Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 40,921 | Time: 2h 55m | Series tied, 11-11-2
The Giants beat the Tigers, 4-2, in their final match-up of the season.
Wirfin Obispo had another effective start for the Giants, tossing 7 strong innings while giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. And if not for a little wildness in the top of the 3rd (2 consecutive walks), he may have managed a shut-out.
With Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-2, HBP, BB, R) on third and 1 out, Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-4, R, RBI) hit a single into right to give the Giants a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st. A line out and a single later, with runners on first and second, Yoshitomo Tani (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) drove Ogasawara home with a single into left.
The Tigers answered back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 3rd: Keisuke Kano (0-for-3) grounded out to short; Yasutomo Kubo (1-for-2, R) and Ryo Asai (1-for-4, R) hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second and a passed ball allowed both runners to advance a base; Keiichi Hirano (0-for-2, BB) walked to load the bases; Takashi Toritani (1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) forced home a run with walk; Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-3, RBI) hit a sac fly to tie the game; and Takahiro Arai (0-for-4) grounded out to second to end the inning.
But the Giants quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the 3rd on Alex Ramirez's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 27th home run of the year to lead off the inning. And it was Tani's 8th home run of the season to start the bottom of the 6th that gave the Giants their 4-2 lead.
Marc Kroon entered the game in the top of the 9th and surrendered a lead-off single to Yuya Nohara before retiring the next 3 in a row for his 24th save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Kanemoto grounded out
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Arai grounded out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > pinch hitter Yano fouled out to first and Katsuragi struck out
1st: bases loaded, 2 out > Wakiya lined out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 Out > pinch hitter Ohmichi flied out
Tigers: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Giants outhit the Tigers, 8-6. ... The Tigers won the series (2-1) and outscored the Giants 14-13. ... Obispo struck out 4 in the 6th inning to become the 13th player, 6th from the Central League, to accomplish the feat. ... Tani has hit a home run in 2 consecutive games. ... This is the last time the two teams meet up during the regular season. ... Ogasawara made a leaping play on a foul ball hit by Yano in the bottom of the 9th.
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|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||3||13||2|
Yokohama | Attendance: 8,849 | Time: 3h 47m | Bay Stars lead series, 13-6-0
A dropped ball in foul territory by Yuki Yoshimura (RF) in the 1st inning gave the Swallos renewed life and led to a 3-run outburst that ultimately helped net the Swallows a 7-3 victory over the Bay Stars.
And while Yuki didn't pitch particularly well (9 hits and 3 walks over 6 IP), he still managed to keep the Bay Stars scoreless.
In the top of the 1st, with runners on first and third, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) hit a foul ball down the right field line that Yoshimura appeared to catch, but actually ended up dropping. With his second chance, Hatakeyama hit a double into left for the Swallows' first run of the game. Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-2, BB, R, RBI) followed with a sac fly to center that made it 2-0 and, on the same play, a throwing error by Takehiro Ishikawa (SS) allowed a third run to score.
A bases loaded walk to Ryohei Kawamoto (0-for-3, BB, RBI) in the top of the 4th gave the Swallows a 4-0 lead. Keizo Kawashima's (2-for-4, BB, HR, 3 R, RBI) 1-out solo homer in the 7th made it 5-0.
The Bay Stars finally managed to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th when Shingo Takeyama (4-for-4, 2B, R) and Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-3, R) started the inning off with singles and pinch hitter Yuta Naito with his 5th home run of the year.
Jamie D'Antona's pinch hit 2-run single with the bases loaded and 1 out in the top of the 9th gave the Swallows a 4-run cushion.
Chang-Yong Lim tossed a perfect 9th for his 25th save of the year.
4th: bases loaded, 1 out > Yuki struck out and Fukuchi grounded out
5th: runners on first and second, no out > Hatakeyama flied out, Miyamoto fouled out to first, and Guiel flied out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Kawamoto flied out
9th: runners on first and third, 1 out > pinch hitter Morioka struck out and Iihara struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Johnson struck out and Saeki struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Shimozono grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Johnson flied out and Saeki flied out
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Kinjo hit into a force, runners on first and third, Shimozono grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Johnson grounded out, runner to third, Saeki walked, Yoshimura struck out
6th: runners on second and third, 1 out > pinch hitter Morikasa walked to load the bases, Fujita flied out, and Uchikawa struck out
Swallows: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 13 LOB, 0 DP
The Bay Stars outhit the Giants, 13-9. ... The Swallows won the series (2-1) and outscored the Bay Stars 18-11. ... The Swallows won 2 games for the first time in about a month and a half. It was also their first series win in 13 series. ... Yuki won his first game since 7/20. ... In the bottom of the 6th inning with the bases loaded and 2 out, Yuki tossed a 72km/h slow pitch to Uchikawa, followed by a 141km/h fastball for a called strike 3.
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 18,715 | Time: 3h 25m | Dragons lead series, 16-8-0
A 4-run fifth gave the Dragons all the runs they would need in order to beat the Carp, 4-1.
Kazuki Yoshimi tossed 8 innings and made just one mistake: a wild pitch in the bottom of the first with Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4) on first and Masafumi Suenaga (1-for-3, BB, R) on third with 2 out. After that, he tossed 7 shut-out inning despite giving up 7 hits.
The Dragons recorded all of their runs in the top of the 5th: Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-3, BB, R) led off with a walk and was bunted over to second; Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-4, BB, R) hit a single into right that put runner on first and third; Masahiro Araki (3-for-4, BB, R) walked to load the bases; Masahiko Morino (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) followed with a 2-run single into right and a throwing error by Soichiro Amaya (RF) allowed a third run to score and put Morino on second; Tony Blanco (1-for-4) fouled out to first; Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, 3B, RBI) doubled in the Dragons' fourth and final run of the inning; Masaaki Koike (0-for-1, HBP, 2 BB) walked to put runners on first and third; and Hidenori (0-for-4) grounded out to short to end the inning.
Takuya Asao tossed a perfect 9th for his 3rd save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Morino grounded out, runner on third, and Blanco flied out
3rd: bases loaded, 1 out > Morino GIDP
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Hidenori GIDP
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Hidenori grounded out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > McClain struck out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Kura fouled out to the catcher and Saito struck out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kura grounded out
5th: runner on third, 1 out > Seunaga lined into double play
Dragons: 8 LOB, 3 DP
Carp: 5 LOB, 2 DP
The Dragons outhit the Carp, 9-8. ... The Dragons won the series (2-1) and outscored the Carp 11-9. ... Morino drove in his 100th RBI of the season. He hits the 100 RBI mark for the first time in his career.
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||X||5||12||1|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 21,636 | Time: 3h 47m | Fighters lead series, 12-11-0
The Eagles could not keep up as the Fighters beat them out by a run, 5-4.
An RBI double by Atsunori Inaba (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) with runners on first and second and no out gave the Fighters a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st. Two outs and a walk later, with the bases loaded, Yoshio Itoi (2-for-3, HBP, RBI) hit a single to drive in the Fighters second run of the game.
The Eagles answered back with a run of their own in the top of the 2nd on a lead-off home run by Toshiya Nakashima (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI). But the Fighters quickly regained a 2-run lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Shinji Takahashi (1-for-5, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out.
In the top of the 2nd, a walk, a hit, and a walk loaded the bases with no out. Yosuke Takasu's (3-for-5, RBI) ground out to second scored a run and put runners on second and third. A fielding error by Makoto Kaneko (SS) on a grounder to short by Nakashima allowed the Eagles to tie the game at 3. Ryoji Miyade (2-for-3, BB) walked to load the bases with still only one out and Rakuten had a great chance to take the lead, but neither Daisuke Kusano (0-for-2, 2 BB, RBI) nor Motohiro Shima (0-for-2) could come up with the big hit.
The Fighter retook the lead in the bottom of the 6th on an RBI double by Hichori Morimoto (2-for-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out. And the Eagles once again managed to tie the game in the top of the 7th when Kusano walked with a bases loaded and 2 out. Pinch hitter Todd Linden had a shot to drive in the go-ahead run but struck out to end the inning.
Eiichi Koyano's (1-for-2, HBP, IBB, HR, R, RBI) 1-out solo homer in the bottom of the 7th gave the Fighters their 5-4 lead.
The Eagles went down in order in the top of the 8th and put together a runners on first and third situation with 1 out against Hisashi Takeda. But Takeda bore down and got Kenshi to ground into a game-ending, 4-6-3 double play.
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > T. Yamasaki flied out and Takasu grounded out
3rd: bases loaded, 1 out > Kusdano flied out and Shima flied out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > M. Nakamura grounded out and N. Watanabe struck out
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Linden struck out
9th: ryunners on first and third, 1 out > Kenshin GIDP
1st: bases loaded, 2 out > Ohno struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Sledge grounded out
4th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Inaba flied out and Takahashi flied out
6th:runner on second, 1 out > Inaba grounded out and Takahashi grounded out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Iiyama grounded out
Eagles: 12 LOB, 2 DP
Fighters: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Both teams collected 12 hits. ... The Fighters won the series (2-1) and both teams scored 13 runs. ... Kaneko was replaced by a pinch runner after collecting a hit in the 6th. Prior to the game, he felt some tightness in his right thigh.
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Kikuchi, Kazumasa H||52||5||2||0||2 1/3||21||8||6||1||0||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.777|
|Tateyama, Yoshinori W||45||4||7||0||1||34||7||6||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.857|
|Miyanishi, Naoki H||50||7||1||0||1||15||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.357|
|Takeda, Hisashi S||49||1||0||32||1||11||4||4||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.260|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||2||0||0||3||0||1||X||6||10||0|
Chiba Marine | Attendance: 12,938 | Time: 3h 22m | Marines lead series, 12-9-0
Yoshihisa Naruse picked up his 10th win of the season as the Marines downed the Lions, 6-3.
An RBI single by Shoitsu Ohmatsu (1-for-5, RBI) with runners on first and second and 1 out; and an sac fly by Tasuke Hashimoto (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) one walk later with the bases loaded gave the Marines a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd.
The Lions finally got on the board in the top of the 5th on a 2-run double by Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) with runners on first and second and 1 out. G. G. Sato's (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 1-out solo homer in the top of the 6th gave the Lions a temporary 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Marines came charging back. After Toshiaki Imae (0-for-4) struck out to start the inning: Hisao Heiuchi (1-for-3, BB, R) and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-4, BB, 2 R) walked to put runners on first and second; Daisuke Hayakawa (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) tied the game with a double, runners on second and third; and Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-2, 3 BB, 2B, R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a single into left to give the Marines a 5-3 lead; Ohmatsu ended the inning by grounding into a 1-6-3 double play.
The Marines tacked on one more run in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI double by Fukuura with a runner on first and 2 out.
Brian Sikorski entered the game in the top of the 9th and promptly walked pinch hitter Yutaro Ohsaki and surrendered a single to pinch hitter Yoshihito Ishii. But with runners on first and second, pinch hitter Tatsuyuki Uemoto struck out and Kataoka rapped into a 5-4 double play to end the game.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Nakamura struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Nakajima fouled out to right, runners on first and third, and Nakamura flied out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Miura grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > pinch hitter Uemoto struck out and Kataoka GIDP
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Imae flied out, runners on first and third, and Heiuchi grounded out
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Agbayani flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Hayakawa struck out
5th: runner on third, no out > Ohmatsu struck out, Satozaki walked, runners on first and third, T. Hashimoto flied out, and Agbayani grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Imae GIDP
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Ohmatsu flied out
Lions: 7 LOB, 3 DP
Marines: 10 LOB, 2 DP
The Lions outhit the Marines, 11-10. ... The Marines won the series (2-1) and outscored the Lions 11-8. ... Naruse picks up his 10th win, the first time he has record double-digit wins since 2007. Naruse is also 6-0 since the All-Star break. ... Nishiguchi has not won a game since 5/14.
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Chiba Lotte Marines
|Naruse, Yoshihisa W||21||10||5||0||6 1/3||119||29||28||9||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||3.530|
|Uchi, Tatsuya H||28||3||0||1||1 2/3||6||4||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.108|
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Skymark | Attendance: 14,583 | Time: 3h 37m | Buffaloes lead series, 12-11-0
The Buffaloes beat the Hawks in 10, 3-2
Shota Ohba had a pretty good start for the Hawks. And after a 2-run homer by Jose Ortiz (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) in the top of the 5th, Ohba was in line for his first win of the year as a starter. But the stars apparently weren't aligned in his favor.
After throwing 91 pitches through 5.2 inning, Ohba's night was over and the bullpen took over.
Akio Mizuta did his job by getting Mitsutaka Goto (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) to ground out to second to end the inning with runners on first and second. But Brian Falkenborg gave up a run in the bottom of the 7th: Shinji Shimoyama (1-for-3, 2B, R) led off with a double; Takahiro Okada (0-for-4) struck out; Koji Yamasaki (0-for-3) flied out to right; but pinch hitter Takeshi Hidaka (1-for-2, RBI) broke the shut-out with a single into right that scored Shimoyama from second.
In the bottom of the 9th, it was Takahiro Mahara that surrendered a game-tying, lead-off home run to Goto. And it was Mahara again in the bottom of the 10th that loaded the bases and gave up a walk-off sac fly to Goto to give the Buffaloes a 3-2 victory.
6th: runner on second, no out > Honda struck out, Kawasaki flied out, and Matsunaka struck out
8th: bases loaded, 2 out > Matsunaka grounded out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Cabrera struck out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Okada flied out, runner to third, K. Yamasaki grounded out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Shimoyama struck out
6th: runners on second, 1 out > Kitagawa flied out, Cabrera walked, runners on first and second, and Goto grounded out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Hidaka grounded out
Hawks: 5 LOB, 2 DP
Buffaloes: 9 LOB, 0 DP
The Buffaloes outhit the Hawks, 7-4. ... The Buffaloes won the series (2-1) and outscored the Hawks 18-15. ... The Buffaloes picked up their 6th walk-off win of the year. ... Ohba has not won a game as a starter since May of last season.
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|Mizuta, Akio H||39||3||0||0||1/3||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.605|
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