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NPB: Game Summaries for October 11th, 2009

by on Oct.12, 2009 @ 1:11 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi Dragons 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 5 1
Yakult Swallows 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 X 4 9 0

Jingu | Attendance: 22,026 | Time: 3h 12m | Swallows lead series, 13-11-0

The Swallows staged a comeback to beat the Dragons, 4-3.

Hirokazu Ibata (1-for-4, 2B, R) led off the 6th with a double, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and scored on Masahiko Morino's (1-for-4, R, RBI) single into right.  Tony Blanco (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI)  then followed with his 39th home run of the year to give the Dragons a 3-0.

The Swallows answered back with a run in the bottom of the 6th when Yuji Onizaki (2-for-4, RBI) hit a run-scoring single into left with runners on second and third and 1 out.  In the bottom of the 7th, the Swallows put up a 3-spot of their own to reverse the tables and take a 4-3 lead:

Kazuki Fukichi (1-for-5, R) led off with a single, stole second, and advance to third on a wild pitch.  Yoshiyuki Noguchi (1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, R) walked to put runners on first and third.  Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1-for-2, BB, RBI) hit a sac fly into right to drive in the Swallows' second run of the game.  Jamie D'Antona (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) then nailed his 21st home run of the year to give Yakult a 4-3 lead.

Kenichi Matsuoka and Takehiko Oshimoto combined for 3 perfect innings and kept the Dragons at 3 runs after their 3-run 6th.

Missed Opportunities
Dragons
1st: runners on first and second, 2 out > Hidenori grounded out
5th: runner on second, 2 out > Yoshimi grounded out

Swallows
1st: runners on first and third, 1 out > D'Antona struck out and Shida struck out
3rd: runners on first and second, 2 out > D'Antona struck out
4th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Yamamoto grounded out
5th: runner on second, 1 out > Hatakeyama grounded out and D'Antona struck out
6th: runner on second, 2 out > Guiel struck out

Dragons: 4 LOB, 0 DP
Swallows: 9 LOB, 0 DP

News
The Swallows outhit the Dragons, 9-5. ... Linden struck out in his first 3 trips to the plate before homering in his fourth. ... Aoki and Miyamoto were both given the night off. ... This was Yamamoto's first game and first pro start of his career. ... Ochiai was ejected from the game in the 7th after arguing D'Antona's home run.  Ochiai apparently saw a replay of the home run on a screen at the stadium and started arguing after he noticed the ball went foul in the footage.  Ironic considering the fact that he's against video replay on home runs.

Chunichi Dragons

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Chen, Wei-Ying 24 8 4 0 3 63 13 11 1 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.537
Yoshimi, Kazuki H 27 16 7 0 3 44 14 13 6 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1.996
Yamai, Daisuke L 17 0 4 2 2/3 23 6 3 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 3 6.382
Takahashi, Akifumi 49 2 2 0 1 1/3 11 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.081

Yakult Swallows

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Yamamoto, Hitoshi 1 0 0 0 6 103 25 22 5 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 3 4.500
Matsuoka, Kenichi W 52 6 4 0 2 19 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.717
Oshimoto, Takehiko S 51 2 6 1 1 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.672

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Softbank Hawks 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 11 0
Rakuten Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

Kleenex Stadium | Attendance: 20,637 | Time: 3h 18m | Eagles lead series, 13-11-0

Seven Softbank pitchers combined to shut-out the Eagles, 5-0, in front of a crowd of 20,637.

Two of the key cogs in the Eagles' line-up, Teppei and Takeshi Yamasaki, went 0-for-6 with a walk and 2 strike outs.  Throw in Daisuke Kusano's 0-for-3 night with a strike out and a GIDP, and you have an offense that largely sputtered throughout the game.

Tsuyoshi Wada may have also pitched himself into a post-season spot in the rotation after limiting the Eagles to just 3 hits and 2 walks over 5 shut-out innings; he also struck out 7.

On offense, the Hawks scored all they would really need in the top of the 2nd:

Munenori Kawasaki (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a 1-out single and Nobuhiro Matsuda (2-for-5, 2B, R) followed with a double to put runners on second and third.  Hiroki Kokubo's (0-for-3, RBI) grounder to short allowed Kawasaki to score from third and Jose Ortiz's (2-for-3, BB, RBI) single into right plated Matsuda from second to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

Kawasaki's 2-run homer in the 5th and Hidenori Tanoue's (1-for-2, HR, R, RBI) home run to start the 7th gave the Hawks' their final run total of 5.

Missed Opportunities
Hawks
2nd: runner on second, 1 out > Akashi grounded out, runner on third, Honda fouled out to the catch
8th: runners on first and second, no out > Tamura struck out, Hasegawa flied out, Yamazaki grounded out
9th: runners on first and second, 2 out > Morimoto grounded out

Eagles
3rd: runners on first and second, 1 out > N. Watanabe lined into a double play
7th: runners on first and second, 2 out > pinch hitter Kenshi struck out

Hawks: 8 LOB, 1 DP
Eagles: 7 LOB, 2 DP

News
The Hawks outhit the Eagles, 11-6. ... Wada won his first game since 5/22. ... Settsu re-established the team high for appearances by a pitch in a year with 70.

Softbank Hawks

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Wada, Tsuyoshi W 15 4 5 0 5 80 18 16 3 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.055
Morifuku, Masahiko 13 0 0 0 2/3 14 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.909
Katto, Keisuke 6 0 0 0 1/3 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2.700
Mise, Koji 17 0 1 0 1/3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.300
Fujioka, Yoshiaki 38 5 8 0 1/3 14 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.603
Settsu, Tadashi 70 5 2 0 1 1/3 27 5 5 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.469
Mahara, Takahiro 53 4 3 29 1 16 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.160

Rakuten Eagles

Name G W L S IP NP BF AB H HR K BB HBP SHF WP BK R ER ERA
Rasner, Darrell L 15 4 7 0 5 101 22 20 6 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 6.086
Koyama, Shinichiro 56 1 4 5 1 12 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.969
Arime, Kanehisa 54 0 2 3 1 19 5 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5.153
Satake, Kenta 34 1 1 0 0/3 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.063
Fukumori, Kazuo 35 7 1 10 2 28 8 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.184

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3 comments on “NPB: Game Summaries for October 11th, 2009

  1. Deanna

    Uh, I was at the game at Jingu, and if you saw the home run and the replay showed on the scoreboard, it looked clearly, clearly foul. Kazuhiro Wada was also gesturing like “WTF?”

    The only youtube of it I’ve seen so far is here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URrZGS934Hg

    and it’s at 1:30 or so — and after watching it, you too will understand why Ochiai was arguing, and the fans were so angry, I hope.

    I honestly don’t care either way at this point since the only thing this game held for me was being my last chance to ever sing Tatsunami’s ouenka, but I’m surprised that so many people are calling bullshit on Ochiai given the circumstances.

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