(Swallows lead series, 12-7-0)
The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on an RBI single by Masahiko Morino (3-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out. In the top of the 3rd, with runners on second and third with 1 out, Masahiro Araki's (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) single into center gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead. A walk and a ground out later, with the bases loaded, Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-4, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a single into left.
The Swallows finally broke through with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd when Aaron Guiel (2-for-4, HBP, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) launched his 19th home run of the season with a runner on first and 1 out.
But the Dragons pushed themselves further away from the Swallows in the top of the 4th on Araki's RBI single with runners on first and second and Morino's RBI double with runners on first and third. And Morino's 21st home run of the year in the top of the 7th gave the Dragons a 7-2 lead.
Not entirely devoid of hope, the Swallows scored single runs in the bottom of the 7th (2-out homer by Guiel) and 8th (2-out homer by Yasushi Iihara) and entered the bottom of the 9th down by 3 runs. With Hitoki Iwase on the mound, the Swallows managed to load the bases with 1 out. Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (0-for-1, RBI) pushed a run across with a sac fly to right and a wild pitch moved the tying runs into scoring position with 2 outs. But Iwase could not get Hiroyasu Tanaka (0-for-4) out and walked him on five pitches. Takuya Asao relieved Iwase after that and got Tomohito Yoneno (0-for-1) to fly out to second the end the game.
Dragons: top of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Lee struck out; top of the 4th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Blanco flied out.
Swallows: bottom of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Miyamoto grounded out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on first and second, 1 out > Yuki struck out and K. Kawashima grounded out; bottom of the 6th, runners on second, 2 out > K. Kawashima grounded out; bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out > Yoneno flied out.
Both team collected 10 hits. ... The Dragons stopped their 3-game slide.
Dragons: 5 LOB, 3 DP
Swallows: 12 LOB, 0 DP
|Asakura, Kenta W||21||9||6||0||6||97||28||25||6||1||2||2||1||0||0||0||2||2||3.953|
|Kawahara, Junichi||33||2||0||0||1 1/3||20||5||5||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1.479|
|Asao, Takuya S||52||7||9||1||1/3||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.804|
|Tanaka, Yuki L||13||3||4||0||4||80||22||19||9||0||2||1||1||1||0||0||6||3||3.817|
Time: 3h 28m
|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||2||1||0||1||0||0||X||4||10||2|
(Bay Stars lead series, 10-8-0)
The Carp took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd on and RBI single by Andy Phillips (2-for-3, 2 BB, RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out. But the Bay Stars quickly answered back in the bottom of the inning with a sac fly by Shigeru Morikasa (1-for-3, RBI) with runners on first and third and 1 out, followed by Dan Johnson's (1-for-4, RBI) RBI single into center that put the Bay Stars out in front, 2-1.
In the bottom of the 4th, Takehiro Ishikawa's (3-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) 2nd home run of the year extended the Bay Stars' lead by another run. And two back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the 6th by Ishikawa and Shingo Takeyama (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) gave the Bay Stars their 4-1 lead.
Atsushi Kizuka entered the game in the top of the 9th for the Bay Stars and gave up a lead-off single to Phillips before getting Kenta Kurihara (0-for-3) to ground into a double play and Scott McClain (1-for-5) to ground out to the third for the final out of the inning.
Carp: top of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Ohtaka flied out; top of the 5th, bases loaded, 2 out > McClain grounded out; top of the 7th, bases loaded, 1 out > McClain flied out and Hirose flied out; top of the 8th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Akamatsu struck out.
Bay Stars: bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and third, 2 out > Takeyama grounded out; bottom of the 6th, runner on second, 2 out > Naito grounded out.
The Bay Stars outhit the Carp, 10-9. ... Stephen Randolph oicked up his first win in his third start. ... Kurihara reached first twice on catcher interferences.
Carp: 13 LOB, 2 DP
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 1 DP
|Ohtake, Kan L||22||7||6||0||7||110||30||28||9||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||4||4||2.972|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Randolph, Stephen W||3||1||1||0||6||123||27||20||4||0||5||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||2.077|
|Sanada, Hiroki H||54||5||2||0||1||19||6||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.392|
|Kato, Kosuke H||27||1||0||0||1||23||5||4||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.418|
|Kizuka, Atsushi S||35||3||2||1||1||6||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.713|
Time: 3h 4m
(Giants lead series, 9-8-0)
Tetsuya Utsumi held the Tigers to just 1 hit over the first 4 innings of the game. But that quickly changed in the bottom of the 5th: Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, R) led off the inning with a single; Craig Brazell (0-for-3) struck out; Kodai Sakurai's (3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R) single put runners on first and third; and Keisuke Kano's (1-for-2, HR, R, 3 RBI) 4th homer of the year put the Tigers out in front, 3-1. Interestingly enough, Kano actually tried to lay down a squeeze bunt prior to hitting the home run, but the ball went foul.
The Tigers scored another run off Utsumi in the 5th inning after Yamato (0-for-4, R) reached on a throwing error and came around to score on Takashi Toritani's (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) double into right.
In the bottom of the 7th, with Kiyoshi Toyoda now on the mound for the Giants, the Tigers tacked on their last run: Sakurai led off with a double and moved to third on a sac bunt; Soichi Fujita relieved Toyoda; pinch-hitter Shinjiro Hiyama fouled out to the catcher; and Sakurai scored on Mitsunobu Takahashi's pinch-hit single into left.
Over on offense, the Giants couldn't get much done against the Tigers, scoring just one run in the top of the 4th when Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, 2B, R) scored from third on Yoshiyuki Kamei's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out to short.
Giants: top of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Wakiya struck out and Furuki grounded out; top of the 4th, runner on first and second, 1 out > Wakiya grounded out, runners on first and third, Kamei thrown out trying to steal home.
Tigers: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, no out > Kano flied out, Noumi struck out, Akahoshi grounded out.
Both teams collected 7 hits. ... Utsumi lost his 10th game of the year. The last time he lost 10+ was back in 2006. ... Utsumi has now given up 20 home runs this year in 21 games (a new career high). ... The Giants have now lost 4 in a row against Noumi. ... Yoshinobu Takahashi made his first appearance of the season with a pinch-hit at in the top of the 9th. He struck out for the second out of the inning.
Giants: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 3 LOB, 0 DP
|Utsumi, Tetsuya L||21||5||10||0||6||93||24||24||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||3||3.501|
|Fujita, Soichi||11||1||0||0||1 1/3||21||5||5||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.543|
|Noumi, Atsushi W||22||8||8||0||7||102||27||27||7||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.835|
Time: 2h 40m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||X||3||8||0|
(Hawks lead series 10-8-0)
The Fighters' held the Hawks to just 1 run over 9 innings of work. And the 1 run that scored may not have even crossed the plate if not for a wild pitch by Shugo Fujii that allowed Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-5, 2B, R) to advance to third after Kawasaki got on base with a 1-out double. But with Kawasaki at third, all it took was an infield single by Jose Ortiz (2-for-3, RBI) to get the run home.
And if not for a caught stealing, the Hawks may have also had a great opportunity to break open the game in the top of the 5th. Yuichi Honda (1-for-5) led off with a single and was caught stealing second. Kawasaki followed with a single and stole second. Jose Ortiz walked. But neither Hiroki Kokubo (0-for-3, BB) nor Hitoshi Tamura (0-for-4) could come up with the big hit to drive in a run.
The Fighters' offense wasn't spectacular either, but it was enough to get the job done. In the bottom of the first, Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) launched his 7th home run of the year with a runner on first and 2 out. The Hawks then held the Fighters to just 2 hits over the next 5 innings. But in the bottom of the 7th, the Fighters broke through with their third run of the game on a run-scoring single by Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-4, RBI) that followed a 2-out double by Makoto Kaneko (1-for-3, 2B, R).
Hisashi Takeda entered the game in the top of the 9th and gave up a 1-out single to pinch-hitter Nobuhiko Matsunaka before retiring the next two batters in order.
Hawks: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 1 out > Tamura flied out and Hasegawa struck out; top of the 5th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Kokubo grounded out and Tamura grounded out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Honda struck out.
Fighters: bottom of the 4th, runner on second, 2 out > Nioka struck out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Koyano flied out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Inaba flied out.
The Hawks outhit the Fighters, 9-8. ... The Eagles have now won 3 in a row. ... The Hawks have now lost 3 in a row.
Hawks: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 6 LOB, 0 DP
|Ohtonari, Kenji L||18||6||8||0||6 2/3||124||29||28||8||1||5||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||5.101|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Fujii, Shugo||16||6||4||0||4 1/3||95||21||17||6||0||3||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||3.306|
|Ejiri, Shintaro H||31||2||1||0||2/3||10||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.656|
|Sakakibara, Ryo H||9||0||1||0||2/3||19||4||3||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.473|
|Miyanishi, Naoki W||42||7||0||0||1 1/3||16||4||4||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.718|
|Tateyama, Yoshinori H||40||3||5||0||1||12||3||3||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.240|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||43||1||0||27||1||18||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.432|
Time: 3h 18m
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||10||1|
(Marines lead series, 10-8-0)
Shunsuke Watanabe held the Eagles to just 2 hits over the first 5 innings of the game. Hiromichi Fujiwara did his best to match the 0's allowed 6 hits. In in the end, it was Watanabe that flinched first.
In the top of he 6th, Naoto Watanabe (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) drilled his first home run of the year to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The Marines answered back with Keisuke Hayasaka's (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI) 1st home run of the year in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 1.
It was the Eagles in the top of the 8th that broke the tie: with Watanabe still on the mound for the Marines, the first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and single that put runners on first and third; Tatsuya Uchi relieved Shunsuke at this point and promptly gave up the go-ahead run on a sac fly to N. Watanabe.
The Marines had a great chance to break open the game in the bottom of the 8th when they loaded the bases with a walk to 2 hits and no out. But miraculously, the Eagles got out of it: Tsuyoshi Kawagishi got pinch-hitter Takumi Kobe to foul out to third and Hayasaka to fly out to left; that brought in Kanehisa Arime from the bullpen and he managed to strike out Tasuku Hashimoto (0-for-4, 2B) to end the inning.
Kazuo Fukumori tossed a perfect 9th to record his 6th save of the year.
Eagles: top of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Teppei flied out and T. Yamasaki grounded out; top of the third, runner on second, 1 out > Linden grounded out and N. Watanaba struck out; top of the 5th, runner on second, no out > N. Nakamura flied out, Shima grounded out, runner to third, Kosaka fouled outo to right. top of the 7th, runner on second, 2 out > Shima grounded out.
Marines: bottom of the 1st, runner on second, 1 out > Iguchi flied out, runner to third, Ohmatsu walked, runners on first and third, Agbayani struck out; bottom of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > T. Hashimoto struck out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and third, 1 out > M. Tanaka flied out and Iguchi struck out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Iguchi struck out; bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, no out > Kobe fouled out to third, Hayasaka flied out to left, and T. Hashimoto struck out.
The Marines outhit the Eagles, 10-5. ... Seguignol left the game in the bottom of the 3rd after it was found that he wasn't feeling well and was running a fever. He was immediately taken to the hospital for testing. ... Imae (leg), Saburo, and Satozaki (stomach) were not in the starting line-up.
Eagles: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 11 LOB, 1 DP
|Fujiwara, Hiromichi||11||2||4||0||6 2/3||108||28||26||8||1||8||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||4.253|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi W||11||2||1||1||1||28||7||5||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.659|
|Arime, Kanehisa H||42||0||2||2||1/3||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.339|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||21||5||0||6||1||14||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.976|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Watanabe, Shunsuke L||18||2||11||0||7 0/3||121||28||25||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||0||2||2||4.352|
Time: 3h 37m
(Lions lead series, 12-7-0)
Mamoru Kishida tossed a 3-hit shut-out over the Seibu Lions and picked up his 7th win of the year. He retired 17 straight batters at one point and really never ran into any problem.
Kazuyuki Hoashi didn't pitch that poorly either, except for the 1st inning in which he allowed a run: Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-4, R) led off with a single and was bunted over to second; Jose Fernandez (1-for-4) drove Sakaguchi home with a single; Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-3) followed with another single; Shinji Shimoyama (0-for-3) struck out and Rhodes was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Hoashi did run into some trouble in the top of the 6th and 7th innings, but otherwise tossed a solid 8 innings of work.
Buffaloes: bottom of the 1st, runner on first and third, 2 out > Shimoyama struck out; bottom of the 6th, runners on second and third, 2 out > Rhodes flied out; bottom of the 7th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Abe struck out.
The Buffaloes outhit the Lions, 6-3. ... The Lions were shut-out for the third straight game. ... Rhodes collected his 1,900th US/Japan career hit in the 4th inning.
Lions: 1 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 5 LOB, 2 DP
|Hoashi, Kazuyuki L||20||5||5||0||8||115||30||27||6||0||8||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||4.035|
|Kishida, Mamoru L||13||7||2||0||9||103||28||28||3||0||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.455|
Time: 2h 16m