|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||5||11||0|
Giants lead series 16-4-0
Not a particualarly good start for Shun Tono tonight. He went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits (including a homer), a walk, and 6 strike outs. But as luck would have it, the offense got him off the hook.
The Bay Stars took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 2nd after Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-4) grounded out to short to start the inning. With 1 out: Yuta Naito (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) reached on an infield single; Takehiro Ishikawa (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) doubled a run home; Takeshi Hosoyamada (1-for-4, R) went all the way to third and Ishikawa scored from second when Alex Ramirez (LF) dropped a ball out in left for an error; and Daisuke Miura (2-for-3, RBI) drove in the third run of the inning with a single into left. The next batter, Hiroaki Ohnishi (2-for-4), singled into right to put runners on first and second, but both Kazuya Fujita (0-for-4) and Shigeru Morikasa (0-for-3, BB) struck out to end the inning.
A wild pitch by Tono in the 3rd with a runner on third and 2 out gave the Bay Stars a 4-0 lead.
The Giants finally scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the 4th on an RBI single by Yoshitomo Tani (3-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out. But the Bay Stars quickly returned the run in the top of the 5th when Naito nailed his 4th homer of the year.
Down 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th, the Giants got back-to-back solo home runs from Tani and Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) with 2 outs to pull within 2 runs of tying the game.
In the bottom of the 9th, pinch hitter Takahiro Suzuki led off the inning with a single in to center. That prompted the Bay Stars to make a move to the pen: Hiroyuki Sanada in for Kosuke Kato. But instead of keeping the Giants from scoring any runs, Sanada immediately gave up a game-tying home run to Hayato Sakamoto (3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI). A ground out and a walk later, Alex Ramirez (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) doubled in the go ahead to run to give the Giants a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Bay Stars.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Fujita struck and Morikasa struck out
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Miura struck out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Morikasa flied out and Saeki flied out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Ogasawara struck out and Ramirez flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ogasawara flied out and runner on first caught off first, double play
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ogasawara struck out
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 14-11. ... The Giants became the first team to 70 wins in the NPB this season. ... Michihiro Ogasawara struck out for the 1,000th time in his career in the first inning.
Bay Stars: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Sanada, Hiroki L||56||5||3||0||1/3||17||4||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||2.667|
|Fujita, Soichi||13||1||0||0||1 2/3||18||5||5||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.317|
|Toyoda, Kiyoshi W||38||2||2||2||1||13||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.455|
Time: 3h 35m
Dragons lead series, 14-6-0
With the bases loaded and 1 out, Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4, BB, RBI) and Scott McClain (1-for-4, BB, RBI) hit back-to-back RBI singles to give the Carp a 2-0 lead. A pitching change ensued: Daisuke Yamai relieved Yudai Kawai. Yamai did his job by retiring the next two batters without allowing another runner to score.
The Carp extended their lead in the top of the 6th: Jun Hirose (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off with a double; Tetsuya Kokubo (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) hit a ball that glanced off the second baseman's glove and not only allowed him to advance to second, but also allowed a run to score; Yoshikazu Kura (0-for-3) struck out; and Kenta Maeda (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) drove in a second run with a single into center that gave the Carp a 4-0 lead. Akihiro Higashide (1-for-4, BB, R) and Masato Akamatsu (0-for-4, HBP, R) went down in order to end the inning.
The Dragons finally managed to score a couple of runs off Maeda in the 7th: Tony Blanco (1-for-4) struck out to start the inning; Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, R, RBI) and Byung-Kyu Lee (1-for-4, R) hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second; Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-4, RBI) drove in Wada with a single into left; Tatsuro Iwasaki (2-for-3, BB) struck out; and pinch hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami singled Lee home for the second run of the inning. Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-4, BB) then walked to load the bases but Ryosuke Hirata (0-for-3) ended up striking out to end the inning.
An RBI ground out by Wada in the bottom of the 8th with runners on first and third and no out cut the Carp lead to just 1 run.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa entered the game in the bottom of the 9th to get the final 3 outs of the game. And while Nagakawa was able to get the save, he did the hard way by putting the tying and go-ahead runs on base via walks with only 1 out. But he stopped the Dragons there and got Hirata to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > McClain grounded out
3rd: bases loaded, 1 out > Hirose struck out and Kokubo grounded out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Akamatsu flied out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Shima struck out, Higashide singled, runners on first and third, Akamatsu grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Ibata flied out
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Hirata struck out
9th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hirata GIDP
Both teams collected 9 hits. ... Kawai has now lost 4 games in a row after starting the season with an 11-game winning streak. ... The Carp have now won 3 in a row.
Carp: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 8 LOB, 1 DP
|Maeda, Kenta W||23||7||12||0||7||102||29||28||8||0||6||0||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.390|
|Yokoyama, Ryuji H||55||2||7||0||1||21||5||4||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.908|
|Nagakawa, Katsuhiro S||44||2||5||27||1||17||4||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.022|
|Kawai, Yudai L||19||11||4||0||2 1/3||46||14||11||4||0||1||2||1||0||0||0||2||2||3.538|
|Yamai, Daisuke||9||0||2||1||4 2/3||63||19||17||4||0||4||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||7.043|
Time: 3h 13m
Swallows lead series 10-7-0
Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi made his last Ichi-gun start against the Yomiuri Giants on July 26th, 2008. And it showed.
In the bottom of the 2nd, he gave up back-to-back singles to Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, BB, 3 R) and Craig Brazell (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) to put runners on first and third; gave up a run on Ikuro Katsuragi's (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) double that put runners on second and third; walked Keisuke Kano (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 3 RBI) to load the bases; and allowed another run to score on a sac fly by Minoru Iwata (0-for-2, RBI). Masubuchi gave up another single to load the bases, but got out of the inning when Keiichi Hirano (0-for-4) grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Things continued to get worse for Masubuchi when he gave up a 2-run homer to Craig Brazell (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the 3rd.
The Swallows finally got on the board in the top of the 4th on an RBI single by Jamie D'Antona (1-for-3, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out. Yasushi Iihara (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) followed with a single to put runners on first and second, but Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-4, 2 RBI) struck out to end the inning.
Masubuchi's worst inning came in the top of the 5th: Takashi Toritano (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) flied out to start the inning; Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) walked and two wild pitches allowed him to advance to third; Arai walked; Brazell struck out; Katsuragi walked to load the bases; Kano cleared the bases with a double in to left; and Iwata ended the inning by striking out with a runner on second.
Down 7-2 in the top of the 6th, the Swallows put runners on first and second with 1 out; D'Antona struck out for the second out of the inning, but Iihara drove in a run with a double into left that put runners on second and third and Miyamoto followed with a bases clearing single that cut the Tigers lead to 3 runs. But in the bottom of the 6th, the Tigers pushed away: with Kosuke Matsui now on the mound for the Swallows, Hanshin took a 9-4 lead on a 2-run homer by Toritani with a runner on third and 1 out.
After scoring 3 runs in the top of the 6th, the best the Swallows could do against Tigers' pitching over the next 3 innings was put runners on first and second in the 7th with 2 out, but all Norichika Aoki (1-for-4, R) could do was ground out to second to end the inning.
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Miyamoto struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Aoki grounded out
1st: runners on first and third, 1 out > Kanemoto GIDP
2nd: bases loaded, 1 out > Hirano GIDP
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Hirano flied out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Iwata struck out
The Tigers outhit the Swallows 11-9. ... The Tigers have won 19 consecutive games since 2005 in games that Toritani has homered in. ... The Swallows have now lost 6 games in a row and are now at .500.
Swallows: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 5 LOB, 3 DP
|Masubuchi, Tatsuyoshi L||1||0||1||0||5||100||27||20||8||1||4||6||0||0||2||0||7||7||12.600|
|Iwata, Minoru W||10||4||3||0||7||124||30||30||9||0||8||0||0||0||0||0||4||4||2.675|
Time: 2h 55m
Series tied at 9-9-0
While Satoshi Nagai was far from perfect, he did hold the Lions' offense to just 2 runs over 6.2 innings of work. The problem, was the bullpen: Kanehisa Arime and Tsuyoshi Kawagishi combined to give up 5 runs in just .2 innings of work. If not for them, Nagai may have been able to get the win.
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) followed Teppei's (1-for-3, HBP, 2 R) lead-off single with his 32nd home run of the year.
In the top of the 6th, the Lions returned a run on Hiroyuki Nakajima's (3-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) 16th home run of the year. But the Eagles quickly answered back with a run of their own on a ground out RBI by Ryuji Miyade (1-for-3, RBI) with runners on first and third and 1 out.
But then things fell apart in the top of the 7th. After Nagai retired the first batter on a ground out, he gave up a single to pinch hitter Tatsuyuki Uemoto. On his 111th pitch of the night, he got Yasuyuki Kataoka (1-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI) to foul out to first and the Eagles dipped into the pen and brought in Arime to face Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-5, R). But instead of getting him out, he gave up a single that put runners on first and second. Exit Arime and enter Kawagishi. He does no better by giving up an RBI single to Nakajima, a game-tying RBI single to Taketoshi Goto (3-for-4, BB, 3B, RBI) and a go-ahead RBI single to Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-5, RBI) before finally retiring Tomoaki Sato (1-for-2) on fly out to right.
Kataoka's 12th homer of the year with runners on first and third and 1 out in the top of the 8th gave the Lions a 7-3 lead.
Meanwhile, after scratching together a run in the 6th, the Eagles offense couldn't get much of anything going. Over the final 3 innings, the Lions held the Eagles to no hits and 2 walks (and also got help from a caught stealing in the 7th and a GIDP with a runner on first that ended the game in the 9th).
1st: bases loaded, 2 out > Ohsaki grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Y. Ishii GIDP
6th: runner on second, no out > Y. Ishii fouled out to third, Ohsaki struck out, and Bocachica flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sato flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Goto GIDP
9th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hara GIDP
2nd: bases loaded, 1 out > Nakatani GIDP
3rd: runner on third, no out > Linden struck out and N. Watanabe lined into a double play
5th: runner second, 1 out > Linden grounded out, runner to third, N. Watanabe grounded out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Kusano flied out
The Lions outhit the Eagles, 15-5. ... The Eagles winning streak ended at 5 games. ... Yamasaki is now 1 home run away from tying the mark for the most home runs by a player over 40, currently held by Hiromitsu Kadota with 33 at the age of 41.
Lions: 10 LOB, 3 DP
Eagles: 4 LOB, 3 DP
|Ishii, Kazuhisa W||19||7||8||0||6||102||25||21||5||1||2||3||1||0||0||0||3||3||4.263|
|Fujita, Taiyo H||15||1||0||1||1 1/3||17||4||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.512|
|Ohnuma, Koji||43||3||5||1||1 1/3||18||4||3||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.140|
|Nagai, Satoshi||21||9||6||0||6 2/3||111||28||25||6||1||7||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.731|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi L||13||2||2||1||2/3||23||8||8||6||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4||4||2.813|
Time: 3h 23m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||10||1|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||7||1|
Fighters lead the series 16-3-0
Brian Sweeney tossed 7 innings of shut-out ball after being added to the active roster earlier in the day.
The Fighters took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd when Makoto Kaneko (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) hit a 2-out double with the bases loaded. The Fighters made it 3-0 in the top of the 3rd on an RBI single by Eichi Koyano (2-for-4, R, RBI) with runners on first and second and 2 out. After that, Hiroyuki Kobayashi shut down the Fighters' offense until the top of the 8th when the first two batters of the inning reached on consecutive singles. Yoshihiro Ito relieved Kobayashi at that point and got pinch hitter Tomochika Tsuboi to ground out to short and Kaneko to fly out to second after intentionally walking Yoshio Itoi (2-for-3, IBB) to load the bases with 1 out.
On the other side of the diamond, the Marines could not score a run with Sweeney on the mound but did manage to push a run across the plate in he bottom of the 8th when Yoshinori Tateyama took over for the Fighters: Tomoya Satozaki (2-for-4, 2B, R) led off with a double; pinch hitter Daisuke Hayakawa lined out to short; Tsuyoshi Nishioka (0-for-4) grounded out to first, runner to third; pinch hitter Saburo doubled Satozaki home to make it 3-1; and Tasuku Hashimoto (0-for-4) grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Marines made things interesting in the bottom of the 9th with the Fighters' closer, Hisashi Takeda, on the mound. After Takeda retired the first two batters of the inning, he gave up a single to Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-4) and walked Tadahito Iguchi (0-for-3, BB) to put the tying run on first. Satozaki then stepped to the plate and ended the game with a grounder back to the mound.
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Tanaka grounded out
3rd: bases loaded, 2 out > Ohno struck out
8th: bases loaded, 1 out > Tsuboi grounded out, bases still loaded, M. Kaneko flied out
9th: runnner on first and second, 1 out > Inada grounded out, runners on first and third, Sledge walked to load the bases, Koyano struck out
5th: runner on second, no out > Iguchi grounded out, runner to third, Satozaki grounder to short, runner on third thrown out at home, runner on first, and Kobe struck out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > T. Hashimoto grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Satozaki grounded out
The Fighters outhit the Marines, 10-7. ... Kobayashi matched his career high in losses for a season with 12.
Fighters: 12 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Sweeney, Brian W||16||4||5||0||7||99||25||25||4||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.440|
|Tateyama, Yoshinori H||41||3||5||0||1||25||5||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.375|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||45||1||0||29||1||13||5||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.370|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Kobayashi, Hiroyuki L||22||3||12||0||7 0/3||114||32||31||10||0||10||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||4.487|
Time: 3h 0m
Buffaloes lead series 10-9-0
The Buffaloes took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-4, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out in the top of the 1st. But the Hawks quickly responded in the bottom of the inning: Yuichi Honda (2-for-5, R) led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher; Munenori Kawasaki's (1-for-3, BB) sac bunt moved Honda to third; Jose Ortiz (0-for-3, BB, 2 R) hit a grounder to third, and with the runner going, Jose Fernandez (3B) fielded and fired the ball back home, but his throw was bad and it allowed the tying run to score and Ortiz advanced to second; Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, BB, RBI) followed with an RBI single into right that gave the Hawks a 2-1. Two walks later, the bases were loaded but the Hawks could not take advantage as Yuya Hasegawa (0-for-4) hit into a force at home and Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) struck out.
The score would remain 2-1 until the bottom of the 6th when Tanoue led off the inning with his 19th home run of the year. A 2-run homer by Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI), followed by a solo homer by Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, RBI) in the bottom of the 7th made it 6-1.
After the 1-run first, the Buffaloes offense was completely shut down by Hideaki Takahashi: he retired 14 straight batters (last out of the 1st and first out of the 6th) before walking Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-3, BB, R) in the 6th. A stolen base, a ground out, and another walk later, with runners on first and third, Takahashi's night came to an end with Makoto Sato entering the game and retiring the next batter on a fly out to right to end the inning.
It wasn't a save situation, but the Hawks brought in Takahiro Mahara in the top of the 9th. Mahara gave up a 1 out single to Fernandez (2-for-4) before retiring the last two batters of the game in order.
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Abe grounded out, runner to third, Cabrera walked, runners on first and third, Rhodes flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Cabrera struck out
9th: runner on third, 2 out > Hidaka flied out
1st: bases loaded, 1 out > Hasegawa grounded out, bases still loaded, Tanoue struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, no out > Kawasaki fouled out with a bunt, Ortiz grounded out, runners on first and second, Kokubo walked to load the bases, and Matsunaka flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Ortiz grounded out
8th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Kokubo flied out and Matsunaka flied out
The Hawks outhit the Buffaloes, 9-6. ... Takahashi picked up his first win as a starter since his rookie year in 2005. The win was Takashi's 4th in his career. ... Matsunaka's knees are still bothering him, but he made his second straight start as the DH.
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 11 LOB, 0 DP
|Kondo, Kazuki L||19||7||9||0||6 1/3||134||33||26||8||3||4||6||0||1||0||0||6||4||5.589|
|Takahashi, Hideaki W||9||2||3||0||5 2/3||86||21||19||2||0||7||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||4.750|
|Sato, Makoto H||20||1||1||0||1/3||6||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.052|
Time: 3h 6m