Chunich Dragons @ Yakult Swallows called after 2 innings.
(Swallows lead series, 12-8-0)
The Dragons swept the series (2-0) and outscored the Swallows, 12-8.
Hiroshima Carp @ Yokohama Bay Stars called after 2 innings.
(Bay Stars lead series, 10-9-0)
The series ended in a tie and the Carp outscored the Bay Stars, 12-7.
(Giants lead series, 10-9-2)
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on Takashi Toritani's (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI) 13th homer run of the year. A fielding error by Keiichi Hirano (2B) in the bottom of the 2nd allowed Giants' hitter Yoshitomo Tani (1-for-4, R) to reach first with no outs. A single by Abe Shinnosuke (1-for-4) moved Tani to third and a ground out by Ryota Wakiya (0-for-4, RBI) allowed him to cross the plate, tying the game at 1.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Tigers re-took the lead after Hirano (2-for-4, R) singled with 2 outs, stole second, and a walk later, scored on a single into center by Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI). The Tigers scored their third run of the game in the bottom of the 8th on a sac fly by Takahiro Arai (0-for-3, RBI) with a runner on third and 1 out.
Kyuji Fujikawa entered the game in the top of the 9th and retired the Giants in order for his 17th save of the year.
Giants: top of the 1st, runners on first and second, 2 out > Kamei grounded out; top of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Sakamoto grounded out; top of the 5th, runners on first and second, 1 out > T. Kimura fouled out to right, runners on first and third, and Ogasawara struck out; top of the 6th, runners on first and second, 1 out > Abe flied out, runners on first and third, Wakiya struck out.
Tigers: bottom of the 2nd, runners on first and second, 2 out > Asai struck out; bottom of the 3rd, runners on first and second, 1 out > Arai GIDP; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and third, 2 out > Arai flied out; bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > Hiyama flied out.
Both teams collected 7 hits. ... The Tigers won the series (2-1) and outscored the Giants 13-9. ... Ramirez's single in the first inning gave him 8 consecutive seasons of 150+ hits, a new NPB record.
Giants: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 9 LOB, 1 DP
|Takahashi, Hisanori L||20||5||6||0||6||104||26||22||5||1||5||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.210|
|Kimura, Shota||17||0||0||0||1 2/3||34||9||6||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.842|
|Shimoyanagi, Tsuyoshi W||19||7||8||0||6||95||26||24||7||0||5||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||3.522|
|Atchison, Scott H||56||5||2||0||2||21||6||6||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.791|
|Fujikawa, Kyuji S||36||4||3||17||1||13||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.549|
Time: 3h 6m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||1|
(Hawks lead series 11-9-0)
For the first three innings, neither starting pitcher allowed a runner to get passed first. But that changed for both sides in the 4th.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the top of the 4th on an RBI single by Jose Ortiz (2-for-4, RBI) with a runner on third and 1 out. The Fighters quickly answered back in the bottom of the inning: Atsunori Inaba (2-for-5, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double; Shinji Takahashi (0-for-3, BB, R) walked to put runners on first and third; and Terrmel Sledge (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double that gave the Fighters a 2-0 lead. The Fighters could have done some more damage in this inning after Eiichi Koyano (2-for-2) followed with a single to left that put runners on first and third and no out, but the next three batters struck out to end the inning (Koyana also managed to steal second with 2 outs).
The Fighters also had the making of a big inning in the bottom of the 5th after Sledge singled and Koyano reach on an error, putting runners on first and second. But Tomohiro Nioka (0-for-4) was called out on offensive interference when he tried to lay down a sac bunt. That ruined the flow of the inning: Shinya Tsuruoka (0-for-3) flied out; M. Kaneko walked to load the bases, but with 2 outs, the inning ended with Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-3) flying out to third.
In the top of the 8th, the Hawks offense took the lead on two sac flies hit by Yuichi Honda (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) and Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-3, RBI). But the Hawks could have scored more in the inning. When Tamura hit his sac fly, the bases were juiced with only 1 out. The bases were re-loaded again after Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-4) followed Tamura's sac fly with an infield single, but Hidenori Tanoue (0-for-3) ended the inning by striking out.
Takahiro Mahara entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and retired the Fighters in order for his 27th save of the year.
Hawks: top of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Honda grounded out; top of the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out > Tanoue struck out.
Fighters: bottom of the 4th, runners on first and third, no out > Nioka struck out, Tsuruoka struck out, and M. Kaneko struck out; bottom of the 6th, runners on first and second, no out > Nioka offensive interference on sac bunt, Tsuruoka flied out, M. Kaneko walked to load bases, Tanaka flied out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > M. Kaneko struck out. It was just the second time Nashida has ever been throw out of a game (including his career as a player).
Hawks outhit the Fighters, 10-8. ... The Fighters won the series (2-1) and outscored the Hawks, 10-7. ... Masataka Nashida was ejected from the game for delaying the game while arguing Nioka's offensive interference call. ... Koyano was taken out of the game in the top of the 8th after a throw from center hit him above the right eye. ... The Hawks ended a 4-game slide. ... The Fighters' 4-game winning streak came to an end.
Hawks: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 10 LOB, 0 DP
|Sugiuchi, Toshiya W||21||13||3||0||7||113||32||29||7||0||10||2||0||1||1||0||2||2||2.449|
|Settsu, Tadashi H||56||4||2||0||1||18||4||4||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.597|
|Mahara, Takahiro S||41||3||1||27||1||13||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.061|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Kikuchi, Kazumasa H||46||4||2||0||1||14||4||4||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.981|
|Miyanishi, Naoki L||44||7||1||0||1/3||9||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||2.150|
Time: 3h 26m
Rakuten Eagles @ Chiba Lotte Marines canceled due to rain.
(Marines lead series, 10-9-0)
The Eagles swept the series (2-0) and outscored the Marines, 7-5.
(Lions lead series, 13-8-0)
Takahiro Okada's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 2nd gave the Buffaloes a 1-0 lead. And for a while, it appeared as though that lead might hold up -- the Lions had a couple of chances to score over the first 4 innings but kept coming up empty. But in the top of the 5th, the Lions finally came through with a run and tied the game on a sac fly by Taketoshi Goto (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) with runners on first and third an no out.
The Lions took the lead in the top of the 6th on Hiram Bocachica's (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) 13th homer of the year. An RBI double by Goto in the top of the 7th with a runner on first and no out gave the Lions a 3-1 lead. And in the top of the 9th, Seibu scored 3 more runs on an RBI single by Goto with runners on first and third and 1 out, and a 2-run double by Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-4, BB, 2 2B, 2 RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out.
The Buffaloes scored their second and final run in the bottom of the 9th on an RBI double by Hirotoshi Kitagawa (2-for-2, 2B, RBI) with a runner on first and 2 out. Tomotaka Sakaguchi (1-for-4, BB) struck out for the final out of the game.
Lions: top of the 1st, runners on first and third, 2 out > Kuriyama grounded out; top of the 2nd, runner on second, 2 out > Ginjiro struck out; top of the 4th, runners on first and second > Kataoka flied out; Ginjiro walked to load the bases, Nakajima struck out; top of the 7th, runner on second, no out > Kuriyama grounded out, runner to third, Sato grounded out, runner on third tagged by catcher in run-down between home and third, Sato to second, wild pitch moved runner to third, and Bocachica flied out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 1 out > Rhodes grounded out, runner to third, pinch-hitter Ohmura flied out.
Buffaloes: bottom of the 3rd, runner on second, 1 out > Fernandez flied out, runner to third, Rhodes walked, Shimoyama walked, Hidaka struck out; bottom of the 5th, runners on first and second, 2 out > Fernandez grounded out; top of the 8th, runner on third, 1 out > Nakajima struck out and pinch-hitter Miura grounded out; bottom of the 8th, runner on second, 2 out > Sakaguchi struck out.
The Lions outhit the Buffaloes, 13-6. ... The Buffaloes won the series (2-1) and were outscored by the Lions, 8-6. ... The Lions stopped a 4-game losing streak.
Lions: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 0 DP
|Nogami, Ryoma W||21||3||4||1||7||108||28||24||4||1||4||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.828|
|Nishiguchi, Fumiya H||20||3||3||0||1/3||6||2||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.043|
|Hoshino, Tomoki H||52||1||1||0||1/3||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.264|
|Bayliss, Jonah H||9||0||0||0||1/3||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.421|
|Nishikawa, Masato L||2||0||1||0||1||11||5||5||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.000|
|Kikuchihara, Tsuyoshi||37||0||3||0||1 1/3||24||7||7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||3||5.063|
Time: 3h 25m