Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 35,697 | Time: 2h 46m | Swallows lead series, 12-11-0
The Chunichi Dragons finally figured out Shohei Tateyama and beat the Swallows, 7-2.
The Dragons took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st: with runners on first and third, Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) drove in a run with a single into right that put runners on first and second; Kazuki Inoue (1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI) followed with a triple to clear the bases.
The Swallows answered back with a run in the 2nd: with 1 out, Shinya Miyamoto (2-for-4, R) hit a single to left, stole second despite Ryosuke Morioka (1-for-4) striking out, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Ryoji Aikawa's (2-for-4, RBI) single into right.
In the bottom of the 5th, with a runner on second and 1 out, a throwing error by Tateyama on Hirokazu Ibata's (2-for-4, 2 R) grounder back to the mound allowed the Dragons to take a 4-0 lead. An out later, Masahiko Morino (1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, R, RBI) drove in Ibata from second with a double into right.
Aaron Guiel's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 23rd home run of the year in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs gave the Swallows their second and final run of the game.
Wada led off the bottom of the 6th with a home run of his own, number 26 on the year, and gave the Dragons a 6-2 lead. Chunichi tacked on another run in the bottom of the 7th on an RBI double by Tony Blanco (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) with runners on first and second and 1 out.
Miyamoto led off the top of the 9th with an infield single and was replaced by a pinch runner. That move didn't make much of a difference as the next batter, Morioka, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Aikawa followed with another infield single, but the game ended with Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-2) grounding out to first.
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Aoki flied out, runner to third, and Guiel struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Takeuchi flied out and K. Kawashima grounded out
1st: runner on third, 2 out > Hidenori grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Blanco struck out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Pinch hitter De La Rosa grounded out
7th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Wada struck out and Koike grounded out
Swallows: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Dragons outhit the Swallows, 11-9. ... The Dragons swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Swallows 14-5. ... The Dragons have now won 4 in a row. ... The Swallows have dropped 8 in a row. ... Tateyama had a 7 game winning streak against the Dragons coming into the game. ... Tateyama started on 4 days rest.
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Koshien | Attendance: 46,677 | Time: 2h 47m | Tigers lead series, 14-7-0
With the Swallows' loss earlier in the day, the Tigers moved into third place with their 2-1 win over the Bay Stars.
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Scott Atchison, and Kyuji Fujikawa combined to hold the Bay Stars to just 1 run on 3 hits. The one run that scored came in the top of the 3rd with Shimoyanagi on the mound: Takehiro Ishikawa (1-for-3, 3B, R) led off the inning with a triple and scored on Shingo Takeyama's (1-for-2, RBI) single into center.
In the top of the 9th, Fujikawa struck out the first 2 batters of the inning before giving up a single to Yuta Naito (1-for-1). But he quickly ended the game by getting Takahiro Saeki (0-for-4) to ground out to second.
On offense, the Tigers got a little help from the Bay Stars. In the bottom of the 4th, with Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-4, 2B, R) on second and Takashi Toritani (1-for-3, BB, R) on third, a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score. Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, BB), up to bat during the wild pitch, walked to put runners on first and third. The Tigers then took the lead when Kanemoto came around to score on Wei-Chu Lin's (1-for-3, RBI) grounder back to the pitcher.
This wasn't exactly a resounding win by the Tigers, but it was good enough to beat the Bay Stars and get them into third place.
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Takeyama struck out and Kobayashi struck out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Uchikawa grounded out, runner to third, Johnson grounded out
1st: runners on first and third, 1 out > Kanemoto struck out and Arai flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Yano grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Toritani grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Sekimoto GIDP
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Nohara grounded out, runner to third, and Hirano flied out
Bay Stars: 4 LOB, 2 DP
Tigers: 6 LOB, 1 DP
The Tigers outhit the Bay Stars, 7-3. ... The Tigers won the series (2-1) and scored the same number of runs as the Bay Stars 6-6. ... Komatsu's last Ichi-gun start came on June 6th.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 32,054 | Time: 3h 6m | Giants lead series, 10-6-3
The Giants continued their march to clinch the top spot in the Central League by beating the Carp, 4-2.
An RBI single by Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-5, R, RBI), followed by a 2-run homer by Alex Ramirez (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI) gave the Giants a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st.
The Carp answered back with single runs in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th:
3rd inning: with Akihiro Higashide (3-for-4, R) on second and Tetsuya Kokubo (0-for-2, 2 BB) on first and 2 out, Andy Phillips (1-for-4, RBI) drove in Higashide with a single into left. That left runners on first and third with 2 out for Kenta Kurihara (0-for-4), who struck out to end the inning.
4th inning: Scott McClain (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the inning with his 15th home run of the year. A fly out to center, a single by Masato Akamatsu (1-for-2), a fly out to second, and a single by Kenta Maeda (1-for-2) put runners on first and third and 2 out, but Higashide grounded out to first to end the inning.
In the top of the 5th, the Giants tacked on one last run: Tetsuya Matsumoto (1-for-5, R) led off the inning with a double; Ogaswara flied out to short; Ramirez flied out to right, runner to third; and Yoshiyuki Kamei (2-for-4, RBI) dropped down a surprise squeeze that allowed Matsumoto to score and Kamei to reach first safely -- Kamei made the decision to squeeze on his own.
Marc Kroon tossed a perfect 9th for his 23rd save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Wakiya flied out
3rd: bases loaded, 2 out > Wakiya struck out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Tani flied out and Sakamoto flied out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Yamaguchi grounded out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Phillips GIDP, runner on third, Kurihara struck out
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Kurihara struck out
4th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Higashide grounded out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Ishihara fouled out to first
Giants: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 6 LOB, 2 DP
The Giants outhit the Carp, 9-7. ... The Giants sweep the series (2-0) and outscore the Carp 17-7. ... Maeda started on four days rest.
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||X||3||8||1|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 42,069 | Time: 2h 25m | Fighters lead series, 17-6-0
Thanks to Yu Darvish and the Fighters' defense, they finally managed to stop their slide and beat the Marines, 3-1.
The Fighters took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Shinji Takahashi (2-for-3, BB, RBI) with a runner on third and 2 out. They extended it to 2-0 in the bottom of the second on two back-to-back, 1-out doubles by Yoshio Itoi (2-for-4, 2 2B, R) and Tomohiro Nioka (1-for-3, 2B, RBI).
The Marines finally got on the board in the top of the 8th when Tomoya Satozaki (2-for-3, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double and scored 1 out later on a double by Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-4, 2B, RBI).
Eiichi Koyano's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 9th home run of the year in the bottom of the 8th gave the Fighters their 3-1 lead.
Things almost went sour for Hisashi Takeda and the Fighters in the top of the 9th. A fielding error allowed Kazuya Fukuura (0-for-4) to reach first. Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-4, 2B) flied out to right and Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-4) hit into a force. Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-4) then hit a single into right that put runners on first and third. But Takeda bore down and got Toshiaki Imae (0-for-4) to ground out to short to end the inning and the game.
A note about the Fighters' defense:
1st inning, Nishioka on third, 1 out. Morimoto made a nice catch on a fly ball hit by Fukuura. Morimoto then quickly threw the ball home and threw out Nishioka at home.
2nd inning, Ohmatsu on first, 1 out, Itoi made a nice catch on a fly ball hit toward the gap by T. Hashimoto.
6th inning, Satozaki on first, 1 out, Tanaka made a nice leaping catch on a Nishioka line drive.
9th inning, Minami on first, 1 out, Ohmatsu hit a hot shot down the third base line that Koyano smothered, recovered, and threw over to second just in time to get Minami.
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Fukuura flied out, runner on third thrown out at home
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Ohmatsu flied out and T. Hashimoto flied out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Hayasaka struck out
9th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Imae grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Tsuruoka grounded out, Tanaka walked, runners on first and second, and Morimoto lined out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Itoi grounded out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Nioka grounded out and Tsuruokastruck out
Marines: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 7 LOB, 0 DP
The Marines outhit the Fighters, 8-7. ... The Marines took the series (2-1) and outscored the Fighters 8-7. ... The Fighters end their 6 game losing streak. ... The Marines' 4 game winning streak comes to an end. ... Fernandez left the game early after taking a ball off his face while trying to make a defensive play on the field in the 7th. He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a fractured left cheek bone.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 20,460 | Time: 3h 45m | Lions lead the series, 15-9-0
Naoyuki Ohmura (1-for-4, R) singles into right
Koji Yamasaki (3-for-3, 3 R) singles into left ... runners on first and second
Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R) flies out to left
Masahiro Abe (2-for-5, R, 3 RBI) fouls out to third
Alex Cabrera (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI) hits his 13th home run of the year ... Ohmura, Yamasaki, and Cabrera SCORE
Tuffy Rhodes (1-for-4, BB, 2B) doubles into right
Wild pitch ... runner advance ... runner on third
Jose Fernandez (0-for-3, BB) walks ... runners on first and third
Takeshi Hidaka (0-for-5) flies out to center
Runs: 3 | Hits: 4 | Score: 3-0 Buffaloes
Tatsuyuki Uemoto (2-for-3, 2B, R) leads off with a single
Yasuyuki Kataoka (0-for-4) fouls out to right
Wild pitch ... runner advances ... runner on second
Takumi Kuriyama (0-for-4, HBP) grounds out to second ... runner on third
Hiroyuki Nakajima (2-for-4, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) hits his 19th home run of the year ... Uemoto and Nakajima SCORE
Takeya Nakamura (2-for-4, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) walks
Yoshihito Ishii (1-for-4, BB, R) grounds out to first
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | Score: 3-2 Buffaloes
Pitching change: Fumikazu Kimura relieves Ryoma Nogami
Shinji Shimoyama (0-for-4) strikes out
Ohmura strikes out
K. Yamasaki singles into right
Sakaguchi singles into right ... Fielding error by G.G. Sato (RF), runners advance ... runners on second and third
Abe hits a single into right ... K. Yamasaki and Sakaguchi SCORE
Wild pitch ... runner advances ... runner on second
Cabrera hits a double ... Abe scores
Rhodes strikes out
Runs: 3 | Hits: 4 | Score: 6-2 Buffaloes
G.G. Sato (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hits his 20th home run of the season ... G.G. Sato SCORES
Takuya Hara (1-for-3, R) singles into left
Taketoshi Goto (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) walks ... runners on first and second
Pitching change: Akio Shimizu relieves Komatsu
Uemoto drops a sac bunt ... runners advance ... runners on second and third
Kataoka hits a sac fly ... Hara SCORES ... runner on second
Pitching change: Daisuke Kato relieves Shimizu
Nakajima strikes out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | Score: 6-4 Buffaloes
Nakamura hits his 38th home run ... Nakamura SCORES
Y. Ishii grounds out to short
G.G. Sato strikes out
Hara strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 6-5 Buffaloes
Pitching change: Koji Ohnuma relieves Fumikazu Kimura
Ohmura flies out to center
K. Yamasaki hits a single into right
Sakaguchi hits a double ... runners on second and third
Abe grounds out to second ... Yamasaki SCORES ... runner on third
Passed ball ... runner advances ... Sakaguchi SCORES
Cabrera flies out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | 8-5 Buffaloes
Pitching change: Ryota Katsuki relieves Kato
Goto leads off with a single
Uemoto hits a double ... runners on second and third
Kataoka grounds out to short ... Goto SCORES ... runner on third
Kuriyama grounds out to second
Nakajima walks ... runners on first and third
Nakamura grounds out to third
Runs: 1 | Hits: 2 | Score: 8-6 Buffaloes
Y. Ishii leads off with a single
G.G. Sato hits a double ... Ishii SCORES
Hara hits a sac bunt ... runner advances ... runner on third
Goto hits a single ... G.G. Sato SCORES
Pitching change: Ryan Vogelsong relieves Katsuki
Uemoto strikes out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | Score: 8-8 Tie
Kataoka grounds out to second
Kuriyama flies out to left
Nakajima hits his 20th home run of the year ... Nakajima SCORES
Nakamura hits his 39th home run of the year ... Nakamura SCORES
Y. Ishii walks
Pinch runner: Tomoaki Sato replaces Y. Ishii
Sato caught stealing
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | Score: 10-8 Lions
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Hidaka flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Rhodes struck out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Shimoyama flied out
9th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Hidaka grounded out
1st: runner on third, 2 out > Nakamura struck out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Nakajima struck out
6th: runner on third, 1 out > Kuriyama grounded out, Nakajima walked, and Nakamura grounded out
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Lions outhit the Buffaloes, 13-12. ... The Lions won the series (2-1) and outscored the Buffaloes 14-12.
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Yahoo Dome | Attendance: 32,367 | Time: 2h 55m | Eagles lead series, 11-9-0
The Softbank Hawks beat the Eagles, 2-1, behind a strong outing by their ace, Toshiya Sugiuchi.
Sugiuchi dominated Eagles and held them to just 3 hits over 9 innings of work and struck out 11. After giving up a 1-out walk to Todd Linden (0-for-2, BB) in the second and getting Jin Nakatani (0-for-3) to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning, Sugiuchi retired 20 straight batters before giving up a 2-out double in the top of the 9th.
The only run the Eagles were able to score off Sugiuchi came in the top of the 1st with 1 out: Yosuke Takasu (0-for-3, BB, R) walked on 7 pitches, was bunted over to second, and scored on a single into center by Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-3, BB, RBI).
Darrell Rasner wasn't quite as crisp, he did hold his own: he scattered 6 hits over 8.1 innings. Other than a solo home run by Motohiro Yoshikawa (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) in the bottom of the 5th, Rasner managed to get out of most of the trouble he pitched himself into. Except for the bottom of the 9th: Nobuhiko Matsunaka (1-for-3, BB) led off with a single; Takeshi Tsuji entered the game to pinch run for Matsunaka; Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-3, BB) walked; Hidenori Tanoue (0-for-3) advanced the runners with a sac bunt, runners on second and third; pinch hitter Hitoshi Tamura was intentionally walked to load the bases; Hisao Arakane entered the game to pinch run for Tamura; Kanehisa Arime relieved Darrell Rasner; and Munenori Kawasaki (3-for-3, BB, RBI) hit a walk-off single into center to end the game and give the Hawks a 2-1 victory.
Rasner didn't look very happy after being pulled with the bases loaded, but he was already at 138 pitches and probably should have been gone after 8 (118 pitches). My guess is that Nomura was 1) worried about the pen, and 2) loves complete game and wanted Rasner to try for one. But this was also Ranser's first Ich-gun start since June 10th. And while Rasner did have a 1-2-3 8th, he also allowed at least 1 base runner in every other inning he pitched.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Nakatani GIDP
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Seguignol grounded out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Ortiz struck out and Kokubo flied out
2nd: runner on second, no out > Hasegawa struck out, Tanoue grounded out, runner to third, Yoshikawa flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Hasegawa grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Akashi grounded out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Tanoue flied out
Eagles: 4 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 9 LOB, 1 DP
The Hawks outhit the Eagles, 7-3. ... The Eagles took the series (2-1) and outscored the Hawks 14-11. ... The Hawks end their 4 game slide. ... The Eagles 6-game winning streak comes to an end. ... Kawasaki was in the number 9 hole for the first time since 2003. ... Sugiuchi has won 6 games in a row.
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