|Yokohama Bay Stars||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||9||0|
Jingu | Attendance: 7,408 | Time: 2h 47m | Bay Stars lead series, 13-11-0
The Swallows kept pace with the Hanshin Tigers by beating the Bay Stars, 5-4.
Takahiro Saeki's (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI) 12th blast of year in the top of the 2nd with 1 out gave the Bay Stars a 1-0 lead. His single in the third scored Seiichi Uchikawa (1-for-4, 2B, R), and Kazuya Fujita (2-for-4, R) from second and third, respectively.
The Swallows began their comeback in the bottom of the 5th when Kazuki Fukuchi (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in 2 runs with a single into right with the bases loaded. Aaron Guiel (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) tied it in the 6th with his 25th home run of the year.
In the bottom of the 8th, Norichika Aoki (1-for-4, R) got on base with a 2-out single and Guiel's second home run of the game put the Swallows out in front, 5-3.
Chang-Yong Lim took the mound in the top of the 9th and gave up a lead-off double to Shuichi Murata (1-for-4, 2B, R). He retired Saeki on a ground out to second, but that also moved Murata up to third, and allowed him to score on Yuki Yoshimura's (0-for-4, RBI) ground out to short. Lim then struck out Takehiro Ishikawa (1-for-4) for his 27th save of the year.
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Fujie hit a single into right, runner on second caught in a run down between third and home
5th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Kajimoto grounded out and Miyamoto grounded
Bay Stars: 3 LOB, 1 DP
Swallows: 4 LOB, 0 DP
The Bay Stars outhit the Swallows, 9-8.
Yokohama Bay Stars
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|Igarashi, Ryota W||56||3||2||3||1||5||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.186|
|Lim, Chang-Yong S||56||5||4||27||1||14||4||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||2.114|
Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 28,977 | Time: 3h 4m | Tigers lead series, 13-11-0
The Tigers beat the Carp, 5-1, and kept the pressure on the Swallows.
Takashi Toritani (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) led off the 4th with a double and came around to score a strike out later on Takahiro Arai's (2-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI) double into right. Craig Brazell (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) then followed with his 16th home run of the season to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Carp pushed their lone run across the plate when Takahiro Arai's fielding error (3B) on Kenta Kurihara's (1-for-4) grounder allowed Akihiro Higashide (0-for-3, BB, R) to score from second.
Toritani's 20th home run of the year in the top of the 9th with Kentaro Sekimoto (2-for-4, HBP, R) on first and no out gave the Tigers their 5-1 lead.
Other than a fielding miscue that allowed a run to score in the 6th, Atsushi Noumi scattered four hits and a walk over 6 innings of work.
2nd: runner on second, 2 out > Sakurai struck out
4th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Noumi GIDP
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Kanemoto flied out
6th: runners on first and third, 1 out > Kano flied out and Noumi flied out
8th: bases loaded, 1 out > Kano struck out and Atchison struck out
1st: runners on first and third, 2 out > Hirose grounded out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > Kokubo flied out
Tigers: 9 LOB, 1 DP
Carp: 5 LOB, 2 DP
The Tigers outhit the Carp, 13-6. ... Toritani hits 20 home runs in one season for the first time in his career.
|Noumi, Atsushi W||28||13||9||0||6||81||23||22||4||0||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||2.618|
|Atchison, Scott H||74||5||3||0||2||30||6||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.636|
|Maeda, Kenta L||29||8||14||0||6||105||27||25||9||1||6||1||1||0||0||0||3||3||3.358|
|Shinoda, Jumpei||13||2||1||0||1 1/3||24||6||6||2||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.815|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||1||0||4||3||0||0||0||0||X||8||13||0|
Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 17,623 | Time: 3h 5m | Series tied, 12-12.
The Lions dropped their final game of the season to the Nippon Ham Fighters, 8-3.
Yasuyuki Kataoka (2-for-4, 2B, R) hit a lead-off double, advanced to third on a sac bunt, came around to score on Hiroyuki Nakajima's (2-for-4, R, RBI) single into center. Takeya Nakamura (2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI) followed with his 48th home run of the season. And just like that, the Lions put together a 3-0 lead.
But fortunately for the Fighters, Shugo Fujii settled down after that and held the Lions scoreless over his next 7 innings of work, giving his team more than enough time to get back into the game.
The Lions returned a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Jason Botts (2-for-4, HBP, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI) with a runner on first and 2 out. In the bottom of the third, the Fighters completely their comeback by scoring 4 runs:
Botts was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Naoto Inada (1-for-4, BB, 2B, R, RBI) drove in Botts with a double in to left. Hichori Morimoto (1-for-4, BB, R, RBI) struck out. Yuji Iiyama (2-for-5, 2 R, RBI) tied the game with a single into right. Shota Ohno (3-for-4, 2B, R, 2RBI) hit a double to score Iiyama and advance to third on Nakajima's (SS) bad cut-off throw to home. Toshimasa Kona (2-for-2, 2 BB) walked, runners on first and third. Shota Takekuma relieved Fumikazu Kimura. Kensuke Tanaka (0-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) hit a sac fly. Kazuya Murata (1-for-4, BB, R) grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Fighters extended their lead by 3 more runs in the bottom of the fourth:
Yoshio Itoi (1-for-5) struck out. Botts hit a double into left. Inada grounded out to second. Morimoto drove in a run with a single. Iiyama hit a single into left, runners on first and second. Ohno hit an RBI single into center, runners on first and second. Konta walked to load the bases. Tanaka walked in a run. Murata struck out to end the inning.
After the fourth inning, the Lions finally managed to shut down the Fighters, holding them to just 2 hits and a walk over the last 4 frames of the game.
8th: bases loaded, 2 out > Takayama flied out
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Morimoto flies out
2nd: runners on second and third, 1 out > Tanaka grounder - runner at third caught in run down, runners on first and third, Murata walked, bases loaded, Itoi grounded out
4th: bases loaded, 2 out > Murata struck out
7th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Botts flies out
Lions: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 11 LOB, 1 DP
The Fighters outhit the Lions, 13-9. ... Rookie Ohno recorded his first 3-hit game of his career. ... Kimura's first career win will have to wait until next season. ... This was Takekuma's first official pro appearance.
|Kimura, Fumikazu L||11||0||4||0||2 1/3||93||18||14||7||0||1||3||1||0||0||0||5||4||8.561|
|Takekuma, Shota||1||0||0||0||3 2/3||70||17||14||4||0||3||2||0||0||0||0||3||3||7.364|
Nippon Ham Fighters
|Fujii, Shugo W||22||7||5||0||8||106||32||30||8||1||7||1||0||1||0||0||3||3||3.532|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 12,239 | Time: 2h 18m | Eagles lead series, 13-11-0
The Eagles scored 9 runs and 11 hits off the Marines in a game that lasted just 2 hours and 18 minutes.
Satoshi Nagai did a solid job of keeping the Marines' line-up off-balance. He retired 8 straight to start the game before giving up a 2-out single in the third to Keisuke Hayasaka (1-for-3). A wild pitch later, Hayasaka became the only base runner of the game to get passed first.
Nagai scattered two more hits before he was replaced by Tsuyoshi Kawagishi to start the 8th and he closed out the game with 2 perfect frames.
On offense, the Eagles once again clicked: the bottom of the line-up went a combined 5-for-11 with 6 runs scored and an RBI.
2nd: after the first two batters of the inning went down in order, the next four batters pushed 4 runs across the plate - Fernando Seguignol (1-for-3, R) hit a single into right; Makoto Kosaka (1-for-4, R) followed with another single, runners on first and second; Jin Nakatani (2-for-3, BB, 2 R, RBI) drove in a run with a single into center, runners on first and third; Ohmatsu (LF) dropped Ryo Hijirisawa's (2-for-4, 2 R) fly ball allowing two more runs to score, runner on second; Masato Nakamura (1-for-3, BB, RBI) drove in the 4th run of the inning on a single into center.
5th: Daisuke Kusano (2-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI) nailed his 7th home run of the year to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
7th: with runners on second and third and 1 out, Kensuke Uchimura (1-for-2, R, 2 RBI) drove in a run with a single, runners on first and third; and Kusano cleared the bases with a double in to right, Eagles 8-0.
8th: with the bases loaded, Uchimura picked up an easy RBI with a walk to force home a run.
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Nishioka struck out
2nd: runners on first and second, 2 out > Kusano flied out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > T. Yamasaki fouled out to the catcher, Linden walked, runners on first and second, pinch hitter Miyade grounded out to first
8th: runners on first and third, 2 out > Kusano flied out
Marines: 3 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 6 LOB, 0 DP
The Eagles outhit the Marines, 11-3. ... The 8 runs Karakawa gave up tied a career high for a game. ... For the first time in club history, the Eagles finish the season with a winning record against the Marines.
Chiba Lotte Marines
|Karakawa, Yuki L||21||5||8||0||6 1/3||109||30||29||10||1||5||0||0||1||0||0||8||5||3.642|
|Nagai, Satoshi W||26||13||7||0||7||82||24||24||3||0||6||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3.421|