Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 28,869 | Time: 3h 3m | Swallows lead the series, 12-9-0
Masahiro Yamamoto tossed 6 solid innings and picked up his 1st win of the year by beating the Swallows, 3-1.
Yuki Tanaka had a rough night and gave up 5 hits and 6 walks over 6 innings. 2 of the 6 walks he gave up came in the first and helped the Dragons score their first run of the game: after Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-4, 2 R) led off with a single and was bunted over to second, Tanaka walked two straight batters to load the bases and then surrendered a run on a sac fly by Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-1, 2 BB, RBI).
Tanaka gave up 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th: Ibata led off with a single; Masahiro Araki (1-for-3, R) hit a single into left that put runners on first and third, then stole second to put runners on second and third; Masahiko Morino (1-for-2, BB, RBI) hit a sac fly, runner on second; Tony Blanco (0-for-3, BB) grounded out to short, runner to third; Wada walked to put runners on the corners; and Kazuki Inoue (1-for-3, RBI) hit a single into left to score Araki from third.
The Swallows scored their lone run in the top of the 6th on Keizo Kawashima's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 11th home run of the year.
Hitoki Iwase entered the game in the top of the 9th and gave up back-to-back-singles to Norichika Aoki (1-for-3, BB) and Jamie D'Antona (2-for-4) before retiring the side in order.
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Guiel fouled out to third
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Miyamoto grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > Guiel fouled out to first, Miyamoto flied out, and Tanaka flied out
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Inoue flied out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > M. Yamamoto struck out
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Hidenori struck out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Araki grounded out
Swallows: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 9 LOB, 0 DP
The Dragons outhit the Swallows, 6-5. ... That's 6 losses in a row for the Swallows. ... Yamamoto now has a win in 22 consecutive seasons (it was his first start since 6/13).
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Koshien | Attendance: 44,046 | Time: 2h 33m | Tigers lead series, 13-6-0
Two solo homers were all the Tigers needed in order to beat the Yokohama Bay Stars, 2-1.
Ryan Glynn's only problem on Friday night was giving up 2 solo homers in the bottom of the 2nd: a lead-off home run to Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and a 2-out solo home run to Ryo Asai (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI). Including those two hits, Glynn scattered only 4 hits over 6 innings of work and walked 1. He had 1-2-3 innings in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings and aside from the 2nd, allowed only 1 batter to step on 2nd.
On the other side of the diamond, Atsushi Noumi gave up 5 hits (including 4 doubles) and 2 walk over 7 innings of work and held the Bay Stars to just 1 run. His "problem" inning was in the top of the 6th when he gave up two consecutive doubles after retiring the first two batters of the inning: a 2-out double to Toshihisa Nishi (1-for-4, R) and an RBI double to Seiichi Uchikawa (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI).
Kyuji Fujikawa tossed a perfect 9th for his 20th save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Johnson struck out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Fujita lined into double play
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Johnson grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Y. Kuwahara struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Akahoshi grounded out
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Kanemoto struck out
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 2 DP
Tigers: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Both team collected 5 hits. ... Fujikawa now has three consecutive seasons of 20+ saves. ... Uchikawa, out since 8/26 with viral enteritis, was back in the starting line-up tonight.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 29,448 | Time: 3h 28m | Giants lead series, 9-6-3
Hayato Sakamoto (0-for-3, 2 BB, R) flies out to left
Takuya Kimura (0-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI) strikes out
Michihiro Ogaswara (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hits his 29th home run of the year ... Ogasawara SORES
Alex Ramirez (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) flied out to center
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 1-0 Giants
Akihiro Higashide (0-for-4, BB) grounds out to first
Tetsuya Kokubo (0-for-5, R) reaches on a throwing error by Daisuke Nakai (3B) on a grounder to third
Any Phillips (3-for-4, R) singles to center, runners advance to second and third on fielding error by Yoshiyuki Kamei (CF)
Kenta Kurihara (0-for-4, BB) walks ... bases loaded
Scott McClain (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) singles into left ... Kokubo and Phillps SCORE ... runners on first and second
Jun Hirose (2-for-4, R) lines into a double play (Kurihara caught off second)
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | Score: 2-1 Carp
Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-3, HBP, IBB, 3B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) hits his 22nd home run of the year ... Kamei SCORES
Yoshitomo Tani (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) flies out to center
Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, R, RBI) flies out to center
Daisuke Nakai (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) flies out to center
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 2-2 tie
Nakai leads off with a double
Tetsuya Utsumi (0-for-4) reaches on a throwing error by Yuki Saito (P) ... runners on first and third
Sakamoto walks ... bases loaded
T. Kimura grounds out to short, force at third ... Nakai SCORES ... runners on first and second
Ogaswara hits a double into left ... Sakamoto SCORES ... runners on second and third
Pitching change: Hayato Aoki relieves Yuki Saito
Ramirez strikes out
Kamei walks, bases loaded
Tani hits a single into left ... T. Kimura and Ogasawara SCORE ... runners on first and second
Pitching change: Jumpei Shinoda relieves Aoki
Double steal ... runners on second and third
Abe grounds out to first
Runs: 4 | Hits: 3 | Score: 6-2 Giants
K. Takuya strikes out
Ogaswara strikes out
Ramirez hits his 25th home run of the year ... Ramirez SCORES
Tani hits a double ... Kamei SCORES ... runner on second
Pinch runner: Takahito Kudo for Tani
Abe hits a single ... Kudo SCORES ... runner on first
Nakai hits his first home run ... Abe and Nakai SCORE
Utsumi strikes out
Runs: 5 | Hits: 4 | Score: 11-2 Giants
Pitching change: Masaki Hayashi relieves Takeshi Komatsu
Sakamoto strikes out
K. Takuya walks
Ryota Wakiya (0-for-1) grounds out ... runner on second
Takahiro Suzuki (0-for-0, BB, R) walks ... runners on first and second
Kamei hits a triple ... Takuya and Suzuki SCORE
Takahito Kudo (0-for-1, R) flies out to left
Runs: 2 | Hits: 1 | Score: 13-2 Giants
Pitching change: Daisuke Ochi relieves Utsumi
Kurihara flies out to right
McClain hits a double
Pinch runner: Shogo Kimura for McClain
Hirose hits a single ... runners on first and third
Masato Akamatsu (0-for-2, 2 BB) fouls out to first
Wild pitch ... Kimura SCORES ... runner on second
Yoshikazu Kura (1-for-4, R, RBI) hits a single ... Hirose SCORES ... runner on first
Soichiro Amaya (2-for-2, 2B, RBI) hits a double ... Kura SCORES ... runner on second
Higashide walks ... wild pitch on ball 4 ... runners on first and third
Pitching change: Kiyoshi Toyoda relieves Ochi
Kokubo grounds out to second
Runs: 3 | Hits: 4 | Score: 13-5 Giants
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ramirez grounded out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Abe grounded out
8th: runner on third, 2 out > Kudo flied out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hirose lined into a double play
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Saito struck out and Higashide grounded out
4th: runners on first and second, no out > Kura flied out, runners on first and third, Saito flied out, Higashide grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Kokubo struck out and Phillips lined out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Kokubo grounded out
Giants: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Both teams collected 10 hits. ... The last time the Giants score double-digit runs in two consecutive games was in August of 2006. ... The Giants tied a club record of 3+ team home runs in four consecutive games. ... Nakai hit his first NPB home run.
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Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 29,449 | Time: 3h 12m | Fighters lead series, 16-5-0
If not for 2 solo home runs, perhaps Shugo Fujii wins his 7th game, but as it stands the Marines beat the Fighters, 3-2.
After retiring the first 6 batters in a row and holding the Marines scoreless over the first 3 innings, Fujii gave up a lead-off home run to Saburo (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) in the top of the 4th. The Fighters quickly answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning: Atsunori Inaba (1-for-3, BB, R) led off single into center; Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) drove in Inaba with a double; Terrmel Sledge (3-for-4) singled into right, runners on first and third; and Takahashi scored on Eiichi Koyano's (0-for-3, BB) GIDP.
The Marines didn't waste any time and quickly tied the game in the top of the 5th on a lead-off home run by Ryusuke Minami (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI). And it was an RBI single by Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-4, RBI) in the top of the 6th with runners on first and second and 2 out that gave the Marines their 3-2 lead.
The Fighters had a number of chances to score some runs after the 4th, but simply could not deliver the timely hit: 0-for-7 (including 3 strike outs) with a runner on second.
Brian Sikorski pitched the bottom of the 9th for the Marines and surrendered a lead-off single before retiring the next three batters in order.
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Imae grounded out
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Agbayani flied out, runners on first and third, Fukuura grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Minami grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Saburo struck out and Iguchi struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Takahashi struck out and Sledge flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Morimoto lined out and Inaba flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tanaka struck out and Morimoto grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Itoi struck out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Tanaka struck out and pinch hitter Nioka flied out
Marines: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 9 LOB, 2 DP
The Fighters outhit the Marines, 9-6. ... The Fighters have lost 5 in a row. ... The Marines have won 3 games in a row.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 11,653 | Time: 2h 38m | Lions lead series, 14-8-0
One pitch was all the Lions really needed in order to beat the Orix Buffaloes, 2-1.
Mamoru Kishida tossed a pretty dominant game (four 1-2-3 innings, 10 strike outs), shutting down the Lions offense for 7.2 innings. But with a runner on first and 2 out in the bottom of the 8th, Kishida surrendered a home run to Takumi Kuriyama (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) that gave the Lions a 2-1 lead.
The Buffaloes scored their lone run in the top of the 6th on back-to-back doubles by Alex Cabrera (3-for-4, 2B, R) and Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-4, 2B, RBI).
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Cabrera hit a single, runner on second thrown out at home, Cabrera to second, Rhodes struck out
4th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Ikki flied out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Fernandez flied out and Shimoyama fouled out to third
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hara lined into double play
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Kataoka flied out and Kuriyama struck out
7th: runners on first and second > pinch hitter Goto struck out
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 4 LOB, 1 DP
The Buffaloes outhit the Lions, 9-5. ... The Lions have won 4 games in a row.
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Yahoo Dome | Attendance: 32,757 | Time: 3h 36m | Eagles lead series, 10-8-0
After being down 3-1 after 8, the Eagles somehow pulled 6 runs out of the hat in the top of the 9th to beat the Hawks, 7-4.
Softbank took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on an RBI double by Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out. The Eagles answered back with a run of their own in the top of the 3rd: an RBI double by Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) with runners on first and second and 2 out.
The Hawks took the lead in the bottom of the 6th when Yuichi Honda (2-for-5, 3B, 2 R) led off the inning with a triple and scored 2 outs later on a single by Kokubo. A pinch-hit RBI double, that scored Yuya Hasegawa (3-for-4, 3B, 2 R) from second with 1 out, by Hitoshi Tamura in the bottom of the 7th gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead.
And then came the top of the 9th: Takahiro Mahara entered the game to shut the doors on the Eagles, but he quickly gave up consecutive singles to Fernando Seguignol (1-for-4; replaced by pinch runner Akihisa Makida) and Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4) that put runners on first and second; a sac bunt by pinch hitter Makoto Kosaka resulted in an error that allowed Makida to score from second and allowed Kosaka to reach first safely; Masato Nakamura's (0-for-4, R) sac bunt went right back to Mahara and he was able throw out the lead runner at third; pinch hitter Kenshi struck out for the second out of the inning; Naoto Watanabe (2-for-4, R, RBI) hit a single into left that scored Kosaka from second and tied the game at 3; Yosuke Takasu (2-for-5, 2B, R) hit a single into right to load the bases; and Teppei launch his 9th home run of the year to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead. None of the 6 runs that scored in the inning were earned.
The Eagles turned to Kazuo Fukumori to close out the game in the bottom of the 9th. But he gave up a lead-off triple to Hasegawa and allowed him to score on a wild pitch. A single and an out later, Kanehisa Arime relieved Fukumori and struck out the remaining two batters for his 3rd save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Teppei grounded out, runner to third, T. Yamasaki grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > M. Nakamura flied out
3rd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Seguignol grounded out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > M. Nakamura lined into double play
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Takasu grounded out and Teppei grounded out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Matsunaka grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Akashi flied out and Honda fouled out to third
8th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Arakane struck out and Matsunaka flied out
Eagles: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Both team collected 12 hits. ... The Hawks have lost 3 games in a row. ... The Eagles have won 5 games in a row. ... Tanaka had held the Hawks scoreless over 34 consecutive innings, dating back to September 11th, 2008. ... Kokubo hurt his left thumb when he pulled off a head-first slide into first base in the 6th inning. He was removed from the game prior to his at bat in the bottom of the 8th. ... Falkenborg made his first appearance since August 18th -- he was out with tightness in his right elbow.
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