|Nippon Ham Fighters||0||0||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||5||12||0|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 19,784 | Time: 3h 40m | Fighters lead series, 16-7-0
The Buffaloes held on to be at the Fighters, 6-5, and avoided the sweep.
With Takeshi Hidaka (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) on third and Koji Yamasaki (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) on first and 1 out, Tomotaka Sakaguchi (1-for-4, BB, R, RBI) drove in the first run of the game with a single. A bunt single later, with the bases loaded, Hirotoshi Kitagawa (0-for-5, RBI) made it 2-0 with a ground out to third.
The Fighters quickly answered with a few runs in the bottom of the inning:
Makoto Kaneko (2-for-3, R) led off with a single. Kensuke Tanaka (3-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI) drove in a run with a triple. Hichori Morimoto (1-for-4, RBI) struck out. Atsunori Inaba (0-for-5) grounded out to first. Shinji Takahashi (2-for-4, R, RBI) tied the game with a single and Terrmel Sledge (1-for-4, 3B, RBI) drove in the go ahead run with a triple into left. And Eiichi Koyano (1-for-4) flied out to center to end the inning.
The Buffaloes retook the lead in the top of the 4th on a sac fly by Masahiro Abe (0-for-4, RBI) with runners on first and third and no out; and an RBI double by K. Yamasaki with a runner on second and 2 out. But the Fighter once again came clawing back on back-to-back 1-out, RBI singles by Tanaka and Morimoto to put the Fighters back out in front, 5-4.
In the top of the 6th, the Buffaloes retied the game when Mitsutaka Goto (3-for-4, IBB, 2 2B, 2 R) led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on Hidaka's ground out to first. The Buffaloes retook the lead again in the top of the 7th on an RBI double by Shinji Shimoyama (2-for-4, BB, 2B, R, RBI) with runners on first and third and 2 out.
Chihiro Kaneko, working in his second inning, gave up a lead-off single to K. Makoto before retiring the the next three batters of the inning for his 3rd save of the year.
3rd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Rhodes grounded out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Sakaguchi flied out
7th: bases loaded, 2 out > Abe grounded out
9th: runners on second and third, 2 out > Abe flied out
2nd: runner on first and second, 1 out > Tsuboi struck out and Ohno grounded out
3rd: runner on third, 2 out > Koyano flied out
4th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Inaba GIDP
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Inaba struck out and Takahashi grounded out
Buffaloes: 10 LOB, 0 DP
Fighters: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Fighters outhit the Buffaloes, 12-11. ... The Fighters won the series (2-1) and outscored the Buffaloes, 18-11. ... Kishida picked up his first win since 9/4.
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|Vogelsong, Ryan H||28||1||4||0||1||10||4||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||4.686|
|Kaneko, Chihiro S||30||11||8||3||2||32||8||8||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.599|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Hayashi, Masanori L||45||3||1||0||1/3||5||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||3.176|
Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 14,619 | Time: 3h 0m | Eagles lead series, 13-10-0
The Eagles beat the Hawks, 5-4, to take over second place in the Pacific League.
An RBI double by Todd Linden (2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI) with a runner on second and no out gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The Hawks tied it in the top of the 3rd on Hidenori Tanoue's (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) 25th home run of the year. But the Eagles quickly answered with a solo home run by Teppei (2-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R, RBI) in the bottom of the third and 2 out.
In the top of the 5th, the Hawks took the lead:
Hitoshi Tamura (0-for-3, BB, R) walked. Yuya Hasegawa reached on an infield single, runners on first and second. Tanoue struck out. Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-2, HBP, R) was hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Nobuhiro Matsuda (1-for-4, RBI) tied the game with a single into left and Yuichi Honda (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a double in left, runners on second and third. Tsuyoshi Kawagishi relieved Hiromichi Fujiwara. Jose Ortiz (1-for-4) flied out to center and the runner on third was caught trying to score from second.
But the Hawks' lead would be short-lived as the Eagles once again came back to retake the lead:
Masato Nakamura (1-for-4, BB, R) reached on an infield single. Naoto Watanabe (0-for-4) struck out. Teppei hit a single into left, runners on first and second. Takeshi Yamasaki (0-for-4) flied out to right. Daisuke Kusano (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) drove in a runner with a single into center, runners on first and third; and Linden tied and scored the go ahead run with a double in to left. And Fernando Seguignol (1-for-3, BB, 2B) struck out to end the inning.
Kazuo Fukumori entered the game in the 8th and tossed a 1-2-3 inning. He wasn't quite as perfect in the 9th as he gave up a 1-out single to Nobuhiko Matsunaka (3-for-4) . Ryuma Kidokoro pinch ran for Matsunaka and got as far as third (stolen base and a wild pitch), but Fukmori bore down and retired the next two batters for his 9th save of the year.
5th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Ortiz flied out to center, runner on thirds gets thrown out at home.
9th: runner on third, 1 out > Tamura struck out and Hasegawa grounded out
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kosaka lined out and Nakatani struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > N. Watanabe grounded out, runners on first and third, runner on first steals second, second and third, Teppei walked to load the bases, and T. Yamasaki flied out
6th: runners on first and third, 2 out > pinch hitter Kenshi struck out
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Seguignol struck out
Hawks: 3 LOB, 3 DP
Eagles: 8 LOB, 0 DP
The Eagles outhit the Hawks, 9-8.
|Houlton, D.J. L||25||11||8||0||6 2/3||114||33||29||9||1||5||4||0||0||0||0||5||5||2.895|
|Fujioka, Yoshiaki||36||5||8||0||1 1/3||18||4||4||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.680|
|Fujiwara, Hiromichi||16||4||4||0||4 1/3||81||20||18||6||1||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||4||4.109|
|Kawagishi, Tsuyoshi W||23||4||3||2||2 2/3||15||7||7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.345|
|Fukumori, Kazuo S||32||7||0||9||2||25||7||7||1||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1.714|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||7||0|
Seibu Dome | Attendance: 25,207 | Time: 2h 44m | Marines lead series, 14-10-0
In a game that Takayuki Kishi was used in relief, the Lions managed used a walk-off to beat the pesky Marines, 2-1.
Shunsuke Watanabe was close to being on his way to a complete game shut-out when surrendered a hit to Hiroyuki Nakajima (1-for-3, BB, R) and a walk to Takeya Nakamura (0-for-3, BB) that put runners on first and second in the bottom of the 9th. Shogo Akada pinch ran for Nakajima and the Lions sent Tomoaki Sato to pinch hit for Yoshihito Ishii. Sato laid down a bunt and advanced both runners up a base to set the stage for G.G. Sato.
G.G. Sato was 0-for-2 with an HBP in his prior three trips to the plate. He was also 0 for his last 14. Perfect timing heroics as he hit a single into right off Watanabe that drove in both Nakajima and Akada to give the Lions a walk-off, 2-1 win.
On the other side of the diamond, Fumiya Nishiguchi made one bad pitch Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI) to lead off the game and then held the Marines to 5 hits over 6.1 innings of work. Kishi entered the game in the 7th with runners on first and third and 1 out and gave up just 1 hit and a walk over the final 2.2 innings of the game.
4th: runner on second, 2 out > T. Hashimoto flied out
7th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Minami struck out, Heiuchi walked, Hayasaka grounded out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Heiuchi struck out, Ohmatsu struck out
4th: runners on first and second, no out > Nakamura GIDP, runner on third, Y. Ishi struck out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Hara struck out, Hosokawa walked, runners on first and second, Kataoka grounded out
8th: runner on second, 1 out > Kataoka flied out, Kuriyama fouled out to the catcher
Marines: 6 LOB, 1 DP
Lions: 6 LOB, 2 DP
The Marines outhit the Lions, 7-6. ... The Marines took the series (2-1) and outscored the Lions 23-7.
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Watanabe, Shunsuke L||23||3||13||0||8 1/3||114||33||26||6||0||6||3||1||3||0||0||2||2||4.081|
|Nishiguchi, Fumiya||24||4||3||0||6 1/3||100||24||23||6||1||5||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||5.105|
|Kishi, Takayuki W||26||13||5||0||2 2/3||52||10||8||1||0||5||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||3.256|