Jingu | Attendance: 20,590 | Time: 3h 19m | Swallows lead series, 12-7-0
The Swallows beat the Tigers, 7-1, and extended their lead over them to 1.5 games.
Hiromitsu Takagi tossed another solid game as he went 6.2 innings while giving up a run on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 1 HBP; he struck out none. The lone run the Tigers managed came in the top of the 7th when Akihiro Yano (1-for-2, BB, 3B, R) led off the inning with a triple and pinch hitter Shinjiro Hiyama (1-for-1, RBI) followed with a single into right to score Yano. A sac bunt and a fly out later, with a runner on third and 2 out, Hye-Chun Lee relieved Takagi and retired Takashi Toritani (1-for-4) on a grounder out to short to end the inning.
The Swallows' offense was also held off the board: through the first 5 innings of the game, Yuya Ando held the Swallows to just 3 hits and a walk. But in the bottom of the 6th, a 1-out HBP to Hiroyasu Tanaka (2-for-3, HBP, BB, 2 R) triggered the Swallows' offense. A fly out later, Norichika Aoki (2-for-3, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a single into left that put runners on first and second and Yuichi (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) came up with a big hit: a double into center that cleared the bases and gave the Swallows a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Swallows' offense exploded for 5 runs to take a 7-1 lead:
Kazuya Tsutsui relieved Yuya Ando. Yoshiyuki Noguchi (0-for-1) struck out. Kazuku Fukuchi (0-for-3, R) walked and stole both second and third. Tanaka walked, runners on first and third. Scott Atchison relieved Kazuya Tsutsui. Ryo Yoshimoto (1-for-2, R, RBI) hit a single that made it 3-1 and a throwing error allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Aoki followed with a bases clearing single into left that gave the Swallows a 5-1 lead. Hirotaka Egusa relieved Atchison. Pinch hitter Jamie D'Antona (0-for-0, BB) walked, runners on first and second. Pinch runner Shinichi Takeuchi entered the game for D'Antona. Aaron Guiel (0-for-3) flied out to center. And Yuji Onizaki (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) scored a run with a single into center. But the inning was cut short when Onizuka was thrown out trying to get into second.
Takehiko Oshimoto entered the game in the top of the 9th for the Swallows and retired the side in order.
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Toritani flied out and Kanemoto flied out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kanemoto flied out
4th: bases loaded, 1 out > Ando grounded out, bases loaded, Hirgano flied out
7th: runner on third, 2 out > Toritani grounded out
3rd: bases loaded, 1 out > Miyamoto GIDP
6th: bases loaded, 2 out > Aikawa lined out
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Yoshimoto flied out
Tigers: 8 LOB, 0 DP
Swallows: 8 LOB, 2 DP
The Swallows outhit the Tigers, 9-5. ... The Swallows have won 6 in row. ... Miyamoto hurt his right thumb sliding head-first into first in the 4th inning and was promptly removed from the game. ... Aikawa hurt his left back during his at bat in the 6th. ... Ando was riding a 7-game winning streak since last season against the Swallows. ... Takagi won his third start in a row.
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Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 36,832 | Time: 3h 23m | Giants lead series, 15-7-0
Masahiro Araki (0-for-3) strikes out
Hirokazu Ibata (2-for-5, BB, 2B, R, RBI) hits a double into left
Masahiko Morino (2-for-5, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hits his 23rd home run of the year ... Ibata and Morino SCORE
Tony Blanco (3-for-4, BB, 2 R) hits a single into center
Kazuhiro Wada (2-for-3, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI) walks ... runners on first and second
Takehiro Donoue (1-for-2, R, RBI) strikes out
Kei Nomoto (3-for-4, HBP, 2B, R, 2 RBI) HBP ... bases loaded
Motonobu Tanishige (1-for-3, BB, RBI) flies out to left
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | Score: 2-0 Dragons
Blanco hits a single into right
Wada hits a single into center ... runners on first and third
T. Donoue hits a sac fly ... Blanco SCORES ... runner on first
Nomoto hits a double up against the wall ... runners on second and third
Tanishige hits a sac fly ... Wada SCORES ... runner on second
Kenichi Nakata (1-for-2, 2B) flies out to center
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | Score: 4-0 Dragons
Defense: Tatsuro Iwasaki takes over second
Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-4, 2B, R) hits a double
Takahiro Suzuki (0-for-3) grounds out to first ... runner on third
Kazunari Tsuruoka (1-for-3, RBI) hits a single into right ... Kamei SCORES ... runner on first
Daisuke Nakai (0-for-3) fouls out to first
Pinch hitter: Takahito Kudo in for Norihito Kaneto
Kudo (1-for-1) hits an infield single ... runners on first and second
Hayato Sakamoto (0-for-4) flies out to center
Runs: 1 | Hits: 3 | Score: 4-1 Dragons
Pitching change: Shota Kimura relieves Kaneto (Kudo)
Donoue hits a single into right ... runners on first and second
Nemoto flies out to right ... runners on first and third
Tanishige walks ... bases loaded
Pinch hitter: Ryosuke Hirata in for Kenichi Nakata
Hirata hits a sac fly ... Wada SCORES ... runners on first and second
Tatsuro Iwasaki (0-for-2, BB) hits a sac bunt ... runners on second and third
Pass ball ... Donoue SCORES
Ibata flies out to right
Runs: 2 | Hits: 1 | 6-1 Dragons
Defense: Shigeyuki Furuki takes over first
Morino hits a single into center
Blanco hits a single into left ... throwing error by Sakamoto (SS) ... runners advance an extra base, runners on second and third
Wada hits a grounder to third ... Morino gets thrown out at home ... runners on first and second
Pinch hitter: Masaaki Koike in for Wei-Ying Chen
Koike (0-for-0, BB) walks ... bases loaded
Nomoto hits a single into left ... Blanco and Wada SCORE
Tanishige strikes out
Hirata lines out to right
Runs: 2 | Hits: 3 | Score: 8-1 Dragons
Pitching change: Takahiko Nomaguchi relieves Shota Kimura
T. Iwasaki flies out to right
Ibata grounds out to short
Blanco walks ... runners on first and second
Wada hits a single into right ... Morino SCORES ... runners on first and second
Pinch hitter: Shigeo Yanagida in for Suzuki
Yanagida (0-for-1) strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 1 | Score 9-1 Dragons
Pitching change: Soichi Fujita relieves Nomaguchi
Nomoto hits a single into right
Tanishige hits a single into center ... runners on first and second
Hirata strikes out
T. Iwasaki grounds out to short ... runners on first and third
Ibata hits a single into right ... Nomoto SCORES ... runneres on first and third
Morino flies out to the catcher
Runs: 1 | Hits: 3 | Score: 10-1 Dragons
2nd: runner on third, 1 out > Suzuki struck out and Tsuruoka struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Sakamoto flied out
1st: bases loaded, 2 out > Tanishige flied out
2nd: runner on second, no out > Araki struck out, Ibata flied out, and Morino flied out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Nakata flied out
5th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Ibata flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Tanishige strikes out and Hirata flied out
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Yanagida struck out
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Morino flied out
Giants: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 14 LOB, 0 DP
The Dragons lead series, 15-5. ... The Giants 10-game winning streak comes to an end. .... Tono likely just lost his shot at winning 10 on the year. ... Donoue was in the starting line-up for the first time in his career. ... Yano made his first start at Ichi-gun since June of last season. He was also out for most of the year recovering from an ACL tear that he suffered during last season's Ikusei Fall League.
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 16,863 | Time: 3h 5m | Series tied, 10-10-0
The Carp beat almost doubled up the Bay Stars, 9-5.
Akihiro Higashide (2-for-5, 2 R) led off with a single and scored on Tetsuya Kokubo's (3-for-4, HBP, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) double into left. Soichiro Amaya (0-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI) walked to put runners on first and second and Kenta Kurihara (1-for-3, HBP, R, RBI) and Scott McClain (1-for-4, RBI) hit back-to-back RBI singles to give the Carp a 3-0 lead. Go Kida (2-for-3, BB, 2 2B, RBI) walked to load the bases and Jun Hirose (2-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI) hit a sac fly to drive in the 4th run of the inning. Yoshiyuki Ishihara (0-for-4) ended the inning by grounding into a 1-4-3 double play.
Hiroshima scored 3 more run in the bottom of the 2nd to jump out to a 7-0 lead:
Takahiro Aoki (1-for-3, R) and Higashide led off with singles that put runners on first and second. Takahiro Matsuka relieved Teruaki Yoshikawa. Kokubo followed with an RBI double, runners on second and third. Amaya hit a sac fly, runner on second. Kurihara was hit by a pitch, runners on first and second. McClain struck out. Go Kida doubled in another run, runners on second and third. And Hirose flied out to short to end the inning.
Yuki Yoshimura's (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI) 14th home run in the top of the 5th gave the Bay Stars their first run of the game. In the top of the 6th, Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a ground out, and then scored on a sac fly by Seiichi Uchikawa (0-for-3, RBI).
The Bay Stars made it 7-4 in the top of the 7th when they loaded the bases with 1 out and pinch hitter Yuta Naito (0-for-2, RBI) hit a grounder to second and a throwing error by Higashide (2B) allowed 2 runs to score.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Carp extended their lead to 9-4 on Hirose's 5th home run of the year following a 1-out double by Go Kida.
Dan Johnson's (1-for-1, BB, HR, R, RBI) 2-out solo homer in the top of the 9th made it 9-5.
7th: runnners on first and second, 1 out > Kinjo flied out, runners on first and third, Fujita flied out.
1st: runners on first and third, 1 out > Ishihara GIDP
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Hirose flied out
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Kurihara struck out and McClain flied out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > T. Aoki grounded out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kurihara GIDP
Bay Stars: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 6 LOB, 2 DP
The Carp outhit the Bay Stars, 12-6. ... The Carp stopped their 5-game slide.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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