Giants lead series 12-4-1
The Swallowed score a run in the top of the 2nd on an RBI double by Shinya Miyamoto (2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) with a runner on first and 1 out. An RBI single by Norichika Aoki (2-for-6, RBI, K) with a runner on second and 2 out in the top of the 3rd gave the Swallows a 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Yuki Tanaka was doing a pretty good job of keeping the Giants off the board. It wasn't until the bottom of the 6th that he finally allowed a run to score on a solo homer by Michihiro Ogasawara (3-for-6, 2 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, 3 K).
In the top of the 7th, the Swallows loaded the bases on a single, a sac bunt, a walk, a strikeout, and another walk. That knocked Seth Greisinger out of the game and the Giants turned to Tetsuya Yamaguchi to get the final out of the inning. But a fielding error by Yamaguchi on a comebacker to the mound, hit by Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-5, BB, R, K), allowed everyone to advance a base safely and gave the Swallows a 3-0 lead. Yamaguchi retired the next batter and avoided giving up any more runs.
Yuki was taken out of the game in the bottom of the 7th, set to win the game, and the Swallows' bullpen went to work. But without either Ryota Igarashi and Chang-Yong Lim, the Swallows struggled. In the bottom of the 9th, the Giants put managed to runners on second and third with only 1 out. Tetsuya Matsumoto (2-for-4, BB, 2 2B, RBI) drove in a run with a ground out to second, leaving a runner on third, and Ogaswara drove in the tying run on a single into right.
The game went into extra inning with the score tied at three. Aside from the Giants going down in order in the bottom of the 12th, every inning saw at least 1 runner get on base. The Giants even managed to load the bases in the bottom of the 10th with 2 outs, but Takahiro Suzuki (0-for-1, R) grounded out to end the inning.
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Aoki flied out and runner on second caught off base, double play
2nd: runners on first and third, 1 out > Aikawa flied out and Yuki struck out
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Tanaka flied out
8th: bases loaded 1 out > K. Kawashima grounded out, bases remained loaded, Aikawa grounded out
10th: runner on second, 1 out > Guiel struck out and Miyamoto flied out
12th: runner on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Yuichi struck out
1st: runners on second and third, 1 out > Ramirez flied out and Kamei grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Ogasawara struck out
8th: bases loaded, 1 out > pinch hitter Ohmichi struck out and Wakiya struck out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Ramirez grounded out
10th: runners on first and second, 1 out > T. Kimura fouled out to left, Tani IBB, bases loaded, Suzuki grounded out
11th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Kudo struck out, Kamei IBB, and Furuki struck out
The Giants outhit the Swallows, 14-10. ... When Ken Kato was hit in the head by a pitch in the 11th inning, neither Abe nor Tsuruoka were still in the game. So for the first time since July 6th, 1999. T. Kimura suited up and was the catcher for the Giants in the 12th. ... Hiromitsu Takagi was thrown out of the game for hitting Kato in the head. ... At 5h and 27m, this was the longest CL game this season.
Swallows: 12 LOB, 3 DP
Giants: 15 LOB, 1 DP
|Matsui, Kosuke H||7||0||0||0||1||11||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.154|
|Lee, Hye-Chun H||29||1||0||0||1/3||21||4||3||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.536|
|Matsuoka, Kenichi||47||5||1||0||1 2/3||34||8||8||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||2||3.353|
|Takagi, Hiromitsu H||5||0||0||0||1 0/3||29||7||4||1||0||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.125|
|Kamada, Yuya H||7||0||1||0||1||19||4||3||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.000|
|Greisinger, Seth||23||12||5||0||6 2/3||111||27||20||6||0||5||4||0||3||0||0||3||2||3.285|
|Kroon, Marc H||39||1||2||21||2||34||8||7||2||0||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.500|
|Toyoda, Kiyoshi H||39||2||2||2||1/3||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.430|
|Fujita, Soichi H||14||1||0||0||1/3||12||3||2||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.286|
Time: 5h 27m
Tigers lead series 10-8
Atsushi Noumi tossed 7.1 innings of 5-hit, shut-out ball. He retired the side in order 3 times and allowed a base runner to reach second in 4 different innings (twice with 2 outs). Kyuji Fujikawa entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with runners on first and second and only 1 out. He struck out Masato Akamatsu (0-for-3, 2 K) before walking Andy Phillips (0-for-3, BB, K) to load the bases. But Fujikawa had his stuff tonight and struck out Kenta Kurihara (0-for-4, K) to end the inning and the threat.
In the bottom of the 9th, Fujikawa retired the Carp in order, striking out the first two batters of the inning and getting the third to ground out to third for the final out of the inning.
Colby Lewis tossed a fairly solid game himself, except that he surrendered what ended up being 2 very big runs in the top of the 1st inning: with 1 out, Lewis gave up a single to Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4, R, K); retired Takashi Toritani (0-for-3, BB, K) on a fly ball to center; walked Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-3, BB, R); and gave up an infield single to Takahiro Arai (2-for-4) to load the bases; Craig Brazell's (3-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) single into right then gave the Tiger a 2-0 lead that would stick until the end of the game.
1st: runner on first and third, 2 out > Katsuragi struck out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Hirano grounded out
3rd: runner on first and second, 2 out > Katsuragi fouled out to third
8th: runner on first and second, 1 out > double steal, lead runner caught, trailing runner safe at second, Brazell walked, runners on first and second, Katsuragi grounded out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Phillips struck out and Kurihara flied out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Ishihara grounded out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Kokubo grounded
8th: runner on first and second, 1 out > Akamatsu struck out, Phillips walked to load the bases, Kurihara struck out
The Tigers outhit the Carp, 7-5. ...The Carps' 4-game winning streak came to an end.
Tigers: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 7 LOB, 0 DP
|Noumi, Atsushi W||23||9||8||0||7 1/3||103||28||26||5||0||8||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.680|
|Fujikawa, Kyuji S||38||4||3||18||1 2/3||20||6||5||0||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.454|
|Lewis, Colby L||23||8||7||0||6||104||26||25||6||0||6||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.080|
Time: 2h 55m
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||2||0||0||0||6||1||0||9||7||1|
Series tied at 9-9-0
The Eagles scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd on back-to-back RBI singles by Naoto Watanabe (2-for-5, RBI) and Yosuke Takasu (3-for-4, HBP, 2 2B,RBI) with 2 out. Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, K) ended the inning with a fly out to left and stranded runners on second and third.
The Fighters quickly answered back in the top of the 3rd: with 1 out, Makoto Kaneko (2-for-2, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) nailed his 11th home run of the year; Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-3, HBP, 2B, 3 R, K) followed with a double to left; and Hichori Morimoto (1-for-4, BB, RBI) drove in the game-tying run with a double into right. Two walks later, with the bases loaded and no out, Eagles' starter Hiromichi Fujiwara retired both Terrmel Sledge (1-fo-5, HR, R, 4 RBI, K) and Eiichi Koyano (0-for-4, BB) to end the inning.
After throwing 116 pitches through 6, the Eagles brought in Tsuyoshi Kawagishi to relieve Fujiwara in the top of the 7th. This move, along with a fielder's choice that didn't result in any outs, would quickly come back to haunt the Eagles.
Shota Ohno (1-for-3, 2B) led off the 7th with a double. Kaneko followed with a bunt that Motohiro Shima (C) fielded; but instead of getting the sure out at first, Shima threw over to third: not in time and everyone was safe. That ended Kawagishi's night and Kanehisa Arime stepped in from the bullpen. But he would do no better, hitting Tanaka to the load the bases before finally recording the first out of the inning on a grounder to short. With the bases loaded, Arime forced two runs across the plate with consecutive walks to Atsunori Inaba (9-for-3, 2 BB, R, RBI, K) AND Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, 2 BB, R, 2 RBI). That set the stage for Sledge's 19th home run of the year: a grand slam that gave the Fighters a 8-2 lead.
Another run in the top of the 8th on an RBI single by Takahashi with runners on first and second and 2 out gave the Fighters their 9-2 lead.
3rd: bases loaded, 1 out > Sledge flied out nand Koyano flid out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Konta struck out
8th: runner on first and second, 2 out > Slegde struck out
1st: runneron second, 1 out > Kusano struck out, T. Yamasaki walked, runners on first and second, Seguignol struck out
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Kusano flied out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Makida grounded out
5th: bases loaded, 1 out > Miyade GIDP
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > N. Watanabe grounded out, runners on first and third, Takasu HBP, bases loaded, Kusano fouled outo the catcher
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Takasu grounded out
The Eagles outhit the Fighters, 12-7. ... The Eagles have dropped three games in a row.
Fighters: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 12 LOB, 3 DP
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Fujii, Shugo||17||6||4||0||5 1/3||93||27||22||9||0||3||3||1||1||0||0||2||2||3.310|
|Kikuchi, Kazumasa W||47||5||2||0||1 2/3||25||6||5||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.887|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi L||14||2||3||1||0/3||10||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.938|
|Koyama, Shinichiro||47||1||3||2||1 2/3||47||9||6||1||0||2||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.310|
Time: 3h 53m
|Chiba Lotter Marines||0||0||0||0||1||2||1||0||0||4||11||2|
Buffaloes lead series, 14-5.
Rough night for Naoyuki Shimizu -- he gave up 10 runs (8 earned) on 10 hits, a walk, and 3 strike outs over 2.2 innings of work.
A 2-run homer by Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the 1st gave the Buffaloes a quick 2-0 lead. A fielding error in the bottom of the second by Shoitsu Ohmatsu (RF) allowed runners to advance to second and third. A throwing error by Ohmatsu after catching a foul fly allowed the Buffaloes to take a 3-0 lead. And an RBI single by Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) with a runner on third and 2 out made it 4-0 after 2.
But those two innings would pale in comparison to what was about to happen in the bottom of the 3rd. After Masahiro Abe (2-for-4, BB, R, K) struck out to start the inning, Alex Cabrera (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, K) and Rhodes reached on singles that put runners on first and third. Jose Fernandez (1-for-4, R, RBI, K) drove in Cabrera from third with a single into left, runners on first and third. Takeshi Hidaka (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI) drove in Rhodes from third with a single into left, runners on first and second. Shinji Shimoyama (2-for-4, BB, HR, 3 R, RBI, K) walked to load the bases. Shimizu struck out Takahiro Okada (1-for-4, BB, R, 2 K) for the second out of the inning, but then gave up a 2-run double to Koji Yamasaki (2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI). That spelled the end of Shimizu's night and Hiroki Ueno made his way to the mound. Ueno struggled as well and gave up an RBI single to Sakaguchi, walked Abe, and gave up a 2-run single to Cabrera before getting Rhodes to ground out to second to end the inning. All told, the Buffaloes scored 7 runs in the inning and held an 11-0 lead over the Marines.
An RBI single by K. Yamasaki in the bottom of the 4th, with runners on first and second and 2 out, made it 12-0.
The Marines finally managed to score a run in the top of the 5th on a double by Tadahito Iguchi (2-for-2, HBP, 2B, RBI) with a runner on first and 2 out. Solo homers by Ohmatsu (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI, K) in the top of the 6th made it 12-3.
The Buffaloes scored their last run in the bottom of the 6th on a solo homer by Shimoyama.
In the top of the 7th, the Marines scored their 4th and final run of the game on an RBI single by Toshiaki Imae (2-for-4, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Satozaki struck out and M. Tanaka fouled out to right
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ohmatsu grounded out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sakaguchi flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Kitagawa flied out and Moriyama grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Rhodes grounded out to second
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Imae grounded out
The Buffaloes outhise th Marines, 19-11.
Marines: 6 LOB, 2 DP
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Shimizu, Naoyuki L||19||4||6||0||2 2/3||64||18||17||10||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||10||8||4.346|
|Ueno, Hiroki||12||1||1||0||1 1/3||46||10||8||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.803|
|Kishida, Mamoru W||14||8||2||0||7||139||31||30||11||2||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||4||2.638|
Time: 3h 17m
Hawks lead series 9-8-2
In the top of the second, with runners on second and third and 1 out, Ginjiro (2-for-4, RBI, K) hit a single into left that gave the Lions a 1-0. A strike out later, with runners on first and third, Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) doubled home another run and the Lions held a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks finally returned a run in the bottom of the 4th on Hiroki Kokubo's (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI, K) 17th home run of the year.
The Lions tacked on another run in the top of the 7th when Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) hit a comebacker to the mound that bounced off Makoto Sato's right leg and trickled past Munenori Kawasaki's glove into center. That gave the runner on second more than enough time to come around and score the Lions third run of the game. An RBI double by G.G. Sato (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, K) in the top of the 8th with a runner on second and 1 out gave the Lions a 4-1 lead.
But the Hawks showed no sign of letting up. In the bottom of the 8th, they returned a run on a sac fly by Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI) with runners on first and third and no out.
Then things really took off for the Hawks in the bottom of the 9th: with Koji Ohnuma on the mound for the Lions, Kenji Akashi (3-for-4, R) led off with a single; Yusuke Kosai (0-for-2, 2 K) struck out; Yuichi Honda (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, R) walked; Kawasaki (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) made it 4-3 with an RBI double, runners on second and third; Taiyo Fujita relieved Ohnuma; Jose Ortiz (1-for-4, RBI, 2 K) hit a sac fly that tied the game at 4, runner on second; and Kokubo hit a single into left that scored the go-ahead run that allowed the Hawks to beat the Lions, 5-4.
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Kuriyama flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Goto grounded out, runners on second and third, Y. Ishii struck out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Hara struck out and Ginjiro struck out
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Oriz struck out and Kokubo struck out
2nd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Morimoto struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Kawasaki grouneded out
7th: runners on first and third, 2 out > trail runner caught stealing
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tanoue flied out
Both teams collected 12 hits. ... Every player in the Buffaloes' starting line-up had a hit and a run scored by the end of the 3rd inning.
Lions: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 9 LOB, 0 DP
|Kishi, Takayuki||22||12||2||0||7 1/3||135||31||28||9||1||8||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||2.987|
|Hoshino, Tomoki H||54||1||1||0||1/3||9||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.194|
|Onuma, Koji L||44||3||6||1||2/3||24||5||4||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||2.602|
|Germano, Justin||11||5||3||0||6 0/3||105||27||24||9||0||3||2||0||1||0||0||3||3||4.270|
|Mizuta, Akio W||34||3||0||0||1||19||3||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.647|
Time: 3h 32m