Dragons lead series 14-7-0
Kan Ohtake held the Dragons to just 1 run (earned) on 7 hits, a walk, and 7 strike outs. Over the first 6 innings, he only allowed one runner to get past second and held the middle of the order (Morino, Blanco, Wada) to a combined 1-for-7.
The Dragons finally managed to touch Ohtake for a run in the bottom of the 7th: after Tony Blanco (0-for-4, 3 K) struck out to start the inning, Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, 2B, R) followed with a double into right and moved over to third on a single by Tomas De La Rosa (1-for-4); Masaaki Koike (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) then drove Wada in from third on an infield single that put runners on first and second; the inning ended with Keiji Oyama (0-for-1) grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
There was another mini rally in the bottom of the 8th with runners on first and third and 2 out, but Ohtake struck out Blanco to end the inning.
On the other side of the diamond, Kazuki Yoshimi was having a tough time getting outs: he surrendered 12 hits and a walk in just 5 innings of work.
In the top of the 4th, with the bases loaded and 2 out, the Carp offense struck: Yoshikazu Kura (2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a double; Ohtake (1-for-4, R, RBI) drove in Kura with single; Akihiro Higashide (3-for-5, R) singled to put runners on first and second; and while Masafumi Suenaga (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double, he was also thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
The Carp scored 2 more in the top of the 5th after Andy Phillips (1-for-4, 2 R) opened the inning with a single and Kenta Kurihara (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R) followed with a double that put runners on second and third. Scott McClain (2-for-4, RBI) hit a single into left that made it 7-0 and 1 out later, Tetsuya Kokubo (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) drove in the second run of the inning with an infield single. The inning came to an end with Kura grounding into a double play.
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kura GIDP
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ohtake struck out and Higashide grounded out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Kurihara flied out, McClain walked, runners on first and second, and Amaya struck out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Tanishige flied out, runner to third, pinch hitter Inoue flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Koyama GIDP
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Morino grounded out, runners on first and third, and Blanco struck out
The Carp outhit the Dragons, 15-7. ... The Carp swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Dragons 18-7. ... Ohtake is 2 wins away from winning his 10th game of the season. That would match a career high he set back in 2005. ... The Carp have now won 4 games in a row. ... It was a fielding error by Masahiko Morino (3B) that started the top of the 4th for the Carp. That led to a single that put runners on first and second, a stolen base that put runners on first and third, a fly out, a strike out, and a walk to load the bases. If not for the error, the inning would have ended rather harmlessly.
Carp: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 6 LOB, 1 DP
|Ohtake, Kan W||23||8||6||0||9||128||34||33||7||0||7||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.855|
|Yoshimi, Kazuki L||22||13||6||0||5||88||26||25||12||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||8||2||1.841|
Time: 2h 55m
Swallows lead series 11-7-0
This was a must win game for the Swallows and Masanori Ishikawa came through with a big win: a 2-run, complete game victory.
The Swallows scored first in the top of the 4th on a sac fly by Keizo Kawashima (0-for-2, BB, RBI) with the bases loaded and 1 out. With runners on first and third, Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-3, BB, RBI) struck out to end the inning.
The Tigers returned the run in the bottom of the inning when Keisuke Kano (2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) grounded out to short with the bases loaded and 1 out and scored Takahiro Arai (1-for-4, R) from third. But the Swallows came right back and scored the go ahead run in the top of the 5th on an RBI single by Norichika Aoki (1-for-5, RBI) with a runner on third and 2 out.
Leading off in the top of the 6th, Aaron Guiel (2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) hit his 22nd home run of the year to give the Swallows a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the 8th, the Swallows extended their lead by another run when Hirotaka Egusa walked Aikawa with the bases loaded and 2 out. The Tigers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Kano with a runner on third and 2 out.
Hanshin made things interesting against Ishikawa in the bottom of the 9th when Norihiro Akahoshi (3-for-5) and Keiichi Hirano (2-for-4) led off the inning with singles. But Ishikawa bored down and got Takashi Toritani (0-for-5) to hit into a 3-6 double play and retired Kanemoto on a ground out to second to end the game.
4th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Aikawa struck out
8th: bases loaded, 2 out > Ishikawa struck out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Toritani grounded out, runner to third, and Kanemoto flied out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kubo grounded out
4th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Kubo struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Arai flied out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > Toritani GIDP and Kanemoto grounded out
The Tigers outhit the Swallows 11-7. ... The Tigers won the series (2-1) and outscored the Swallows 17-9. ... This was Ishikawa's first complete game of the year.
Swallows: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 11 LOB, 1 DP
|Ishikawa, Masanori W||23||10||6||0||9||134||40||36||11||0||4||3||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.418|
|Kubo, Yasutomo L||20||7||7||0||6||98||26||22||6||1||3||1||1||1||0||0||3||3||3.534|
Time: 3h 11m
Lions lead series 10-9-0
The Eagles must have liked their chances with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound tonight, but unfortunately 2 bad pitches ruined his night. The disappearing act by the Eagles' offense didn't help things either: Kazuyuki Hoashi tossed a 5-hit, complete game shut and only once allowed a runner on second -- that on a double by Naoto Watanabe (1-for-4, 2B) in the top of the 6 with 2 outs.
Tanaka's first bad pitch came in the top of the 4th: after retiring Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-5, HR, 3B, R, 2 RBI) on a ground out to third, he surrendered a single to Taketoshi Goto (1-for-4) and got Yoshihito Ishii to hit into a force at second. With 2 out and a runner on first, Tanaka surrendered a 2-run homer to G.G. Sato (2-for-2, HBP, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) that gave the Lions a 2-0 lead.
Tanaka's second bad pitch came in the top of the 6th: he gave up a lead-off home run to Nakajima after retiring him in his previous 2 at-bats on a fly out and a ground out.
The Lions scored their fourth and final run off Tanaka in the top of the 7th when Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-5, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double, advanced to third on a ground out, and came around to score on a triple by Nakajima.
Tanaka ran into some more trouble in the top of the 8th after hitting G.G. Sato and walking Takuya Hara (1-for-3, BB), but he managed to work himself out of the inning without giving up any more runs.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hara struck out and Bocachica struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Kuriyama flied out
6th: runner on first and second, 2 out > Bocachica struck out
7th: runner on third, 2 out > Goto grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Bocachica grounded out, runners on second and third, Hosokawa grounded out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Kusano flied out
The Lions outhit the Eagles, 8-5. ... The Lions won the series (2-1) and outscored the Eagles 13-6.
Lions: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 4 LOB, 2 DP
|Hoashi, Kazuyuki W||21||6||5||0||9||135||31||30||5||0||9||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.759|
|Tanaka, Masahiro L||21||12||5||1||7||114||31||29||8||2||9||2||0||0||0||0||4||4||1.905|
Time: 3h 1m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||6||1|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||X||7||12||0|
Fighters lead the series 16-4-0
Yoshihisa Naruse struck out 13 Fighters and gave up 1 run on 6 hits, 3 walks, and an HBP in a complete game victory. The one run Naruse surrendered came in the top of the 5th on Shota Ohno's (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) 3rd home run of the year.
On offense, scored more than enough runs to help Naruse record his 5th win of the season.
In the bottom of the 1st took the lead on an RBI double by Saburo (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R, RBI) with a runner on first and 1 out. A ground out and a walk later, with runners on first and third, Benny Agbayani (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double into center that gave the Marines a 3-0 lead.
An RBI single by Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-5, 2 RBI) with runners on first and second and 2 out, followed by a wild pitch with runners on first and third, gave the Marines a 5-0 lead in just the 2nd inning.
Kazuhito Tadano's second wild pitch of the game in the bottom of the 3rd with runners on first and third and 1 out made it 6-0.
The Marines scored their seventh and final run in the bottom of the 8th when Ohmatsu hit a single into center with runners on first and third and 2 out.
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Morimoto struck out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Nioka struck out
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Satozaki struck out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Imae grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Nishioka flied out and Iguchi struck out
6th: bases loaded, 1 out > Imae GIDP
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Imae grounded out
The Marines outhit the Fighters, 12-6. ... The Marines won the series (2-1) and outscored the Fighters 17-6. ... This was Naruse's first complete game victory since April of 2008.
Fighters: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Tadano, Kazuhito L||11||5||4||0||5||100||27||23||8||0||4||4||0||0||2||0||6||6||5.400|
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Naruse, Yoshihisa W||19||8||5||0||
Time: 3h 0m
Series tied at 10-10-0
Koji Yamasaki (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) hit a 1-out single, stole second, and scored on Takahiro Okada's (1-for-4, R, RBI, 3 K) single into right to give the Buffaloes a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. An out later, Jose Ortiz (LF) dropped a fly ball hit by Tomotaka Sakaguchi (0-for-5, 2 K) that allowed Okada to score and put Sakaguchi on second. Another run would have been nice, but Masahiro Abe (1-for-4) ended the inning by flying out to first.
In the top of the 3rd, Yamasaki extended the Buffaloes' lead with an RBI single into center with runners on first and second and 2 out.
One swing of the bat in the bottom of the 4th tied the game for the Hawks: with runners on first and second and 2 out, Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed his 20th home run of the year.
The Hawks took the lead on a manufactured run in the bottom of the 5th: Yuichi Honda (2-for-3, BB, R) led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a bunt, and scored on a sac fly by Ortiz (0-for-3, RBI).
Meanwhile, the Buffaloes' offense was completely shut down by the Hawks' bullpen after Keiji Ohtonari was lifted after the 3rd: Shota Ohba and Tadashi Settsu combined for 5 innings of 1 hit ball and struck out 8 batters.
And after walking the first batter of the inning in the top of the 9th, Takahiro Mahara struck out the next three batters to close out the game for his 28th save of the year.
An unfortunate loss for Masaki Ihara: after getting into and out of trouble in the first and second innings, it all caught up to him in the 4th when he surrendered a 3-run homer. It's what can happen when you keep putting runners on base.
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Rhodes struck out and Fernandez struck
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Abe flied out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Okada struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Shimoyama struck out
9th: runner on second, no out > Okada struck out, Hidaka struck out, and Sakaguchi struck out
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Ortiz flied out and Kokubo flied out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Morimoto flied out
6th: runners on first and second, no out > Hasegawa grounded out, runners on first and third, Tanoue GIDP
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Kawasaki grounded out, runner to third, Ortiz grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tanoue grounded out
The Hawks outhit the Buffaloes, 8-5. ... The Hawks won the series (2-1) and outscored the Buffaloes 12-11. ... Ohba picked up his first win since May 2008. ... 16 (!) Buffaloes struck out in tonight's game.
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 7 LOB, 1 DP
|Ihara, Masaki L||2||0||2||0||4 1/3||77||20||14||3||1||2||3||1||2||1||0||4||4||9.391|
|Ohba, Shota W||18||1||3||0||4||50||13||13||1||0||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.247|
|Settsu, Tadashi H||58||4||2||0||1||17||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.547|
|Mahara, Takahiro S||43||3||1||28||1||22||4||3||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.971|
Time: 3h 31m