Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 41,534 | Time: 3h 29m | Tigers lead series, 11-10-2
The Tigers were the victors of a seesaw 7-6 game against the Giants.
Ryo Asai (4-for-5, 3B, HR,2 R, 2 RBI) led off the game with his 3rd home run of the year. A single, a fielding error by Alex Ramirez (LF), and a ground out later, with a runner on third, Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-3, BB, RBI) gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a sac fly into center.
The Giants quickly answered back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st: Hayato Sakamoto (3-for-5, R) led off with single; Tetsuya Matsumoto (0-for-4) struck out; Michihiro Ogasawara (0-for-3, BB, R) walked to put runners on first and second; Alex Ramirez (1-for-3, HBP, 2B, R, RBI) drove in a run with a double, runners on second and third; Yoshiyuki Kamei (0-for-4) grounded out to first; Yoshitomo Tani (1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) walked to load the bases; Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-3, HBP, R, 2 RBI) gave the Giants a 3-2 lead with a 2-run single into center; and Daisuke Nakai (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) grounded out to second to end the inning.
Nakai's 2-run double in the bottom of the 3rd gave the Giants a 5-2 lead. But the Tigers tied the game in the top of the 5th on a 3-run home run by Takashi Toritani (2-for-4, HBP, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI). The Giants regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on Tani's 7th home run of the year.
In the top of the 6th, the Tigers tied the game on an RBI triple by Asai. And in the top of the 7th, they took a 7-6 lead when Toritani led off the inning with his second home run of the game.
After Tani's home run in the bottom of the 5th, the Tigers' pitching staff retired 18 straight batters, including 10 on strike outs.
Kyuji Fujikawa entered the game in the bottom of the 9 and struck out the side for his 22nd save of the year.
The Giants had a quick hook for Tono tonight. And Hara wasn't all too happy with him giving up 2 runs in the first inning.
6th: runner on third, 2 out > Hirano flied out
1st: runners on first and third and 2 out > Nakai grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > S. Kimura struck out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Ogasawara grounded out, runner to third, and Ramirez struck out
Tigers: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Giants:5 LOB, 0 DP
Tigers outhit the Giants, 12-7. ... The Tigers have won 3 games in a row. ... The Tigers have won the last 5 series against the Giants. ... Abe extended his hitting streak to 15 games. ... The Tigers are 10-0 in games Toritani hits a home run (going back to 2007). ... 7 of Toritani's 18 home runs have come against the Giants. ... Asai hit his first ever, lead-off home run of his career. ... Sakamoto made a nice play in the top of the 3rd when he threw out Asai at the plate to end the inning. ... Both teams combined for 28 strike outs and each of the 10 pitchers that made an appearance struck out at least 1 batter. ... It was Asai first 4-hit game in the pros.
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|Yokohama Bay Stars||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||1|
Yokohama | Attendance: 10,160 | Time: 3h 21m | Bay Stars lead series, 13-5-0
The Swallows finally managed to break out of their funk and beat the Bay Stars, 6-2.
Tatsuya Shimozono (2-for-3, BB, R) led off the 1st with a single into left. A sac bunt and a fly out later, he came around to score on Dan Johnson's (1-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI) single into right. Takahiro Saeki (1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI) followed with a double that scored Johnson all the way from first and just like that, the Bay Stars had a 2-0 lead.
But that would be it for the Bay Stars as Hiromitsu Takagi and four other relievers worked into and out of trouble over the next 8 innings to keep Yokohama off the boards.
On offense, the Swallows sputtered through the first 4 innings. But they finally got things going in the top of the 5th: after Yoshiyuki Noguchi (0-for-2) grounded out to second to open the inning, Ryohei Kawamoto (1-for-4, R) hit a single into left and was bunted over to second by Takagi (0-for-1); Kazuki Fukuchi (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI) drove in Kawamoto with a single into center and advanced to second on the throw; Keizo Kawashima (2-for-4, R, RBI) tied the game with a single into right and advanced to second on the throw; and Norichika Aoki (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) ended the inning by flying out to left.
Yakult took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 6th on a pinch hit sac fly by Jamie D'Antona with runners on first and third and 1 out. In the top of the 7th, with runners on first and second and 1 out, Aoki cleared the bases with a double and gave the Swallows a 5-2 lead.
The Swallows tacked on one more run in the top of the 9th when Aoki drove K. Kawashima home from third on a single into center.
Chang-Yong Lim tossed a perfect 9th to pick up his 25th save of the year.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Miyamoto lined out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Aoki flied out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Guiel flied out and Miyamoto fouled out to the catcher
1st: runner on third, 2 out > Yoshimura fouled out to the catcher
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Uchikawa grounded out, runner to third, Johnson walked, runners on first and third, Saeki flied out
5th: bases loaded, 2 out > Saeki grounded out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Kinjo hit a grounder to short, runner on second caught in rundown, runner on first, pinch hitter Y. Kuwahara walked, runners on first and second, Shimozono grounded out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > passed ball, runner on third, Kinjo flied out
Swallows: 7 LOB, 1 DP
Bay Stars: 9 LOB, 3 DP
The Swallows outhit the Bay Stars, 11-8. ... The Swallows ended their 9-game slide. ... Takagi picked up his first pro victory of his career. ... D'Antona gave Takagi a face full of shaving cream at the end of his game.
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 19,262 | Time: 3h 27m | Dragons lead series, 15-8-0
Hiroshima took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on an RBI single by Kenta Kurihara (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out. Andy Phillips' (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 12th home run of the year with 2 out in the bottom of the third made it 2-0.
The Carp extended their lead by 3 more runs in the bottom of the 5th: Akihiro Higashide (1-for-5, R) grounded out to start the inning; Masafumi Suenaga (1-for-3, BB, R) walked; Phillips flied out to right; Seunaga stole second; Kurihara walked, runners on first and second; Scott McClain (0-for-3, BB, R) walked, bases loaded; Soichiro Amaya (1-for-4, RBI) singled home a run, bases remain loaded; Takuro Ishii (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double, runners on second and third; and Yoshikazu Kura (0-for-4) grounded out to short to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Kan Ohtake tossed 7 shut-out innings despite giving up 5 hits and 4 walks (he had two 1-2-3 innings). And after Ohtake, the Carp went through 5 pitchers to record the remaining 6 outs of the game.
The Dragons finally got on the board in the bottom of the 9th: Takeshi Komatsu relieved Hayato Aoki to start the inning; Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, 2B) led off with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Hiroki Nakagawa; Masaaki Koike (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) drove in Nakagawa with a single into left; Hidenori (1-for-4) reached on a throwing error by Higashide (2B), runners on first and second; Katsuhiro Nagakawa relieved Komatsu; Akihiro Maeda (0-for-1) struck out; pinch hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami flied out to left; Hirokazu Ibata (3-for-4, BB) walked to load the bases; Masahiro Araki (0-for-4, BB, RBI) walked in a run; and Masahiko Morino (2-for-5, 2B) grounded out to second to end the game.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Blanco struck out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > wild pitch, runner on third, Tanishige IBB, runners on first and third, and Asakura struck out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Wada grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Inoue GIDP
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Morino grounded out, runner to third, and Blanco struck out
9th: bases loaded, 2 out > Morino grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Ohtake grounded out
4th: runner on first, 2 out > wild pitch, runner on second, Ohtake grounded out
5th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Kura grounded out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Phillips fouled out to third
Dragons: 10 LOB, 3 DP
Carp: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Both teams collected 8 hits. ... The Dragons 5-game winning streak came to an end. ... The Carp ended a 3-game losing streak. ... Asakura has dropped 2 in a row.
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||3||13||1|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 20,446 | Time: 3h 48m | Series tied, 11-11-0
A 1-out single by Naoto Watanabe (2-for-5), followed by a walk to Teppei (0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R) and a wild pitch, put runners on second and third. Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-4, RBI) followed with a sac fly to center that gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st. But the Fighters quickly matched the Eagles with a run in the bottom of the inning: with a runner on third and 1 out, Atsunori Inaba (3-for-5, RBI) tied the game with a single into center.
The Fighters took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th after Eiichi Koyano (1-for-5, 3B, R) hit a 1-out triple and came around to score on a wild pitch. The lead wouldn't last very long though as the Eagles tied the game in the top of the 5th on an RBI single by Masato Nakamura (2-for-5, RBI) with runners on second and third and 2 out (the inning ended with the trail runner getting thrown out at home).
In the top of the 6th, the Eagles put up 4 runs to take a 6-2 lead: N. Watanabe walked and advanced to second on a balk; Teppei walked to put runners on first and second; T. Yamasaki fouled out to right, runners on first and third; Masanori Hayashi relieved Brian Sweeney; Kenshi (1-for-3, 2 RBI) hit a sac fly that gave the Eagle a 3-2 lead, runner on first; Daisuke Kusano (2-for-5, 2 R) hit an infield single and the runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error by Makoto Kaneko (SS); Todd Linden (1-for-3, IBB, BB, R, RBI) made it 4-2 with a single into left, runners on first and third; Yosuke Takasu hit a pinch hit double that cleared the bases, Eagles up 6-2; Takayuki Kanamori relieved Hayashi; and Jin Nakatani (0-for-3) bounced back to the pitcher for the final out of the inning.
Kenshi's RBI single in the top of the 7th with runners on first and third and 2 out gave the Eagles a 7-2 lead. The Fighters scored their third and final run in the bottom of the 7th on a sac fly by Shinji Takahashi (2-for-4, RBI) with the bases loaded and no out in the bottom of the 7th.
The Fighters did put up a threat in the bottom of the 9th, getting runners on first and third and only 1 out, but Shinichiro Koyama bore down and retired the next two batters in order to end the game.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Kenshi fouled out to third
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Nakatani grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kusano grounded out
8th: bases loaded, 2 out > Teppei grounded out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Kusano flied out, Linden IBB, and Uchimura flied out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Sledge flied out and Koyano grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > M. Kaneko struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Sledge struck out and Koyano fouled out to first
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Tsuboi grounded out and Tanaka struck out
9th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Sledge struck out and Koyano grounded out
Eagles: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 12 LOB, 0 DP
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 13-11. ... Nagai won his 4th start in a row.
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||1x||3||6||0|
Chiba Marine | Attendance: 14,404 | Time: 2h 53m | Marines lead series, 11-9-0
A wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th spelled disaster for Ohnuma as the Marines beat the Lions, 3-2.
Ming-Chieh Hsu pitched into the 7th but was most effective over the first 6 innings of the game: he scattered just 3 hits and allowed 1 run to score over the first 6 innings of the game, but could not record an out in the 7th while giving up a run on 3 hits (he end the 6th with 91 pitches and likely was at the end of his rope when he returned to the mound in the 7th).
Hsu did also got some help from the Marines in the bottom of the 1st: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-4, RBI) led off the game with a single and was caught stealing; Keisuke Hayasaka (0-for-3, BB) walked and was caught stealing; Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-3, BB)) walked; and Tadahito Iguchi (1-for-2, HBP, BB, R) flied out to center.
The Marines took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI single by Nishioka after Hisao Heiuchi (0-for-1, BB, R) opened the inning with a walk and was bunted over to second.
In the top of the 5th, the Lions answered back with 2 runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead: Toru Hosokawa (0-for-3) led off the inning with a strike out; Shogo Akada (0-for-2, BB, R) walked; Yasuyuki Kataoka (1-for-5, R) hit a single; Takumi Kuriyama (1-for-4) grounded out to second, runners on second and third; Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a single into right; and Takeya Nakamura (1-for-4) flied out to center to end the inning.
Tomoya Satozaki (1-for-3, IBB, RBI) followed an Iguchi single and a Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-3, 2B) double with a run scoring infield single that tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the 7th.
Koji Ohnuma entered the game in the bottom of the 9th for the Lions and promptly walked Fukuura (replaced by pinch runner Daisuke Hayakawa) and hit Iguchi. A bunt by Ohmatsu put runners on second and third and the Lions opted to intentionally walk Satozaki to load the bases. But that plan backfired when Ohnuma threw a wild pitch that allowed the go-ahead ahead run to score.
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > G.G. Sato grounded out, runners on first and third, Hara flied out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Goto struck out and Kataoka flied out
7th: runner on first and third, no out > pinch hitter Agbayani GIDP and pinch hitter M. Tanaka flied out
Lions: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 5 LOB, 2 DP
The Lions outhit the Marines, 8-6. ... The Lions suffered their 13th walk-off loss of the year.
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Chiba Lotte Marines
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Skymark | Attendance: 12,064 | Time: 2h 44m | Series tied, 11-11-0
A quick note on Wada: on the highlight reels I've seen, he looks completely lost out on the mound. And the pitches he gave up the home runs on were all up in the zone and out over the plate. It might not be a bad idea to send him down to Ni-gun for a couple of starts to work out his kinks.
Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-5, 2 R) strikes out
Masahiro Abe (1-for-3, 2 BB, 3 R) walks
Hirotoshi Kitagawa (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) grounds out to second ... runner on second
Tuffy Rhodes (2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) hits his 21st home run of the year ... Abe and Rhodes SCORE
Shinji Shimoyama (2-for-4, HR, R, 5 RBI) grounds out to short
Runs: 2 | Hits: 1 | Score: 2-0 Buffaloes
Takahiro Okada (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) hit his 7th home run of the year ... Okada SCORES
Sakaguchi singles into right
Passed ball ... runner on second
Abe walks ... runners on first and second
Kitagawa singles into center ... bases loaded
Rhodes singles into right ... Sakaguchi SCORES ... bases loaded
Shimoyama hits his 12 home run of the year ... Abe, Kitagawa, Rhodes, and Shimoyama SCORE
Pitching change: Yasushi Kamiuchi relieves Tsuyoshi Wada
Goto grounds out to second
Takeshi Hidaka (0-for-4) grounds out to short
Koji Yamasaki (0-for-3, BB) flies out to center
Runs: 6 | Hits: 5 | Score: 8-0 Buffaloes
Okada grounds out to first
Sakaguchi reaches on a fielding error by Hiroki Kokubo (1B)
Abe grounds out to third ... runner on second
Kitagawa hits a double into center ... Sakaguchi SCORES
Rhodes strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 9-0 Buffaloes
Pitching change: Yoshiaki Fujioka relieves Kamiuchi
Shimoyama strikes out
Goto hits his 3rd home run of the year ... Goto SCORES
Hidaka strikes out
K. Yamasaki walks
Wild pitch ... runner on third
Okada grounds out to the pitcher
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 10-0 Buffaloes
Sakaguchi strikes out
Abe singles into center
Kitagawa flies out to short
Rhodes walks ... runners on first and second
Pinch runner: Tetsuya Yokoyama replaces Rhodes
Shimoyama singles into center ... Abe SCORES ... runners on first and second
Wild pitch ... runner on second and third
Goto grounds out to the pitcher
Runs: 1 | Hits: 2 | Score: 11-0 Buffaloes
Satoru Morimoto (1-for-3) flies out to right
Yuichi Honda (0-for-3, BB, R) walks
Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-3) flies out to right
Wild pitch ... runner on second
Nobuhiko Matsunaka (2-for-3, BB, RBI) singles into left ... Honda SCORES
Pinch runner: Hisao Arakane replaces Matsunaka
Nobuhiro Matsuda (0-for-1) flies out to third
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score: 11-1 Buffaloes
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Kawasaki grounded out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Tamura struck out, Hasegawa singled, runners on first and third, and Ortiz flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Rhodes struck out
5th: runner on third, 2 out > Okada grounded out
6th: runner on first and third, 2 out > wild pitch, runners on second and third, Goto grounded out
Hawks: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 5 LOB 0 DP
The Buffaloes outhit the Hawks, 11-5. ... Goto's home run was his first since April 12th.
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