Jingu | Attendance: 14,495 | Time: 3h 40m | Swallows lead the series, 10-8-0
A gutsy performance by Shohei Tateyama kept the Swallows in the game, but the bullpen once again faltered.
The Swallows scored single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings to take a 3-0 lead.
1st inning: Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-3, 3B, R) hit a 1-out triple and Norichika Aoki (3-for-4, RBI) followed with a single into center to give the Swallows a 1-0 lead.
2nd inning: Ryosuke Morioka (3-for-4, HR, R, RBI) nailed a 1-out home run.
3rd inning: With Aoki on first and Tanaka on third, Jamie D'Antona (1-for-4, RBI) hit a 2-out single into right to score Tanaka.
In the top of the 5th, Kenta Kurihara's (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 20th home run of the year with with a runner on first and 1-out cut the Swallows' lead down to just 1 run. And in the top of the 8th, Takuro Ishii's pinch hit RBI single with a runner on second and 2 outs tied the game at 3.
The Carp took a 3-run lead in the top of the 9th: after the first two batters were erased on a GIDP, Kurihara and Shogo Kimura (1-for-1, 2 R) reached on a walk and an infield single, respectively; Yoshiyuki Ishihara then connected for his 9th home run of the year to put the Carp out in front, 6-3.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa entered the game in the bottom of the 9th for Hiroshima and allowed a runner to reach third with 1 out (single, advance to second on defensive indifference, advanced to third on a ground out). But Nagakawa bore down and retired the next two batters in a row (ground out, strike out) to close out his 29th game of the season.
1st: runners on first and third, 1 out > Kurihara struck out and McClain struck out
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Higashide flied out
3rd: runner on second and third, 1 out > McClain struck out and Hirose struck out
4th: runner on second, no out > Kura struck out, K. Maeda struck out, Higashide flied out
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Higashide grounded out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > D'Antona struck out and Guiel fouled out to the catcher
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Guiel GIDP
9th: runner on third, 1 out > pinch hitter Yuichi grounded out and Takeuchi struck out
Carp: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 6 LOB, 1 DP
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 11-10. ... The Swallows have now lost 3 in row. ... With his home run in the 5th, Kurihara has now hit 20+ home runs in each of his last 4 seasons. ... Tateyama tossed a pro career high, 137 pitches.
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Yokohama | Attendance: 14,800 | Time: 2h 33m | Giants lead series, 17-4-0
Dicky Gonzalez had a big day (8 IP, 1 ER; 2-for-2, 2 RBI) and Shinnosuke Abe (3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) chipped in with home runs in his first two trips to the plate as the Giants downed the Bay Stars 6-1.
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd on the Abe's first home run of the night. The Bay Stars quickly answered back in the bottom of the inning with a walk to Daisuke Miura (0-for-1, BB, R), a single to Tatsuya Shimozono (1-for-4) that put runners on first and third and no out, and a GIDP to Kazuya Fujita's (1-for-4, 2B) that allowed Miura to score from third.
The tie was quickly broken in the top of the 4th on Alex Ramirez's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 23rd home run of the year.
In the bottom of the 5th, Abe hit his second consecutive home run of the game (and also second consecutive home run to lead off an inning) and gave the Giants a 3-1 lead.
Yomiuri tacked on 3 more runs in the top of the 6th: Yoshitomo Tani (0-for-3) reached on a throwing error by Dan Johnson (3B) and was replaced by pinch runner Takahiro Suzuki; Suzuki stole second; Abe singled into center and scored Suzuki from second; Ryota Wakiya (2-for-4, 2B, R) doubled to left and put runners on second and third; and Gonzalez cleared the bases with a single into center.
Meanwhile, after giving up a lead-off single to Johnson (1-for-3, BB) in the bottom of the 4th, Gonzalez retired 15 straight batters before being replaced by Soichi Fujita in the 9th.
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Sakamoto struck out and Matsumoto grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Matsumoto flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ogasawara GIDP
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Morikasa flied out, Johnson walked, runners on first and second, Saeki struck out
Giants: 3 LOB, 2 DP
Bay Stars: 4 LOB, 1 DP
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 10-3. ... Miuri still can't beat the Giants. His last victory came on August 23, 2005. ... Gonzalez is now 12-for-40 with the bat (.300 BA).
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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Koshien | Attendance: 39,437 | Time: 3h 2m | Dragons lead series, 12-6-0
Wei-Ying Chen tossed a 2-hit, complete game, 7-0 shut-out victory over the Hanshin Tigers. The only time the Tigers ever put up a threat was in the bottom of the 1st when Chen allowed runners to reach first and second on a 2-out infield single by Takashi Toritani (1-for-4) and a walk to Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-2, BB). But the inning quickly ended when Takahiro Arai (0-for-3) fouled out to third for the final out.
And after giving up a 2-out single to Akihiro Yano (1-for-3) in the bottom of the 2nd, Chen retired 22 straight batters.
On offense, the Dragons got quite a bit of help out of the middle of their line-up.
In the top of the 4th, Tony Blanco (3-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI) blasted his 36th home run of the year with a runner on first and 1 out. A double, a walk, and a single later, with the bases loaded, Motonobu Tanishige (0-for-2, IBB, R) hit a single into center that gave the Dragons a 3-0 lead.
An RBI single by Blanco in the top of the 7th with runners on first and third and 1 out made it 4-0. Masaaki Koike's (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI) 7th home run of the year to lead off the 8th gave the Dragons 5 runs on the night.
But the Dragons weren't quite finished yet: in the top of the 9th, Masahiro Araki (2-for-4, 2 R) hit a 1-out single and scored on an RBI double by Masahiko Morino (3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI); a throwing error, on the same play, allowed Morino to advance to third; and Blanco's third hit of the night, a double into right, gave the Dragons their 7-0 lead.
4th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Chen grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Chen grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Wada GIDP
9th: runner on third, 2 out > Koike struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Arai fouled out to third
Dragons: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Tigers: 3 LOB, 0 DP
The Dragons outhit the Tigers, 14-2. ... Chen is 3-0 in 3 starts against the Tigers this season. ... Sajikihara has appeared in 110 games for the Tigers since 2004 and he has yet to record a loss.
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 15,346 | Time: 3h 5m | Fighters lead the series, 10-6-0
Hideaki Wakui allowing runners to reach second in each of the first four innings of the game but was pretty much lights out after that as he tossed a 6-hit, 5-0 shut out over the Nippon Ham Fighters.
(Wakui retired 11 straight batters between the 4th and 7th innings. And while he did allow a runner on base in each of the last 3 innings, none were able to get passed first.)
With the game scoreless over the first four innings, the Lions finally broke through in the bottom of the 5th: Yasuyuki Kataoka (1-for-4, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double and stole third; Takumi Kuriyama (0-for-3, 2 BB, R) walked; Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-3, HBP) struck out; Taketoshi Goto (2-for-3, BB, 2 R, RBI) drove in a run with a single into center; Y. Ishii (1-for-3, BB, R) walked to load the bases; and G.G. Sato (4-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) cleared them with a double into left.
In the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and third and 2 out, G.G. Sato hit a single into left that gave the Lions their 5-0 lead.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sledge struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ohno failed sac bunt, runners on first and third, M. Kaneko GIDP
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Takahashi struck out, Sledge HBP, bases loaded, and Koyano flied out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > M. Kaneko hit grounder to short, runner on second thrown out at third, runner on first, and Tanaka flied out
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Y. Ishii flied out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Ginjiro grounded out and Ohsaki failed safety squeeze
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Hara struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Hara lined out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Miura grounded out and Kuriyama grounded out
Fighters: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 9 LOB, 0 DP
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 10-6. ... The Lions stopped their 3-game losing streak. ... Inaba left the game in the bottom of the 6th because he wasn't feeling well. ... G.G. Sato collected 4 hits in a game for the first time in 3 years (and second time in his career). ... Wakui now had 9 complete games on the year, tops in the NPB.
Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Chiba Lotte Marines||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||4||8||0|
Chiba Marine | Attendance: 9,808 | Time: 3h 24m | Marines lead series, 9-9-1
This was a game that the Lotte Marines should have won, instead the Hawks come away with an 8-4 come-from-behind victory.
The Marines jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st when Tadahito Iguchi (3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) nailed a home run with a runner on first and no out. Iguchi's second home run of the game, in as many plate appearances, gave the Marines a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd.
The Hawks answered back in the top of the 4th with 3 straight hits to score a run: Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, HBP, 2 R) led off with a single into left; Nobuhiko Matsunaka (3-for-3, 2B, R) singled into right; and Hitoshi Tamura (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) doubled Kokubo home.
Softbank managed to finally tie the game in the top of the 6th: Matsunaka led off with a single; Tamura walked; Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-5) hit a single into left to load the bases; Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, IBB, R, RBI) hit a sac fly into right, Kenji Akashi (0-for-3) struck out; and Yuichi Honda (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) tied the game at 3 with a single.
But Chiba quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly by Benny Agbayani (0-for-3, RBI) with runners on first and third and 1 out.
And then it happened, the Hawks put up a 5-spot in the top of the 7th to take the lead for the second, and final, time of the game: Jose Ortiz (1-for-5, R) led off with a single; Kokubo was hit by a pitch; pinch hitter Motohiro Yoshikawa hit a sac bunt to advance the runners; Tamura cleared the bases with a single into left; Yusuke Kawasaki relieved Yoshihiro Ito; Yuya Hasegawa (2-for-5) grounded out to short; Tanoue walked to put runners on first and second; and pinch hitter Hisao Arakane (1-for-2, HR, R, 3 RBI) hit his first home run of the year to give the Hawks their 8-4 lead.
The Marines threatened again in the bottom of the 7th by putting runners on first and second with 2 out, but Gary Burnham Jr. grounded out to second to end the inning. After that, the Hawks retired the last 6 batters in a row.
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Ortiz hit a grounder to second, runner on third thrown out at home, runner on first, Kokubo flied out
2nd: runner on second, no out > Tamura flied out, Hasegawa flied out, and Tanoue struck out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Ortiz flied out
4th: runners on second and third, no out > Hasegawa hit a grounder to second, runner on third thrown out at home, runners on second and third, Tanoue flied out, and Akashi fouled out to third
5th: runner on second, no out > Kawasaki grounder to pitch, runner on second caught in run down between second and third, runner on second, Ortiz flied out, and Kokubo struck out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kawasaki flied out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Arakane flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Imae flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Burnham Jr. grounded out
Hawks: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 5 LOB, 1 DP
The Hawks outhit the Marines, 14-8. ... The Hawks have now won 6 games in a row. ... Including his last at bat on Sunday, Iguchi hit home runs in 3 consecutive appearances at the plate. ... Saburo left the game in the bottom of the 6th because he wasn't feeling well.
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Chiba Lotte Marines
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Kyocera Dome | Attendance: 9,760 | Time: 3h 38m | Eagles lead series, 13-3-1
The Eagles beat the Buffaloes 8-5 behind Hisashi Iwakuma's 8 solid innings of 3-run, 9-hit ball. But the game actually ended up a lot closer than it should have been due to another shaky outing from the bullpen.
Teppei (2-for-3, BB, 3B, 4 RBI) gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a sac fly with a runner on third and 1 out. The Buffaloes quickly answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning: with runners on first and second, Takeshi Hidaka (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) doubled the tying run home.
But the Eagles came right back and regained the lead in the top of the 5th: after both Fernando Seguignol (1-for-4) and Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4) struck out to start the inning, Todd Linden (1-for-4, R) hit a single into left and Ryuji Miyade (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) followed with his 3rd home run of the year and gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
Single digit runs from the Buffaloes in the 6th and 7th retied the game:
6th inning: Alex Cabrera (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI) hit his 11th home run of the year to start the inning.
7th inning: with runners on second and third and 2 out, Masahiro Abe (1-for-5, 2 RBI) drove in the game-tying run with a single into right.
Once again, the Eagles wasted no time and retook the lead in the top of the 8th on an RBI singled into left by Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-5, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out.
In the top of the 9th, the Eagles extended their lead by 4 runs: with runners on first and third and 1 out, Daisuke Kato relieved Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara. After walking the first batter he faced to load the bases, Kato surrendered an RBI single to Naoto Watanabe (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI). One out later, Teppei cleared the bases with a triple and the Eagles had an 8-3 lead over the Buffaloes.
The usually automatic Kazuo Fukumori entered the game for the Eagles in the bottom of the 9th and struggled: Naoyuki Ohmura (1-for-2, R) led off with a single; Koji Yamasaki (2-for-3, BB, 2B, R) walked; a wild pitch advanced both runners up a base; Ohmura scored on Tomotaka Sakaguchi's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out to second and Yamasaki scored on Abe's ground out to short. After giving up a 2-out single to Cabrera and a pinch hit double to Hirotoshi Kitagawa that put runners on second and third with 2 out, Fukumori's night was over and Tsuyoshi Kawagishi entered the game. Kawagishi made things interesting by walking Jose Fernandez (1-for-4, BB) to load the bases, but he did his job by getting Hidaka to fly out to left to end threat and the game.
6th: runners on first and second 1 out > T. Yamasaki flied out and Seguignol flied out
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Seguignol grounded out
9th: runner on third, 2 out > T. Yamasaki struck out
3rd: runner on first and second, 2 out > Abe grounded out
4th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Shimoyama struck out and Okada struck out
7th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Cabrera flied out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Shimoyama grounded out
9th: bass loaded, 2 out > Hidaka flied out
Eagles: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Both teams collected 12 hits. ... Cabrera hit his first home run of the year at Kyocera Dome. ... Iwakuma managed to hit 152km/h on the radar gun.
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