|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||3||8||1|
(Giants lead series, 14-4-0)
Dan Johnson's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) solo homer in the top of the 2nd gave the Bay Stars a 1-0 lead. Yokohama scored another run in the top of the third when Seiichi Uchikawa's (2-for-4, 2 RBI) single scored Takeshi Hosoyamada (1-for-2) from third.
After Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R) reached second on a single and a stolen base with 1 out in the bottom of 3rd, Takuya Kimura (3-for-3, RBI) followed with another single. A fielding error by Tatsuya Shimozono (CF) allowed Sakamoto to score and put the Giants on the board. Takahiro Suzuki's (1-for-3) GIDP with the bases loaded and no out, pushed the tying run across home plate in the bottom of the 4th.
In the top of the 5th, the Bay Stars pulled out in front again on Uchikawa's single into right with runners on first and third. But the lead would only last until the bottom of the inning: Sakamoto led off with a triple, scored on a sac fly by Kimura to tie the game, and Shinnosuke Abe's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 17th home run of the year gave the Giants a 4-3 lead.
The Bay Stars didn't put up much of a fight over the remaining innings as the Giants bullpen retired 14 straight after Uchikawa's RBI single in the top of the 5th. Kroon picked up his 15th save of the season in his 32nd game of the year.
Bay Stars: top of the 3rd, runners on first and third, 2 out > Johnson grounded out.
Giants: bottom of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Ramirez fouled out to right; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Furuki flied out; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Kubo grounded out.
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 9-8. ... The Giants swept the series 3-0 and outscored the Bay Stars 18-6. ... The Giants stole a base in each of the first three innings: T. Kimura (1st), Suzuki (2nd), and Sakamoto (3rd).
Bay Stars: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 5 LOB, 2 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Walrond, Les L||20||5||9||0||6||91||26||23||8||1||4||2||0||0||0||0||4||3||4.401|
|Kubo, Yuya||4||0||0||0||4 2/3||76||21||20||8||1||3||0||0||1||0||0||3||3||5.625|
|Fujita, Soichi W||9||1||0||0||1 1/3||9||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.800|
|Ochi, Daisuke H||51||6||2||10||1||10||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.684|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya H||57||8||1||3||1||15||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.492|
|Kroon, Marc S||32||1||2||15||1||4||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.817|
Time: 2h 25m
(Swallows lead series, 10-5-0)
After retiring the side in order in the top of the 1st, Yasuhiro Ichiba couldn't have imagined what was about to happened in the top of the 2nd. He gave up a lead-off walk to Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 3 R, RBI), got Takahiro Arai (2-for-5) to fly out, walked Kodai Sakurai (0-for-3, BB, R, RBI), and struck out Ikuro Katsuragi (0-for-3, 2 BB, R). And when Keisuke Kano (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI) hit a grounder to third, Ichiba must have thought he was lucky for getting out of the inning, but instead Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (3B) bobbled the ball and Kano ended up safe at first. When Ichiba got Yasutomo Kubo (1-for-4, R) to hit another grounder, once again to third, he must have felt that he'd been saved a second time, but Hatakeyama botched a second play in a row and the Swallows were down a run. Ryo Asai (2-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI) followed with a 2-run single that put the Swallows in a 3-0 hole. The inning finally ended when Ichiba struck out Keiichi Hirano (2-for-5).
Things went from bad to worse in the top of the 3rd. The Tigers led off the inning with back-to-back home runs by Takashi Toritani (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI) and Kanemoto. Three batters later, with a runner on first and 2 out, Kano hit a run-scoring double that gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead. An infield single to Kubo later, with runners on first and third, Ichiba gave up a 3-run blast to Asai. Not even out of the third and Yakult trailed Hanshin 9-0.
The Swallows finally managed to push a couple of runs across in the bottom of the 3rd when Tomohito Yoneno (1-for-4, R), Kazuki Fukuchi (3-for-5, R), and Shingo Kawabata (3-for-5) led off with 3 consecutive singles. Norichika Aoki's (0-for-4, RBI) sac fly to right scored the first run; the second run crossed the plate when Hatakeyama (0-for-2, RBI) followed with a ground out to third.
The score would remain 9-2 until the top of the 9th when the Tigers pushed their 10th run of the game across home plate on a sac fly by Sakurai with runners on second and third.
Tigers: top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hirano struck out; top of the 4th, runner on second, 1 out > Arai flied out and Sakurai struck out; top of the 7th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Kubo struck out; top of the 9th, runner on third, 1 out > Katsuragi struck out and Kano struck out.
Swallows: bottom of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out > Aoki grounded out and pinch-hitter Yoshimoto flied out; bottom of the 8th, runners on second and third, 2 out > pinch-hitter Iihara lined out.
The Tigers outhit the Swallows, 12-11. ... The Tigers won the series, 2-1. ... The Swallows have now dropped 5 straight series in a row. ... Asai last home run came against the Softbank Hawks at Yahoo Dome on May 14th, 2006.
Tigers: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 10 LOB, 0 DP
|Kubo, Yasutomo W||18||7||5||0||8||136||35||33||10||0||4||1||0||0||1||0||2||2||3.375|
|Ichiba, Yasuhiro L||9||1||5||0||3||85||20||17||6||3||3||3||0||0||0||0||9||6||7.885|
Time: 3h 23m
(Dragons lead series, 14-4-0)
Four Hiroshima pitchers combined to toss a 5-hit shut-out against the Chunichi Dragons. And Mike Schultz did a great job of keeping the shut-out going in the top of the 8th after he wiggled out of a first and second situation with only 1 out.
The Carp offense wasn't particularly great, but it was efficient: a 2-run homer by Andy Phillips (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the btottom 6th and a 2-run homer by Scott McClain (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the 8th gave the Carp their 4-0 victory.
Dragons: top of the 2nd, runner on first and second, 2 out > Tanishige flied out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Wada flied out; top of the 8th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Morino grounded out moved runners to first and third, and Blanco grounded out.
Carp: bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Hirose flied out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Kokubo flied out and Phillips flied out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Hirose grounded out.
The Carp outhit the Dragons, 6-5. ... The Dragons won the series, 2-1. ... The last time the Dragons were shut out was back on May 5th. ... After starting the season 11-0, Kawai is now 0-2 over his last 3 starts.
Dragons: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 5 LOB, 1 DP
|Kawai, Yudai L||17||11||2||0||7||105||28||26||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.176|
|Saito, Yuki W||19||7||8||0||6||109||23||21||4||0||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.796|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji H||50||2||5||0||1||11||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.255|
|Schultz, Mike H||55||2||3||1||1||22||5||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.263|
Time: 3h 11m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||11||0|
(Eagles lead series, 9-8-0)
An RBI double by Naoto Watanabe (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI), followed by a 2-run shot off the bat of Teppei (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) in the top of the 3rd was all the Eagles needed on Thursday to beat the Fighters.
Things got off to a bit of an ominous start for Satoshi Nagai when surrendered two consecutive singles to Kensuke Tanaka (2-for-3) and Kazuya Murata (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) to start the bottom of the 1st, but he managed to get himself out of the inning without surrendering a run.
In the bottom of the 5th, Sho Nakata (1-for-4, R) picked up a 1-out single and came around to score on Murata's 2-out double to left and cut the Eagles lead to 2 runs. But Teppei's second home run of the game in the top of the 6th restored the Eagles' 3-run lead.
Kazuo Fukumori entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and gave up a 1-out single before striking out Nakata and getting Toshimasa Konta (1-for-4) to fly out to second; Fukumori picked up his 3rd save of the year.
Fighters: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, no out > Inaba fouled out to the catcher and Takahashi was involved in a strike-out-throw-out double play; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Nakata struck out; botom of the 5th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Inaba flied out.
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 11-4. ... The Eagles swept the series 2-0 and outscored the Fighters 10-4. ... Tanaka left the game in the top of the 7th after injuring his right ankle while running out a bunt single in the bottom of the 5th. ... Nagai set a new career high for wins in a season with 8. ... The last time the Fighters lost more than one game in a row was back in the beginning of July when they lost 5 in a row. ... The Fighters played with only 19 players (7 pitchers and 12 position players). ... The Eagles are riding a modest 5-game winning streak.
Eagles: 2 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 8 LOB, 2 DP
|Nagai, Satoshi W||19||8||6||0||7||107||28||28||9||0||7||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||4.077|
|Arime, Kanehisa H||39||0||2||2||1||21||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.500|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||17||5||0||3||1||11||4||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.761|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Tadano, Kazuhito L||9||4||3||0||7||108||27||24||4||2||3||2||0||1||0||0||4||4||5.333|
Time: 2h 56m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||X||2||9||1|
(Buffaloes lead series 13-5-0)
Despite the low score, both teams combined for 16 hits, 4 walks, and an HBP, spelling plenty of base-runners, but not enough clutch hitting (or perhaps there was just more clutch pitching).
The Buffaloes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Keiji Ohbiki (2-for-3, HBP, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double and came around to score on Tomotaka Sakaguchi's (1-for-4, RBI) single into center.
The Marines managed to flip the lead in the bottom of the 4th: Saburo (2-for-4, 2B, R) led off with a single; Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-4, 2B, R) doubled to right and put runners on second and third; Tasuku Hashimoto's (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) sac fly to right tied the game at one and Ohmatsu advanced to third; Benny's (2-for-3, BB, RBI) clutch single pushed the go-head run across home plate and gave the Marines a 2-1 lead.
The Marines gave Naruse a shot at a complete game, but after he gave up a lead-off single to Hirotoshi Kitagawa (1-for-4) in the top of the 9th, Brian Sikorski entered the game. He made things interesting by striking out pinch-hitter Jose Ferndandez (0-for-1) and then hitting Ohbiki to put runners on first and second with only 1 out. But Sikorski turned it up a notch and struck out the next two batters to end the game and pick up his 8th save of the year.
Buffaloes: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kitagawa struck out; top of the 9th, runner on first and second, 1 out > Sakaguchi struck out and Ikki struck out.
Marines: bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and third, 1 out > Hayakawa was involved in a strike-out-throw-out double play; bottom of the 6th, runner on second, no out > Ohmatsu hit into FC, lead runner out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hayakawa gounded out; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Fukuura grounded out.
The Marines outhit the Buffaloes, 9-7. ... The Buffaloes won the series, 2-1. ... The Marines stopped a 5-game losing streak with the win.
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Hirano, Yoshihisa L||15||2||9||0||8||137||34||30||9||0||7||2||0||1||0||0||2||2||5.192|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Naruse, Yoshihisa W||17||7||5||0||8 0/3||130||32||30||7||0||7||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.930|
|Sikorski, Brian S||41||6||5||8||1||15||4||3||0||0||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.325|
Time: 2h 54m
(Series tied, 8-8-2)
Yasuyuki Kataoka (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R) led off the game with a double, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on Hiroyuki Nakajima's (1-for-4) single into center to give the Lions a 1-0 lead in the first.
Fumikazu Kimura, making his first pro start, coasted through the first 2 innings of the game. In the bottom of the third he gave up a single and double to start things off, but settled in and retired the next three batters in order to get out of the inning unscathed. But Kimura wasn't quite as lucky in the bottom of the 4th when he gave up 3 runs on a lead-off, solo homer by Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and a 1-out, 2-run homer to Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) that put the Hawks up, 3-1.
Softbank managed to pull to within a run of tying the game in the top of the 6th after Takumi Kuriyama (0-for-3, RBI) followed Kataoka's triple with a sac fly to left. But the Hawks regained their 2-run lead in the bottom of the 7th after Yusuke Kosai (2-for-3, 2B) led off with a double, replaced by pinch-runner Ryuma Kidokoro, moved to third on a sac bunt, and scored on Yuichi Honda's (2-for-4, RBI) single into right.
The Lions put up a bit of a fight in the top of the 9th with Takahiro Mahara on the mound for the Hawks. Mahara retired the first two batters he faced, but then walked Taketoshi Goto (0-for-3, BB) and gave up a pinch-hit single to Takeya Nakamura (1-for-1). But he kept the 2-run lead intact and picked up his 25th save of the year by getting G.G. Sato to fly out to center for the final out of the inning.
Lions: top of the 3rd, runner on third, 2 out > Nakajima grounded out; top of the 9th, runners on first and third, 2 out > G.G. Sato flied out.
Hawks: bottom of the 3rd, runners on second and third, no out > Honda lined out, Kawasaki hit into FC, lead runner out, runners on second and third, and Matsunaka flied out; bottom of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > Tanoue flied out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Matsunaka struck out.
The Hawks outhit the Lions, 9-6. ... They tied the series, 1-1-1. ... Kokubo knocked out his career 382 home run of his career, put him in a 17th place tie with Tatsunori Hara on the All-Time list.
Lions: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 5 LOB, 2 DP
|Kimura, Fumikazu L||2||0||1||0||5||88||21||19||5||2||6||2||0||0||0||0||3||3||3.857|
|Fujita, Taiyo||10||1||0||1||1 1/3||22||6||5||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||2.700|
|Germano, Justin W||10||5||3||0||6 1/3||89||23||22||5||0||6||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||4.247|
|Mizuta, Akio H||28||2||0||0||2/3||6||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.140|
|Settsu, Tadashi H||51||4||2||0||1||20||3||3||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.768|
|Mahara, Takahiro S||37||3||1||25||1||28||5||4||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.328|
Time: 2h 55m