(Giants lead series, 12-4-0)
When Masanori Ishikawa left the game after the 8th, the Swallows held a 1-0 lead -- Ishikawa had held the Giants's offense to 5 hits over 8 innings of work and only once allowed a runner to reach second.
Hisanori Takahashi got the start for the Giants and had at least 1 base-runner in each of the 5 innings he pitched in. And it was in the 4th that the Swallows scored a run to take a 1-0 lead.
With 1 out in the bottom of the 4th, Takahashi walked Ryo Yoshimoto (0-for-2, BB) and gave up an infield hit to Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-3, R) that put runners on first and third. Yoshimoto broke for home plate on Ishikawa's (1-for-3) grounder to short and was thrown out trying to score. Kazuki Fukuchi's (2-for-4, RBI) single into right scored Aikawa from second and gave the Swallows' a 1-0 lead. Keizo Kawashima (1-for-3) struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the 9th the Swallows turned to their closer, Chang-Yong Lim, to finish off the Giants. But when he gave up 2 consecutive singles to Ryota Wakiya (1-for-1, R) and Alex Ramirez (1-for-4), and then loaded the bases 1 out later by walking Yoshitomo Tani (0-for-3), things were not looking especially good for Lim.
And then it happened: Lim walked 2 more batters to give the Giants a 2-1 lead (only 12 of Lim's 28 pitches were strikes).
Kenichi Matsuoka relieved Lim after the two walks and got pinch-hitter Shigeyuki Furuki to ground out to second and struck out Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-5) for the final out of the inning.
The Swallows got a runner on first in the bottom of the 9th on a 2-out HBP, but pinch-hitter Yoshiyuki Noguchi struck out to end the game.
Giants: top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Ogasawara grounded out; top of the 9th, bases loaded, 1 out > Furuki grounded out and Sakamoto struck out.
Swallows: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 1 out > Hatakeyama fouled out to the catcher and Iihara grounded out; bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Fukuchi grounded out; bottom of the 3rd, runner on first and second, 1 out > Iihara lined into DP; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and second, 2 out > K. Kawashima struck out.
Both teams collected 7 hits. ... The Giants won the series, 2-1. .. Lim gave up 4 runs to the Giants over 1.1 innings of work during the 3-game series.
Giants: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Swallows: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Takahashi, Hisanori||19||5||5||0||4 0/3||76||21||17||6||0||1||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.223|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya W||58||9||1||3||1||13||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.467|
|Kroon, Marc S||34||1||2||17||1||17||4||3||0||0||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.750|
|Lim, Chang-Yong L||48||5||2||25||1/3||28||6||3||2||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||1.313|
Time: 3h 15m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
(Dragons lead series, 15-3-0)
Ryan Glynn was added to the active roster today and tossed 7 strong innings. But three unfortunate things contributed to his loss.
One: a fielding error in the bottom of the 4th that allowed the lead-off batter, Masahiro Araki (0-for-4, R), to reach. Masahiko Morino's (2-for-3, HR, R, RBI) single moved Araki to third and put him in position to score on Tony Blanco's (1-for-2, RBI) sac fly to center.
Two: one bad pitch in the bottom of the 6th that Morino tagged for his 18th home run of the season.
Three: Kenichi Nakata.
If Glynn had a solid start, then Nakata had a dominant start as he tossed a 3-hit, complete game shut-out over Yokohama. Nakata struck out a total 12 Bay Star batters and even had a string of 5 consecutive strike outs between the 6th and 7th innings.
Bay Stars: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Saeki flied out; top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Takeyama struck out.
Dragons: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 1 out > Fujita struck out and Morikasa flied out.
The Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 6-3. ... The Dragons won the series, 2-1. ... This was Nakata's first complete game shut-out victory of the year.
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 3 LOB, 2 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Glynn, Ryan L||17||3||11||0||7||99||25||24||5||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||4.770|
|Nakata, Kenichi W||8||3||2||0||9||123||32||30||3||0||12||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.253|
Time: 2h 33m
(Tigers lead series, 9-8-0)
Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) gave the Carp a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when he belted his 17th home run of the year with a runner on first and 2 out. The Tigers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning: Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) led off with a single, moved to second on a grounder, and scored on Takashi Toritani's (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) double into left.
After the first inning, both starters settled down: Keisuke Imai (HIR) tossed 5 shut-out inning on 1 hit and Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (HAN) tossed 4 shut-out innings on 3 hits.
In the bottom of the 7th, with Imai out of the game and Ryuji Yokoyama on the mound for the Carp, the Tigers' offense struck back: with 1 out, Ikuro Katsuragi (0-for-3, BB, R) walked; Kodai Sakurai (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) and Akihiro Yano (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) singled to load the bases; Mike Schultz relieved Yokoyama; Shinjiro Hiyama (0-for-0, BB, R) walked in a run, game tied 2-2; Hirano scored 2 runs on a double into right, Tigers 4-2; and Ryo Asai (1-for-2, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a single, Tigers 6-2.
The Tigers made 8-2 in the bottom of the 8th on Yano's 1st home run of the year with a runner on first and 2 out.
The Carp offense only managed another hit after the Hanshin bullpen took over in the 6th. The final 8 batters went down in a row.
Carp: top of the 1st, runner on first and second, 2 out > Amaya struck out; top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Imai struck out and Higashide struck out; top of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out > Kurihara flied out and McClain flied out; top of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Phillips struck out.
Tigers: bottom of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Kanemoto grounded out, runner to third, and Arai grounded out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hirano grounded out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Toritani struck out and Kanemoto grounded out.
The Tigers outhit the Carp, 8-7. ... The Tigers won the series 2-1. ... The Tigers have won their last 3 series, a first for the 2009 season.
Carp: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 5 LOB, 0 DP
|Yokoyama, Ryuji L||52||2||7||0||1/3||12||4||3||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||3.965|
|Tsutsui, Kazuya||29||0||2||0||1 2/3||17||6||6||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.823|
|Atchison, Scott W||52||5||2||0||1/3||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.939|
Time: 2h 54m
(Eagles lead series 12-3-1)
The Eagles scored 2 in the bottom of the first on a lead-off solo homer by Todd Linden (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and a 2-out single by Daisuke Kusano (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) with a runner on second. But the Buffaloes answered back with 4 runs in the top of the 2nd: with runners on second and third and 2 out, Tomotaka Sakaguchi (4-for-6, 2B, R, 3 RBI) tied the game with a double into right; and Masahiro Abe (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) followed with a home run that put the Buffaloes out in front, 4-2.
The Buffaloes extended their lead with single runs in each of the next two innings: Tuffy Rhodes (3-for-3, 2 IBB, HR, R, RBI) hit a solo homer in the 3rd and Jose Fernandez (0-for-4, RBI) hit a sac fly with runners on second and third in the 4th.
In the bottom of the 5th, after Satoshi Komatsu retired the last 10 batters in a row and was 1 out away from getting out of the inning, the Eagles' offense finally got the break it needed: 2 straight walks to Naoto Watanabe (2-for-4, BB, 3 R) and Teppei (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) that put runners on first and second. The next batter, Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-5, R, RBI) made it 6-3 with an RBI single. The inning ended with Kusano striking out, but the offense continued it's attack in the bottom of the 6th: with 1 out and a runner on second, Motohiro Shima (1-for-3, R, RBI) picked up an RBI on a single into center, Buffaloes 6-4; Yosuke Takasu's (1-for-1, 2B, RBI) pinch-hit double into left made it 6-5; Linden tied the game at 6 with a single into left; Watanabe recorded an infield hit; Teppei launched his 8th home run of the year with runners on first and second, Eagles 9-6; three batters later, with runners on first and third and 2 out, Masato Nakamura (3-for-4, R, RBI) drove in the Eagles' 10th run of the game on a single into center.
Two runs by the Buffaloes in the top of the 7th (RBI single by Ikki and a run-scoring ground out by Sakaguchi) cut the Eagles' lead in half.
Kazuo Fukumori entered the game in the top of he 9th for the Eagles and struggled. With runners on first and third and no out, Hiroyuki Oze (2-for-4, R, RBI) brought the Buffaloes to within 1 run of tying the game with an RBI single into left. A bunt hit loaded the baes with 0 outs, but Lim prevailed, getting Abe to line out to short and Fernandez to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Buffaloes: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Hamanaka flied out; top of the 4th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Hamanaka struck out; top of the 6th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Hamanaka struck out; top of the 9th, bases loaded, no out > Abe lined out and Fernandez GIDP.
Eagles: bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and third, 1 out > Linden struck out and N. Watanabe grounded out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kusano struck out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Shima flied out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > Short grounded out.
The Buffaloes outhit the Eagles, 16-15. ... The Eagles won the series, 2-1. ... Komatsu's lone victory of the season came against the Marines on 7/15. ... The Eagles strung together 7 hits in their 7-run 6th.
Buffaloes: 12 LOB, 2 DP
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Komatsu, Satoshi||13||1||8||0||5 1/3||118||27||24||9||1||6||2||0||1||0||0||6||6||7.265|
|Shimizu, Akio L||43||0||2||0||0/3||12||3||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||3||4.939|
|Hasebe, Kohei||19||5||8||0||2 0/3||56||14||11||6||2||2||2||0||1||0||0||5||5||4.858|
|Kitani, Hisashi||11||1||0||0||1 0/3||18||5||4||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||4.050|
|Gwyn, Marcus W||42||2||4||4||1 0/3||36||8||4||2||0||1||2||1||1||0||0||2||2||3.919|
|Arime, Kanehisa H||41||0||2||2||2/3||6||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.378|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi H||9||1||0||1||1 1/3||19||5||5||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||19||5||0||5||1||13||6||6||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1.052|
Time: 4h 19m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
(Marines lead series, 10-8-0)
Ryoma Nogami, Jonah Bayliss, and Koji Ohnuma combined to toss a 7-hit shut-out against the Marines.
But more impressive than that, and despite getting sacked with the loss, was Yuki Karakawa's performance: he tossed 6 perfect innings until he gave up a lead-off single to Yasuyuki Kataoka (1-for-3, R) in the top of the 7th. A sac bunt later, he lost the shut-out on Takumi Kuriyama's (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) double into left.
Karakawa almost gave up another run in the top of the 8th, but G.G. Sato (1-for-3) was caught stealing just before Yoshihito Ishii's (1-for-3, 2B) double into center.
Marines: top of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Takehara struck out and Kobe flied out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second 1 out > T. Hashimoto struck out and Takehara grounded out.
Lions: bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Nakajima lined out and Uemoto flied out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 1 out > Ginjiro struck out and pinch-hitter Goto flied out.
The Marines outhit the Lions, 7-4. ... The Lions won the series, 2-1.
Marines: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Lions: 2 LOB, 0 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Karakawa, Yuki L||16||4||6||0||8||102||27||26||4||0||5||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.181|
|Nogami, Ryoma W||20||2||4||1||7||120||26||23||5||0||6||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||4.301|
|Bayliss, Jonah H||6||0||0||0||1||11||3||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Ohnuma, Koji S||39||2||4||1||1||25||5||4||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.132|
Time: 2h 26m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||2|
(Hawks lead series, 10-7-0)
Aside from a lead-off double in the 1st and a 2-out double in the 9th, Toshiya Sugiuchi was un-hittable. At one point, he retired 12 straight batters between the 5th and 9th innings and struck out the side in order in the 8th.
The one run that managed to get by, scored in the top of the 1st: Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt; Atsunori Inaba (0-for-3, BB) walked; Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) drove Tanaka in with a ground out to third; and Terrmel Sledge (0-for-4) struck out to end the inning.
Masaru Takeda, the starter for the Fighters, gave up 1 hit in each of the first 5 innings of the game. None came around to score, but his luck did end up running out in the bottom of the 6th: Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-2, HBP, BB, R) was hit by a pitch and stole second; Jose Ortiz (1-for-4) struck out; Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) tied the game with a single into left and advanced to second on an error by Chung-Shou Yang (LF); Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-4) flied out to left; Hidenori Tanoue (0-for-3, IBB, R) was intentionally walked; Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-3, IBB, 2B, 2 RBI) gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead with a bases clearing double and advanced to third on bad throw to home; and pinch-hitter Yusuke Kosai ended the inning by grounding out to short.
Fighters: top of the 9th, runner on second, 2 out > Sledge struck out.
Hawks: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Ortiz grounded out; bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 1 out > Tanoue grounded out, runner to third, and Hasegawa flied out; bottom of the 6th, runner on third, 2 out > pinch-hitter Kosai grounded out; bottom of the 7th, runner on third, 2 out > Ortiz struck out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, no out > Tamura flied out, Tanoue fouled out to first, Hasegawa was IBBed, and Kidokoro struck out.
The Hawks outhit the Fighters, 8-2. ... The Hawks swept the series 3-0 and outscored the Fighters 13-6. ... The Fighters have now lost a season high 5 games in a row. ... The Hawks have won 4 in a row. ... Sugiuchi's 15 strike outs set a new career high.
Fighters: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Takeda, Masaru L||17||6||7||0||5 2/3||102||25||23||7||0||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||3||3.750|
|Tanimoto, Keisuke||17||2||0||0||1 1/3||27||5||4||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.909|
|Sugiuchi, Toshiya W||20||12||3||0||9||145||32||28||2||0||15||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||2.443|
Time: 2h 50m