(Giants lead series, 11-4-0)
Norichika Aoki's (4-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 2-out homer in the bottom of the 1st gave the Swallows a 1-0 lead. But the Giants tied it in the top of the 3rd on a double by Kazunari Tsuruoka (2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R, RBI) followed by a run-scoring single to Seth Greisinger (1-for-4, RBI).
The Giants took the lead in the top of the 4th when they loaded the bases on 2 hits and a walk and both Ryota Wakiya (2-for-5, RBI) and Tsuruoka hit back-to-back RBI singles. Hayato Sakamoto's lead-off homer in the top of the 5th, along with an RBI double by Yoshiyuki Kamei (3-for-5, 2B, RBI) and a sac fly by Shinnosuke Abe (0-for-2, BB, RBI) gave the Giants a 6-1 lead.
Sakamoto's 2-out RBI single with runners on first and third in the top of the 8th gave the Giants their 7th and final run.
After being shut-down for 6 innings, the Swallows' offense finally scored their second run of the game in the bottom of the 8th on a 2-out RBI single by Aoki with runners on first and second.
In the bottom of the 9th, Daisuke Ochi entered the game and allowed the first three batters to reach. Ochi got Tomohito Yoneno (0-for-1) to foul out to first, but then surrendered an RBI single to Ryo Yoshimoto (2-for-2, R, RBI). After retiring Kazuki Fukuchi (3-for-5) on a fly out to left, the Giants called on Marc Kroon to get the last out of the inning. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Kroon struck out Keizo Kawashima (0-for-5) to end the game.
Giants: top of the 4th, bases loaded, 1 out > Greisinger tries for a bunt but misses for strike three, runner caught off third, double play; bottom of the 5th, runner on third, 2 out > Wakiya grounded out; top of the 8th, runners on first and second, 2 out > T. Kimura grounded out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Wakiya grounded into force at second, runners on first and third, and Tsuruoka grounded out.
Swallows: bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and third, 1 out > K. Kawashima GIDP; bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Takeuchi flied out; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Guiel grounded out; bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 1 out > Fukuchi flied out and K. Kawashima struck out.
The Giants outhit the Swallows, 17-12. ... This was Aoki's first 4-hit game this season.
Giants: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Swallows: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Greisinger, Seth W||21||11||5||0||7 2/3||112||29||27||8||1||4||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.253|
|Kroon, Marc S||33||1||2||16||1/3||6||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.800|
|Sato, Yoshinori L||16||5||7||0||5||98||25||23||11||1||5||1||0||0||1||0||6||6||3.543|
Time: 3h 26m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||8||1|
(Dragons lead series, 14-3-0)
The Bay Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on Dan Johnson's (3-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) 20th home run of the year with runners on first and third (single and reached on an error). And then for the next 9 innings, were held scoreless on 5 hits.
The Dragons didn't score their first until the bottom of the 7th when Tony Blanco (1-for-6, HR, R, 2 RBI) launched his 34th home run of the year off Atsushi Kizuka with a runner on first.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Masahiko Morino (2-for-5, 2B, R) led off with a double and advanced to third on Blanco's ground out to second. Wada then followed with a single into right that scored Morino and tied the game at three.
In the top of the 11th, with Hitoki Iwase on the mound, the Bay Stars put runners on first and second with a lead-off walk and a 2-out intentional walk. Kazuya Fujita's (1-for-3, RBI) 2-out single to right broke the 3-3 tie and gave the Bay Stars a 4-3 lead.
Kentaro Takasaki entered the game in the bottom of the 11th for Yokohama. After giving up a 1-out single to Masahiro Araki (2-for-4, 2 BB, R), he struck out Morino and got Blanco to ground out to short to end the game.
Bay Stars: top of the 5th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Nishi struck out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Yoshimura GIDP; top of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > K. Kato grounded out; top of the 9th, runner on second, 2 out > Fujita grounded out; top of the 10th, runner on second, 2 out > Johnson struck out; top of the 11th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Shimozono struck out.
Dragons: bottom of the 1st, bases loaded, 2 out > Lee grounded out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on third, no out > Oda fouled out, Ogasawara grounded out, runner to third, Ibata flied out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Wada flied out and Lee struck out; bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Ibata flied out; bottom of the 5th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Lee flied out; bottom of the 6h, runner on second, 2 out > Ibata struck out.
Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 11-8. ... Iwase's consecutive saves streak ends at 20.
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 2 DP
Dragons: 13 LOB, 0 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Sanada, Hiroki H||53||5||2||0||1||13||4||3||1||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.439|
|Kato, Kosuke H||25||1||0||0||1 2/3||29||6||6||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.699|
|Yamaguchi, Shun W||43||4||4||14||2||32||7||7||2||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.188|
|Takasaki, Kentaro S||41||2||0||1||1||17||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.966|
|Takahashi, Akifumi H||36||2||2||0||1||19||4||2||0||0||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.971|
|Iwase, Hitoki L||47||1||3||36||1||24||6||3||1||0||1||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||1.992|
Time: 4h 20m
(Series tied, 8-8-0)
This was a nice win for the Tigers and a solid start for Kenta Abe. If not for a little hiccup he had in the 3rd, he may have been able to pull off a shut-out.
Top of the 3rd: Kan Ohtake led off the inning and struck out. Akihiro Higashide (1-for-4, BB, 2B, R) doubled to left. Abe got Masato Akamatsu (1-for-5) to fly out to second for the second out. Andy Phillps (2-for-4, RBI) gave the Carp a 1-0 lead on a single into left that scored Higashide from second. Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4) followed with a single to center that put runners on first and third. But the inning came to an end when Abe got Scott McClain (0-for-4) to ground out to short.
Kan Ohtake was working on a 2-hitter through 6. But in the bottom of the 7th, he gave up a solo homer to Kodai Sakurai (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) that tied the game at 1. If not for Ikuro Katsuragi (1-for-3) trying to stretch a single to a double in the previous at bat, the Carp may have been down 2-1.
Ohtake almost gave up the game in the bottom of the 8th as Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4) lead-off wotj infield single and moved to second on a sac bunt. After Ohtake walked Takashi Toritani (1-for-3) walked to put runners on first and second, the Carp brought in Mike Schultz to try and get out of the inning, which he did by getting Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-3, BB) to ground into a 6-3 double play.
But the bullpen would not be able to hold the Tigers down in the bottom of the 9th. Ryuji Yokoyama started the 9th on the mound for the Carp and gave up a lead-off single to Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, R). Katsuragi reached on a fielder's choice that put runners on first and second and a sac bunt moved both runners up a base. Craig Brazell entered the game as a pinch hitter and was intentionally walked to load the bases. Still with only 1 out, Shinjiro Hiyama nailed a pinch-hit single into center to drive in the go-ahead run and give the Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Carp.
The Carp did have a great shot to take the lead in the top of the 9th when they had the bases loaded with 2 out, but Akamatsu ended the threat by striking out.
Carp: top of the 2nd, runner on second, 1 out > Kokubo flied out and Ishihara grounded out; top of the 3rd, runners on first and third, 2 out > McClain grounded out; top of the 8th, runner on second, 1 out > Kurihara struck out and McClain grounded out; top of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out > Akamatsu struck out.
Tigers: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Arai grounded out; bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hirano flied out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Arai GIDP; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Kanemoto GIDP.
The Carp outhit the Tigers, 8-7.
Carp: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 9 LOB, 2 DP
|Ohtake, Kan||21||7||5||0||7 1/3||114||30||25||5||1||5||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||2.860|
|Schultz, Mike H||56||2||3||1||2/3||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.237|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji L||51||2||6||0||1/3||17||5||2||2||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||1||1||3.423|
|Fujikawa, Kyuji W||33||4||3||15||1||18||6||4||1||0||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.673|
Time: 2h 54m
(Eagles lead series 11-3-1)
Chihiro Kaneko tossed a 5-hit, complete game shut-out against the Eagles. He ran into some trouble in the 1st and 6th innings, but otherwise kept the Eagles off-balance.
On the other hand, the Buffaloes' offense had a busy night scoring 10 runs on 15 hits. The first 2 runs came in the top of the 1st on back-to-back RBI doubles from Masahiro Abe (2-for6, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI) and Jose Fernandez (2-for-4, 2B, RBI).
A bout of wildness for Hiromichi Fujiwara in the top of the 4th, after getting the first out of the inning, led to three walks that loaded the bases and was followed by a 2-run single to Tomotaka Sakaguchi (3-for-5, BB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and a 1-run double to Abe that gave the Buffaloes a 5-0 lead.
With the bases loaded again in the top of the 8th on a double, a walk, and a hit, Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-4, HBP, 2 RBI) hit a single into center that scored 2 runs. Hiroyuki Oze made it 8-0 with another single into center and the inning ended when Rhodes tried to advance to third from second.
Takahiro Okada's (1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) 2-out solo homer in the top of the 9th gave the Buffaloes a 9-0 lead. A double and an error later, with runners on first and third, Abe hit a grounder to second that Makoto Kosaka (2B) misplayed and the 10th run of the game crossed the plate.
Buffaloes: top of the 1st, bases loaded, 2 out > Okada flied out; top of the 4th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Fernandez struck out and Rhodes flied out; top of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > Abe flied out; top of the 7th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Ohmura hits into a force at third and Ohbiki grounds out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 2 out > K. Yamasaki grounds out.
Eagles: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, no out > Teppei fouled out to third, T. Yamasaki struck out, and Kusano grounded out; bottom of the 6th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Kusano grounded out.
The Buffaloes outhit the Eagles, 15-5. ... This was Kaneko's second consecutive complete game shut-out victory.
Buffaloes: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 6 LOB, 2 DP
|Kaneko, Chihiro W||20||10||6||0||9||140||33||30||5||0||8||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||2.566|
|Fujiwara, Hiromichi L||10||2||4||0||3 1/3||78||20||14||6||0||2||4||1||1||0||0||5||5||4.714|
|Koyama, Shinichiro||44||1||3||2||2 2/3||47||9||9||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.255|
Time: 3h 32m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1|
(Marines lead series, 10-7-0)
A well pitched game for either starter. But Takayuki Kishi held out the longest and recorded a complete game shut-out 1-0 victory over the Marines. He did run into trouble a number of times throughout the game (due mostly to walks), but got out of each without giving up any runs.
On the other side of the diamond, Shingo Ono matched Kishi with 0's for the first 8 innings of the game. He dealt with fewer base runners, but did hit 2, one of which ended up being very costly.
In the bottom of the 9th, Ono hit the first batter of the inning, Takuya Hara (0-for-3, HBP, R). Takumi Kuriyama (1-for-4,) reached first on a throwing error, Hara to third. Ono then walked Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-3, IBB) intentionally to load the bases and the Marines turned to Brian Sikorski for the final out of the inning. But instead of sending the game into extra innings, he gave up an infield single to Tatsuyuki Uemoto (1-for-4, RBI) that scored the game-winning run and sent the Marines to the showers on the losing end of a 1-0 shut-out.
Marines: top of the 1st, runner on first and third, 1 out > Ohmatsu flied out and T. Hashimoto flied out; top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Ohmatsu flied out, runner on second goes to third, and T. Hashimoto flied out; top of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Nishioka flied out; top of the 8th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Agbayani struck out;
Lions: Bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hara flied out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > G.G. Sato grounded out; bottom of the 8th, runners on first and second, 1 outs > Kataoka GIDP
The Lions outhit the Marines, 5-4. ... This was Kishi's first complete game shut-out of the year.
Marines: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Ono, Shingo L||17||6||6||0||8 0/3||110||31||26||4||0||1||2||2||1||0||0||1||0||3.706|
|Kishi, Takayuki W||20||12||2||0||9||157||37||29||4||0||8||7||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.077|
Time: 3h 5m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||3||8||1|
(Hawks lead series, 9-7-0)
D.J. Houlton tossed a no-hitter through four and gave up his first hit to Shota Ohno (1-for-1, BB) with 2 outs in the top of the 5th. Things fell apart for Houlton in the 6th. After striking out Kenichi Tanaka (0-for-4) to start the inning, he gave up a single to Kazuya Murata (1-for-4, R) and saw him move to second on a passed ball. Houlton got Atsunori Inaba (1-for-4) to fly out to center for the second out, but that also moved Murata to third. After falling behind 2-0 against Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, R, RBI), he gave up a single that easily allowed Murata to score from third. A double to Tomochika Tsuboi (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) tied the game at 2 and Tomohiro Nioka's (1-for-4, RBI) single Tsuboi home to give the Fighters a temporary 3-2 edge.
The 3 runs in the top of 6th ended up being the only 3 runs the Hawks would allow. Houlton gave up a lead-off single in the top of the 7th, but then retired the next three batters in a row. In the top of the 8th, Tadashi Settsu also gave up a lead-off single and retired the next three batters in a row. And Takahiro Mahara surrendered a 1-out single in the 9th to pinch-hitter Sho Nakata before retiring the next two batters in a row.
The Hawks' offense scored single runs in the bottom of the 3rd (2 out, RBI single by Yuichi Honda) and 4th (RBI single by Satoru Morimoto) to take a 2-0 lead. After falling behind 3-2 in the top of the 6th, the Hawks answered back with a 2-run run single off the bat of Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the inning to re-take the lead.
Fighters: top of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Murata fouled out to short; top of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Tsuboi grounded out, runner to third, and Nioka struck out.
Hawks: bottom of the 4th, runner on third, 2 out > Kawasaki grounded out; bottom of the 5th, runner on second, 2 out > Kawasaki struck out; bottom of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > pinch-hitter Nakanishi struck out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Kawasaki struck out and Ortiz struck out.
The Fighters outhit the Hawks, 8-7.
Fighters: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Ejiri, Shintaro L||30||2||1||0||2/3||24||5||4||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.734|
|Sakakibara, Ryo||6||0||1||0||1 1/3||20||5||5||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.727|
|Houlton, D.J. W||19||9||6||0||7||111||29||27||6||0||6||1||0||1||0||0||3||2||2.784|
|Settsu, Tadashi H||53||4||2||0||1||13||4||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.707|
|Mahara, Takahiro S||39||3||1||26||1||17||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.213|
Time: 3h 18m