Jingu | Attendance: 17,252 | Time: 3h 27m | Swallows lead series, 12-9-0
Despite outhitting the Tigers 12-10, the Swallows dropped their second straight against them, 7-1.
An RBI single by Tomoaki Kanemoto (3-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI) with a runner on second and 2 out gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Yuki Tanaka then shut-down the Tigers' offense over the next 5 innings, never permitting a runner past first. Yuki also retired 8 straight after Kanemoto was caught trying to steal second in the top of the first.
But in the top of the 7th, the Tigers broke through for 2 more runs to take a 3-0 lead: after Yuki retired the first two batters of the inning, Takahiro Arai (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI) hit a single and Craig Brazell (2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI) followed with his 15th home run of the year.
Meanwhile, Atsushi Noumi kept the Swallows off the board despite giving up 6 hits and a walk over 5.2 innings of work. Scott Atchison followed with a scoreless 1.1 innings of work and Kyuji Fujikawa entered the game in the bottom of the 8th for the final two outs of the game.
In the top of the 9th, Ryota Igarashi took the mound for the Swallows to hold the Tigers at 3 runs, but instead he gave up 4 consecutive hits that led to 4 runs: Yamato (1-for-2, R) hit a single into left; Takashi Toritani (1-for-4, 2B, R) followed with a double that put runners on second and third; Kanemoto cleared the bases with a double; and Arai drove Kanemoto in with a triple. Igarashi was yanked after that and replaced by Yoshitaka Hashimoto. Hashimoto retired the first batter he faced but then gave up a sac fly to Kohei Shibata (0-for-0, RBI) that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
The Swallows finally got on the board in the bottom of the 9th: Shinichi Takeuchi (1-for-1, R) led off with a single; pinch hitter Yuji Onizaki fouled out to left; Hiroyasu Tanaka (2-for-5) hit a single into center, runners on first and second; Shinya Miyamoto (1-for-5) fouled out to first; Norichika Aoki (4-for-5, RBI) drove in a run with a single; and the game ended with Jamie D'Antona (0-for-4, BB) striking out with runners on first and second.
4th: bases loaded, 2 out > Hatakeyama flied out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Iihara flied out and Tanaka grounded out
6th: runners on first and second no out > D'Antona flied out, runners on first and third, pinch hitter Fukuchi struck out, runner on first stole second, runners on second and third, Hatakeyama walked, bases loaded, Kawamoto struck out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Tanaka struck out and Miyamoto struck out
8th: runner on second, no out > D'Antona lined out, Fukuchi singled, runners on first and third, runner on first stole second, runners on second and third, Hatakeyama flied out and Kawamoto struck out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > D'Antona struck out
Tigers: 1 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 13 LOB, 0 DP
The Swallows outhit the Tigers, 12-10. ... The Tigers took the series (2-1) and outscored the Swallows, 16-10.
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Nagoya Dome | Attendance: 38,280 | Time: 3h 5m | Giants lead series, 16-8-0
The Giants beat the Dragons, 6-2.
Alex Ramirez (3-for-3, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) gave the Giants a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first with his 31st home run of the year with Tetsuya Matsumoto (3-for-5, 3 R) on first and two out. The Dragons answered back with a run in the bottom of the first on Tony Blanco's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out with Masahiko Morino (1-for-4) on second and Kei Nomoto (0-for-3, BB, R) on third and 1 out.
In the top of the 2nd, the Giants scored 2 more runs: after the first two batters of the inning went down in order, both Hayato Sakamoto (1-for-5, R) and Matsumoto reached on singles, runners on first and second; Michihiro Ogaswara (1-for-3, RBI) then drove in a run with a single into left and Ramirez drove in the other run with a double into center.
A fielding error by Blanco (RF) in the top of the 4th allowed the 2 more runs to score.
An RBI double by Kazuyoshi Tatsunami (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) in the 9th, with Ryosuke Hirata (1-for-1, BB, R) on first and no out, made it 6-2. Unfortunately for Tatsunami and the Dragons, he would end up stranded there as Daisuke Ochi struck out the next three batters to close out the game.
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Abe struck out
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Kamei flied out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Tani struck out
5th: runner on second, no out > Furuki flied out, Obispo struck out, and Sakamoto struck out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Suzuki struck out and Kamei flied out
1st: runner on third, 2 out > Wada flied out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Ibata grounded out and Nomoto grounded out
9th: runner on second, no out > Tanishige struck out, T. Iwasaki struck out, pinch hitter Yanagida struck out
Giants: 9 LOB, 0 DP
Dragons: 7 LOB, 0 DP
The Giants outhit the Dragons, 11-7. ... The Dragons took the series (2-1) and outscored the Giants, 16-8. ... Ramirez has now has 101 RBIs on the season. That gives him 7 consecutive seasons of at least 100 RBIs, tying him with Sadaharu Oh.
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Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 17,674 | Time: 2h 52m | Carp lead series, 12-10-0
The Carp beat the Bay Stars, 2-1, behind a strong outing by Colby Lewis.
Kenta Kurihara (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) led off the 2nd with his 21st home run of the year. After that, Andy Phillips (0-for-0, BB, R) followed with walk; Scott McClain (0-for-4) flied out; Jun Hirose (2-for-4) hit a single into left, runners on first and third; and Yoshiyuki Ishihara (1-for-3, RBI) drove in the key second run of the game on a single into center.
On the other side of the diamond, Lewis ran into some trouble in the first inning when he loaded the bases on a single and 2 HBPs, but settled down nicely after that: he retired 13 straight until an error by Tetsuya Kokubo (SS) allowed lead-off hitter Tatsuhiko Kinjo (1-for-4) to reach first in the top of the 7th. Kinjo got as far as second, but was stranded there as Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4) flied out and Shuichi Murata (0-for-3, HBP) struck out to end the inning.
Hiroshima did finally manage to score run off Lewis in the top of the 7th on a pinch hit RBI single by Takahiro Saeki with Dan Johnson (0-for-2, 2 HBP, R) on third and 2 out.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa tossed a perfect 9th to record his 34th save of the year.
1st: bases loaded, 2 out > Yoshimura flied out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Uchikawa flied out and Murata struck out
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Murata struck out and Johnson struck out
2nd: runner on first and second, 1 out > Lewis flied out and Higashide flied out
4th: bases loaded, 2 out > Higashide grounded out
5th: runners on second and third, 2 out > McClain flied out
Bay Stars: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 9 LOB, 9 DP
The Carp outhit the Bay Stars, 8-4. ... The Bay Stars have now lost 7 in a row. ... The Carp swept the series (3-0) and outscored the Bay Stars, 13-7.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 17,352 | Time: 2h 47m | Fighters lead series, 16-6-0
The Fighters held on to beat the Buffaloes, 3-2.
Keisaku Itokazu started out strong as he held the Buffaloes hitless over the first 6 innings of the game (he did hit a batter in the third and walk a batter in the 5th). In the top of the 7th, the Buffaloes finally managed to score a run off Itokazu after the first two batters off the inning were retired: Mitsutaka Goto (2-for-4, 2B, R) hit a double off the wall and scored on Takeshi Hidaka's (2-for-4, RBI) single into right.
In the top of the 8th, with a new pitcher on the mound in Kazumasa Kikuchi, the Buffaloes scored another run: with 1 out, Koji Yamasaki (1-for-3, 2B, R) hit a double; Tomotaka Sakaguchi (0-for-3, BB) walked; and Naoyuki Ohmura (1-for-4, RBI) singled home a run.
The Fighters' offense didn't exactly blowing away the Buffaloes, but it did score just enough runs for a victory:
3rd: an RBI single by Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, BB, RBI) with runners on first and second and 1 out
5th: an RBI single by Hichori Morimoto (2-for-3, R, RBI) with a runner on second and 1 out
7th: an RBI single by Atsunori Inaba (BB, 2-for-3, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out
The Buffaloes made things interesting in the top of the 9th against Hisashi Takeda when the first two runners reached on hits: Goto hit a double and Hidaka followed with a single that put runners on first and third. That almost led to the Buffaloes tying the game on a grounder to short by Masahiro Abe (0-for-3, BB), but Goto was thrown out at home on a close play. Takeda then retired the next two batters in a row for his 33rd save of the year.
8th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kitagawa flied out and Rhodes grounded out
9th: runners on first and third, no out > Abe grounded out, runner on third throw out at home, runners on first and second; Shimoyama flied out to center, and K. Yamasaki grounded out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Inaba grounded out, runner on third, Takahashi walked, runners on first and third, and Sledge grounded out
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Sledge GIDP
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Takahashi lined into double play
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Takahashi flied out
Buffaloes: 7 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 7 LOB, 4 DP
The Fighters outhit the Buffaloes, 8-6. ... Oze was pencilled into the starting line-up but was taken out of it when he was found to have a fever. He was replaced by Shimoyama in the line-up.
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 13,674 | Time: 3h 1m | Eagles lead series, 12-10-0
The Eagles needed just one big inning to beat the Hawks, 6-2.
Nobuhiro Matsuda (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th when he led off the inning with his 8th home run of the year.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Eagles finally got on the board with a 6-run inning:
Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4, R) led off with a single. Todd Linden (1-for-4) struck out looking. Fernando Seguignol (2-for-3, BB, 2B, R) hit a single into right, runners on first and third. Makoto Kosaka (1-for-4, R) grounded out to first and the Hawks got Kusano in a run down between third and home. But Hidenori Tanoue (C) threw the ball away when he made a throw back toward third and everyone was safe: Kusano scored and the runners advance to second and third. Jin Nakatani (0-for-1, 2 BB, R) walked to load the bases. Masato Nakamura (2-for-3, R, RBI) drove in the go ahead run with a single into left, bases remained loaded. Keisuke Katto relieved Sho Iwasaki. Naoto Watanabe (1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double in to left, runners on second and third. Teppei (0-for-4) reached on an error and another run crossed the plate, runners on second and third. Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-3, RBI) hit a sac fly. And Kusano struck out to end the inning.
An RBI double by Yuichi Honda (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) with Yuya Hasegawa (1-for-3, BB, 2B, R) on second and 2 out gave the Hawks their second run of the game.
Satoshi Nagai had a solid start as he limited the Hawks to just 2 runs on 5 hits. He started the game by retiring 9 straight batters and ended the it by retiring the last 6 batters in a row.
5th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Tanoue flied out and Honda flied out
6th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kokubo flied out, runners on first and third, and Matsunaka grounded out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Matsuda grounded out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > Teppei flied out, runner on second doubled up
5th: runner on third, 2 out > Kusano struck out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Kosaka grounded out, runner on third, Nakatani walked, runners on first and third, pinch hitter Nakashima flied out
Hawks: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Eagles: 5 LOB, 2 DP
The Eagles outhit the Hawks, 9-5. ... Nagai is now 5-0 against the Hawks this year.
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Seibu Dome | Attendance: 12,762 | Time: 3h 28m | Marines lead series, 14-9-0
The Marines tamed the Lions, 9-2.
Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-4, RBI) gave the Lions an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st when he drove in Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-4, R) from second on a single into right. But the lead wouldn't last very long as the Marines scored 4 in the top of the 2nd.
Tomoya Satozaki (3-for-3, 2 BB, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI) lead off with a single into right. Hisao Heiuchi (1-for-4, R, RBI) hit a sac bunt, runner on second. Ryusuke Minami (2-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI) hit a single, runners on first and third. Daisuke Hayakawa (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) tied the game with a single, runners on first and second. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-5, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double into right and gave the Marines a 3-1 lead. Toshiaki Imae (1-for-6) grounded out to short. Kazuya Fukuura (2-for-5, 2 RBI) hit a single into left to drive in the 4th run of the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error. Shoitsu Ohamtsu (2-for-5, R) flied out to center to end the inning.
In the top of the 7th, Satozaki drove in another run with a double into right with a runner on second and 1 out. The Lions matched the run in the bottom of the inning on Toru Hosokawa's (2-for-3, HR, R, RBI) 3rd home run of the year.
The Marines continued to build on their lead in the 8th and 9th innings:
8th: with runners on first and third and 1 out, Fukuura drove in a run with a ground out to first.
9th: with 1 out, Satozaki hit a double; Heiuchi drove in Satozaki with a single into left; Minami drove in Heiuchi with a double into right and advanced to third on the throw; and Hayakawa drove in Heiuchi with a single into right.
The Marines went down quietly in the bottom of the 9th.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi didn't have a great outing by any means (he only recorded one 1-2-3 inning), but he still managed to hold the Lions to just 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 8 innings of work.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > T. Hashimoto grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Ohmatsu flied out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Fukuura flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Heiuchi struck out and Minami grounded out
6th: runner on second, 1 out > Imae grounded out, runner on third, and Fukuura grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Heiuchi flied out and Minami grounded out
8th: runner on second, 2 out > Ohmatsu struck out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Y. Ishii struck out
3rd: runners on first and second, no out > Nakajima grounded out, runners on first and third, Nakamura struck out, Y. Ishii flied out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Nakajima GIDP
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Y. Ishii grounded out, runner on third, G.G. Sato struck out
Marines: 11 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Marines outhit the Lions, 16-7. ... The Lions have now lost 4 games in a row. ... The Lions have now given up 43 runs during their current 4-game losing streak. ... Ohmatsu extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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