Mazda Stadium | Attendance: 32,092| Time: 1h 52m | Giants lead series, 14-7-3
Kan Ohtake bested Dicky Gonzalez as the Carp beat the Giants, 1-0.
Both starters gave up just 2 hits over the course of the game but it was the Carp that made the most it. In the bottom of the first, Akihiro Higashide (1-for-3, R) led off with a single and managed to advance all the way to third on a sac bunt by Masato Akamatsu (0-for-2). Higashide them came around to score on a sac fly by Soichiro Amaya (0-for-2, RBI) that ended up also being an error that allow Amaya to reach and advance to second.
Between both pitchers, the middle innings were at a complete standstill -- Gonzalez gave up just one HBP between the 2nd and 7th innings while Ohtake allowed only one base runner to reach (on an error) between the 2nd and 6th innings.
In the end, Gonzalez recorded five 1-2-3 innings with a max of 17 straight retired between the 2nd and 8th innings vs. Ohtake's six 1-2-3 innings with a max of 14 straight retired between the 1st and 6th innings.
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Matsumoto flied out
1st: runner on second, 1 out > runner on second throw out trying to steal third, Kurihara reaches on fielding error; Hirose flied out
Giants: 3 LOB, 0 DP
Carp: 2 LOB, 0 DP
Both teams collected 2 hits. ... Not since the Bay Stars and Giants played a game in 1h 59m on July 4th, 1999 has there been a game in the Central League under 2 hours. ... Ohtake recorded his 10th win of the year for the first time since 2005. ... This was Ogata's last game of his career.
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Sapporo Dome | Attendance: 36,257 | Time: 2h 55m | Fighters lead series 13-11-0
The Fighters beat the Eagles, 7-1, in their final match-up of the regular season.
Eiichi Koyano (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) hit his 11th home run of the year in the bottom of the 2nd with 1 out to give the Fighters a 1-0 lead. Terrmel Sledge's 2-run double in the bottom of the 3rd with runners on first and second and 2 out made it 3-0.
The Eagles finally managed to push their one and only run across the plate in the top of the 5th when Kensuke Uchimura (2-for-3, 2B, R) hit a 1-out double, stole second, and scored on Toshiya Nakashima's (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) ground out to second.
But the Fighters quickly took back the run in the bottom of the inning:
Kensuke Tanaka (1-for-5, 2B, 2 R) started things off with a double, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and scored on a fielding error by Uchimura (SS) on Yoshio Itoi's (0-for-2, BB, R) grounder to second.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Fighters scored three more runs for their 7-1 lead:
Tomochika Tsuboi (1-for-2, R) reached first on a throwing error by Kusano (3B). Tomohiro Nioka (1-for-2, R) followed and hit a pinch-hit single into center that put runners on first and second. Naoto Inada (0-for-2) grounded out to short to advance both runners up a base and Toshimasa Konta (1-for-3, BB, R) loaded the bases by working out a walk. A wild pitch by Kohei Hasebe allowed the first run of the inning to score and put runners on second and third. That set the table for Shinya Tsuruoka's (1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBIs) bases clearing double that gave the Fighters their 6 runs lead.
Masaru Takeda had a very solid start for the Fighters, holding the Eagles to just 1 run on 4 hits over 7.2 innings of work. He recorded three 1-2-3 inning and retired 8 straight at one point between the 5th and 7th innings.
1st: runner on third, 1 out > Teppei flied out and T. Yamasaki fouled out to catcher
2nd: runners on first and second, 1 out > Nakatani struck out and Uchimura grounded out
9th: runner on second, 2 out > pinch hitter Linden grounded out
3rd: runner on second, 2 out > Koyano grounded out
4th: runner on second, 2 out > Iiyama struck out
5th: runners on first and second, 1 out > Koyano grounded out, runners on first and third, Inada struck out
6th: runners on second and third, 1 out > Tanaka flied out, Morimoto walked, bases loaded, pinch hitter Murata grounded out
7th: runner on second, 1 out > Iiyama flied out and Tanaka flied out
Eagles: 5 LOB, 1 DP
Fighters: 10 LOB, 0 DP
The Fighters outhit the Eagles, 11-5. ... M. Takeda recorded his first double-digit victory season. ... Koyano celebrated his 29th birthday. ... M. Kaneko finishes the year with a .300+ batting average for the first time in his 16-year career.
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Nippon Ham Fighters
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