Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 45,487 | Time: 2h 57m | Giants lead series, 13-6.
Shun Tono went 7 innings as the Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons, 5-3.
Byung-Kyu Lee's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 2nd home run of the season in the top of the 2nd gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead. The Giants answered back with 2 quick runs of their own to start the bottom of the inning: a single by Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, R) followed by Yoshitomo Tani's (2-for-2, HBP, BB, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) first of two home runs he hit in the game.
The Dragons tied it in the top of the 3rd when Masahiro Yamamoto (0-for-0, BB, R) scored on a ground out by Masahiko Morino (0-for-4, RBI) with runners on second and third and 1 out. But another 2-run homer, this time by Alex Ramirez (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) with Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-2, BB, R) on third with 2 out, put the Giants back on top, 4-2.
Tani's second home run of the night, in his second straight at bat, to lead off the 4th extended the Giants lead to 3.
In the top of the 7th, with Ryosuke Hirata (1-for-4, 3B, R) on third after hitting a lead-off triple, pinch hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami hit a sac fly with 1 out to drive in the Dragons third run of the night.
Kroon retired the side in order in the top of the 9th for his 26th save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Blanco flied out
3rd: runner on third, 2 out > Blanco struck out
8th: runner on second, no out > Morino grounded out, runner to third, Blanco grounded out, Wada walked, and Lee struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ramirez GIDP
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Ogaswara grounded out and Ramirez flied out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Furuki struck out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Matsumoto struck out, Ogasawara HBP, Ramirez hit a single, bases loaded, Kamei flied out
8th: runner on second, no out > Abe struck out, Furuki flied out, and Wakiya grounded out
Dragons: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Giants outhit the Dragons, 9-5. ... The Giants have won 5 in a row. ... With their loss today, the Dragons will finish the season with a losing record against the Giants, something that hasn't happened since 2004. ... Tani is 22 for his last 46 at bats (15 game span). That includes 5 home runs and 17 RBI. ... The last time the Giants were 40 games over .500 was back in 1990.
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|Yokohama Bay Stars||1||0||4||2||0||0||0||1||X||8||11||0|
Yokohama | Attendance: 27,360 | Time: 2h 46m | Tigers lead series, 14-8-0
Daisuke Miura tossed a complete game and gave the Bay Stars an 8-1 victory over the Hanshin Tigers.
Miura was far from perfect, giving up 10 hits and 3 walks over 9 innings of work, and yet he somehow managed to hold the Tigers to just one 1st inning run: a double by Takahiro Arai (1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) drove in a run with Takashi Toritani (3-for-4, 2 2B, BB) on first and Keiichi Hirano (2-for-5, 2B, R) on second and 2 out. Miura did have three 1-2-3 innings.
On offense, the Bay Stars jumped all over Yuya Ando and scored 7 runs on 7 hits over 3.1 innings.
1st inning: Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) led off the game with his 8th home run of the year.
3rd inning: a 2-out single and a balk put a runner on second for Seiichi Uchikawa's (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) run-scoring single into center. Shuichi Murata (1-for-4, R) followed with a single into left that put runners on first and third for Takahiro Saeki's (1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) 11th home run of the year.
4th inning: with runners on second and third, Miura (0-for-3, 2 RBI) hit a sac fly to left that also advanced the runner on second to third. Masashi Sajikihara relieved Ando and allowed Ando's runner on third to score 1 out later on Kazuya Fujita's (2-for-4, R, RBI) infield single.
The Bay Stars tacked on another run in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI ground out by Miura with runners on first and third and 1 out.
1st: runners on second and third, 2 out > Brazell struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Hirano fouled out to third
3rd: runner on second, no out > Kanemoto struck out, Arai fouled out to first, and Brazell flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kanemoto fouled out to first, Arai walked to load the bases, and Brazell flied out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Sakurai flied out and pinch hitter Hiyama struck out
runners on second and third, 2 out > Kanemoto grounded out
4th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Murata struck out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Kinjo struck out
Tigers: 12 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 1 DP
The Bay Stars outhit the Tigers, 11-10. ... Sajikihara appeared in his 115th straight game without a loss for a new NPB record. ... Kanemoto's hitting streak came to an end at 11-games. ...
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|Sajikihara, Masashi||13||0||0||0||1 2/3||29||8||7||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.125|
Yokohama Bay Stars
|Miura, Daisuke W||26||11||9||0||9||132||40||37||10||0||3||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.191|
Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 32,018 | Time: 4h 1m | Carp lead series, 11-10-0
The Carp managed a come-from-behind victory by scoring two runs of Chang-Yong Lim in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Swallows, 6-5.
Shinya Miyamoto's (1-for-5, R, RBI) ground out to short with 1 out scored Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-5, R) from third and gave the Swallows a 1-o lead in the top of the 1st. But the lead didn't last very long with the Carp scoring 2 runs in bottom of the inning on Andy Phillips' (3-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI) 14th home run of the year with Akihiro Higashide (4-for-5, 2 R) on second and 1 out.
Hiroshima extended their lead by another run in the bottom of the 3rd on an RBI double by Phillips with Higashide on first and 2 out.
In the top of the 6th, the Swallows retook the lead: Miyamoto reached first on a fielding error by Tetsuya Kokubo (SS); Norichika Aoki (2-for-5, R) followed with a single into left; a strike out later, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (2-for-4, R, RBI) drove in a run with a single into center; Hiroyasu Tanaka (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) tied the game with a single into left; Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-4) reached on an infield single and loaded the bases; and pinch hitter Jamie D'Antona drove in the go-ahead run with a single into left and gave the Swallows a 5-3 lead.
A pinch hit RBI triple by Takuro Ishii (1-for-1, BB, 3B, R, RBI) with Soichiro Amaya (3-for-4, R) on first and 2 out cut the Swallows lead to 1.
The Swallows turned to Chang-Yong Lim to close out the 9th, but he failed miserably: Ishii walked and advanced to second on a bunt; Go Kida collected a pinch hit single into right that put runners on first and third; Shogo Kimura entered the game as a pinch runner for Kida; Higashide struck out; Masato Akamatsu (1-for-4, RBI) tied the game with an infield single that also put runners on first and second; and Phillips won the game with a walk-off single into right.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Takeuchi flied out
4th: bases loaded, 2 out > Aikawa grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Fukuchi fouled out to first, pinch hitter Iihara walked, and Miyamoto grounded out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Aoki struck out and Takeuchi grounded out
6th: runner on third, 2 out > pinch hitter Shima flied out
Swallows: 9 LOB, 2 DP
Carp: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Carp outhit the Swallows, 15-11. ... The Swallows have lost 4 in a row and are now 10 games under 500. ... Phillips has hit a home runs 2 games in a row.
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|Igarashi, Ryota H||52||2||2||3||1||8||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.664|
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|Ohtake, Kan||26||9||6||0||5 1/3||104||27||25||10||0||5||2||0||0||1||0||5||3||2.795|
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|Nagakawa, Katsuhiro W||53||3||6||33||1||15||4||3||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.887|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||5||1|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 38,165 | Time: 2h 59m | Fighters lead series, 10-9-0
The Seibu Lions beat the Fighters 5-3 behind their ace, Hideaki Wakui.
The game didn't start well for Wakui as he gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the third when he loaded the bases on a walk to Yoshio Itoi (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R), a hit to Tomohiro Nioka (2-for-3, R), and 2 outs laters, a walk to Hichiro Morimoto (0-for-3, BB, R). Wakui then gave up a bases clearing triple to Atsurnori Inaba (1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) to give the Fighters a 3-0 lead.
But Wakui did well in keeping the Fighters from scoring any more runs and finished by tossing 5 shut-out inning of 3-hit ball. Overall, he had four 1-2-3 innings.
After being held to 2 hits over the first three innings of the game, the Lions scored 2 in the top of the second on an RBI double by Ginjiro (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) with runners on first and second and 1 out; followed by an RBI single by Takuya Hara (1-for-4, RBI) with runners on second and third and 1 out.
In the top of the 5th, Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, RBI) started the inning off with his 12th home run of the year and tied the game at 3. A ground out, single, and a fly out later, with a runner on first, G.G. Sato (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) gave the Lions their 5-3 lead with his 22nd home run of the year.
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Goto grounded out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Y. Ishii fouled out to third, and G.G. Sato struck out
9th: bases loaded, no out > Nakamura flied out, Y. Ishii lined out, and G.G. Sato flied out
3rd: runner on third, 2 out > Takahashi grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Nioka struck out and pinch hitter Tsuboi struck out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Koyano struck out and Itoi grounded out
Lions: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 4 LOB, 1 DP
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 11-5. ... M. Takeda suffered his first home loss of the season. ... G.G. Sato hit his 7th home run of the month.
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Nippon Ham Fighters
|Takeda, Masaru L||21||8||8||0||6 0/3||97||29||28||10||2||5||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||3.805|
Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 20,857 | Time: 3h 1m | Eagles lead series, 16-3-1
The Eagles put up an 8-spot in the bottom of the 6th to beat the Buffaloes, 9-2.
Hisashi Iwakuma wasn't necessarily at his best (he gave up 6 hits, 4 walks, and an HBP) but managed to pitch into and out of trouble over his 8 inning stint. In the top of the second, he gave up the only 2 runs he allowed on a lead-off walk to Shinji Shimoyama (0-for-2, 2 BB, R); a single to Takeshi Hidaka (1-for-2, BB, R) that put runners on first and second; a sac bunt that allowed the runners to advance to second and third; an HBP to Takahiro Okada (1-for-3, BB); and a 2-run single to Tomotaka Sakaguchi (2-for-4, 2 RBI). Iwakuma recovered nicely by getting Masahiro Abe (1-for-4) to ground into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
The Eagles' offense was held to just 1 run over the first 5 innings of play: Motohiro Shima (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) led of the 3rd with a double, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on Yosuke Takasu's (1-for-4, RBI) single into center.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Eagles' offense exploded:
Teppei (1-for-4, R) struck out to start the inning.
Takeshi Yamasaki (1-for-4, 2 RBI) flied out to first.
Fernando Seguignol (1-for-2, 2 BB) walked and stole second.
Toshiya Nakashima (3-for4, R) singled in left, runners on first and third.
Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) drove in a run with a double, runners on second and third.
Ryoji Miyade (1-for-4, R, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a single into center.
Shima hit a single and put runners on first and second.
Naoto Watanabe (0-for-4, HBP, R) was hit by a pitch, bases loaded.
Takasu hit a grounder that bounced off the pitcher's glove over to Mitsutaka Goto (2B). Goto foolishly rushed a throw to first that was off the bag and rolled off into foul territory. All three runners scored and Goto advanced to second.
Makoto Kosaka pinch ran for Takasu and Hidetaka Kawagoe relieved Shogo Yamamoto.
Teppei reached on an infield single, runners on first and third.
T. Yamasaki popped up and the inning appeared to be at an end, but the ball landed just beyond the reach of a diving K. Yamasaki (SS). Both runners on base scored and T. Yamasaki was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Shinichiro Koyama entered the game in the top of the 9th and gave up back-to-back 1 out singles before striking out the next two batters to end the game.
1st: runners on second and third, 1 out > Rhodes struck out and Goto flied out
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Abe GIDP
6th: bases loaded, 2 out > K. Yamasaki grounded out
9th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Abe struck out and Kitagawa struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kusano grounded out, runners on second and third, and Miyade flied out
3rd: runners on first and third, no out > Kusano flied out and Miyade GIDP
Buffaloes: 10 LOB, 2 DP
Eagles: 4 LOB, 1 DP
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 11-8. ... The Eagles have won 4 games in a row. ... The Buffaloes have dropped 5 straight against the Eagles. ... Nomura's wife Sachio threw out the ceremonial first pitch with Nomura behind the plate. ... The Eagles have won a team high 68 games and are a team high 9 games over 500. ... Yamamoto gave up a career high 8 runs.
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|Iwakuma, Hisashi W||22||13||6||0||8||112||34||27||6||0||5||4||1||2||0||0||2||2||3.096|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
Yahoo Dome | Attendance: 34,356 | Time: 2h 53m | Marines lead series, 11-10-1
Kenji Ohtonari and Tadashi Settsu combined to toss a 6-hit, 4-o shut-out victory against the Softbank Hawks.
Ohtonari went seven innings and scattered 5 hits over the game's first 4 innings and was perfect over the last three. His biggest jam likely came in the top of the second when he gave up a single to Benny Agbayani (1-for-3) and a double to Tasuku Hashimoto (1-for-3, 2B) to start the inning. And while he did load the bases 2 outs later with a walk, he kept the Marines off the board by getting Koichi Hori (1-for-3) to ground out to third.
Settsu gave up a lead-off single in the top of the 9th, but retired the next three batters in order to end the game.
The Hawks' offense scored single runs in the first and second to take a 2-0 lead.
1st inning: with a runner on second and 2 out, Hiroki Kokubo (1-for-3, HBP, RBI) drove in a run with a single into center.
2nd inning: with the bases loaded and 1 out, Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) hit a sac fly into left.
And it was Jose Ortiz's (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) 19th home run of the year in the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first and 1 out that gave the Hawks their 4-0 lead.
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Satozaki struck out
2nd: runners on second and third, no out > M. Tanaka lined out, Hayasaka grounded out, Nishioka walked, and Hori grounded out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Hayasaka struck out
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Tamura flied out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > wild pitch, runners on second and third, and Oritz struck out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Akashi flied out and Honda grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Matsunaka IBB and Tamura flied out
Marines: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Hawks outhit the Marines, 9-6. ... The Marines have lost 4 in a row. ... Kawasaki stole his 42 stolen base in the first inning. ... H. Kobayashi's 13th loss establishes a new career high. ... Ohtonari returned to the starting rotation after spending about a month in the pen. ... Settsu extended his scoreless appearance streak to 18 games.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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