Jingu | Attendance: 17,419 | Time: 3h 13m | Series tied, 10-10-0
This is a game the Swallows should have won, but ended up losing in the top of the 9th when Kenichi Matsuoka couldn't close the door on the Carp and gave up 3 runs.
Hiromitsu Takagi scattered 5 hits, a walk, and 3 strike outs over 7 shut-out innings. Takagi did run into a big jam in the second when he loaded the bases after retiring the first batter, Kenta Kurihara (1-for-4, R), on a fly out to center. But luck was on his side and Yoshikazu Kura (0-for-3) lined into a double play to end the inning.
The 2 relievers that followed Takagi to pitch the 8th, protected a Swallows 2-0 lead, but the third reliever, Matsuoka, could not shut the doors in the top of the 9th: Kurihara led off with a single; Scott McClain (1-for-2, 2 BB) walked; Masato Akamatsu pinch ran for McClain; Soichiro Amaya (2-for-4) struck out; and Masafumi Suenaga (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) drilled his 2nd home run of the year to give the Carp a 3-2 lead.
The Swallows scored their 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th: Norichika Aoki (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) led off with a home run that hit off the foul poll in left; Jamie D'Antona (1-for-3) single into left and was replaced by Kazuki Fukuchi (0-for-1, R); Aaron Guiel (1-for-4) fouled out to third; Shinya Miyamoto (0-for-3, BB) grounded out, runner to second; and Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the Swallows' second run with a single into center.
The thing that hurt the Swallows offense the most: 7 strike outs with a runner on second.
2nd: bases loaded, 1 out > Kura lined into double play
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Phillips struck out and Kurihara grounded out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Kura grounded out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Shima flied out and Phillips struck out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Higashide struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > D'Antona struck out and Guiel struck out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Aoki grounded out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Miyamoto struck out and Tanaka struck out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Takeuchi struck out and Morioka struck out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Kawamoto struck out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Kawamoto grounded out and pinch hitter Hatakeyama grounded out
Carp: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 7 LOB, 0 DP
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 8-5. ... The Carp swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Swallows 18-5. ... The Swallows have now lost 5 games in a row. ... Nagakawa recorded his 30th save and now has three consecutive seasons of 30+ saves.
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Yokohama | Attendance: 17,322 | Time: 3h 29m | Giants lead series, 18-5-0
Yoshiyuki Kamei (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) leads off with a single
Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-3, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) flies out to left
Ryota Wakiya (1-for-5, R) hits into a force at second, runner on first
Kazunari Tsuruoka (3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) nails his 5th home run of the year ... Wakiya and Tsuruoka SCORE
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | Score: 2-0 Giants
Hayato Sakamoto (4-for-6, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI) leads off with a double
Tetsuya Matsumoto (0-for-4, 2 BB, R) walks
Wild pitch ... Runners advance to second and third
Michihiro Ogasawara (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) clears the bases with a single into right ... Sakamoto and Matsumoto SCORE
Alex Ramirez (1-for-5, R) strikes out
Kamei hits a double ... Runners on second and third
Abe hits his first home run of the night ... Ogasawara, Kamei, and Abe SCORE
Wakiya strikes out
Tsuruoka flies out to short
Runs: 5 | Hits: 4 | Score: 7-0 Giants
Bay Stars 4th:
Takahiro Saeki (2-for-5, 2B, R) doubles to start the inning
Yuki Yoshimura (2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI) doubles ... Saeki SCORES ... Runner on second
Takehiro Ishikawa (1-for-4) flies out to center
Shinji Niinuma (0-for-3) flies out to first
Pinch hitter: Tatsuhiko Kinjo in for Kentaro Kuwahara
Kinjo (1-for-3) hits a single ... Runners on first and third
Seth Greisinger wild pitch ... Yoshimura SCORES ... Runner on second
Tatsuya Shimozono (0-for-3) flies out to short
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | Score: 7-2 Giants
Pitching change: Teruaki Yoshikawa in for Kinjo
Ogasawara leads off with a single
Ramirez follows with another single
Kamei hits his 21st home run of the year ... Ogasawara, Ramirez, and Kamei SCORE
Wakiya lines out to second
Abe hits his second home run of the night ... Abe SCORES
Tsuruoka hits a double into left
Greisinger grounds out to the pitcher
Sakamoto hits a single ... Tsuruoka SCORES
Matsumoto grounds out to the pitcher
Runs: 5 | Hits: 6 | Score: 12-2 Giants
Bay Stars 5th:
Kazuya Fujita (3-for-4, R) leads off with a single
Shigeru Morikasa (2-for-5) leads off with a single ... Runners on first and second
Dan Johnson (0-for-4) flies out to right ... Runners on first and third
Saeki strikes out
Yoshimura drives in Fujita with a single into left ... Fujita SCORES ... Runners on first and second
Ishikawa flies out to center
Runs: 1 | Hits: 3 | Score: 12-3 Giants
Tsuruoka doubls to start the inning
Shota Kimura lays down a sac bunt ... Runner on third
Sakamoto grounds out to third ... Tsuruoka SCORES
Matsumoto walks ... runner on first
Daisuke Nakai (1-for-3, RBI) strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 13-3 Giants
Pitching change: Kimiyasu Kudo in for Tom Mastny
Takahito Kudo (1-for-1, R) singles into center
Sakamoto singles into left ... Runners on first and second
Matsumoto grounds into a 6-4-3 double to play ... Runner on third
Nakai hits a single into center ... Kudo SCORES
Pinch hitter: Shigeyuki Furuki in for Kiyoshi Toyoda
Furuki strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 3 | Score: 14-3 Giants
1st: runner on third, no out > Matsumoto grounded out, Ogasawara struck out, and Ramirez fouled out to first
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Wakiya grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tsuruoka grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Morikasa flied out and Johnson lined out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Shimozono flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ishikawa flied out
6th: runner on first and second, 2 out > Morikasa struck out
Giants: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 11 LOB, 0 DP
The Giants outhit the Bay Stars, 20-13. ... Giants won the series (2-1) and outscored the Bay Stars 23-9. ... Abe now has 7 homers over his last 5 games and has hit at least 1 home run in each of those 5 games. Abe has now also hit 150m home runs in two consecutive nights. ... Ogasawara collected his 1,000th career runs scored in 3rd.
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Koshien | Attendance: 38,377 | Time: 3h 22m | Dragons lead series: 13-7-0
Kazuki Yoshimi tossed 7 strong innings and beat the Tigers, 4-2.
The Dragons got on the board with an RBI single by Tony Blanco (1-for-4, RBI) in the top of the 1st with runners on first and third and 1 out. The Tigers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 2nd when Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) led off the inning with a double, and one batter later, scored on Ikuro Katsuragi's (1-for-4) GIDP.
Motonobu Tanishige's (3-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI) solo homer in the top of the 4th gave the Dragons a 2-1 lead. And once again, the Tigers managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 5th on a sac fly by Kanemoto with runners on first and third and 1 out.
In the top of the 7th, the Dragons took the lead, and would hold onto it this time, on an RBI single by Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out. Masahiro Araki's (2-for-5, R, RBI) single into left with runners on first and third and 2 out gave the Dragons their 4-2 lead.
Hitoki Iwase entered the game in the bottom of the bottom of the 9th and gave up a 1-out double before retiring the last two batters in a row.
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Wada fouled out to the catcher and Inoue grounded out
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Araki grounded out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Araki grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Morino grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kanemoto flied out
4th: runner on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Hiyama flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kano flied out and pinch hitter M. Takahashi grounded out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Toritani grounded out and Kanemoto grounded out
Dragons: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers: 11 LOB, 1 DP
The Dragons out hit the Tigers, 11-7. ... Dragons won the series (2-1) and outscored the Tigers 11-10. ... Iwase appeared in his 50 game of the year; that makes 11 straight seasons with 50+ appearances.
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 15,160 | time 3h 18m | Fighters lead series, 10-8-0
This is a game the Fighters would have liked to have won in order to avoid a sweep, but instead lost it due to ineffective pitching by Yoshinori Tateyama in the bottom of the 8th that led to a come-from-behind 5-4 Lions victory.
Takeya Nakamura (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) picked up right where he left off, drilling his 37th home run of the year with a runner on first and 1 out in the bottom of the 4th. The Fighters quickly answered back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 5th: with runners on first and third and 1 out, Shinji Takashi (1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) drove in a run with a double into right, runners on second and third; Terrmel Sledge (0-for-1, BB, RBI) then followed with a sac fly to right that tied the game at 2.
The Fighters took the lead in the top of the 7th: with runner on first and third and 1 out, Takahashi worked out a walk that ended up being a lot more costly because the fourth ball was also a wild pitch that allowed the go ahead run to score from third and the runner at first to advance all the way to third, runners on first and third; Tomoki Hoshino relieved Fumikazu Kimura; and Sledge hit his second sac fly of the night to give the Fighters a 4-2 lead.
The Lions returned a run in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly by Shogo Akada (0-for-2, RBI) with the bases loaded and only 1 out.
In the bottom of the 8th, Tateyama struck out the first batter he faced, but then surrendered two consecutive singles to Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, R) and Nakamura to put runners on first and third (Yutaro Ohsaki pinch ran for Nakamura). Tateyama then gave up a bases clearing double to Taketoshi Goto (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) that gave the Lions a 5-4 lead.
Note: if RF Toshimasa Konta seemed to lose the ball and tried to recover at the last minute, causing him to slip -- had he been able to track the ball properly, he may have been able to catch it; there was also a play at the plate but Ohsaki slid into home head first and made it just in time.
Hironori Matsunaga tossed a perfect 9th to pick up his first save of his career.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Takahashi grounded out
2nd: bases loaded, 1 out > M. Kaneko struck out and Tanaka grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Takahashi flied out and Sledge grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Koyano grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kataoka struck out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Y. Ishii flied out and Sato flied out
Fighters: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 6 LOB, 0 DP
The Fighters outhit the Lions, 9-8. ... Lions swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Fighters 17-8. ... This was Matsunaga first save of his pro career.
Nippon Ham Fighters
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Chiba Marine | Attendance: 14,794 | Time: 3h 50m | Marines lead series, 11-9-1
Softbank used four pitchers and all four were tagged for runs as the Marines beat the Hawks, 8-3.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on an RBI single by Jose Ortiz (1-for-4, RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out. Hidenori Tanoue's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 23rd home run of the year in the top of the 2nd with Yuya Hasegawa (3-for-4, R) on first, gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
On the mound for Softbank, Shota Ohba struggled, giving up 4 walks and 2 hits over the first 3 innings; he also threw 73 pitches. All of that eventually caught up to Ohba in the bottom of the 4th: Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-3, HBP, BB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Toshiaki Imae (1-for-5, 2B, R) led off the inning with doubles and put runners on second and third; Daisuke Hayakawa (2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI) drove in Fukuura with a single into right, runners on first and third; a wild pitch advance Hayakawa to second; and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) drove in Imae with a ground out to second. Ohba retired the next two batters, but with his pitch at 102, the 4th inning ended up being his last.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th, the Marines managed to tie the game on an RBI single by Fukuura with runners on first and second and 1 out. Tasuku Hashimoto's (1-for-1, RBI) pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the 6th with runners on first and second with 2 outs gave the Marines a 4-3 lead.
An RBI double by Hayakawa with a runner on second and 2 out, followed by Nishioka's 12th home run of the year gave the Marines a healthy 7-3 lead in the bottom 7th. The Marine scored their last run of the game in the bottom of the 8th when Fukuura was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and 1 out.
After Tanoue hit his home run in the top of the 2nd, not one Hawks' base runner made it passed first, despite having at least one base runner (4 hits and an HBP) in 5 of the 7 final innings of the game.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Iguchi struck out
2nd: runners on second and third, 1 out > Imae flied out and Hayakawa struck out
3rd: runners on second and third, no out > Saburo struck out, Iguchi fouled out to first, Ohmatsu walked to load the bases, and Satozaki struck out
4th: runner on third, 1 out > Hayasaka grounded out and Saburo struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Imae GIDP
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ohmatsu struck out
8th: bases loaded, 1 out > Imae struck out and Hayakawa grounded out
Hawks: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Marines: 13 LOB, 1 DP
The Marines outhit the Hawks, 13-8. ... The Marines won the series (2-1) and outscored the Hawks 20-13. ... Iguchi left the game in the bottom of the 6th after he was found to have a fever. ... Tanoue now leads his team in home runs (23) and RBI (75).
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Chiba Lotte Marines
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Kyocera Dome | Attendance: 9,867 | Time: 3h 36m | Eagles lead series, 15-3-1
The Eagles swept the series by beating the Buffaloes 5-3.
Jose Fernandez's (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) 15th home run of the year in the bottom of the 2nd gave the Buffaloes a 1-0 lead. Orix tacked on another run in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI double by Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out.
After being held to just one double over the first three innings of the game, the Eagles finally answered back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 4th: with runners on first and third and 1 out, a throwing error by Masahiro Abe (2B) on a ground out to second by Fernando Seguignol (1-for-4, 2 RBI) allowed Seguignol to reach first and allowed the runner on third to score, runners on first and second; Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4, 2B , RBI) followed with a single into left that tied the game at 2.
In the top of the 5th, the Eagles scored 2 more runs: with runners on second and third and 1 out, Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-5, RBI) drove in a run with a ground out to short that also allowed the trailing runner to advance to third; and Seguignol followed with a single into left that gave the Eagles a 4-2 lead.
After Todd Linden (0-for-4) struck out to start the top of the 9th for the Eagles, the next four batters collected a hit to score a run: Ryuji Miyade (1-for-3, 2B, R) hit a double; Motohiro Shima (1-for-4) and Naoto Watanabe (2-for-5, R) both singled to load the bases; and Makoto Kosaka (1-for-1, RBI) drove in the Eagles' 5th run of the game on a single into right.
The Buffaloes scored their third and final run in the bottom of the 9th on an RBI single by Sakaguchi with a runner on second and 2 out. And Abe grounded out to second for the final out of the game.
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Linden flied out
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Linden grounded out, runner on first and third, Miyade walked to load the bases, and Shima grounded out
9th: bases loaded, 1 out > Teppei struck out and T. Yamasaki struck out
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Abe flied out and Cabrera flied out
6th: bases loaded, 2 out > Ikki flied out
8th: runners on first and second, no out > Rhodes struck out, Fernandez grounded out, runners on second and third, and Shimoyama struck out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Abe grounded out
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Buffaloes: 8 LOB, 1 DP
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 9-6. ... The Eagles swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Buffaleos 18-10. ... The Eagles have now won 5 games in a row.
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