Tokyo Dome | Attendance: 43,128 | Time: 2h 53m | Giants lead series, 14-6-3
The Carp fell further away from third as they fell to the Giants, 6-4.
A costly throwing error by Hayoto Sakamoto (SS) in the top of the first on a ground ball hit by Kenta Kurihara (0-for-4, R) with a runner on second and 1 out led to the Carp taking an early 1-0. But that lead was quickly erased by the Giants offense in the bottom of the inning:
Hayato Sakamoto (3-for-5, R) and Tetsuya Matsumoto (2-for-3, R) led off the inning with singles. Michihiro Ogasawara (1-for-3, RBI) struck out. Alex Ramirez (1-for-3, R, RBI) followed with a single into left that tied the game at 1, runners on first and second. Yoshiyuki Kamei (1-for-31, R, RBI) hit a single and drove in the go ahead run, runners on first and second. Yoshitomo Tani (0-for-3) reached on a throwing error by Akihiro Higashide (2B) that loaded the bases. Shinnosuke Abe (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) grounded out and Ryota Wakiya (1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) drove in 2 with a single into center that gave the Giants a 4-1 lead. Dicky Gonzalez (1-for-3, R) stranded runners on first and third when he grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Carp made it 4-2 in the top of the 3rd on a sac fly Masato Akamatsu (0-for-2, RBI) following a 1-out triple by Higashide (2-for-3, BB, 3B, 2 R). But the Giants quickly matched the run on Abe's 31st home run of the year in the bottom of the inning with 2 outs.
In the top of the 4th, Andy Phillips (2-fpr-4, HR, R, RBI) launched his 15th home run of the season to make it 5-3. But the Giants once again pushed away with an RBI single by Ogasawara with runners on second and third and 1 out in the bottom of the inning.
Scott McClain's (2-for-4, 2B RBI) RBI single with a runner on second and 2 out gave the Carp their 4th run of the game in the top of the 6th.
The Dragons didn't put up much of a fight in the 7th (just one HBP) and went down in order in the 8th. In the 9th, McClain led off the inning by hitting a double off Kiyoshi Toyoda. But the next three batters failed to get the run home as Toyoda picked up his 5th save of the year.
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Phillips hit, runner on third thrown out at home
7th: runner on second, 2 out > Akamatsu flied out
9th: runner on second, no out > pinch hitter Ishii struck out, Ishihara grounded out, and pinch hitter Go Kida flied out
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Gonzalez grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Ogasawara grounded out, runner on third, Ramirez grounded out
4th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Ramirez flied out and Furuki grounded out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Tsuruoka grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Abe grounded out, runner on third, Wakiya grounded out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Tsuruoka grounded out
Carp: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Giants: 10 LOB, 0 DP
The Giants outhit the Carp, 13-7. ... The Carp's 4-game winning streak came to an end. ... Yano sprained his right ankle while sliding into home plate in the 4th inning. He was removed from the game in the top of the 6th. ... This was the Giants last regular season home game.
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Yokohama | Attendance: 9,204 | Time: 3h 2m | Dragons lead series, 18-6-0
The Dragons beat the Bay Stars, 6-3, in front of 9,204 fans.
After Daisuke Miura retired the first two batters of the first inning, he loaded the bases with a hit and two walks. Motonobu Tanishige (2-for-4, 2 RBI) then followed with a single that gave the Dragons an early 2-0 lead. The Bay Stars answered back with back-to-back 2-out doubles by Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, 2B, R) and Shuichi Murata (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) to cut the Dragons lead in half in the bottom of the inning.
Kazuhiro Wada's (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) 29th home run of the year in the top of the 4th; and Masahiko Morino's (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) run-scoring double with runners on second and third and 1 out, followed by a run scoring ground out by Tony Blanco (0-for-3, BB, R, RBI) in the top of the 5th gave the Dragons a 5-1 lead.
The Bay Stars returned 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th on Yuki Yoshimura's (1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) 15th home run of the year with Takahiro Saeki (1-for-4, R) on first and 2 out.
Chunchi scored it's 6th and final run in the top of the 9th on a 2-out RBI single by Masahiro Araki (1-for-4, RBI) with a runner on third.
Takuya Asao tossed a perfect 9th for his 6th save of the year.
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > T. Donoue lined out
3rd: runner on second, no out > Morino lined out, Blanco struck out, runner thrown out trying to steal third (strike out - throw out doube play)
5th: runner on third, 2 out > Wada fouled out to first
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > pinch hitter Tatsunami flied out
1st: runner on second, 2 out > Saeki struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kinjo flied out
5th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Fujita GIDP
Dragons: 5 LOB, 0 DP
Bay Stars: 4 LOB, 1 DP
The Dragons outhit the Bay Stars, 10-7.
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Yokohama Bay Stars
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Koshien | Attendance: 46,851 | Time: 3h 10m | Swallows lead series, 13-9-0
The Swallows beat the Tigers 6-4 in what may have been one of their biggest games of the season.
An RBI single by Yuji Onizaki (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) with runners on first and third and 1 out gave the Swallows a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. With runners now on first and second with only one out, Ryohei Kawamoto (1-for-4, 2B, R) grounded into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Tigers quickly answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning: following a 1-out single by Craig Brazell (1-for-4, R), Kodai Sakurai (0-for-4) drove in the tying run with a double and came around to score on Akihiro Yano's (2-for-2, R, 2 RBI) single into center.
Unlike games in the past, the Swallows quickly followed with a 3-run third: after the first two batters of the inning were retired in order, Yusuke Kajimoto (2-for-5, R) hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch; Shinya Miyamoto (2-for-4, BB, 2B, R, RBI) tied the game with a double into right; and Norichika Aoki (3-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) drove in the go-ahead runs with his 16th home run of the year.
Not to be outdone, the Tigers pushed back to tie the game in the bottom of the 4th: Sakurai hit a 1-out double; Yano drove in Sakurai with a single into center; pinch hitter Mitsunobu Takahashi (0-for-1) grounded out to third, runner on second; and Keiichi Hirano (1-for-4, RBI) tied the game at 4 with a single into left.
In the top of the 6th, the Swallows pulled out in front again, this time for good: with 1 out, Onizaki hit his 1st home run of the year for the go-ahead run; Kawamoto doubled; Masanori Ishikawa (0-for-4) struck out; and Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-5, 3B) pushed across an insurance run with a triple.
Ishikawa made the 2-run lead stick by retiring the final 16 straight batters of the game.
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Kawamoto GIDP
4th: runner on second, 1 out > Kawamoto flied out and Ishikawa grounded out
5th: runners on first and third, 2 out > D'Antona flied out
6th: runner on third, 2 out > Kajimoto flied out
7th: bases loaded, no out > Shida grounded out, bases loaded, Onizaki flied out and Kawamoto flied out
9th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Shida filed out, runners on first and third, Onizaki grounded out
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Hirano grounded out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Sekimoto flied out
Swallows: 10 LOB, 1 DP
Tigers: 4 LOB, 0 DP
The Swallows outhit the Tigers, 12-7. ... Ishikawa matches his win total from last season. ... This is the first time since 2002 that the Swallows will finish out the season with a winning record against the Tigers. ... The Tigers can now do no better than .500 for the season. ... Sajikihara's record of 116 straight games without a loss has ended.
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|Sajikihara, Masashi L||15||0||1||0||1 2/3||37||10||9||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||1.895|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||7||0|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||3||5||0||0||0||0||3||0||X||11||16||0|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 34,228 | Time: 2h 44m | Fighters lead series, 18-6-0
Kensuke Tanaka (3-for-5, R) fouls out to third
Hichori Morimoto (2-for-4, BB, 2 R) hits a single into right
Atsunori Inaba (1-for-5, R) lines out to short
Shinji Takahashi (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI) hits a single into left ... runners on first and second
Terrmel Sledge (3-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI) hit his 27th home run of the year ... Morimoto, Takahashi, and Sledge SCORE
Eiichi Koyano (1-for-4, RBI) strikes out
Runs: 3 | Hits: 3 | Score: 3-0 Fighters
Tomochika Tsuboi (0-for-4, R) grounds out to first
Shinya Tsuruoka (2-for-3, BB, 2 R) walks
Makoto Kaneko (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) hits his 12th home run of the year ... Tsuruoka and Kaneko SCORE
Tanaka hits a single into center
Morimoto walks ... runners on first and second
Inaba hits an infield single ... bases loaded
Takahashi walks in a run ... Tanaka SCORES ... bases loaded
Sledge hits a single into right ... Morimoto SCORES ... bases loaded
Koyano grounds out to third ... Inaba SCORES ... runners on second and third
Tsuboi flied out
Runs: 5 | Hits: 4 | Score: 8-0 Fighters
Masahiko Tanaka (2-for-3, 2B, R) hits a double
Keisuke Hayasaka (1-for-3) hits a single ... runners on first and third
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1-for-3, BB) walks ... bases loaded
Toshiaki Imae (1-for-4) grounds into a double play ... M. Tanaka SCORES ... runner on second
Tomoya Satozaki (0-for-4) strikes out
Runs: 1 | Hits: 2 | Score: 8-1 Fighters
Sledge flies out
Koyano hits a single into right
Tsuboi grounds out to second ... runner on first
Tsuruoka hits a single into left ... runners on first and second
Kaneko connects for his 13th home run of the year ... Tsuboi, Tsuruoka, and Kaneko SCORE
Runs: 3 | Hits: 3 | Scored: 11-1 Fighters
3rd: runner on third, 2 out > Satozaki struck out
8th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Imae grounded out
2nd: runners on second and third, 2 out > Tsuboi flied out
8th; runners on first and second, 1 out > Sledge grounded out, runners on second and third, Iiyama grounded out
Marines: 5 LOB, 2 DP
Fighters: 7 LOB, 1 DP
The Fighters outhit the Marines, 16-7. ... Yagi picks up his first win since 8/4. ... M. Kaneko established new career highs for home runs and RBIs in a season with 13 and 62, respectively.
Chiba Lotte Marines
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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