Yomiuri Giants vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 18:00
Attendance: 43868 | Yomiuri leads series, 2-1-0 | Time: 2:50
Potential Starters: Tetsuya Utsumi (YOM) 2-0, 1.12 - Yuya Ando (HAN) 1-0, 7.56
Hitting (LOB: 5, DPs in: 3rd)
|(SS)||Sakamoto, Hayato||1-for-5, 1 R||1: 3B, 2: F8, 4: F9, 6: G6, 9: G6|
|(CF)||Matsumoto, Tetsuya||2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||1: 1B (SB), 2: F6, 5: G4, 6: 1B|
|PH||Takahashi, Yoshinobu||0-for-1||9: SO|
|(3B)||Ogasawara, Michihiro||1-for-2, 2 R||1: BB, 3: 1B (BrO), 5: BB, 6: F5|
|3B||Wakiya, Ryota||1-for-1||9: 1B|
|(LF)||Ramirez, Alex||1-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI||1: HR, 3: L3, 5: SO, 7: SO|
|1B||Lee, Seung-Yeop||0-for-1||9: F8|
|(1B-RF)||Kamei, Yoshiyuki||1-for-4, 1 R||1: SO, 3: SO, 5: 1B, 7: F9|
|(RF-LF)||Chono, Hisayoshi||2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI||1: SO, 4: 1B (SB), 5: HR, 7: G6|
|(C)||Abe, Shinnosuke||1-for-3, 1 RBI||1: HBP, 4: 1B, 5: G3, 8: F7|
|(2B)||Gonzalez, Edgar||1-for-4||1: SO, 4: F9, 6: 1B, 8: G5|
|(P)||Utsumi, Tetsuya||0-for-2||2: G5, 4: G1|
|PH-CF||Suzuki, Takahiro||0-for-2||6: SO, 8: SO|
|Utsumi, Tetsuya, W||5||100||23||20||6||1||8||1||1||1||0||0||4||4||2.571|
|Kubo, Yuya, H||3||38||10||10||2||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.964|
Hitting (LOB: 6, DPs in: 8th)
|(CF)||Murton, Matt||2-for-5, 1 R, 4 RBI||1: G4, 3: SO, 4: HR, 7: F8, 9: 1B|
|(2B)||Sekimoto, Kentaro||1-for-5||1: G4, 3: 1B, 4: SO, 7: f3, 9: G6|
|(SS)||Toritani, Takashi||0-for-4||1: G6, 3: f5, 5: F7, 7: SO|
|(LF)||Kanemoto, Tomoaki||0-for-3||2: HBP, 3: SO, 5: SO, 8: G4|
|(3B)||Arai, Takahiro||2-for-3, 1 R||2: BB, 4: 2B, 5: F7, 8: 1B|
|(C)||Jojima, Kenji||2-for-4, 1 R||2: 1B, 4: 1B, 6: SO, 8: DP|
|(1B)||Brazell, Craig||2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: SO, 4: 1B, 6: 1B, 9: G4|
|(RF)||Sakurai, Kodai||0-for-1||2: SO|
|PH||Fujikawa, Shunsuke||0-for-0||4: S1|
|PH||Katsuragi, Ikuro||0-for-1||6: SO|
|PH||Hirano, Keiichi||1-for-1, 1 R||9: 1B|
|PH-RF||Asai, Ryo||0-for-3||2: SO, 4: SO, 6: G5|
|PH||Hiyama, Shinjiro||0-for-1||9: G3|
|Kojima, Tatsuya, L||2||37||11||9||3||1||3||1||1||0||0||0||4||4||18.000|
The Giants wasted no time in jumping on Tatsuya Kojima. Hayato Sakamoto led off the game with a triple and came around to score on Tetsuya Matsumoto's RBI single into right. Matsumoto then stole second and was joined on the base paths by Michihiro Ogasawara after a walk. Alex Ramirez then made Kojima pay dearly with a three-run bomb to left. Kojima may have settled down after that, he struck out three of the next four batters to get out of the inning, but it was too late. Kojima tossed one more inning before being yanked after two.
The Tigers' bullpen didn't provide much reprieve, as Ryo Watanabe and Hirotaka Egusa allowed four more runs to score over 4 innings of work:
4th inning, Watanabe on the mound, Hisayoshi Chono led off the inning with a single, stole second, and came around to score on Shinnosuke Abe's single into center.
5th inning, Egusa on the mound, with runners on first and third, Chono smacked this second home run of the year to put the Giants in front, 8-4.
And while Tetsuya Utsumi got the win for the Giants, his night wasn't necessarily all that much better than Kojima's. Utsumi got into serious trouble in the 2nd inning after loading the bases on an HBP, a BB, and a single with no outs. But unlike Kojima, he managed to keep the Tigers from scoring any of those runs by striking out the next three batters in a row: Craig Brazell, Kodai Sakurai, and pinch-hitter Ryo Asai.
And then in the fourth, the flood gates opened up. Takahiro Arai led off the inning with a double and Kenji Jojima followed with a single, putting runners on first and third. That set the table of Brazell's RBI single into right. A sac bunt and a strike out later, with runners on second and third, Matt Murton nailed a 3-run homer to cut the Giants lead to just 1 run.
But that would be as far as Utsumi would let the Tigers get. It wasn't until the 9th that the Tigers were able to push another run across the plate on an RBI single by Murton with a runner on second and 2 out.
...The two inning outing by Kojima is now his shortest outing of his career.
...Murton has now reached base safely in 10 consecutive games to start the season. He has also only been held hitless in one game this year (he still managed a walk in that game though).
...Utsumi has now won three games in a row to start the season.