Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 40,252 | Time: 3h 42m | Series tied, 10-10-2
The Tigers managed to beat the Giants in 11, 5-3.
A 2-out RBI double by Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI) with a runner on second gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd. The Tigers answered back with a run of their own to briefly tie the game at 1 in the top of the 4th on an RBI single by Takahiro Arai (2-for-5, R, RBI) with runners on first and second and 2 out.
The Giants regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly by Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) with runners on first and third and no out.
In the top of the 6th, a 1-out solo home run by Takashi Toritani (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2R, RBI) tied the game at 2. Two singles and a ground out later, with runners on second and third, Kentaro Sekimoto (2-for-5, RBI) drove in the go-ahead run with a single into center; the inning ended with the runner on second getting thrown out at home. Abe's 27th home run of the year in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 3.
With the game still tied at 3 after 10 full innings of play, the Tigers finally managed to break-through in the 11th: Arai reached on a fielding error by Hayato Sakamoto (SS) and two outs later, scored on Akihiro Yano's (3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) 2nd home run of the year.
With Kyuji Fujikawa still on the mound for Tigers, he entered the game in the bottom of the 10th, the Giants almost managed to stage a comeback as Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, BB, R) and Yoshitomo Tani (2-for-5) started off the inning with singles. But the rally, and the game, came to a quick end as Abe lined into a double play and pinch hitter Shigeyuki Furuki struck out.
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Lin grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Hiyama struck out and Hirano grounded out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > pinch hitter Sakurai flied out
11th: runner on second, 2 out > Fujikawa struck out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Ramirez grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Ramirez struck out
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Gonzalez struck out and Sakamoto grounded out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kamei grounded out, runners on first and third, Tani lined out
11th: runners on first and second, no out > Abe lined into double play and pinch hitter Furuki struck out
Tigers: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Giants: 8 LOB, 2 DP
The Tigers outhit the Giants, 13-11. ... This was Kanemoto's 1,600th consecutive game played. ... Toritani now has a career high 16 home runs.
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|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||1||0||0||0||1||3||0||1x||6||11||1|
Yokohama | Attendance: 8,438 | Time: 3h 30m | Bay Stars lead series, 13-4-0
The Swallows found yet another way to lose a game as the Bay Stars pull off a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
Yakult took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on an RBI single by Norichika Aoki (1-for-5, R, RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out. A stolen base later, Aaron Guiel (0-for-3, 2 BB) walked to put runners on first and second; but neither Shinya Miyamoto (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI) nor Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) could come up with a timely hit.
The Swallows almost ruined another scoring opportunity in the top of the second when Yoshiyuki Noguchi (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double and the next two batters went down in order. But Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-5, R, RBI) singled Noguchi home; stole second; and scored on Keizo Kawashima's (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) double into right to give the Swallows a 3-0 lead.
The Bay Stars returned a run in the bottom of the second: with runners on second and third and 1 out, Takehiro Ishikawa (0-for-4, RBI) drove in a run with a grounder to short.
A fielding error by Noriharu Yamazaki (2B) in the top of the second allowed Aoki to reach second with 1 out. A strike out later, the Swallows recorded two back-to-back doubles by Miyamoto and Tanaka to take a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 6th, Tastuhiko Kinjo (3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) led off the inning with his 7th home run of the year. And in the bottom of the 7th, Masanori Ishikawa suffered a major breakdown after getting 2 out: Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-4, R) led off with a single; Ishikawa grounded out to the pitcher, runner to second; pinch hitter Yoshiyuki Kuwahara grounded out to third; Toshio Saito (2-for-3, R, RBI) singled into center and drove in Yoshimura; Kinjo doubled home Saito; Yamazaki's (1-for-4) single put runners on first and third; Masahiro Yoshikawa relieved Ishikawa; Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, IBB, RBI) tied the game with a single into center, runners on first and third; Hye-Chun Lee relieved Yoshikawa; Dan Johnson (2-for-3, 2 BB, R, RBI) walked to load the bases; and Takahiro Saeki (0-for-3) grounded out to second.
The Swallows turned to an ineffective Kenichi Matsuoka in the bottom of the 9th: T. Saito picked up a bunt single; Takayuki Kajitani came in to run for Saito and was bunted over to second; pinch hitter Tatsuya Shimozono singled to put runners on first and third; Uchikawa was intentionally walked; and Johnson won the game with a single into right.
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Miyamoto flied out and Tanaka grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Aoki grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Tanaka struck out and Noguchi struck out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Noguchi grounded out
6th: runner on second, no out > Ichikawa failed bunt, runner on first, Fukuchi flied out, and K. Kawashima grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tanaka flied out, runners on first and third, Noguchi flied out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Niinuma grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Yamazaki grounded out, runner to third, Uchikawa flied out
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Saeki grounded out
Swallows: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 0 DP
The Bay Stars outhit the Swallows, 11-0. ... The Swallows have now lost 9 games in a row. The last time they did that was 17 years ago. ... The 5 runs the Swallows scored are the most they have scored in a game in the month of September. ... The last time the Swallows suffered a walk-off loss was in 1992. ... Matsuoka has now given up a run in each of his last 5 appearances.
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 21,230 | Time: 3h 59 | Dragons lead series, 15-7-0
A fielding error and a home run ended Wei-Ying Chen's night but the Dragons still managed to beat the Carp, 5-3.
Hidenori's (1-for-5, RBI) single into right, after a walk and a fielding error by Kenta Kurihara (1B) that put runners on first and third and no out, gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. A single by Masahiko Morino (1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI) with the bases loaded in the top of the 5th made it 3-0.
But a throwing error by Hirokazu Ibata (SS) that allowed lead-off hitter Kenta Kurihara (0-for-4, R) to reach first in the bottom of the 7th, followed by a Scott McClain (1-for-4, R) single into left, put runners on first and second and no out for the Carp. Jun Hirose (1-for-4) fouled out to first for the first out of the inning, but Soichiro Amaya (1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed his 5th home run of the year to tie the game at 3.
The game went into extra innings and Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2RBI) struck the decisive blow in the top of the 10th: with 2 outs, Tony Blanco (2-for-5, 2B, R) hit a single into right and scored on Wada's 27th home run of the season.
Hitoki Iwase entered the game in the bottom of the 11th and gave up a 1-out double to Akihiro Higashide (1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B) before retiring the final two batters in order for his 40th save of the year.
Chen actually did pretty well up until the bottom of the 7th: through 6 innings of work, he scattered 3 hits and recorded three 1-2-3 innings. And if not for the error to start the 7th, Chen may have been able to finish out the inning and pick up his 9th win of year.
2nd: runners on first and third, 1 out > Chen struck out and Ibata grounded out
5th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Blanco fouled out to the catcher and Wada flied out
8th: runner on second, no out > Wada struck out, Koike grounded out, and Hidenori grounded out
4th: runner on third, 1 out > Kurihara fouled out to third and McClain flied out
5th: runner on second, no out > Amaya grounded out, Ishihara struck out, and pinch hitter Shima grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kokubo struck out
10th: runner on second, 1 out > Kokubo grounded out and Phillips grounded out
Dragons: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 6 LOB, 1 DP
The Dragons outhit the Carp, 10-6. ... For the third time this season, the Dragons have won 5 games in a row. ... The Carp have now lost 3 games in a row. ... Iwase picks up his 4th year of 40+ saves. ... This was Wada's third straight game with a home run.
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||1||0||4||0||0||X||5||9||0|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 20,351 | Time: 2h 54m | Fighters lead series, 11-10-0
The Eagles were outhit and out-pitched in their 5-2 loss against the Fighters.
The Eagles manufactured a run in the top of the 1st: Naoto Watanabe (0-for-3, BB, R) led off with a walk; stole second, advanced to third on a ground out; and scored on a sac fly by Teppei (1-for-3, RBI). Three back-to-back singles into the top of the second loaded the bases and a ground out to second by Daisuke Kusano (0-for-3, RBI) gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
But after a single by Teppei in the top of the 3rd, the hits stopped coming: Masaru Takeda, Yoshinori Tateyama, and Hisashi Takeda combined to retire 20 straight batters.
Hisashi Iwakuma wasn't at his best, but he still managed to keep the Fighters off the board until he surrendered a 2-out solo homer to Yoshio Itoi (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) in the bottom of the 4th. But that wasn't the worst part of his outing.
In the bottom of the 6th, after getting Shinji Takahashi (1-for-4) to ground out to second to start the inning: Terrmel Sledge (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, RBI) hit his 21st home run of the year to tie the game at 2; Eichi Koyano (1-for-3, HBP, R) and Itoi singled to put runners on first and second; Shinya Tsuruoka (0-for-3, BB, R) walked to load the bases; Makoto Kaneko (1-for-4, 2 RBI) drove in two with a single into left and gave the Fighters a 4-2 lead, runners on first and second; Kensuke Tanaka (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) chased home another run with a double, runners on second and third; and Hichori Morimoto (0-for-3, BB) attempted a squeeze bunt but missed, leaving the runner on third out to dry, and then struck out to end the inning.
1st: bases loaded, 2 out > Koyano struck out
6th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Morimoto struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Itoi flied out
Eagles: 3 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 8 LOB, 0 DP
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 9-4. ... Itoi hit his first home run since 8/29. ... M. Takeda picks up his 4th consecutive win against the Eagles. ... Iwakuma lost his first game of the second half.
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Chiba Lotte Marines||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||10||0|
Chiba Marine | Attendance: 13,227 | Time: 3h 34m | Marines lead series, 10-9-0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (0-for-5) and Tasuku Hashimoto (0-for-4) combined to go 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position as the Lions beat the Mariners, 3-2.
Lotte wasted a solid starting effort by Shunsuke Watanabe: he recorded five 1-2-3 innings and retired 10 straight at one point. He did run into some problems, but not nearly as many as the Marines offense did: despite getting at least one runner on base in every inning except the 3rd, the Marines could only score 2 runs.
With 1 out in the bottom of the first, Keisuke Hayasaka (1-for-5, R) hit an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Hiroyuki Nakajima (SS); Tadahito Iguchi (2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI) followed with a single into center that gave the Marines a 1-0 lead.
The Lions quickly answered back in the top of the 2nd on an RBI single by Ginjiro (1-for-2, RBI) with runners on first and second and 2 out. But a lead-off triple by Katsuya Kakunaka (1-for-3, BB, 3B, R) in the bottom of the 5th, followed 2 outs later by a single into left by Iguchi, gave the Marines a 2-1 lead.
But Seibu managed to once again tie the game: in the top of the 7th, Yoshihito Ishii (1-for-3, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double and scored two outs later on pinch hitter Tatsuyuki Uemoto's (1-for-1, 2 RBI) single into center.
The deciding run scored in the top of the 9th, with Watanabe still on the mound for the Mariners: Takeya Nakamura (1-for-4, 2B) led off with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Shogo Akada; pinch hitter Tomoaki Sato hit a sac bunt, runner to third; G.G. Sato (0-for-2, IBB, BB) was intentionally walked; Tadahiro Ogino relieved Watanabe; Takuya Hara (1-for-3, HBP) was hit by a pitch to load the bases; Uemoto hit a sac fly to drive in the go-ahead run; and Yutaro Ohsaki (0-for-4) struck out to end the inning.
Seibu turned to Jonah Bayliss to close out the game in the bottom of the 9th. But after giving up a 1-out walk to Iguchi, the Lions quick dipped turned to the pen and brought in Tomoki Hoshino, who promptly struck out Shoitsu Ohmatsu (2-for-5, 2B). And as luck would have it, the game ended shortly thereafter with Iguchi getting caught trying to steal second on the strike out.
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Ohsaki flied out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Nakamura flied out
9th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Ohsaki struck out
2nd: runners on second and third, 1 out > Kakunaka grounded out and Nishioka flied out
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > T. Hashimoto struck out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Nishioka struck out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > T. Hashimoto struck out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kakunaka lined out and Nishioka flied out
Lions: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 11 LOB, 1 DP
The Marines outhit the Lions, 10-6. ... Watanabe sets a new career high with his 12th loss.
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Chiba Lotte Marines
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Kyocera Dome | Attendance: 13,310 | Time: 3h 43m | Hawks lead series, 11-10-0
Yuichi Honda (2-for-6, 2B, RBI) grounds out to short
Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-6, R, RBI) lines out to second
Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) walks
Hiroki Kokubo (2-for-5, 2 R) singles ... runners on first and second
Hitoshi Tamura (3-for-4, HBP, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI) hits a double ... Matsunaka and Kokubo SCORE ... runner on second
Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-2, 2 BB, R) walks ... runners on first and second
Jose Ortiz (1-for-3, BB, R) grounds out to third
Runs: 2 | Hits: 2 | Score: 2-0 Hawks
Hasegawa grounds out to second
Ortiz hits a single into left
Hidenori Tanoue (2-for-5, R, RBI) hits a single into left ... runners on first and second
Satoru Morimoto (1-for-5, R, RBI) flies out to right ... runners on first and third
Honda hits a single into center ... Ortiz SCORES ... runners on first and second
Kawasaki grounds out to second
Runs: 1 | Hits: 3 | Score: 3-0 Hawks
Matsunaka flies out to center
Kokubo hits a single into right
Tamura hits his 16th home run of the year ... Kokubo and Tamura SCORE
Hasegawa hits a single
Ortiz grounds out to short
Hasegawa steals second
Tanoue strikes out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | Score: 5-0 Hawks
Takahiro Okada (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) hits his 2nd home run of the year ... Okada SCORES
Koji Yamasaki (0-f0r-4) strikes out
Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-4, BB, 2B) singles into left
Sakguchi steals second
Masahiro Abe (0-for-2, 3 BB) lines out to second
Alex Cabrera (1-for-2, BB) walks ... runners on first and second
Tuffy Rhodes (0-for-4) grounds out to first
Runs: 1 | Hits: 2 | Score: 5-1 Hawks
K. Yamasaki flies out to left
Abe grounds out to third ... runner advances ... runner on second
Mitsutaka Goto (2-for-2, RBI) singles into center ... Sakaguchi SCORES
Rhodes flies out to center
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 5-2 Hawks
Pitching change: Brian Falkenborg relieves Akio Mizuta
Hirotoshi Kitagawa (1-for-4, BB, R) hits a single into right
Takeshi Hidaka (1-for-4, BB) hits a single ... runners on first and second
Shinji Shimoyama (0-for-3, BB) walks ... bases loaded
Pitching change: Tadashi Settsu relieves Falkenborg
Okada GIDP ... Kitagawa SCORES ... runner on third
K. Yamasaki strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 2 | Score: 5-3 Hawks
Pitching change: Ryota Katsuki relieves Hidetaka Kawagoe
Matsunaka hits his 23rd home run of the year ... Matsunaka SCORES
Kokubo strikes out
Tamura singles into center
Pinch runner: Kenji Akashi comes in to run for Tamura
Hasegawa walks ... runners on first and second
Hisao Arakane (1-for-1, R, RBI) hits a single ... Akashi SCORES ... runners on first and third
Tanoue hits a single ... Hasegawa SCORES ... runners on first and second
Pitching change: Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara relieves Katsuki
Morimoto hits a single into center ... Arakane SCORES ... runners on first and second
Honda reaches on a fielding error by Abe (3B) ... bases loaded
Kawasaki hits a grounder to short ... Tanoue SCORES ... out at second ... throwing error to first ... Morimoto SCORES ... Kawasaki advances to second
Pinch hitter: Nobuhiro Matsuda pinch hits for Matsunaka
Matsuda hits a single into left ... Kawasaki scores
Pinch hitter: Motohiro Yoshikawa pinch hits for Kokubo
Yoshikawa strikes out looking
Runs: 7 | Hits: 6 | Score: 12-3 Hawks
Pitching change: Takahiro Mahara relieves Settsu
Sakaguchi leads off with a double
Abe walks ... runners on first and second
Goto hits a single into left ... bases loaded
Pinch hitter: Shintaro Yoshida pinch hits for Rhodes
Yoshida grounds out to short ... Sakaguchi SCORES
Kitagawa flies out to right
Hidaka strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 2 | Score: 12-5 Hawks
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Ortiz grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > stolen base, runner on third, Kawasaki grounded out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kawasaki grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Tanoue struck out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Kokubo struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tanoue GIDP
1st: runners on first and second, no out > Cabrera flied out, Rhodes flied out, double steal, runners on second and third, and Kitagawa grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Rhodes grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Abe lined out, Cabrera walked, runners on first and second, Rhodes grounded out
8th: runner on third, 2 out > K. Yamasaki struck out
9th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Kitagawa flied out and Hidaka struck out
Hawks: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 11 LOB, 2 DP
The Hawks outhit the Buffaloes, 17-8. ... Settsu set a new PL record for appearances in a season by a rookie with 63.
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