|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||3||9||0|
Yokohama | Attendance: 22,785 | Time: 3h 12m | Tigers lead series, 15-9-0
The Tigers managed to avoid getting swept by the Bay Stars by beating them 6-3.
The first three Hanshin batters of the game reached: Ryo Asai (1-for-5, R) led off with a single; Keiichi Hirano (3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R) followed with a double that put runners on second and third; and Takashi Toritani (1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ryan Glynn finally managed to record an out by striking out Tomoaki Kanemoto (0-for-4, BB), but then gave up a 2-run single to Takahiro Arai (3-for-5, R, 3 RBI), and 1 out later, a 2-run double to Kodai Sakurai (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI). Glynn hit another batter before getting Yasutomo Kubo (1-for-3) to ground out to short to end the inning.
The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the top of the 2nd on back-to-back 2-out RBI singles by Arai, with runners on first and second, and Kentaro Sekimoto (1-for-4, RBI), with runners on first and second.
After being held to just a double over the first 4 innings of the game, the Bay Stars finally scored a run off Kubo in the bottom of the 5th when pinch hitter Tatsuya Shimozono drove in a run with Takehiro Ishikawa (0-for-3, BB, R) on second. A pinch hit 2-run single by Dan Johnson in the bottom of the 6th with the bases loaded and 2 outs made it 6-3.
Kyuji Fujikawa entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and retired the first two batters of the inning before giving up a single to Tatsuhiko Kinjo (2-for-5). But Fujikawa bore down and struck out Kazuya Fujita (1-for-5) to end the game and pick up his 23rd save of the year.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kubo grounded out
2nd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Sakurai flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kanemoto flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Hiyama GIDP
2nd: runner on second, no out > Saeki flied out, runner to third, Yoshimura grounded out, and Ishikawa struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Fujita hit an infield single, runner that was on second thrown out trying to score
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > pinch hitter Morikasa flied out
Tigers: 9 LOB, 3 DP
Bay Stars: 8 LOB, 0 DP
The Tigers outhit the Bay Stars, 12-9. ... The Bay Stars won the series (2-1) and outscored the Tigers, 18-9. ... Kubo picked up his first win since 8/20.
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|Egusa, Hirotaka H||59||4||4||0||1/3||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.077|
|Atchison, Scott H||67||5||3||0||2||24||7||7||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.680|
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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|Takasaki, Kentaro||52||4||0||1||1 2/3||19||6||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.967|
Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 31,812 | Time: 2h 40m | Swallows lead series, 12-11-0
Yuki hung on to beat the Carp, 3-1.
Both starting pitchers on either side tossed solid games. In fact, Keisuke Imai was working on a 1-hit shut-out through three when...
The Swallows got on the board in the top of the 4th after Hiroyasu Tanaka (0-for-3, BB, R) walked and Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-3) laid a sac bunt down the third base line. The sac bunt played out without any surprises with Tanaka advancing to third and Miyamoto getting thrown out at first. But when Tanaka kept running despite getting to second, Kenta Kurihara (1B) quickly rushed a throw over to third. Only there was no one covering third and Tanaka easily rounded third and scored.
After that, Imai tossed another 3.2 innings no hit ball when he gave up 2 back-to-back singles in the top of the 8th after retiring the first two batters of the inning. That ended Imai's day and Ryuji Yokoyama entered the game and got the final out of the inning without giving up a run.
In the top of the 9th, Mike Schultz let things get out of the hand when, with Shinichi Takeuchi (1-for-1, R) on first and Aaron Guiel (1-for-4, 2B, R) on third and 2 out, he gave up two back-to-back doubles that extended the Swallows' lead by 3 more runs: a 2-run double to Yuji Onizaki (3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI) and a 1-run double to Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-4, 2B, RBI).
Yuki was doing just as well as he shut down the Carp offense, scattering just 3 hits between the 2nd and 3rd innings. He also retired 11 straight before Akihiro Higashide (2-for-4, R) hit a lead-off double in the top of the 9th. 1 out later, with Higashide on third, Yuki gave up his first run of the game on a sac fly by Andy Phillips (0-for-3, RBI). Yuki then struck out Kenta Kurihara (0-for-4) to finish off his complete game victory.
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Fukuchi struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > runner on second picked off and Yuki struck out
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Tanaka grounded out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Yuki struck out
3rd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Akamatsu flied out
Swallows: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 3 LOB, 1 DP
The Swallows outhit the Carp, 8-4. ... The Swallows won the series (2-1) and outscored the Carp, 12-7. ... Yuki picked up his first complete game win since 2002.
|Tanaka, Yuki W||17||5||5||0||9||120||31||28||4||0||3||1||0||1||1||0||1||1||3.176|
|Imai, Keisuke L||8||1||3||0||7 2/3||96||28||23||3||0||3||2||0||3||0||0||1||0||4.084|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||6||0|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 26,955 | Time: 3h 0m | Lions lead series, 11-10-0
Three quick runs in the top of the first that set the tone for the game, and a solid start by Fumiya Nishiguchi, led to a 6-1 victory over the Fighters.
Not quite two bloops and a blast, but just as effective, the Lions got on the board in the top of the first when Mitsuo Yoshikawa sandwiched a ground out between two walks to Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-2, 3 BB, 2 R), and then gave up a home run to Takeya Nakamura (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI), his 42nd of the year.
In the top of the 3rd, with runners on second and third and 1 out, Taketoshi Goto (1-for-4, 2 RBI) made it 5-0 with a single into center; he was also thrown out trying to get to second on the same play.
An RBI single by Nakamura in the top of the 5th with runners on first and third and 1 out made it 6-0.
After being held to just 2 hits over the first 6 innings of the game, the Fighters finally managed to score a run in the bottom of the 7th, but only after Nishiguchi left the game after retiring the lead-off batter, Hichori Morimoto (0-for-4). Tomoki Hoshino relieved Nishiguchi and promptly hit Atsunori Inaba (2-for-2, 2 HBP, R), and gave up two singles to Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3) and Terrmel Sledge (2-for-4, RBI), the last scoring Inaba from second. The Lions quickly yanked Hoshino after that and brought in Taiyo Fujita: he retired the next two batters in order.
In the bottom of the 9th, Hironori Matsunaga put runners on first and third with 1 out and made way for Jonah Bayliss, who recorded the final 2 outs of the game by getting Tomohiro Nioka (0-for-2) to fly out to second and Yoshio Itoi (0-for-4) to fly out to left.
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Kataoka flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Goto grounded out, runners on first and third, and G.G. Sato struck out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Nakamura fouled out to first and Goto flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 1 out > pinch hitter Nioka flied out and Itoi grounded out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Tanaka grounded out, runner to third, Morimoto grounded out
9th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Nioka flied out and Itoi flied out
Lions: 6 LOB, 2 DP
Fighters: 6 LOB, 2 DP
The Lions outhit the Fighters, 9-6. ... The Lions swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Fighters, 16-6. ... The Lions have won 4 straight. ... The Lions have also won 6 straight against the Fighters. ... Nishiguchi picked up his first victory since 5/14. ... Koyano was taken out of the game in the top of the 6th after he injured his shoulder trying to make a play on a foul ball in the top of the 5th.
|Nishiguchi, Fumiya W||23||4||3||0||6 1/3||83||20||19||2||0||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.379|
|Fujita, Taiyo||21||2||0||2||1 2/3||20||6||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.143|
Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Sakamoto, Yataro||14||0||2||0||1 2/3||22||7||6||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.571|
Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 19,583 | Time: 3h 4m | Eagles lead series, 17-4-1
The Eagles managed to pick up a big win as they beat the Buffaloes, 4-1.
An RBI single by Fernando Seguignol (2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) in the bottom of the 3rd with runners on first and third and 2 out gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. A 2-run double by Masato Nakamura (3-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI) with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 4th with no out made it 3-0.
The Buffaloes finally managed to push a run across the board in the top of the 5th when Tetsuya Yokoyama (2-for-3, 2B, R) hit a 2-out double and came around to score on Tomotaka Sakaguchi's (2-for-4, RBI) single into right.
Rakuten tacked on another run in the bottom of the 6th when they loaded the bases on three singles: a single into right by Jin Nakatani (2-for-4), an infield single by M. Nakamura, and 1 out later, a bunt single by Teppei (2-for-4, R). The Eagles 4th run scored when Kondo tossed a wild pitch that allowed Nakatani to cross the plate.
Shinichiro Koyama entered the game in the top of the 9th and struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced to close out the game and pick up his 4th save of the year.
While Hiromichi Fujiwara did manage to hold the Buffaloes to just 1 run over 8 innings of work, he did also surrender 9 hits (he only had one 1-2-3 inning). In the end, a strike out-throw out double play in the second, a base-running mistake in the 4th that led to a runner getting doubled off third on a fly ball to center, and a 6-4-3 double play in the 6th each helped Fujiwara get out of innings that could have been potentially devastating (incidentally, all three double plays ended their respective innings).
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Kitagawa flied, runner to third, and Rhodes flied out
4th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Goto flied out, runner on third couldn't return to the bag in time, double play
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Abe grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Rhodes grounded out
1st: runner on second, no out > N. Watanabe grounded out, Teppei grounded out, T. Yamasaki walked, runners on first and second, and Seguignol struck out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Nakatani fouled out to first
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kusano grounded out
4th: runners on second and third, no out > N. Watanabe struck out, Teppei walked, bases loaded, T. Yamasaki GIDP
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Linden GIDP
6th: runners on second and third, 1 out > T. Yamasaki flied out, Seguignol walked, bases loaded, Kusano flied out
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 3 DP
Eagles: 11 LOB, 2 DP
The Eagles outhit the Buffaloes, 12-10. ... The Eagles won the series (2-1) and outscored the Buffaloes, 13-6. ... The Buffaloes lose their 80th game of the year.
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|Fujiwara, Hiromichi W||15||4||4||0||8||118||31||30||9||0||4||0||0||1||1||0||1||1||3.857|
|Koyama, Shinichiro S||52||1||3||4||1||17||4||4||1||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.866|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||1||0||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||7||6||1|
Yahoo Dome | Attendance: 32,325 | Time: 3h 20m | Marines lead series, 13-10-1
Shoitsu Ohmatsu had a big night for the Marines as they beat the Hawks, 7-5.
A fielding error by Yuichi Honda (2B) on a grounder by Ohmatsu (2-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 5 RBI) in the top of the first with runners on first and third gave the Marines a 1-0 lead. The Hawks quickly returned the run and tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Hiroki Kokubo's (1-for-5, 2B, RBI) ground out to short scored Honda (1-for-4, BB, 2B, R) from third.
In the top of the 3rd, the Marines retook the lead when Kazuya Fukuura (1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R) hit a one out single and Ohmatsu followed with a double off the wall in center. Yuya Hasegawa (CF) had some trouble retrieving the ball and getting it back into infield, allowing Fukuura more than enough time to score and Ohmatsu to get to third (double, advanced to third on the error). But the Hawks once again matched the Marines in the bottom of the inning on sac fly by Jose Ortiz (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) with a runner on third and 1 out.
The Marines took the lead for good in the top of the 4th on an RBI single by Hisao Heiuchi (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) with runners on first and second and 2 out; and one walk later, with the bases loaded, Ohmatsu's 18th home run of the year. The Hawks answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning: with runners on second and third and 1 out, Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-3, RBI) drove in a run with a ground out to the pitcher and Ortiz followed with a RBI single into center.
The Hawks made it 7-5 in the bottom of the 8th when Hasegawa and Hidenori Tanoue (1-for-4) started the inning off with back-to-back singles, and out 1 out later, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Softbank then sent pinch hitter Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-1, RBI) to the plate and he drove in a run with a ground out to third. But that would be it for the Hawks' offense.
In the bottom of the 9th, Brian Sikorski retired the side in order for his 15th save of the year.
1st: runners on first and second, 1 out > Satozaki struck out and T. Hashimoto grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Hayakawa flied out, runner on third, Nishioka grounded out
3rd: runner on third, 1 out > Satozaki struck out and T. Hashimoto flied out
9th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Fukuura flied out and Ohmatsu struck out
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Hasegawa struck out
3rd: bases loaded, 2 out > Tanoue flied out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Kawasaki struck out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Honda grounded out
Marines: 6 LOB, 0 DP
Hawks: 8 LOB, 0 DP
The Hawks outhit the Marines, 8-6. ... The Marines won the series (2-1) and both teams scored 12 runs. ... The Hawks have now lost 5 straight series. ... Nemoto picked up his first pro victory.
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Nemoto, Tomohisa W||3||1||0||0||2||30||7||7||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.077|
|Uchi, Tatsuya H||30||3||1||1||1 0/3||19||5||5||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||6.312|
|Ogino, Tadahiro H||50||2||3||9||1||10||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3.942|
|Sikorski, Brian S||52||8||5||15||1||13||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.323|
|Ohba, Shota L||21||1||4||0||3 2/3||91||21||16||5||0||3||4||0||1||0||0||6||5||4.335|