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NPB: Game Summaries for September 12th, 2009

by on Sep.13, 2009 @ 3:36 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

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Yakult Swallows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 0
Chunichi Dragons 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 X 4 8 2

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.

Missed Opportunities
Swallows
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

Dragons
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

News
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.

Yakult Swallows

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Oshimoto, Takehiko L 41 1 6 0 6 91 25 23 7 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 3 3 2.769
Matsui, Kosuke 10 0 0 0 1 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.063
Yoshikawa, Masahiro 5 0 0 0 1 12 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1.929

Chunichi Dragons

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Ogasawara, Takashi W 18 6 2 0 6 2/3 111 26 22 4 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.146
Kawahara, Junichi H 36 2 0 0 1/3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.403
Asao, Takuya H 59 7 9 2 1 17 7 6 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 3.771
Iwase, Hitoki S 52 2 3 39 1 31 6 5 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.184

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Yokohama Bay Stars 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 7 1
Hanshin Tigers 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 0

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.

Missed Opportunities
Bay Stars
3rd: runner on third, 2 out > Johnson grounded out

Tigers
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

News
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

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Randolph, Stephen W 5 3 1 0 7 114 30 24 6 0 6 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 1.636
Sanada, Hiroki H 59 5 4 0 1 21 5 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.653
Yamaguchi, Shun S 45 4 4 16 1 10 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.240

Hanshin Tigers

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Fukuhara, Shinobu L 14 3 10 0 3 50 13 10 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 4.843
Tsutsui, Kazuya 35 0 2 0 1 13 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.425
Egusa, Hirotaka 54 4 3 0 1 2/3 32 8 7 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1.906
Kanemura, Satoru 17 1 1 0 1 1/3 12 4 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.667
Watanabe, Ryo 45 1 0 0 2 26 7 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.547

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Yomiuri Giants vs. Hiroshima Carp @ Mazda Stadium

RAINED OUT

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Chiba Lotte Marines 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 13 0
Nippon Ham Fighters 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 0

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.

Missed Opportunities
Marines
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

Fighters
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tsuruoka lined out

Marines: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 4 LOB, 1 DP

News
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

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Karakawa, Yuki W 18 5 6 0 8 130 30 29 5 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 3.016
Sikorski, Brian S 48 7 5 12 1 11 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.469

Nippon Ham Fighters

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Yagi, Tomoya L 17 8 3 0 6 2/3 102 28 26 9 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 2.950
Tanimoto, Keisuke 22 2 0 0 2/3 13 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5.192
Miyanishi, Naoki 48 7 1 0 2/3 8 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2.455
Takeda, Hisashi 46 1 0 29 1 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.340

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Orix Buffaloes 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 4 0
Seibu Lions 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

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.

Missed Opportunities
Buffaloes
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Cabrera GIDP

Lions
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

News
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.

Orix Buffaloes

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Hirano, Yoshihisa W 18 3 10 0 8 111 30 28 5 1 9 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 4.680
Kaneko, Chihiro S 24 10 7 1 1 16 4 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.706

Seibu Lions

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Kishi, Takayuki L 23 12 3 0 7 126 27 24 4 1 6 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 3.024
Ohnuma, Koji 47 3 6 1 1 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.685
Hoshino, Tomoki 58 1 1 0 1/3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.273
Bayliss, Jonah 12 0 0 1 2/3 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

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Rakuten Eagles 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 6 8 0
Softbank Hawks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 11 0

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.

Missed Opportunities
Eagles
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > M. Nakamura grounded out

Hawks
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

News
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.

Rakuten Eagles

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Aoyama, Koji W 24 2 4 5 5 1/3 75 22 18 4 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 5.586
Satake, Kenta H 24 0 0 0 2 41 7 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 6.120
Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi 17 2 3 2 0/3 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4.959
Arime, Kanehisa H 48 0 2 3 1/3 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5.538
Fukumori, Kazuo 27 6 0 8 0/3 12 3 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.929
Koyama, Shinichiro S 49 1 3 3 1 1/3 18 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.072

Softbank Hawks

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Houlton, D.J. L 22 10 7 0 7 125 27 25 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 2.953
Ohtonari, Kenji 22 6 9 0 1/3 9 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5.317
Sato, Makoto 25 1 1 0 0/3 8 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 6.557
Fujioka, Yoshiaki 29 5 7 0 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.974
Settsu, Tadashi 62 5 2 0 1 19 4 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.456

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