0-for-3, RBI). With only 1 out recorded, the Swallows could have easily broken through with a couple more runs, but Yoshiyuki Noguchi (2-for-4) grounded in double play to end the inning.
Iwata held the Swallows scoreless on 2 hits over the next 5 innings. Then things just fell apart for him in the bottom of the 7th. He gave up a lead-off hit to Noguchi. Hiroyasu Tanaka (0-for-3, R) bunted into a fielder's choice that left both runners safe. And a throwing error by Takahiro Arai (3B) on Ryoji Aikawa's (0-for-2) bunt loaded the bases. Iwata recorded the first out on a grounder to second with the play at home, but then hit Keizo Kawashima (0-for-2, 2 HBP, RBI), once again gifting the Swallows a run. Kazuki Fukuchi's (1-for-3, R, RBI) sac fly scored the go-ahead run and a wild pitch gave the Swallows an insurance run. The inning finally ended with Norichika Aoki (1-for-4) grounding out to short.
The Tigers made a run to get back into the game in the top of the 8th when they loaded the bases against Ryota Igarashi with only 1 out, but Igarashi bore down and got Ikuro Katsuragi (1-for-3, BB, R) to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
Chang-Yong Lim hit a batter with 2 outs in the top of the 9th, but ended the game by getting Keiichi Hirano (1-for-5) to fly out to right for his 25th save of the year.
Tigers: top of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Toritani grounded out and moved runner to third and Kanemoto grounded out; top of the 2nd, runners on second and third, 2 out > Akahoshi grounded out; top of the 3rd, runner on first and second, 2 out > caught stealing; top of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out > Iwata struck out and Akahoshi grounded out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, no out > Katsuragi struck out and Kano lined into double play; top of the 8th, bases loaded, 1 out > Katsuragi GIDP.
Swallows: bottom of the 1st, bases loaded, 1 out > Noguchi GIDP; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Fukuchi grounded out; bottom of the 7th, runner on third, 2 out, Aoki grounded out.
The Tigers outhit the Swallows, 11-7. ... Craig Brazell left the game early after complaining of pain in his left hand after hitting a single in the top of the 2nd. ... Tateyama's 13th victory established a new career high for wins in a season.
Tigers: 9 LOB, 2 DP
Swallows: 6 LOB, 2 DP
|Iwata, Minoru L||8||2||3||0||8||115||34||28||7||0||4||0||3||2||1||0||4||1||2.425|
|Tateyama, Shohei W||19||13||3||0||7||120||29||27||9||0||4||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.366|
|Igarashi, Ryota H||47||2||2||3||1||26||5||4||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.525|
|Lim, Chang-Yong S||46||5||1||25||1||18||4||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.579|
Time: 3h 8m
(Dragons lead series, 14-3-0)
Atsushi Fujii (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) gave the Dragons a 3-run lead in the top of the second on a 3-run homer off Colby Lewis. In the bottom of the 6th, the Carp tied the game on a 2-run home run by Kenta Kurita (1-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and an RBI pinch-hit infield single by Go Kida (1-for-1, RBI).
Prior to the bottom of the 6th, Kenta Asakura had held the Carp to just 2 hits and a walk and struck out 6. Asakura was relieved by Junichi Kawahara after facing 5 batters in the 6th (two batters after Kurihara hit his home run).
In the top of the 8th, the Dragons broke the tie with a 6-run inning that saw 11 batters come to the plate. The Carp brought in Mike Schultz to start the inning and he immediately gave up a walk to Masahiko Morino (0-for-4, BB), a single to Tony Blanco (2-for-4, HBP, 2B, 2 R), and an RBI single to Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-5, R, RBI) that also left runners on first and third. A strike out later, he gave up an RBI single to Fujii and a fielding error allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Schultz was lifted after walking Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-1, BB, R) to load the bases, but Takahiro Aoki couldn't do much better. He gave up a pinch-hit, 2-run single to Kazuyoshi Tatsunami (1-for-1, R, 2 RBI), walked Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-3, 2 BB) to reload the bases, and gave up 2 more runs on Masahiro Araki's (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) double into left.
Hiroshima's offense went down quietly in the 8th and 9th innings as the Dragons went on to beat the Carp, 9-3.
Dragons: top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, no outs > Morino GIDP and moved runner to third and Blanco struck out; top of the 8th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Morino flied out and Blanco flied out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hidenori grounded out.
Carp: bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Suenaga flied out; bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Amaya struck out; bottom of the 5th, runner on second, 2 out > Higashide flied out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Shima struck out.
The Dragons outhit the Carp, 13-7. ... Asakura actually left the game in the 6th with what appeared to be a torn fingernail on his right hand. ... The Dragons have now won 13 straight against the Carp.
Dragons: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Asakura, Kenta||20||8||6||0||5 2/3||95||24||22||4||1||7||1||0||1||1||0||3||3||3.997|
|Takahashi, Akifumi W||34||2||2||0||1||12||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.219|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji H||49||2||5||0||1||26||4||3||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.326|
|Schultz, Mike L||54||2||3||1||1/3||33||6||4||3||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||5||5||2.305|
Time: 3h 56m
Rakuten Eagles vs Nippon Ham Fighters
(Series tied, 8-8-0)
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||2||7||0|
(Buffaloes lead series 13-4-0)
The Buffaloes struck first with a run in the top of the 3rd: with runners on first and third and 1 out, Masahiro Abe (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) drove in a run with a single into right. They made it 3-0 in the top of the 7th when the Buffaloes had runners on first and third and Tomotaka Sakaguchi (4-for-5, 3B, HR, R, 5 RBI) hit a triple to clear the bases.
Meanwhile, Kazuki Kondo was tossing a 5-hit shut-out through 6 innings. But it wasn't an easy 6 innings: Kondo gave up two 1-out singles in the second and got out of the inning on a foul out and a strike out; a double play in the 3rd ended an inning where the Marines started off with runners on first and third and no out; and he wiggled out of a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the 6th by getting Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-4) to fly out.
But the Marines finally caught up to him in the bottom of the 7th. After retiring the first two batter he faced, Kondo walked Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-3, 2 BB, R) and surrendered a 2-run bomb to Daisuke Hayakawa (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) that pulled the Marines to within 1 run of tying the game. The bullpen took over for Kondo in the 8th.
In the top of the 9th, Sakaguchi's 3-run homer gave the Buffaloes a 6-2 lead.
Daisuke Kato entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and surrendered a 1-out single to Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-4) before retiring the next two batters in order.
Buffaloes: top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Cabrera GIDP; top of the 6th, bases loaded, 1 out > Fernandez GIDP; top of the 7th, runner on third, 2 out > Abe grounded out; top of the 9th, runner on second, 1 out > K. Yamasaki grounded out moving Abe to third and Rhodes struck out.
Marines: bottom of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Saburo grounded out and Ohmatsu flied out; bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Fukuura fouled out to the catcher and Heiuchi struck out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 0 out > Saburo flied out and Ohmatsu GIDP; bottom of the 6th, bases loaded, 2 out > Satozaki flied out.
The Buffaloes outhit the Marines, 13-7. ... Tadahito Iguchi left the game in the top of the 4th with tightness in his back. ... Sakaguchi is on a tear. Over his last 5 games: 10-for-19 with 4 runs and an 6 RBIs.
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Marines: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Kondo, Kazuki W||17||7||7||0||7||137||30||26||6||1||6||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||5.382|
|Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi H||33||0||3||0||1||14||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.655|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Shimizu, Naoyuki L||18||4||5||0||7 0/3||121||30||27||10||0||4||1||0||2||0||0||3||3||3.857|
|Uchi, Tatsuya||20||3||0||1||1 1/3||28||7||6||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||6.353|
Time: 3h 10m
(Lions lead series, 8-7-2)
Takeya Nakamura's (1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) 2-run homer in the top of the 1st gave the Lions a 2-0 lead. The Hawks returned a run in the bottom of the inning on Jose Ortiz's (2-for-4, RBI) 2-out single with runners on first and third.
The Lions extended their lead in the top of the 3rd when Yoshiaki Fujioka suffered a spurt of wildness: Shogo Akada (1-for-4, 2 R) led off with an infield single; Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) walked; Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-5, R) struck out; Hiroyuki Nakajima (0-for-4, BB) walked to load the bases; Nakamura struck out; Yoshihito Ishii (1-for-3, BB, RBI) walked in a run; and G.G. Sato (0-for-2, HBP, BB) grounded out to end the inning. In the top of the 4th, the Lions jumped out to a 6-1 lead on a 3-run homer by Kataoka.
Hidenori Tanoue (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the bottom of the 4th with his 17th homer of the year to make it 6-2.
A run in the 8th (RBI single by Kataoka) and 2 runs in the 9th (pinch-hit RBI double by Taketoshi Goto) capped off the Lions' offensive night and put Seibu out in front, 9-2.
The Hawks did have a couple of scoring opportunities throughout the game, but couldn't cash in.
Lions: top of the 3rd, bases loaded, 2 out > G.G. Sato grounded out; top of the 6th, runner on third, 2 out > Kuriyama grounded out; top of the 9th, runner on 2, 1 out > Sato flied out and Hara struck out.
Hawks: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and third, 2 out > Tanoue grounded out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 1 out > Akashi struck out and Morimoto grounded out; bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Ortiz struck out; bottom of the 9th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Kawasaki struck out.
The Lions outhit the Hawks, 11-8. ... Kazuhisa Ishii recorded 10+ strike outs in one game for the first time since 2007. ... Satoru Morimoto was taken out of the in the top of the 5th after injuring his left knee. He had to be helped off the field.
Lions: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Ishii, Kazuhisa W||17||6||7||0||7 1/3||125||30||25||6||1||10||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||4.282|
|Fujioka, Yoshiaki L||23||5||6||0||4||103||21||15||5||2||5||5||1||0||0||0||6||6||4.720|
Time: 3h 39m