|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||X||4||5||0|
(Tigers lead series, 12-6-0)
Daisuke Miura tossed a complete game victory against the Hanshin Tigers for his 10th win of the season. He held the Tigers scoreless through the first 7 innings of the game and recorded three 1-2-3 innings. Miura did almost give up a run in the top of the 1st after putting runners on first and second with two walks, but got out of the jam when Norihiro Akahoshi (0-for-3, BB) tried to score from second on a single into right by Takahiro Arai (1-for-4) and was thrown out at home.
In the top of the 8th, the Tigers finally did manage to score their first, and only, run of the game off Miura after Shinjiro Hiyama led off with a pin-hit double, moved to third on a ground out, and then scored on pinch-hitter Mitsunobu Takahashi's ground out to third. But the Tigers didn't put up much of a fight after that as Miura retired the final four batters of the game in order.
On offense, the Bay Stars scored all their runs in a busy bottom of the 7th: After Takeshi Hosoyamada (0-for-3, BB) struck out to lead-off the inning, Miura (1-for-4, R) and Tatsuya Shimozono (2-for-4, BB, R) connected for singles; Kazuya Fujita's (0-for-5) ground out to first moved the runners up a base and a walk to Shigeru Morikase (0-for-3, BB, R) loaded them; another walk later, this time to Dan Johnson (0-for-1, 3 BB, R, RBI), the Bay Stars had a 1-0 lead and it was time for Hirotaka Egusa to relieve Yasutomo Kubo; but Egusa was just as bad as he walked Takahiro Saeki (1-for-3, BB, RBI), hit Yuki Yoshimura (0-for-2, 2 BB), and then walked Takehiro Ishikawa (1-for-3, BB, RBI) to gift wrap the Bay Stars a 4-0 lead; the inning finally ended with Hosoyamada striking out for the second time in the inning.
Prior to this inning, Kubo was working on a 3-hit shutout over the first 6 frame's of the game (although he also walked 4).
Bay Stars: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Saeki struck out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Miura grounded out; bottom of the 4th, runners on first and third, no out > Yoshimura struck out, Ishikawa failed squeeze, runners on first and second, Hosoyamada walked to load bases, and Miura struck out; bottom of the 7th, bases loaded, 2 out > Hosoyamada struck out.
The Tigers outhit the Bay Stars, 7-5. ... The Tigers won the series (2-1) and outscored the Bay Stars 14-10. ... Miura's prior two wins were also complete game victories.
Tigers: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 10 LOB, 2 DP
|Kubo, Yasutomo L||19||7||6||0||6 2/3||129||31||25||5||0||8||6||0||0||1||0||4||4||3.486|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Miura, Daisuke W||22||10||8||0||9||136||34||31||7||0||7||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.173|
Time: 3h 1m
(Giants lead series, 12-6-0)
Yuya Kubo held the Dragons to 2 runs (both earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks over 6.2 innings of work and struck out 9. He had strong start, holding Chunichi to just 1 hit over the first 3 innings of the game. In the bottom of the 4th, he gave up his first run of the night on a solo homer to Masahiko Morino (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI). A lead-off double in the bottom of the 5th could have spelled disaster, but Kobu struck out the next three batters in order to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Kubo retired the first 2 batters of the inning before giving up a single to Atsushi Fujii (2-for-4, 2B, R), a walk to Motonobu Tanishige (0-for-3, BB), and a single to pinch-hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami that scored Fujii from second. That brought Daisuke Ochi in from the bullpen and he struck out Hirokazu Ibata (0-for-3, BB) to end the inning with runners left on first and second.
Meanwhile, the Giants scored their first 2 runs in the top of the 3rd on Michihiro Ogasawara's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 26th home run of the year with a runner on first and 2 out. In the top of the 5th, after Kubo (0-for-2) struck out to start the inning, the Giants loaded the bases on a double by Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-5, 2B, R), an infield single by Tetsuya Matsumoto (2-for-4, BB, 2 R), and a throwing error by Tony Blanco (1B) that allowed Ogasawara to reach first. That set the stage for Alex Ramirez's (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) double that scored Sakamoto and Matsumoto to give the Giants a 4-1 lead.
Marc Kroon entered the game in the bottom of the 9th for the Giants and walked the first batter he faced before retiring the side in order for his 19th save of the year.
Giants: top of the 5th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Kamei grounded out and Tani flied out; top of the 6th, runners on second, 2 out > Sakamoto struck out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Ramirez flied out.
Dragons: bottom of the 5th, runner on second, no out > Tanishige struck out, Yoshimi struck out, and Ibata struck out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Ibata struck out; bottom of the 9th, runner on second, 1 out > Ibata grounded out, runner on third, and Tanishige struck out.
The Giants outhit the Dragons, 11-6. ... The Giants swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Dragons 15-8. Ogasawara picked up his 999th and 1,000th RBIs in the top of third.
Giants: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 6 LOB, 1 DP
|Kubo, Yuya W||5||1||0||0||6 2/3||103||27||24||5||1||9||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||4.295|
|Ochi, Daisuke H||55||7||2||10||2/3||9||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.715|
|Yamaguchi, Tetsuya H||60||9||1||3||2/3||11||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.429|
|Kroon, Marc S||36||1||2||19||1||19||4||3||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.658|
|Yoshimi, Kazuki L||21||13||5||0||7||110||32||31||10||1||9||0||0||1||0||0||4||3||1.785|
Time: 3h 14m
(Swallows lead series, 10-7-0)
After Yuki Saito retired the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, the Swallows got to work and scored 4 runs: Norichika Aoki (1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) walked; Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (0-for-2, R) reached on a fielding error; Yasushi Iihara (1-for-3, HBP, HR, R, 3 RBI) homered to give the Swallows a 3-0 lead; Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-4, R) and Hiroyasu Tanaka (2-for-4) singled to put runners on first and second; and Ryoji Aikawa (2-for-4, RBI) drove in Miyamoto with an infield single for the 4th run of the inning.
With Masayuki Hasegawa now on the mound for the Carp to start the 2nd, the Swallows tacked on 2 more runs on a 2-run homer by Aoki that made it 6-0.
The Carp finally answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd (lead-off solo homer by Jun Hirose and an RBI single by Akihiro Higashide with a runner on second and 2 out) and 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd (Yoshikazu Kura's sac fly with the bases loaded and 1 out, followed by pinch-hitter Shigenobu Shima's RBI double) to pull within 2 runs of tying the game.
In the bottom of the 7th, Kenichi Matsuoka retired Andy Phillips (1-for-4, BB) to start the inning, but then surrendered back-to-back singles to Kenta Kurihara (3-for-5, 2 R) and pinch-hitter Takuro Ishii (1-for-2, R). A wild pitch moved both runners up a base and allowed both runners to score on Jun Hirose's double into left. That tied the game at 6 and Tetsuya Kokubo's (3-for-4, R, RBI) single into center gave the Carp a 7-6 lead.
While the Swallows' offense scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings of the game, five Hiroshima relievers combined to shut-out the Swallows over the remaining 7 innings of the game while giving up only 4 hits, no walks, an HBP, and striking out 6. In the top of the 9th, Katsuhiro Nagakawa gave up a lead-off single Keizo Kawaguchi (2-for-5, R) but retired the next three batters in a row to pick up his 25th save of the year.
Swallows: top of the 1st, runners on first and third, 2 out > Muranaka grounded out; top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Takeuchi grounded into force at second, runners on first and third, and K. Kawashima grounded out; top of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out > Tanaka flied out, runner to third, Aikawa flied out.
Carp: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and third, 2 out > McClain struck out; bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Phillips flied out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on second and third, 2 out > Higashide grounded out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > pinch-hitter Ogata grounded out; bottom of the 8th, runer on first and second, 1 out > Kurihara flied out and Ishii fouled out to third.
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 15-10. ... The Carp won the series (2-1) and outscored the Swallows, 19-12. ... Both Scott McClain and Marty Brown were thrown out of the game after arguing ball and strikes in the middle of McClain's at bat in the 7th. Ishii replaced McClain.
Swallows: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 10 LOB, 1 DP
|Muranaka, Kyohei||6||0||4||0||1 2/3||40||10||8||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||8.250|
|Kida, Masao||27||3||4||0||1 1/3||26||9||7||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||2||5.715|
|Oshimoto, Takehiko H||38||1||4||0||2||24||7||6||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.678|
|Matsuoka, Kenichi L||46||5||1||0||1 2/3||38||9||9||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||3||3||3.101|
|Lee, Hye-Chun||28||1||0||0||1 1/3||29||6||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.578|
|Komatsu, Takeshi W||19||4||3||0||1||7||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.863|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji H||53||2||7||0||1||15||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.884|
|Nagakawa, Katsuhiro S||42||2||5||25||1||21||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.164|
Time: 4h 0m
(Series tied 8-8-0)
Masahiro Tanaka tossed 8 strong innings and limited the Lions to just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 12. The only time Tanaka ever really got in trouble was in the bottom of the 4th with 2 out when he walked Takumi Kuriyama (0-for-3, BB) and gave up a single to Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4). But he quickly ended the inning by striking out Yoshihito Ishii (0-for-2).
On offense, the Eagles scored all of their runs on home runs: Fernando Seguignol's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) lead-off solo homer in the 2nd; and Takeshi Yamasaki's (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) 30th home run of the year in the 8th with Todd Linden (1-for-4, BB, R) on second and Makoto Kosaka (2-for-4, R) on third and 2 out.
Eagles: top of the 4th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Seguignol struck out and Kusano GIDP; top of the 5th, runner on second, 1 out > Kosaka struck out and Linden struck out; top of the 9th, runners on first and second, 2 out > N. Watanabe flied out.
Lions: bottom of the 4th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Y. Ishii struck out.
The Eagles outhit the Lions, 9-4. ... The Eagles won the series (2-1) and outscored the Lions, 12-3. ... Tanaka picked up his 12 victory of the year and set a new career high for wins in a season.
Eagles: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 0 DP
|Tanaka, Masahiro W||20||12||4||1||8||115||29||27||4||0||12||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.757|
|Kimura, Fumikazu L||3||0||2||0||6||96||23||19||4||1||7||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||2.769|
|Hoshino, Tomoki||50||1||1||0||1 0/3||18||4||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.300|
|Bayliss, Jonah||8||0||0||0||1 1/3||23||8||6||3||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||1.500|
Time: 3h 25m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||10||0|
(Marines lead series, 9-8-1)
In the bottom of the 4th, Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-5, BB, 2B, R) and Tadahito Iguchi (3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) started the inning off with back-to-back doubles that gave the Marines a 1-0 lead. A ground out later, with Iguchi now on third, Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-3, BB, RBI) hit a sac fly to left that made it 2-0.
After being held to just 2-hits over the first 6 innings of the game, the Hawks finally broke through against Yoshihisa Naruse in the top of the 7th when Hitoshi Tamura (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI) nailed his 14th home run of the year. In the top of the 9th, the Hawks managed to tie the game: after Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4) led off the inning with a single; Naruse was quickly yanked (after having thrown 130 pitches) in favor of Brian Sikorski; he recorded the first out of the inning on a force by Tamura and then walked Yuya Hasegawa (0-for-3, BB) to put runners on first and second; the Hawks sent in pinch-hitter Kenji Akashi to deliver a hit and he did just that, doubling Tamura home from second, to tie the game at 2; the next two batters, Hidenori Tanoue (0-for-5) and pinch-hitter Yusuke Kosai (0-for-2) struck out to end the inning.
Over the next 3 innings, the Hawks managed to get one runner to second in the 10th with 2 out while the Marines loaded the bases in the 10th with 1 out; had runners on first and second in the 11th with 2 out; and had a runner on second when Ohmatsu grounded out to short to end the game in the 12th.
Hawks: top of the 1st, runner on third, 2 out > Kokubo flied out; top of the 2nd, runner on second, 1 out > Morimoto struck out and Tanoue struck out; top of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Tanoue struck out; top of the 8th, runner on second, 1 out > Kawasaki flied out and Ortiz fouled out to the catcher; top of the 9th, runners on second and third, 1 out > Tanoue struck out and Kosai struck out; top of the 10th, runner on second, 2 out > Kidokoro struck out.
Marines: bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and second, no out > Ohmatsu picked off, runner on first, Hashimoto grounded out, runner to second, Fukuura walked, runners on first and second, Agbayani flied out; bottom of the 10th, bases loaded, 1 out > Imae grounded out and Ohmatsu struck out; bottom of the 11th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kobe struck out; bottom of the 12th, runner on second, 2 out > Ohmatsu grounded out.
The Marines outhit the Hawks, 10-7. ... The Marines swept the series (2-0-1) and outscored the Hawks, 14-8. ... Tanoue struck out in each of his first 4 (!) at bats. ... Ohba has yet to pick up a victory over 9 starts.
Hawks: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 11 LOB, 1 DP
|Settsu, Tadashi H||55||4||2||0||2||46||10||8||3||0||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.623|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Naruse, Yoshihisa||18||7||5||0||8 0/3||130||31||29||6||1||9||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.812|
|Uchi, Tatsuya H||22||3||0||1||1||16||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.268|
Time: 4h 25m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||3||8||1|
(Fighters lead series, 12-5-0)
The Fighters led off the top of the 2nd with back-to-back singles by Terrmel Sledge (3-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) and Eiichi Koyano (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI). But the two were left stranded on first and second as Yoshihisa Hirano struck out the next three batters in order.
The Buffaloes had a great chance to put some runs on the board in the bottom of the third after they loaded the bases with 1 out, but neither Tuffy Rhodes (0-for-4) nor Naoyuki Ohmura (0-for-3) could get any of the runners home. But they did manage to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th after Keiji Ohbiki (2-for-3, 2B, R) hit a 2-out double and came around to score on a single into left by Jose Fernandez (1-for-3, BB, RBI). Unfortunately for the Buffaloes, that would be also it for their offense.
In the top of the 7th, the Fighters took a 2-1 lead when Yoshio Itoi (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) launched his 11th home run of the year with a runner on second and 1 out. And Sledge's 17th home run of the year in the top of the 9th gave the Fighters their 3-1 lead.
Hisashi Takeda entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and gave up lead-off single before getting a 4-6-3 double play and a ground out to short to close out his 26th save of the year.
Fighters: top of the 2nd, runners on first and second, no out > Itoi struck out, Ohno struck out, and M. Kaneko struck out.
Buffaloes: bottom of the 2nd, runner on first and third, 1 out > Abe GIDP; bottom of the 3rd, bases loaded, 1 out > Rhodes struck out and Ohmura flied out; bottom of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Ohbiki flied out.
The Fighters outhit the Buffaloes, 8-7. ... The Fighters won the series (2-1) and outscored the Buffaloes 19-14. ... This was Tadano first victory since July 21. ... Rhodes was thrown out of the game after he was called out on strikes for the second out of the innings in the 8th. But it wasn't immediate -- after the final out of the inning, Rhodes was still fuming on the call and headed towards the home plate ump to continue arguing and that's when he was thrown out.
Fighters: 4 LOB, 2 DP
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Tadano, Kazuhito W||10||5||3||0||6||97||25||22||6||0||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||4.950|
|Hayashi, Masanori H||32||3||0||0||2/3||12||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.784|
|Tanimoto, Keisuke H||19||2||0||0||1/3||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.808|
|Tateyama, Yoshinori H||39||3||5||0||1||18||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.320|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||42||1||0||26||1||10||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.465|
|Hirano, Yoshihisa L||16||2||10||0||7||108||27||25||6||1||5||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||4.976|
Time: 3h 3m