Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 42,445 | Time: 2h 34m | Giants lead series, 11-6-3
Tetsuya Utsumi hung in as the Giants pulled off a come-from-behind victory to beat the Carp, 3-2.
Scott McClain's (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) 16th home run of the year gave the Carp a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th. In the top of the 5th, Akihiro Higashide (2-for-5, R) hit a grounder to third for an infield single and a throwing error by Ogasawara allowed him to advance to second. Soichiro Amaya (1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI) followed with a single into center that gave the Carp a 2-0 lead.
On the other side of the diamond, Colby Lewis retired the first 9 batters in order and held the powerful Giants' offense to just 2 hits through 5. But the Giants finally broke through in the bottom of the 6th when Hayato Sakamoto (2-for-3, 2B, R) led off with a double and managed to score on a sac bunt by Tetsuya Matsumoto (0-for-1, RBI).
The Giants managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th on Shinnosuke Abe's (2-for-3, 2B, HR, R, RBI) 30th home run of the year. And in the bottom of the 8th, they pulled ahead: pinch hitter Shigeyuku Furuki hit a single into center; Takahiro Suzuki pinch ran for Furuki and stole second and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Sakamoto; Noriyoshi Ohmichi then followed with a grounder back up the middle that Takuro Ishii (SS) fielded. But with Suzuki running on the pitch, Ishii rushed his throw home and pulled the catcher off the plate, allowing Suzuki to score safely.
Kiyoshi Toyoda entered the game in the top of the 9th and allowed runners on first and second before striking out Phillips to end the game.
2nd: bases loaded, 2 out > Lewis struck out
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Phillips grounded out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Higashide flied out, Amaya walked, Phillips struck out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Ogasawara flied out, Ramirez HBP, runners on first and second, and Kamei flied out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Wakiya grounded out, runner to third, Utsumit grounded out
Carp: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 3 LOB, 1 DP
The Carp outhit the Giants, 10-5. ... The Giants have won 8 straight. ... Utsumi is 4-0 in 4 starts this month. ... Utsumi tossed a season high, 144 pitches.
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|Yokohama Bay Stars||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||0|
Jingu | Attendance: 11,543 | Time: 2h 50m | Bay Stars lead series, 13-7-0
The Swallows won a big game as they downed the Bay Stars, 5-2.
Shuichi Murata (0-for-4, RBI) drove in the first run of the game on a ground out to first with runners on first and third and 1 out. The Carp made 2-0 with an RBI single by Yuki Yoshimura (1-for-4, RBI) with Seiichi Uchikawa (3-for-3, BB, R) on third and Takahiro Saeki (2-for-4) on first.
The Swallows couldn't get on the board until the bottom of the 4th when they tied the game at 2 on a 2-run double by Aaron Guiel (1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI) with runners on second and third and 1 out. Hiroyasu Tanaka's (1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) 4th home run of the season, with a runner on first and 1-out, gave the Swallows a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Swallows scored their 5th and final run on an RBI single by Ryoji Aikawa (1-for-3, HBP, RBI) with a runner on second and no out.
The Bay Stars did manage to get a runner on in the top of the 9th, but he disappeared a strike out later on a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Ishikawa flied out and Takeyama grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Uchikawa singled into right, runner on second tried to score on the hit and was thrown out at home
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Miyamoto flied out, Aoki walked, runners on first and second, Hatakeyama flied out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Noguchi struck out and Aikawa grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Hatakeyama flied out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Iihara flied out
9th: runner on second, 1 out > Aikiawa HBP, runner on first and second, Tateyama sac bunt, runners on second and third, Iihara struck out
Bay Stars: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Both teams collected 8 hits. ... The Carp have lost 3 games in a row. ... The Swallows won their third game in a row for the first time in about 2 months. ... The Swallows stopped a 10-game losing streak at home. ... Tateyama won his first game since 8/25. ... For the first time in 13 years, the Swallows last three starters have tossed complete game victories (Takagi, Yuki, and now Tateyama).
Yokohama Bay Stars
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Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 30,361 | Time: 3h 2m | Dragons lead series, 13-8-0
The Dragons are taken down the Tigers, 5-2, and have now lost 5 straight.
Tigers' pitching held the Dragons to just 2 runs on 5 hits. Atsushi Noumi retired the first 9 batters he faced before giving up two back-to-back singles in the top of the 4th. But he ended that inning by getting Masahiko Morino (0-for-4) to fly out to short and Tony Blanco (0-for-3) to ground into a double play. Noumi recorded another double play in the 5th inning after giving up a 1-out walk.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Dragons finally broke through against Noumi and scored 2 runs: Morino struck out; Blanco walked; Kazuhiro Wada (1-for-4, R) hit a single, runners on first and third; Ryosuke Hirata (0-for-2, BB) hit a grounder back to the pitcher and Blanco was thrown out trying to score, runners on first and second; pinch hitter Kazuki Inoue hit a double into right, scoring Wada and Hirata; and pinch hitter Kazuyoshi Tatsunami grounded out to first to end the inning.
On offense, the Tigers were held to just 1 hit over first three innings and then from the 3rd inning on, they built up their lead.
In the top of the 4th, an RBI single by Takahiro Arai (2-for-5, R, RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead (Arai was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play). The Tigers made it 3-0 in the top of the 5th on back-to-back 1-out RBI singles by Noumi (2-for-3, 2 RBI), with runners on second and third, and Ryo Asai (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), with runners on first and third. Noumi helped himself again in the top of the 6th with his second RBI single of the game with runners on first and second and 2 out. And Tomoaki Kanemoto's (0-for-4, BB, RBI) walk with the bases loaded and 1 out in the top of the 9th gave the Tigers their 5-2 lead.
Kyuji Fujikawa retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th for his 24th save of the year.
5th: bases loaded, 1 out > Toritani lined out and Kanemoto flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Asai grounded out
9th: bases loaded, 1 out > Arai grounded out, bases remain loaded, and Sekimoto grounded out
4th: runners on first and third, no out > Morino grounds out and Blanco GIDP
7th: runner on second, 2 out > pinch hitter Tatsunami grounded out
Tigers: 10 LOB,0 DP
Dragons: 3 LOB, 2 DP
The Tigers outhit the Dragons, 11-5. ... The Dragons have lost 5 games in a row. ... Prior to the game, Noumi had a career 0-3 record with a 7.94 ERA against the Dragons. ... Arai has driven in at least 1 run in 5 straight games.
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|Atchison, Scott H||68||5||3||0||1||12||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.660|
|Fujikawa, Kyuji S||46||5||3||24||1||11||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.181|
|Yoshimi, Kazuki L||25||15||7||0||6||87||28||24||9||0||2||1||1||2||0||0||4||4||1.925|
|Suzuki, Yoshihiro||4||0||0||0||1 1/3||19||6||5||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.375|
Seibu Dome | Attendance: 23,261 | Time: 2h 48m | Lions lead series, 11-9-0
Masahiro Tanaka was roughed up for 5 runs over 6 innings as the Lions put the hurt on the Eagles, 7-1.
Takeya Nakamura (1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI) gave the Lions an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st when he nailed his 43rd home run of the year after Tanaka walked Hiroyuki Nakajima (3-for-4, BB, RBI) with 2 outs. Tanaka surrendered another home run in the bottom of the the 4th to G.G. Sato (2-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI), following a lead-off single by Yoshihito Ishii (1-for-4, R).
In the bottom of the 6th, Tanaka gave up a 2-out double to Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-5, 2B, R), followed by a single to Takumi Kuriyama (2-for-5, 2 RBI) that put runners on first and third, and a run-scoring single to Nakajima that gave the Lions a 5-0 lead through 6.
After being held to just 1 hit and 2 walks over the first 6 innings of the game, the Eagles finally managed to put a dent in Kazuyuki Hoashi's outing in the top of the 7th: Toshiya Nakashima (0-for-3, HBP) grounded out; Fernando Seguignol (1-for-4, 2B, R) hit a double into left; Ryuji Miyada (0-for-3, HBP) grounded out; Daisuke Kusano (1-for-4, RBI) drove in Seguignol with a single into left; Motohiro Shima (3-for-3, BB) reached first on an infield single, runners on first and second; and Naoto Watanabe (0-for-5) grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Lions tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the 8th on a 2-run single by Kuriyama with Kataoka on second and Takuya Hara (1-for-3, BB, R) on third and 1 out.
Hoashi gave up a 2-out single to Shima before retiring N. Watanabe on a fly ball to right to end the game.
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > N. Watanabe flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > N. Watanabe grounded out
8th: runner on third, 1 out > T. Yamasaki flied out, Nakashima HBP, and Seguignol grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Ginjiro grounded out and Hara struck out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Hara walked, Kataoka struck out, and Kuriyama flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sato grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Nakamura struck out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Nakajima struck out and Nakamura flied out
Eagles: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Lions: 9 LOB, o DP
The Lions outhit the Eagles, 13-6. ... The Lions have won 3 straight against the Eagles. ... Nakamura has now hit a home run in 3 straight games.
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|Hoashi, Kazuyuki W||24||9||5||0||9||136||37||33||6||0||6||2||2||0||0||0||1||1||3.233|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||1||4||1||0||X||6||11||0|
Chiba Marine | Attendance: 19,129 | Time: 2h 45m | Buffaloes lead series, 14-8-0
Yoshihisa Naruse tossed a 2-hit shut-out to beat the Buffaloes, 6-0.
Naruse needed only 108 pitches for his complete game victory against the Buffaloes. He also recorded 19 consecutive outs between the 2nd and 8th innings and had seven 1-2-3 innings.
The Marines' offense made the most of their scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the 5th, with Keisuke Hayasaka (1-for-3, R, RBI) on second and 2 out, Hisao Heiuchi (1-for-4, RBI) hit an RBI single into left to give the Marines a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded and no out in the bottom of the 4th, Toshiaki Imae (1-for-4, R, RBI) singled in a run, Katsuya Kakunaka (1-for-4, BB, RBI) walked in a run, Hayasaka hit a sac fly, and after a double steal, Tsuyoshi Nishioka (0-for-4, RBI) followed with another sac fly that gave the Marines a 5-0 lead.
Shoitsu Ohmatsu's (3-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) 19th home run of the year in the bottom of the 7th capped off the Marines' 6-run offense.
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Abe flied out and Goto struck out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Goto grounded out out, runner to third, and pinch hitter Yokoyama fouled out to left
2nd: runners on first and third, 2 out > Hayasaka struck out
6th: runner on third, 2 out > Heiuchi flied out
Buffaloes: 2 LOB, 0 DP
Marines: 7 LOB, o DP
The Marines outhit the Buffaloes, 11-2. ... Rhodes picked up his 3,500th total base in the second inning with a single into right. He became the 23rd player to reach the milestone and the fastest to reach it (1,668 games). ... Naruse struck out at least one batter every inning. ... The last time the Marines shut-out the Buffaloes was back on 4/20/2008. Naruse was on the mound for that game as well.
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Chiba Lotte Marines
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|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
Yahoo Dome | Attendance: 31,278 | Time: 4h 40m | Hawks lead series, 11-9-1
The Fighters went through 8 pitchers in 12 innings and almost had to turn to Sho Nakata for some relief as their game against the Hawks ended in a 0-0 tie.
This was a game that Hawks probably should have won. Twice they grounded into double plays with runners on first and second. And in the bottom of the 8th, neither Nobuhiko Matsunaka (0-for-5) nor Hitoshi Tamura (1-for-4, BB) could get a runner home with the bases loaded.
The Fighters also had a number of chances to score, but it was definitely the Hawks that applied more pressure (the Fighters 7 runners in scoring position vs 9 runners in scoring position for the Hawks).
2nd: runners on second and third, 1 out > Itoi hit a grounder back to the pitcher, runner on third thrown out at home, runners on first and third, Itoi stolen base, runners on second and third, and Ohno flied out
4th: runner on second, no out > Sledge struck out, Inada grounded out, runner on third, Itoi grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Tanaka grounded out, runner on third, and Morimoto flied out
10th: runner on second, 2 out > Morimoto grounded out
11th: runner on second, 1 out > Sledge struck out and Inada lined out
12th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Morimoto grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 1 out > Honda flied out, Kawasaki walked, and Oritiz grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Tanoue grounded out and Honda flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Matsunaka GIDP
7th: runner on second, 1 out > wild pitch, runner on third, Hasegawa grounded out and Tanoue struck out
8th: bases loaded, 1 out > Matsunaka flied out and Tamura flied out
9th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Honda GIDP
12th: runner on second, 1 out > Kawasaki grounded out, runner on third, pinch hitter Kosai walked, pinch runner Akashi in for Kosai, Akashi stolen base, runners on second and third, Kokubo struck out
Fighters: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Hawks: 12 LOB, 2 DP
The Fighters outhit the Hawks, 8-7. ... The Fighters were running out of pitching alternatives and actually considered having Sho Nakata warm up in the bullpen.
Nippon Ham Fighters
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|Miyanishi, Naoki H||53||7||2||0||1/3||8||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.000|
|Hayashi, Masanori H||43||3||0||0||1/3||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.068|
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