(Giants lead series, 10-4-0)
A hit by Norichika Aoki (1-for-3, HBP, BB, RBI) that drove Kazuki Fukuchi (3-for-5, 2 R) across home plate from second in the top of the 1st gave the Swallows a 1-0 lead. A single by Yasushi Iihara (2-for-4, BB, R, 2 RBI) and a throwing error by Yoshitomo Tani (RF) in the bottom of the 3rd, allowed the Swallows to score their second run of the game.
Meanwhile, Yuki Tanaka retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a single in the top of the 4th. An HBP after the hit put runners on first and second, but Yuki got Alex Ramirez (2-for-5, R) and Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) to fly out for the final 2 outs of the inning.
The Giants finally managed to get on the board against Yuki in the top of the 6th on RBI singles by Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, HBP, R, RBI) and Tani (1-for-4, RBI). But the Swallows quickly responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning on a 2-run homer by Munehiro Shida (1-for-1, HR, R, 2 RBI).
In the bottom of the 7th, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (2-for-3, BB, 2 B) picked up a 2-out double and then scored when Iihara's grounder to first went through Kamei's legs for an error. Hiroyasu Tanaka (3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI) followed with a triple that scored Iihara and Ryo Yoshimoto's (1-for-2, HR, R, 2 RBI) 2-run blast made it 8-2.
The Giants answered back with a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th and the Swallows returned one of those runs in bottom of the inning when Iihara was walked with the bases loaded and 2 out.
The Swallows brought in Chang-Yong Lim for the final three outs of the game, but he wasn't very effective. He gave up a lead-off single to Takuya Kimura (1-for-4, R) and struck out pinch-hitter Takahiro Suzuki for the first out of the inning, but then gave up two infield singles to load the bases. The Giants sent in Michihiro Ogasawara to pinch hit for Tetsuya Matsumoto and he didn't disappoint: he hit a 2-run single that brought the Giants to within 3 runs of tying the game. But Lim struck out Abe and got Ramirez to ground out to short for the final out of the game.
Giants: top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Ramirez flied out and Kamei flied out; top of the 6h, runners on first and third, 2 out > T. Kimura flied out; top of the 9th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Abe struck out and Ramirez grounded out.
Swallows: bottom of the 1st, runner on first and second, 1 out > Iihara GIDP; bottom of the second, runner on third, 2 out > Yuki grounded out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on second and third, 2 out > Tanaka flied out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Iihara singles, runner on second out at home; bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > Tanaka struck out.
The Swallows outhit the Giants, 14-12. ... Yoshimoto hit his first HR of his pro career.
Giants: 7 LOB, 0 DO
Swallows: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Utsumi, Tetsuya L||20||5||9||0||5 2/3||89||27||21||10||1||2||1||1||4||0||0||4||4||3.454|
|Tanaka, Yuki||12||3||3||0||5 1/3||66||22||21||5||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||2||3.620|
|Matsuoka, Kenichi W||43||5||0||0||1||11||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.739|
Time: 3h 14m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||6||1|
(Dragons lead series, 14-2-0)
The Bay Stars grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Takahiro Saeki (2-for-4, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a 2-out single by Shingo Takeyama (1-for-3, RBI). But the Dragons quickly responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Byung-Kyu Lee (3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) and a sac fly by Atsushi Fujii (2-for-3, R, 3 RBI) -- Lee advanced to third on a throwing error after he hit his double and was in position to score on Fujii's sac fly.
In the top of the 4th, the Dragons scored 5 runs to take a 7-1 lead: with 1 out, Tony Blanco (2-for-4, 2B, R) hit a double; Kazuhiro Wada (0-for-1, 3 BB, 2 R) walked; Lee drove in Blanco with a double that put runners on second and third; Fujii cleared the bases with a single; Motonobu Tanishige (0-for-2, HBP, BB) was hit by a pitch; Yoshimi (0-for-1) hit a sac bunt to move the runners up to second and third; a wild pitch made it 6-1; Ibata drove in Tanishige; and Masahiro Araki (0-for-4) flied out to end the inning.
With 2 out in the top of the 5th, Tatsuya Shimozono (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) hit his 5th home run of the year off Kazuki Yoshimi.
The Dragons scored their last run in the bottom of the 8th when pinch-hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami walked with the bases loaded and 2 out.
Bay Stars: top of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Uchikawa grounded out, moved runner to third and Johnson flied out; top of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Yoshimi grounded out; top of the 9th, runner on second, 1 out > Yoshimura struck out and Nishi grounded out.
Dragons: bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 0 outs > Araki struck out, Morino lined into DP; bottom fo the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > Ibata lined out.
Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 10-6.
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 5 LOB, 3 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Yoshimi, Yuji L||22||1||3||0||4||83||20||14||5||0||1||3||1||1||1||0||7||6||4.382|
|Yoshimi, Kazuki W||20||13||4||0||6||90||24||22||5||1||4||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||1.688|
Time: 3h 19m
(Carp lead series, 8-7-0)
The Carp decided this game early as they sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and scored 7 runs (4 hits, 2 walks, and an HBP): Kenta Kurihara (1-for-3, 2 BB, R, RBI) led off with a walk; Scott McClain (1-for-2, HR, R, 2 RBI) struck out; Soichiro Amaya (2-for-4, BB, R) hit an infield single; Tetsuya Kokubo (1-for-4, BB, R) walked to load the bases; Yoshiyuki Ishihara (0-for-2, HBP, BB, R, RBI) was hit by a pitch, forcing in a run; pinch-hitter Shigenobu Shima (0-for-0, RBI) hit a sac fly; a throwing error by Keiichi Hirano (2B) on Akihiro Higashide's (0-for-5, R) grounder to second re-loaded the bases; Masato Akamatsu (1-for-5, R, RBI) drove in a run with a single; Andy Phillips (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double; Kurihara drove in Phillips with a single; and McClain struck out for the second time in the same inning.
Hiroshima tacked on 2 more rusn in the top of the 7th on a 2-run homer by McClain off Ryo Watanabe.
On pitching, 4 Carp pitchers combined to shut the Tigers out and allowed just 4 hits, 2 of which came off the bat of Hirano (2-for-4). The Hiroshima bullpen retired the final 15 batters in order.
Carp: top of the 3rd, runner on second, 1 out > Ishihara struck out and Hasegawa grounded out; top of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Kurihara flied out; top of the 7th, bases loaded, 2 out > pinch-hitter Kimura grounded out; top of the 9th, runner on second, no out > G. Kida grounded out moved runner to third, Amaya struck out, and Kokubo grounded out.
Tigers: bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, no out > Arai fouled out to the catcher, Katsuragi struck out, and Sakurai flied out; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Kanemoto GIDP; bottom of the 5th, runner on second, no out > Sakurai grounded out, Kano flied out, and Brazell flied out.
The Carp outhit the Tigers, 9-4. ... T. Aoki hut his left index finger during his at bat in the 2nd and was taken out of the game (Shima enter the game and finished Aoki's at bat).
Carp: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 3 LOB, 1 DP
|Hasegawa, Masayuki W||8||3||1||0||5||94||18||17||3||0||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.337|
|Noumi, Atsushi L||21||7||8||0||5||93||25||21||6||0||4||2||1||0||0||0||7||2||2.925|
Time: 3h 12m
(Eagles lead series 11-2-1)
Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-3, BB, 3B, HR, 2 R, RBI) led off with a triple and scored when Fernando Seguignol (1B) allowed Keiji Ohbiki's (0-for-3) grounder to get past him. The Eagles immediately tied it in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI).
The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd on a squeeze play by Kensuke Uchimura (0-for-1, RBI) that scored Daisuke Kusano (2-for-3, HBP, 2 2B, R, RBI) from third. Yamasaki's 2-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd off Masaki Ihara gave the Eagles a 4-1.
Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka hit a nice groove and retired 14 straight batters after surrendering a double to Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-4, 2 2B) in the top of the 1st. In the top of the 6th, Tanaka surrendered a solo homer to Sakaguchi that cut the Eagles lead to 2 runs. In the top of the 7th, a wild pitch with a runner on third made it 4-3.
With runners on first and second and only 1 out in the top of the 8th, the Eagles turned to the pen: Kanehisa Arime struck out Rhodes for the second out of the inning and Tsuyoshi Kawagishi got Jose Fernandez (0-for-4) to foul out to first for the final out of the inning.
Kusano's RBI double in the bottom of the 8th gave the Eagles a run to play with.
Kazuo Fukumori gave up a 2-out double to Hiroyuki Oze (1-for-4, 2B) in the top of the 9th before ending the game on a ground out by Osamu Hamanaka.
Buffaloes: top of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Fernandez grounded out; top of the 6th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Fernandez flied out; top of the 8th, runner on first and second, 1 out > Rhodes struck out and Fernandez fouled out to first; top of the 9th, runner on second, 2 out > pinch-hitter Hamanaka grounded out.
Eagles: bottom of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Seguignol struck out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on third, 2 out > Linden flied out; bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Miyade struck out; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > N. Watanabe struck out and Teppei flied out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > T. Yamasaki struck out; bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, 1 out > Linden struck out and N. Watanabe struck out.
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 9-6. ... Tanaka 11th win tied his career high for wins in a season. ... The Eagles have now won 6 in a row. ... Ihara first pro start ends in a loss.
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Ihara, Masaki L||1||0||1||0||3 1/3||74||19||13||5||1||3||2||1||3||1||0||4||4||10.800|
|Vogelsong, Ryan||19||0||3||0||3 2/3||59||12||12||2||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.764|
|Tanaka, Masahiro W||19||11||4||1||7 1/3||116||30||25||5||1||2||3||0||2||1||0||3||2||1.854|
|Arime, Kanehisa H||40||0||2||2||1/3||6||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.459|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi H||8||1||0||1||1/3||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||18||5||0||4||1||15||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.730|
Time: 3h 37m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||6||0||2||0||0||1||1||1||1||12||15||2|
(Marines lead series, 10-6-0)
The Marines jumped all over Kazuyuki Hoashi in the top of the first, sending 10 batters the plate and collecting 4 hits and 3 walks, which was good enough for 6 runs: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-5, BB, 2B, R) and Naotaka Takehara (0-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI) led off with walks; Saburo (3-for-4, 2 BB, 2 R) hit a single to load the bases; Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) drove in Nishioka with a single; Satozaki (0-for-3, 3 BB, 2 R, RBI) walked in a run; Benny Agbayani (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) hit a sac fly; Koichi Hori (3-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI) drove in a run with a single; Masahiko Tanaka (0-for-3, R) hit into a force at second, putting runners on first and third with 2 out; Keisuke Hayasaka (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a double; and Nishioka flied out to center to end the inning.
The Lions answered back with a run in the bottom of the 2nd when Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-2, HBP, 2 BB, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) came around to score on a double by G.G. Sato (2-for-5, 2B, RBI). But the Marines pushed futher away from the Lions in the top of the 3rd on a 2-run homer by Hori that made it 8-1.
Seibu scored 2 runs in the 4th (RBI single by Tatsuyuki Uemoto and a run-scoring GIDP by G.G. Sato) and 5th (RBI singles by Takumi Kuriyama and Nakajima) to cut Lotte's lead to 3, but the Lions bullpen wouldn't be able to stop the Marines' offense.
Over the last 4 innings of the game, the Marines scored 4 more runs (one run an inning): RBI single by Hori in the 6th; sac fly by Takehara in the 7th; an RBI double by Hayasaka in the 8th; and a sac fly by Ohmatsu in the 9th. The Lions, on the other hand, managed only 2 (7th: wild pitch scored a run; 8th: Nakajima walked in a run) and ended up falling to the Marines, 12-7.
Marines: top of the 1st, runner on second, 2 out > Nishioka flied out; top of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Satozaki GIDP; top of the 3rd, bases loaded, 2 out > Ohmatsu fouled out to the catcher; top of the 6th, bases loaded, 1 out > Fukuura flied out, runner doubled up; top of the 8th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Nishioka flied out.
Lions: bottom of the 2nd, runner on third, 2 out > Shimizu flied out and Hosokawa flied out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Uemoto filed out, runner on second moved to third, and G.G. Sato struck out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Kataoka flied out and Hara got a hit but lead runner caught in run-down between third and home; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Goto flied out; bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > Nakamura struck out.
The Lions outhit the Marines, 16-15. ... Lions pitchers gave up a combined 10 walks. ... Hiroki Ueno picked up his first pro victory, something his older brother on the Yomiuri Giants is still looking for.
Marines: 11 LOB, 2 DP
Lions: 11 LOB, 2 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Watanabe, Shunsuke||17||2||10||0||4 1/3||89||22||21||9||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||4.471|
|Ueno, Hiroki W||10||1||0||0||1 2/3||19||7||7||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.273|
|Sikorski, Brian S||42||6||5||9||1 1/3||23||5||5||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.265|
|Hoashi, Kazuyuki L||19||5||4||0||2 2/3||72||21||15||9||1||0||5||0||0||0||0||8||8||4.238|
|Matsunaga, Hironori||8||0||0||0||2 2/3||52||10||9||1||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.613|
Time: 4h 7m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||9||1|
(Hawks lead series, 8-7-0)
Yu Darvish surrended a solo homer to Jose Ortiz (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) in the bottom of the 2nd and kept the Hawks off the board over the next 3 innings. And he almost got out of the 6th without surrendering any runs, but with 2 outs, he gave up a single to Hiroki Kokubo (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) and then served up another home run to Ortiz that erased the Fighters' 1-run lead and replaced it with a 1-run deficit.
Darvish gave up 3 more runs in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI single by Kokubo and a 2-run single by Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-4, 2 RBI) that gave the Hawks their 6-2 lead.
The Fighters scored both of their runs in the top of the 1st: Chung-Shou Yang (1-for-3) led off with a single; Kazuya Murata (2-for-4, BB, 3B, R) failed on his sac bunt attempt; Atsunori Inaba (2-for-5, R) hit a single that put runners on first and second; Shinji Takahashi (0-for-3, 2 BB) walked to load the bases; Tomohiro Nioka (1-for-2, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a single; and the next two batters strucks out with runners on first and second.
The Fighters did make things a bit interesting in the top of the 9th when they managed to load the bases against Takahiro Mahara with 2 outs, but Takahashi struck out to end the game.
Fighters: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 1 out > M. Kaneko struck out and Nakata struck out; top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 2 out > M. Kaneko grounded out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 outs > Nakajima grounded out; top of the 7th, runner on third, 1 out > Inaba grounded out and Takahashi flied out; top of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out > Takahashi struck out.
Hawks: bottom of the third, runner on third, 1 out > Honda grounded out and Kawasaki failed on a bunt; bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 1 out > Ortiz grounded out, runner to third, and Tamura struck out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Kosai grounded out, runner to third, Honda grounded out.
The Hawks outhit the Fighters, 10-9. ... Darvish suffered through a fever a couple days back and may have been feeling the effects of it. Davish had gone 7-0 at Yahoo Dome prior to this loss. The 6 runs he gave up tied his career high for a single game. ... Both of Ortiz's home runs came on the first pitch. ... Tanaka left the game in the middle of the 6th after complaining of pain in his right ankle (he hurt it on the 20th against the Rakuten Eagles).
Fighters: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Darvish, Yu L||21||14||5||0||8||132||34||31||10||2||6||1||0||2||0||0||6||6||1.704|
|Ohtonari, Kenji W||17||6||7||0||6||120||27||24||7||0||8||2||1||0||0||0||2||2||5.174|
|Mizuta, Akio H||29||2||0||0||1||10||4||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.034|
|Settsu, Tadashi H||52||4||2||0||1||12||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.737|
Time: 3h 18m