|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||3||10||0|
(Tigers lead series, 12-5-0)
Les Walrond was doing a pretty good job against the Hanshin Tigers, holding them to just 1 hit over the first 4 innings of the game, including retiring 10 straight batters after a 2-out walk in the 1st. But he completely fell apart in the top of the 5th.
After giving up a lead-off homer to Craig Brazell (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) to start the inning, Walrond surrendered three straight singles to Kodai Sakurai (2-for-4, R), Keisuke Kano (1-for-4, R), and Minoru Iwata (1-for-4, R). A pinch-hit sac fly by Mitsunobu Takahashi made it 2-1. Consecutive RBI singles by Norihiro Akahoshi (2-for-4, R, RBI) and Takashi Toritani (2-for-5, R, RBI) extended the lead to 4-1. A walk to Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-3, 2 BB, R) reloaded the bases. The Bay Stars brought in Kentaro Takasaki to relieve Walrond, but he didn't do much better, giving up a 2-run single to Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and a 3-run homer Brazell, his second home run of the inning. Takasaki settled after that and retired the next two batters to finally bring the inning to an end.
After the 9-run 5th, the Bay Stars' bullpen held the Tigers to just 2 hits over the final 4 frames of the game.
The Bay Stars' offense finally pushed a run across the board in the bottom of the 4th on an RBI single by Takahiro Saeki (2-for-3, BB, RBI) with runners on first and second and 1 out. Pinch-hitter Yoshiyuki Kuwahara's first pro homer in the bottom of the 7th made it 9-2.
In the bottom of the 9th, the Bay Stars put runners on second and third with 1 out and scored a run on a ground out to third by Kazuya Fujita (1-for-4, RBI). With a runner remaining on second, Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-5, R) struck out to end the game.
Tigers: top of the 1st, runners on first first and second, 2 out > Arai flied it.
Bay Stars: bottom of the 1st, runner on third, 1 out > Uchikawa grounded out and Johnson flied out; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and third, 1 out > Yoshimura struck out and Nishi grounded out; bottom of the 5th, runner on first and second, 2 out > Uchikawa flied out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and third, 1 out > Nishi struck out and Takeyama struck out; bottom of the 7th, runner on first and second, 1 out > Johnson GIDP; bottom of the 9th, runner on third, 2 out > Uchikawa struck out.
The Tigers outhit the Bay Stars, 11-10. ... After Brazell hit his first home run, he found out that he was the father of a baby boy. ... The last time a Tiger hit 2 homers in the same inning was Masayuki Kakefu back on August 24th, 1982. The last foreigner to do it was Willie Kirkland in 1969.
Tigers: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 2 DP
|Iwata, Minoru W||9||3||3||0||8||140||34||31||9||1||9||2||0||1||0||0||2||2||2.403|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Walrond, Les L||21||5||10||0||4 1/3||84||22||19||7||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||7||7||4.798|
Time: 3h 6m
(Giants lead series, 11-6-0)
The Giants jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Alex Ramirez's (4-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) 21st home run of the year with a runner on second and 2 out. Tetsuya Matsumoto's (3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) 2-out double in the top of the 5th with a runner on second, and a sac fly by Shinnosuke Abe (0-for-4, RBI) in the top of the 6th made it 4-0.
After being held to just a double over the first 5 innings of the game, the Dragons finally broke through with their first run of the game in the bottom of the 6th: a solo homer by Masahiko Morino (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR, R, RBI). But the Giants pushed further away in the top of the 7th when Ramirez hit an RBI double with runners on first and second and Yoshiyuki Kamei followed with a sac fly to right. Giants up, 6-1.
Byung-Kyu Lee's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) lead-off homer in the bottom of the 7th made it 6-2. But once again the Giants answered back with a run in the top of the 8th on an RBI single by Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-5, R, RBI).
Down 7-2 in the bottom of the 9th, after the Dragons's first two batters went down in order, Shota Kimura walked Atsushi Fujii (1-for-3, R) before giving up a pinch-hit home run to Ryosuke Hirata to make it 7-4. Pinch-hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami grounded out to third to end the game.
Giants: top of the 5th, runner on second, 2 out > Ogasawara grounded out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Tono grounded out; top of the 7th, runner on second, 1 out > Tani flied out; top of the 8th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Matsumoto hit into a force at third, throwing error runners on first and third, Wakiya grounded out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Abe grounded out, runners on second and third, and Furuki grounded out.
Dragons: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Wada fouled out to first; bottom of the 7th, runner on third, 1 out > Koike struck out and Ibata flied out.
The Giants outhit the Dragons, 16-6. ... Ramirez's third hit of the game was also his 1,500th of his career. ... Morino's 19th home run of the year ties his previous career high set in 2008.
Giants: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 5 LOB, 1 DP
|Tono, Shun W||22||7||6||0||6 2/3||115||27||24||4||2||6||2||1||0||0||0||2||2||2.846|
|Kawai, Yudai L||18||11||3||0||7||99||33||30||12||1||6||0||0||1||1||0||6||6||3.453|
Time: 3h 10m
(Swallows lead series, 10-6-0)
Andy Phillips' (3-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, HR, 4 R, 4 RBI) 2-run homer and an RBI single by Jun Hirose (2-for-4, BB, 3B, 3 RBI) in the bottom of the first gave the Carp a 3-0 lead off Ryo Kawashima. Hiroshima doubled their lead in the bottom of the 2nd on a 2-run double by Phillips', followed by an RBI single by Kenta Kurihara (3-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI).
In the bottom of the 4th, the Carp took a 9-0 lead on Kurihara's 18th home run of the year with runners on first and second and 1 out. Two more runs in the bottom of the 6th on a 2-run double by Hirose capped off an 11-run attack by the Carp offense.
Meanwhile, Kenta Maeda was doing a great job holding the Swallows offense to just 4 hits until Aaron Guiel (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) hit his 18th homer of the year in the top of the 9th with 1 out. The Swallows almost followed that up with a mini-rally when Tomohito Yoneno (2-for-2) and Hiroyasu Tanaka (2-for-4) followed with back-to-back singles. But Maeda quickly put an end to it by getting pinch-hitter Yasushi Iihara to ground into a game-ending double play.
Swallows: top of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Fukuchi flied out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Guiel line dout; top of the 9th, runner on first and third, 1 out > Iihara GIDP.
Carp: bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Aakamatsu grounded out; bottom of the 6th, runner on third, 2 out > Kura grounded out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kurihara grounded out.
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 14-7. ... Maeda picked up his first victory since June 21st.
Swallows: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Kawashima, Ryo L||14||5||6||0||4||88||24||20||9||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||9||9||4.808|
|Maeda, Kenta W||22||6||12||0||9||140||35||32||7||1||6||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.429|
Time: 2h 52m
(Lions lead series 8-7-0)
Satoshi Nagai tossed a complete game, 2-hit shut-out over the Seibu Lions and finished strong, retiring the last 10 batters of the game in a row.
The Eagles offense didn't give Nagai much room to breath over the first 7 innings of the game, scoring only single runs in the top of the 3rd (runner on first, no out, RBI double by Todd Linden) and 4th (runners on first and third, 1 out, squeeze bunt by Nakatani, fielder's choice, everyone safe).
In the top of the 8th, Naoto Watanabe (1-for-3, BB, 2 R) led off with a walk and scored on a triple by Teppei (2-for-4, BB, 2 3B, R, 3 RBI). Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-5) followed with a strikeout, but Fernando Seguignol (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI) came through with a single that scored Teppei from second. Eagles up, 4-0.
After Kazuki Miyata retired the first two batters in the top of the 9th, he surrendered three consecutive hits that lead to 2 more runs: singles to Kensuke Uchimura (1-for-4, R) and Todd Linden (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) that put runners on first and second; and a bases clearing triple to Teppei that made it 6-0.
Eagles: top of the 2nd, runner on first and third, 2 out > Nakatani struck out; top of the 3rd, runner on third, 1 out > Teppei struck out and T. Yamasaki grounded out; top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Uchimura struck out and Linden grounded out; top of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > Kusano struck out; top of the 9th, runner on third, 2 out > T. Yamasaki struck out;
Lions: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Kataoka grounded out
The Eagles outhit the Lions, 11-2. ... The Lions were shut-out for the third time this season.
Eagles: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 3 LOB, 1 DP
|Nagai, Satoshi W||20||9||6||0||9||119||30||27||2||0||8||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.786|
|Ishii, Kazuhisa L||18||6||8||0||5||95||22||19||6||0||8||1||0||2||0||0||2||2||4.250|
Time: 2h 54m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||X||2||1||0|
(Marines lead series, 9-8-0)
Yasushi Kamiuchi made two mistakes in the top of the 4th that led to his demise: he walked Naotaka Takehara (0-for-2, BB, R) and then gave up a home run to Toshiaki Imae (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI). Aside from that, he retired 10 straight, from the start of the game to the walk he gave up prior to the home run. After the home run, he retired 5 straight before giving up another walk to start the 6th and was yanked from the game. Three relievers followed and tossed 3 perfect innings.
On the other side of the diamond, Hiroyuki Kobayashi was also doing a good job, limiting the Hawks' offense to just 1 hit over the first 5 innings of the game -- the one hit being a 2-out single by Jose Ortiz (2-for-4) in the top of the 1st. After the hit, Kobayashi retired 13 straight before giving up a lead-off solo homer to Kenji Akashi (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) in the top of the 6th.
The Hawks did manage to put together a mini threat later in the same inning by putting runners on first and second with only 1 out, but Kobayashi got both Ortiz and Kokubo out to end the inning.
Brian Sikorski entered the game in the top of the 9th and gave up a lead-off single to Ortiz. Ruyma Kidokoro came in to pinch-run for Ortiz and was later caught trying to steal second. Sikorski struck out Hitoshi Tamura (0-for-4) for the final out of the game.
Hawks: top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Ortiz flied out and Kokubo flied out; top of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > Kawasaki struck out.
Marines: bottom of the 6th, runner on second, 1 out > Takehara grounded out and Imae flied out.
The Hawks outhit the Marines, 5-1. ... The Marines won a game with 1 hit (a homer) for the first time in the Pacific League since April 1991 when the Nippon Ham Fighters accomplished the feat for the 5th time in league history. Incidentally, it was also Imae's birhtday.
Hawks: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 1 LOB, 0 DP
|Kamiuchi, Yasushi L||22||2||3||0||5 0/3||74||18||15||1||1||1||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||3.682|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Kobayashi, Hiroyuki W||21||3||11||0||8||125||29||28||4||1||12||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||4.527|
|Sikorski, Brian S||44||6||5||10||1||10||3||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.222|
Time: 2h 19m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||6||9||0|
(Fighters lead series, 11-5-0)
The Buffaloes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on an RBI single by Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-4, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out. The Fighters answered back with 4 runs in the top of the 2nd: Terrmel Sledge (1-for-4, BB) lead-off with a walk; both Eiichi Koyano (0-for-3) and Yoshio Itoi (0-for-2, BB, R) hit into forces at second; Shinya Tsuruoka (1-for-4, R) singled to put runners on first and second; Makoto Kaneko (1-for-4, R, RBI) drove in a run with a single into right that put runners on first and second; Kensuke Tanaka (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a double; Tomochika Tsuboi (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) drove in Tanaka with another double; Atsunori Inaba (1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI) walked; and Shinji Takahashi (1-for-5) flied out to second.
An RBI double in the top of the 4th by Inaba with a runner on second and 2 out extended the Fighters lead by another run. Tanaka's lead-off solo homer in the top of the 6th, off Kazuki Kondo, gave the Fighters a comfortable 6-1 lead.
Meanwhile, after allowing a run in the first, Fighters' pitching held the Buffaloes to just 2 hits between the 2nd and 8th innings. It wasn't until 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th that the Buffaloes finally managed to plate their second run of the game on a solo homer by Takahiro Okada (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI). But would be all they'd score as Ryo Sakakibara struck out Shinji Shimoyama (0-for-2) to end the game.
Fighters: top of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Takahashi flied out; top of the 3rd, runner on second, 2 out > Tsuruoka flied out; top of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Takahashi grounded out; top of the 5th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Tsuruoka struck out and M. Kaneko flied out.
Buffaloes: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and third, 2 out > Ohbiki grounded out; bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 1 out > Fernandez struck out and Rhodes grounded out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 1 out > Fernandez grounded out and Rhodes flied out.
The Fighters outhit the Buffaloes, 9-6. ... The Fighters put a stop to their 5-game losing streak. ... Nishikawa made his first pro appearance.
Fighters: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Itokazu, Keisaku W||9||2||4||0||7||99||27||24||5||0||6||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||5.114|
Time: 3h 4m