Jingu | Attendance: 16,335 | Time: 2h 39m | Swallows lead the series, 10-9-0
Colby Lewis needed only 113 pitches to toss a complete game 9-0 shut-out victory over the Yakult Swallows.
Lewis retired the first 12 batters in order before giving up back-to-back singles to Norichika Aoki (2-for-4) and Jamie D'Antona (1-for-4) in the bottom of the 4th; neither scored because Lewis struck out Yasushi Iihara (o-for-4) to end the inning. Lewis also had 1-2-3 innings in the 5th and 6th before giving up two more singles in the 7th, and a single in the 8th. Over the course of the game, Lewis never once allowed a runner to get passed second.
On offense, the Carp scored more than enough runs in support of their starting pitcher.
In the top of the 3rd, Lewis led off the inning with his 2nd home run of the year. A hit, a sac bunt, and a single later, with runners on first and third, Kenta Kurihara (3-for-4, HBP, 2B, R, 2 RBI) hit a double into left to give the Carp a 2-0 lead.
With runners on second and third and 1 out in the top of the 5th, Jun Hirose (1-for-5, R, RBI) collected an RBI with single and Soichiro Amaya (3-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI) followed with his 4th home run of the year to give the Carp a 6-0 lead.
The Carp added 3 more runs in the top of the 9th on a 2-run homer by Tetsuya Kokubo (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) and an RBI single by Kurihara with a runner on third and no out.
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ishihara fouled out to right
3rd: runners on second and third, 1 out > McClain struck out and Hirose struck out
4th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Kokubo flied out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Iihara struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Morioka grounded out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Tanaka flied out
Carp: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 5 LOB, 0 DP
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 15-5. ... The Swallows have now lost 4 in a row and 11 straight series. ... This was Colby's first complete game shut-out since September 27, 2008. ... Higashide picked up his 1,000th hit of his career in the 4th inning off Ishikawa. ...This was Akagawa's first pro appearance.
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|Yokohama Bay Stars||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||X||5||8||0|
Yokohama | Attendance: 21,007 | Time: 3h 5m | Giants lead series, 17-5-0
This is a start Shun Tono probably could have won, but the 3-run first set the tone for the rest of the game and the Bay Stars managed to beat the Giants for only the 5th time this season.
The Bay Stars scored 3 quick runs in the bottom of the first: Tatsuya Shimozono (1-for-2, BB, R) led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt; Shigeru Morikasa (0-for-3, R) reached on a fielding error by Michihiro Ogasawara (3B); and Dan Johnson (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI) drove both of them home with his 22nd home run of the year.
Solo homers by Alex Ramirez (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the 4th inning cut the Bay Stars' lead to 1. But the Bay Stars followed with a solo homer of their own in the bottom of 7th by Yuki Yoshimura (3-for-3, HBP, HR, R, RBI).
An RBI single by Dan Johnson in the top of the 8th, with a runner on second and 2 out, gave the Bay Stars a 5-2 lead.
The Bay Stars brought in Shun Yamaguchi to close out the game in the bottom of the 9th: after striking out the first two batters of the inning, he gave up a solo homer to Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) that cut the Bay Stars' lead to 2; a single later, he got Ogasawara (2-for-5, ) to ground out to second to end the game.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kamei struck out
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Ramirez grounded out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Abe struck out and T. Kimura grounded out
7th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Ogasawara GIDP
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Fujita GIDP
8th: bases loaded, 2 outs > Ishikawa struck out
Giants: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 1 DP
The Giants outhit the Bay Star, 12-8. ... The Giants' 5-game winning streak comes to an end. ... Abe's home run traveled at least 150m. ... Matsumoto left the game after he was hit by a pitch on his right hand during his at bat in the 7th. ... Yoshimi picked up his first win since June 30th and first win at Yokohama Stadium in about a year.
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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Koshien | Attendance: 39,109 | Time: 2h 37m | Dragons lead series, 12-7-0
Minoru Iwata tossed a 3-hitter to beat the Dragons 4-0, never allowing a base runner to get passed second. Iwata retired the first 9 batters in a row and had 1-2-3 innings in the 5th, 6th, and 8th innings.
The Tigers offense scored all their runs in the bottom of the 1st: Norihiro Akahoshi (2-for-4, R) led off with an infield single and was bunted over to second; Takashi Toritani (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI) drove in the first run of the game on a double into left; Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-2, 2 BB, R) and Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, BB, R ) both walked to load the bases; Ikuro Katsuragi (0-for-2) struck out; Wei-Chu Lin (1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a triple to give the Tigers their 4-run lead; and Keisuke Kano (1-for-3) fouled out to the catcher to end the inning.
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Morino struck out, Blanco walked, and Wada grounded out
1st: runner on third, 2 out > Kano fouled out to the catcher
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Toritani struck out
3rd: runners on first and second, no out > Katsuragi flied out, Lin flied out, Kano grounded out
Dragons: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 6 LOB, 1 DP
The Tigers outhit the Dragons, 7-3. ... This was Iwata's second complete game shut-out of the year. ... Yuya Nohara appeared in his first pro game for the Hanshin Tigers. He entered the game in the 9th as a defensive replacement in right. It's been a long path for Nohara -- he started with the BC League, became an Ikusei with Hanshin, upgraded to Ni-gun, and finally got his first chance to play in the pros today.
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||4||7||0|
Seibu Dome | Attendance: 14,018 | Time: 2h 57m | Fighters lead the series, 10-7-0
The Lions connected for 4 home runs (2 by G.G. Sato) and beat the Fighters 7-4, despite a rocky outing by Kazuhisa Ishii.
All seven of Seibu's runs came via the home run:
1st inning: Yasuyuki Kataoka (1-for-3, IBB, HR, R, RBI) led off the game with his 13th home run of the year.
2nd inning: with a runner on first and no out, G.G. Sato (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) launched home run number 1.
3rd inning: with runners on first and second and 2 out, Yoshihito Ishii (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his 5th home run of the year.
8th inning: G.G. Sato led off the inning with home run number 2.
The Fighters' offense wasn't quite as straight forward, but 2 of their 4 runs did score on a home run:
4th inning: with a runner on first and 2 out, Tomohiro Nioka (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit his 4th home run of the year.
6th inning: with runners on first and second and no out, Terrmel Sledge (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double into right and advanced to third on a throwing error by Kataoka.
6 swings of the bat resulted in 6 extra base hits and each was responsible for scoring all 11 runs scored in the game.
Incidentally, the Fighters had a number of opportunities to put the hurt on Ishii over the first 3 innings of the game, but failed to come through each time. They're best shot may have been in the 3rd inning when Yoshio Itoi (0-for-3, BB, R) stepped up to bat with runners on first and third and 1 out and grounded into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play. For the sake of the Fighters, I hope Atsunori Inaba starts feeling better soon.
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Itoi struck out and Takahashi flied out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Nioka struck out and Ohno struck out
3rd: runners on first and third, 1 out > Itoi GIDP
6th: runner on third, no out > Koyano flied out, Nioka grounded out, and pinch hitter Inada flied out
5th: bases loaded, 1 out > Y. Ishii flied out and G.G. Sato flied out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Sato struck out, Kataoka IBBed, and Kuriyama grounded out
Fighters: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 0 DP
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 10-7. ... The Fighters have now lost 3 in a row. ... Bayliss picked up his first NPB save of his career. ... It was G.G. Sato's first 2-HR game this season. ... K. Ishii turned 36 today.
Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Chiba Lotte Marines||1||0||0||5||0||0||2||0||X||8||11||1|
Chiba Marine | Attendance: 13,913 | Time: 2h 47m | Marines lead series, 10-9-1
Tsuyoshi Wada was largely ineffective in his first start back from an elbow injury and the Marines used a 5-run 4th to beat the Hawks, 8-2.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) led off the game with his 11 home run of the year and gave the Marines a quick 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 4th, Wada got caught up in the Marines line-up and gave up 5-runs: Saburo (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) and Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) started the inning off with back-to-back home runs; Benny Agbayani (1-for-2, R) singled into left; Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-3, RBI) flied out; Koichi Hori (1-for-4, 2B, R) doubled to left and put runners on second and third; Keisuke Hayasaka (1-for-3, RBI) laid down a squeeze bunt and Agbayani scored; Daisuke Hayakawa (1-for-3, BB, R) walked, runners on first and third; Nishioka drove in a run with a single into center; Makoto Sato relieved Wada; Toshiaki Imae (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) singled in another run, runners on second and third; Saburo struck out to end the inning.
After Yuta Ohmine retired 12 straight batters between the 2nd and 5th innings, the Hawks finally got on the board in the top of the 6th on a solo homer by Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI). The Hawks scored their second, and final, run of the game in the top of the 7th on a sac fly by Hitoshi Tamura (0-for-3, RBI) with runners on first and third and no out.
The Marines tacked on 2 more run in the bottom of the 7th for their 8-2 lead: Saburo led off with a walk; Iguchi hit into a force at second; Yao-Hsun Yang relieved Yoshiaki Fujioka; Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-2, 3B, R, RBI) tripled in Iguchi from first; Satozaki hit a sac fly; and Hori lined out to second.
The final 8 Hawks, over the last three innings, went down in order.
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kokubo GIDP
6nd: runner on second, 1 out > Kawasaki struck out and Ortiz flied out
7th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Tanoue flied out and Kosai flied out
4th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Saburo struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Hori struck out
Hawks: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 6 LOB, 0 DP
The Marines outhit the Hawks, 11-6. ... The Hawks' 6-game winning streak comes to an end. ... Nishioka hit his 6th lead-off home run of the season. He has also hit a lead-off home run in each of Ohmine's last three victories. ... This was Wada's first start since May 28th. ... Ohmine is 3-0 against the Hawks this season.
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Chiba Lotte Marines
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Kyocera Dome | Attendance: 10,358 | Time: 3h 0m | Eagles lead series, 14-3-1
Satoshi Nagai tossed a 5-hit, 2-run complete game and Kenshi's 3-run blast in the top of the 1st set the table for the Eagles as they beat the Buffaloes, 5-2.
The home run was the big difference-maker in this game.
Nagai was had held the Buffaloes scoreless over the first 5 innings of the game when he served up a 2-run home run to Alex Cabrera (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the top of the 6th with no out. What's more, the runner on first the product of a walk and could / should have been avoided. After the home run, Nagai walked Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-2, 2 BB), induced Jose Fernandez (0-for-3)) to hit into his second straight double play of the night; and got Naoyuki Ohmura (0-for-4) to ground out to third. Nagai then retired the next 9 batters in order to finish out his complete game victory.
On the other side of the diamond, Kazuki Kondo had a similar encounter: after getting Naoto Watanabe (0-for-4, BB) to ground out to short, Kondo walked Masato Nakamura (2-for-3, BB, 2B, R) and Teppei (1-for-3, BB); Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-5, R) hit into a force that left runners on first and second with 2 outs; just 1 out away from getting out of the inning, Kenshi (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed his 3rd home run of the year to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Kondo wasn't nearly as effective as Nagai, but still pitched fairly well after giving up the home run to Kenshi in the 1st. The Eagles did score 2 more runs off him, but both came on sac flies and the second run got a little help from a fielding error by Koji Yamasaki (SS).
3rd: runner on second, no out > Teppei struck out, T. Yamasaki grounded out, runner to third, and Kenshi struck out
4th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Kosaka lined out and N. Watanabe flied out
7th: runner on third, 2 out > T. Yamasaki flied out
8th: runner on second, no out > Kusano grouned out, runner to third, Linden struck out, and pinch hitter Takasu grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > T. Yamasaki struck out
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Sakaguchi fouled out to second.
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 4 LOB, 2 DP
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 8-5. ... The Buffaloes have now lost 4 in a row. ... The Eagles have won 3 in a row. ... Nagai picks up his first ever, 10 win season. ... For the first time in club history, the Eagles have 3 starting pitchers with 10+ wins.
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