Jingu | Attendance: 25,180 | Time: 3h 34m | Giants lead series, 16-4-1
Shohei Tateyama dropped to 0-3 over his last 4 starts as the Giants beat the Swallows, 6-3.
With the bases loaded and 2 out in the top of the 1st, Shinnosuke Abe (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) nailed his 29th home run of the year to give the Giants a quick 4-0 lead. Tateyama had retired the first 2 batters of the inning before giving up a walk to Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-2, 3 BB, R) and two back-to-back singles to Alex Ramirez (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI) and Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-5, R) to load the bases for Abe.
The Swallows cut the lead Giants' lead in half in the bottom of third when Jamie D'Antona (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit his 20th home run of the year with a runner on second and 2 out. In the bottom of the 5th, with Norichika Aoki (2-for-5, 2B, R) on second and Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-3, BB, 2B) on first, Aaron Guiel (2-for-3, BB, RBI) hit a single into right that made it 4-3.
But the Giants extended their lead with single runs in the top of the 6th and 7th to take a 6-3 lead:
6th inning: with the base loaded and 1 out, Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-5, RBI) picked up an RBI with a single into right;
7th inning: Ramirez led off the inning with his 28th home run of the year
Marc Kroon faced four batters (he struck out Aoki on a wild pitch that allowed him to take first) and struck out three for his 25th save of the year.
3rd: runner on second, 2 out, Abe struck out
5th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Ramirez flied out and Kamei flied out
6th: bases loaded, 2 out > Ogasawara flied out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > wild pitch, runners on second and third, Ramirez grounded out, Kamei fouled out to left, runner thrown out at home, double play
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > D'Antona GIDP
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Aikawa struck out and Tateyama grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Hatakeyama fouled out to first
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Hatakeyama flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tanaka grounded out, runners on first and third, Aoki flied out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > D'Antona struck out
Giants: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 10 LOB, 1 DP
The Giants outhit the Swallows, 11-10. ... The Giants have won 3 games in a row. ... The Swallows have lost 6 straight against the Giants. ... Kroon picked up his 150th career save in his 250th career appearance, making him the faster player to reach the 150 save mark. ... Abe has now hit 11 home runs in September and is just 5 short of the NPB record of 16 in one month (previously tied by him in 2004). ... The Swallows have lost 9 straight at Jingu Stadium.
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Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 32,049 | Time: 2h 59m | Dragons lead series, 17-5-0
Takashi Ogasawara tossed 8 effective innings en route to his 5-2 victory over the Bay Stars.
Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) led off the bottom of the 1st with a walk, advanced to second on a ground out, advanced to third on a passed ball, and then scored on Masahiko Morino's (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) single into center to give the Dragons a 1-0. With runners on first and third and no out, a fielding error on Tony Blanco's (1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI) grounder to second by Noriharu Yamazaki (2B) allowed the Dragons to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Dragons made it 4-0 on a lead-off home run by Ryosuke Hirata (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and an RBI single by Ibata with Motonobu Tanishige (0-for-3, BB, R) on second and 1 out. And an RBI double by Blanco in the bottom of the 7th after a walk to Morino gave the Dragons a 5-0 lead.
The Bay Stars finally got on the board in the top of the 8th after being held to just 4 hits over the first 7 innings of the game (includes two 1-2-3 innings): Yamazaki followed Tatsuhiko Kinjo's (2-for-4, 2B, R) double with a run-scoring single.
Things got a little tight for the Dragons in the top of the 9th as Dan Johnson (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the inning with his 23rd home run of the year to make it 5-2. Nelson Payano then walked Takahiro Saeki (2-for-3, BB) before Takuya Asao relieved him. Asao started things off by hitting Yuki Yoshimura (0-for-2, HBP, BB) to put runners on first and second; and retired the next two batters on grounders that left runners on second and third and 2 out. Hitoki Iwase relieved Asao and retired the one batter he faced in the game by getting him to ground out to third to end the game.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ishikawa fouled out to third and Takeyama struck out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Johnson flied out
2nd: bases loaded, no out > Tanishige struck out, Ogasawara struck out, and Ibata grounded out
3rd: runners on first and third, no out > Wada fouled out to first and Lee GIDP
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Morino struck out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Wada flied out, runner on third, and Lee lined out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > Morikasa grounded out, runners on second and third, pinch hitter Naito grounded out and Shimozono grounded out
Bay Stars: 7 LOB, 2 DP
Dragons: 7 LOB, 2 DP
The Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 10-7.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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Koshien | Attendance: 46,829 | Time: 3h 28m | Series tied, 11-11-0
With the bases loaded on three consecutive singles in the bottom of the 2nd and no out, Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double into right. The Tigers then answered back with 3 solo homers in the 2nd and 3rd innings to turn the tables.
2nd inning: Tomoaki Kanemoto (1-for-2, 2 BB, HR, R, RBI) led off with his 20th home run of the year.
3rd inning: Ryo Asai (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the 3rd with his 4th home run of the year. And 1 out later, Takeshi Toritani (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) nailed his 19th home run of the year.
Yoshiyuki Ishihara's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 10th home run of the year in the top of the 6th tied the game at 3 and Soichiro Amaya's (2-for-4, RBI) sac fly following Takuro Ishii's (4-for-4, 3B, 2 R) lead-off triple gave the Carp a 4-3 lead.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and hit the lead-off batter before retiring the next 3 batters in order for his 33rd save of the year.
1st: runners on second and third, no out > McClain grounded out, Shima fouled out to the catcher, and Hirose fouled out to first
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Kurihara flied out, McClain walked,runners on first and second, and Shima flied out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Amaya flied out, Kurihara walked, runners on first and second, and McClain flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Higashide grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, no out > Kurihara GIDP, runner on third, McClain struck out
2nd: runner on second, no out > Sekimoto grounded out, Sakurai grounded out, Kano walked, runners on first and second; Uezono struck out.
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Toritani struck out and Kanemoto flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out, Arai GIDP
Carp: 10 LOB, 3 DP
Tigers: 6 LOB, 2 DP
The Carp outhit the Tigers, 14-7. ... The Tigers have lost 3 games in a row. ... The Carp have won their last 9 away games. ... Sajikihara appeared in his 114th straight game without a loss -- that ties him with the NPB record. ... Kanemoto now has 6 consecutive seasons of 20+ home runs. ... Toru Hashimoto, Governor of Osaka, tossed out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game.
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Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 19,905 | Time: 3h 10m | Eagles lead series, 11-10-0
Daisuke Kusano (1-for-3, BB, R, 2 RBI) grounds out to first
Todd Linden (1-for-2, BB, 2B, 2 R) hits a double
Jin Nakatani (1-for-2, 2B, R, RBI) hits a double into left. ... Kusano SCORES ... runner on second
Masato Nakamura (1-for-4, BB, R, RBI) hits a single into center ... Nakatani SCORES
Naoto Watanabe (0-for-5) struck out
Teppei (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) flies out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | 2-0 Eagles
Daisuke Hayaka (1-for-5) flies out
Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-2, BB, R) walks
Shoitsu Ohmats (1-for-4) strikes out
Benny Agbayani (0-for-3, BB, R) walks ... runners on first and second
Tasuku Hashimoto (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) walks ... bases loaded
Toshiaki Imae (3-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI) hits a single into right ... Fukuura and Agayani SCORE
Pitching change: Kenta Satake relieves Koji Aoyama
Hisao Heiuchi (1-for-4) strikes out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 1 | Score: Tied 2-2
Takeshi Yamasaki (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R) leads off with a double
Kenshi (3-for-4, R, RBI) hits a single ... runners on first and third
Yosuke Takasu (0-for-3, HBP, R) HBP ... bases loaded
Pitching change: Yusuke Kawasaki relieves Yuki Karakawa
Kusano hits a single into center ... Yamasaki and Kenshi SCORE ... runners on first and second
Linden walks ... bases loaded
Pitching change: Yoshihiro Ito relieves Kawasaki
Pinch hitter: Fernando Seguignol in for Nakatani
Seguignol (0-for-1, RBI) hits a grounder to second, fielder's choice, everyone safe ... Takasu SCORES ... bases loaded
Pinch runner: Motohiro Shima in for Seguignol
Wild pitch ... Kusano SCORES ... runners on second and third
Nakamura walks ... bases loaded
Watanabe flies out to short
Teppei (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) grounds out to second ... Linden SCORES ... runners on second and third
Yamasaki reaches and advances on a fielding error by Katsuya Kakunaka (CF) ... Shima and Nakamura SCORE ... runner on second
Kenshi hits a single into center ... Yamasaki SCORES
Takasu grounds out to short
Runs: 8 | Hits: 4 | Score: 10-2 Eagles
Pitching change: Tsuyoshi Kawagishi relieves Satake
Agbayani grounds out
Imae hits his 9th home run of the year ... Hashimoto and Imae SCORE
Heiuchi flies out
Ryusuke Minami (0-for-2) flies out
Runs: 2 | Hits: 1 | Score: 10-4 Eagles
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Agbayani flied out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Heiuchi struck out
7th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Ohmatsu fouled out to the catcher
1st: runner on second, 2 out > T. Yamasaki grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > N. Watanabe struck out and Teppei flied out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > M. Nakamura flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kosaka flied out
Marines: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
The Eagles outhit the Marines, 11-8. ... Satake finally picked up his first victory of the year. ... Hori recorded his 350th career double.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 27,751 | Time: 2h 51m | Hawks lead series, 12-9-2
D.J. Houlton beat the Lions, 6-1, and picked up his 11th victory of the year.
Houlton held the Lions to just 1 run on 5 hits over 8 innings work (including four 1-2-3 innings and one stretch of 8 straight retired). The one run Houlton gave up came in the bottom of the 3rd on a lead-off home run by Taketoshi Goto (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) that, at the time, gave the Lions a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks' offense was fairly balanced: 5 different batters drove in 6 runs.
In the top of the 4th Jose Ortiz (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) started the inning off with his 18th home run of the year and tied the game at 1. Kenji Akashi's (1-for-2, BB, R, RBI) sac fly with a runner on third and 1 out in the top of the 5th gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. An RBI double by Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out, followed 1 out later by Hitoshi Tamura's (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 17th home run of the year made it 5-1.
In the top of the 7th, Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-4, R, RBI) drove in the Hawks' 6th run of the game on a single into center with a runner on second and 2 out.
With Tadashi Settsu on the mound for the Hawks in the 9th, the Lions mustered together their final efforts by loading the bases on a single, a strike out, and 2 singles. But Settsu bore down and got G.G. Sato (1-for-4) to ground into a game-ending, 6-4-3 double play.
3rd: bases loaded, 1 out > Kawasaki GIDP
2nd: runner on second, no out > Y. Ishii struck out, G.G. Sato flied out, and Hara grounded out
9th: bases loaded, 1 out > G.G. Sato GIDP
Hawks: 3 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 5 LOB, 2 DP
The Lions outhit the Hawks, 8-7. ... The Hawks stopped a 3-game game slide. ... Kishi has not won a game since his complete game shut-out victory on 8/22, a span of 4 starts. His 6-game winning streak against the Hawks (dating back to September 2007, also came to an end. ... Coming into the game, Kokubo was 3-for-30 against Kishi in his career. ... Kishi has now given up a league worst, 22 home runs this season.
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3||4||9||0|
Kyocera Dome | Attendance: 18,914 | Time: 3h 10m | Fighters lead series, 14-5-0
Keisaku Itokazu picked up a complete game victory, 4-1 against the Buffaloes.
Itokazu scattered 5 hits (three of which came in the 3rd when the Buffaloes managed to score their one and only run of the game) over 9 innings of work and retired the last 10 batters in order to close out the game.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Itokazu surrendered three straight hits to start the inning: Takahiro Okada (1-for-3, R) hit a single into left; Tomotaka Sakaguchi (1-for-4) hit a single into right, runners on first and third; and Masahiro Abe's (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) single into left drove in Okada from third to give the Buffaloes a 1-0 lead.
The Fighters' offense had a tough time getting things going against Yoshihisa Hirano (3 hits over the first 5 innings, including three 1-2-3 innings), but finally managed to tie the game in the top of the 6th on an RBI double by Terrmel Sledge (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out. And the Fighters took a 4-1 lead in the top of the 9th: with the bases loaded and 1 out, Hichori Morimoto (2-for-4, BB, 3B, R, 3 RBI) cleared the bases with a triple into left.
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Nioka grounded out
4th: runner on second, no out > Takahashi struck out, Sledge fouled out to the catcher, and Koyano grounded out
6th: runner on second and third, 2 out > Koyano flied out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Tsuruoka flied out, Tanaka walked, runners on first and second, Morimoto singled, bases loaded, and Inaba grounded out
9th: runner on third, 1 out > Inaba struck out and Takahashi grounded out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Rhodes fouled out to first and Goto struck out
3rd: runners on first and second, no out > Kitagawa flied out, Rhodes flied out, and Goto grounded out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Okada flied out
Fighters: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Buffaloes: 6 LOB, 1 DP
The Fighters outhit the Buffaloes, 9-5. ... The Fighters have now won 3 in a row. ... Itokazu picked up his first complete game victory of his career.
Nippon Ham Fighters
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