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