Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 36,090 | Time: 3h 18m | Swallows lead series, 12-10-0
Takashi Ogasawara tossed 6.2 innings of shut-out ball to beat the Swallows, 4-2.
Ogasawara held the Swallows to just 4 hits over 6.2 innings of work and struck out 7 Swallows. He did pitch with runners on base for most of the game (he only had one 1-2-3 inning), but still managed to keep the Swallows off the board (Kazuki Inoue also made a great play in the 1st inning on a D'Antona fly ball up against the wall in right).
When the Swallows offense finally got going, it was in the top of the 8th off the bullpen: with Takuya Asao on the mound to start the inning, the Swallows put runners on first and second; Aaron Guiel (2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) singled a run home and a fielding error put runners on first and third; and Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-4, RBI) singled home the second run and pulled the Swallows to within 1 run of tying the game.
Yakult managed to put together another major threat in the top of the 9th against Hitoki Iwase and had runners on first and third with 1 out, but Keizo Kawashima (1-for-4) struck out, Norichika Aoki walked, (2-for-3, 2 BB, R), and pinch hitter Ryohei Kawamoto flied out to left to end the game.
The Dragons' offense was helped out largely by Kazuhiro Wada's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 25th home run of the year with Masahiko Morino (3-for-4, 2B, R) on first and 1 out. Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-4, RBI) chipped in with a 2-out single in the bottom of the 3rd that scored Hidenori (2-for-3, R) from second; and a Tony Blanco (0-for-3, RBI) sac fly in the bottom of the 8th scored Masahiro Araki (0-for-3, HBP, R) from third.
2nd: runner on second, no out > Miyamoto grounded out, runner on third, Tanaka struck out, Aikawa was intentionally walked, runners on first and third, and Oshimoto struck out
6th: runners on first and second, no out > D'Antona GIDP, runner on third, Guiel struck out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Noguchi struck out
9th: runners on first and third, 1 out > K. Kawashima struck out, Aoki walked, bases loaded, pinch hitter Kawamoto flied out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ogasawara struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Blanco struck out
Swallows: 11 LOB, 2 DP
Dragons: 4 LOB, 2 DP
Both team collected 8 hits. ... The Dragons have won 3 games in a row. ... The Swallows have lost 7 games in a row. They have also lost a club first, 12 series in a row. ... Wada's last home run came on August 14.
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Koshien | Attendance: 46,811 | Time: 3h 18m | Tigers lead series, 13-7-0
Three walks in the top of the 3rd led to 3 runs that never should have scored and allowed the Bay Stars to beat the Tigers, 4-2.
The Bay Stars took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third after they loaded the bases on 3 walks and Uchikawa (3-for-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI) followed with a 2 out triple to clear the bases.
The Tigers answered with single runs in the bottom of the 4th and 5th:
4th inning: Keisuke Kano (0-for-3, BB, RBI) drove in a run on a ground out to short with runners on second and third and 1 out.
5th inning: with Takashi Toritani (2-for-3, BB) on first Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4, R) on third and 1 out, Tomoaki Kanemoto (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) doubled to right; Hirano easily scored but Toritani was thrown out trying to score from first. Kanemoto advance to third on the throw but was left standing there as Takahiro Arai (0-for-4) flied out to left to end the inning.
Yokohama extended their lead to 4-2 in the top of the 6th on an RBI single by Noriharu Yamazaki (1-for-3, BB, RBI) with the bases loaded and 2 outs. The inning ended with the runner that was on second getting thrown out trying to score.
Shun Yamaguchi gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the 9th but struck out Ikuro Katsuragi (0-for-1, BB) and got Hirano to hit into a game-ending 1-6-3 double play.
3rd: runner on third, 2 out > Johnson grounded out
1st: runners on first and third, 1 out > Kanemoto struck out and Arai flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > pinch hitter M. Takahashi flied out
5th: runner on third, 2 out > Arai flied out
7th: runners on first and second, no out > Hirano flied out (bunt) and Toritani lined into double play
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Hiyama struck out and Kano flied out
Bay Stars: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Tigers: 9 LOB, 3 DP
The Tigers outhit the Bay Stars, 9-7. ... Akahoshi left the game after hurting his neck by diving for a ball hit by Uchikawa in the top of the 3rd. He was carried off the field and taken to a hospital for tests. ... This was Fukuhara's shortest outing of the season.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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Yomiuri Giants vs. Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium
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Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 38,307 | Time: 2h 48m | Fighters lead series, 16-6-0
Yuki Karakawa tossed 8 solid innings and finally picked up his 5th win of the season as the Marines beat the Fighters, 4-2.
Karakawa was nearly untouchable over the first 7 innings (five 1-2-3 innings), giving up just 2 singles in the bottom of the second and a walk in the bottom of the 5th. Perhaps starting to feel a little tired (he threw 102 pitches over the first 7 innings of the game), Karakawa gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Tomohiro Nioka (2-for-3) led off with a single into left. Pinch hitter Naoto Inada grounded out to second, but pinch hitter Tomochika Tsuboi reached on a single. With runners on first and second, Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-4, RBI) drove in a run with a single into right that put runners on first and third; and a second run scored on a ground out by Yoshio Itoi (0-for-4, RBI). The inning ended with Atsunori Inaba (0-for-4) flying out to left.
Brian Sikorski entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and gave up a lead-off single to Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4) but got Terrmel Sledge (1-for-4) to hit into a 3-6-1 double play and struck out Eiichi Koyano (0-for-4) to end the game.
The Marines scored single runs in the top of the 4th and 6th and spotted 2 runs in the 8th:
4th inning: Saburo (4-for-4, 2 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI) led off the inning with his 21st home run of the year.
6th inning: After Toshiaki Imae (1-for-5, 2B, R) started the inning off with a double, Saburo followed with a single into center that allowed Imae to score from second.
8th inning: Saburo led off with a double and one out later, scored on a double by Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI); Tomoya Satozaki (3-for-4) hit a single into left, runners on first and third; and Benny Agbayani (1-for-3, RBI) hit a sac fly that scored Ohmatsu from third.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Iguchi flied out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Minami flied out, runner to third, Nishioka struck out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Agbayani grounded out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tsuruoka lined out
Marines: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 4 LOB, 1 DP
The Marines outhit the Fighters, 13-6. ... In a span of 1 month, the Fighters have had two 6-game losing streaks. ... Karakawa won his first game since May 19.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 21,547 | Time: 2h 53m | Lions lead series, 14-9-0
Yoshihisa Hirano struck out 9 on his way to a 3-2 victory over the Lions.
Starting pitchers on either side tossed respectable games: Takayuki Kishi held the Buffaloes to just 1 hit over the first 6 innings of the game (four 1-2-3 innings) while Hirano shut down the Lions offense for 4 innings (three 1-2-3 innings) after surrendering his second run of the game in the 4th.
Tuffy Rhodes' 20th home run of the year gave the Buffaloes a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. The Lions answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 3rd when Takumi Kuriyama (1-for-4, 2B, R) hit a 2-out double and came around to score on a single by Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4, RBI).
The Lions took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th on G.G. Sato's 19th home run of the year.
But the Lions' lead would only last until the top of the 7th: after Kishi retired Rhodes on a ground out to first, Jose Fernadez (1-for-4, 2B, R) doubled and scored on Takeshi Hidaka's (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) double into right; one out later, Hidaka scored on a single by Shinji Shimoyama (1-for-3, RBI) that gave the Lions a 3-2 lead.
Chihiro Kaneko tossed the bottom of the 9th and gave up a lead-off single to Takeya Nakamura (1-for-3) before retiring the next three batters in order for his first save of the year.
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Cabrera GIDP
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Y. Ishii struck out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > pinch hitter Inoue grounded out
Buffaloes: 3 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 1 DP
The Lions outhit the Buffaloes, 6-4. ... Hirano stopped a personal 9 game losing streak. ... Rhodes has now hit at least 20 homers in 13 consecutive seasons.
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Yahoo Dome | Attendance: 32,528 | Time: 3h 52m | Eagles lead series, 11-8-0
The Eagles' bullpen almost blew the game in the 8th inning but managed to hold on for a 6-5 win.
Rakuten took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st on Takeshi Yamasaki's (3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) first home run of the game, following a single by Teppei (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI). A sac fly by Naoto Watanabe (0-for-4, RBI) in the top of the 5th with the bases loaded and 1 out gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles tacked on 3 more runs in the top of the 8th with Kenji Ohtonari on the mound to start the inning: Watanabe grounded out to short; pinch hitter Ryuji Miyade singled; Teppei drove in Miyade with a double in to right; Makoto Sato relieved Ohtonari; Yamasaki followed with his second home run of the game; Kenshi (0-for-3) walked; Yoshiaki Fujioka relieved Sato; and Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, R) rapped into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 8th, the Eagles' bullpen almost self-imploded. It all started off innocently enough with Kenta Satake striking out Motohiro Yoshikawa (0-for-1, BB) to start the inning. But then the hits started coming: Yuichi Honda (2-for-4, R) singled into right and advanced to second on a passed ball; Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-4, BB, 2B, R) reached on an infield single, runners on first and third; Tsuyoshi Kawagishi relieved Aoyama; Jose Ortiz (1-for-5, R, RBI) singled home the first run of the inning, runners on first and second; Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) doubled in the second run of the inning, runners on second and third; Kanehisa Arime relieved Kawagishi; Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-4, 2 RBI) drove in the third and fourth runs of the game with a single into right; pinch runner Takeshi Tsuji replaced Matsunaka at first; Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-4, R) hit into a force at second; Kazuo Fukumori relieved Arime; Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-3) singled into right, runners on first and third; pinch hitter Hitoshi Tamura drove in the fifth run of the inning on a double into left, runners on second and third; pinch runner Satoru Morimoto replaced Tamura at second; Yoshikawa walked to load the bases; and Shinichiro Koyama relieved Fukumori and got Honda to foul out to third to end the inning.
Other than a 1-out walk, the Eagles went down quietly in the top of the 9th.
Koyama closed out the game with a perfect 9th and picked up his 3rd save of the year.
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > M. Nakamura grounded out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kosai grounded out
3rd: runner on third, 1 out > Kawasaki grounded out and Ortiz flied out
6th: runners on first and second, no out > Ortiz flied out, wild pitch advanced runners to second and third, Kokubo walked, and Matsunaka 6-3 GIDP
8th: bases loaded, 2 out > Honda fouled out to third
Eagles: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 8 LOB, 1 DP
The Hawks outhit the Eagles, 11-8. ... The Hawks have lost 4 in a row (tying a season high). ... Settsu tied the Pacific League record for appearances in a season with 62. He is also just 9 games away from breaking the NPB record for appearances in a season. ... T. Yamasaki now has 35 home runs. He surpassed Hiromitsu Kadota's record of 33 home runs for most home runs by a player over 40. .. This was Aoyama's first victory since May 13, 2007.
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