Nippon Ham Fighters vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 18:00
Attendance: 44203 | Nippon Ham leads series, 1-0-0 | Time: 2:39
Potential Starters: Bobby Keppel (HAM) 4-1, 4.50 - Yasutomo Kubo (HAN) 3-3, 3.56
Hitting (LOB: 2, DPs in: 2nd, 7th)
|(2B)||Tanaka, Kensuke||1-for-4, 1 R||1: G6, 4: 1B, 5: SO, 8: SO|
|(LF-CF)||Morimoto, Hichori||0-for-2, 1 R||1: SO, 4: S1, 6: G5, 9: BB|
|(RF)||Inaba, Atsunori||2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI||1: G4, 4: 1B (BrO), 6: F7, 9: HR|
|(3B)||Koyano, Eiichi||2-for-4, 1 R||2: 1B, 4: 2B, 6: SO, 9: SO|
|(CF)||Itoi, Yoshio||0-for-2||2: F9, 4: BB, 7: SO|
|PH-LF||Yang, Dai-Kang||0-for-1||9: SO|
|(1B)||Takahashi, Shinji||1-for-3, 1 RBI||2: DP, 4: 1B, 7: BB, 9: G6|
|(SS)||Kaneko, Makoto||0-for-3||3: SO, 4: G4, 7: DP|
|(C)||Tsuruoka, Shinya||0-for-3||3: F6, 5: SO, 8: SO|
|(P)||Keppel, Bobby||0-for-3||3: F9, 5: G5, 8: SO|
|Keppel, Bobby, W||9||127||34||32||8||1||4||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||3.977|
Hitting (LOB: 5, DPs in: 5th, 9th)
|(CF)||Murton, Matt||0-for-4||1: G4, 3: SO, 6: G4, 8: SO|
|(2B)||Hirano, Keiichi||1-for-4||1: 1B (CS), 3: G6, 6: G3, 8: G3|
|(SS)||Toritani, Takashi||1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI||1: BB, 4: G3, 7: BB, 9: HR|
|(3B)||Arai, Takahiro||1-for-4, 1 R||1: G6, 4: F9, 7: G5, 9: 1B|
|(C)||Jojima, Kenji||1-for-4||2: F4, 4: G5, 7: 1B, 9: DP|
|(1B)||Brazell, Craig||2-for-3, 1 RBI||2: 1B, 5: 1B, 7: G6|
|PH||Sekimoto, Kentaro||1-for-1||9: 2B|
|(RF)||Sakurai, Kodai||0-for-2||2: G5, 5: SO|
|PH||Kanemoto, Tomoaki||1-for-1||7: 1B|
|LF||Kano, Keisuke||0-for-1||9: G1|
|(LF-1B)||Katsuragi, Ikuro||0-for-3||2: G3, 5: DP, 7: G4|
|(P)||Kubo, Yasutomo||0-for-1||3: G6|
|PH||Hiyama, Shinjiro||0-for-1||6: G4|
|PH||Takahashi, Mitsunobu||0-for-1||8: SO|
|Kubo, Yasutomo, L||6||83||22||20||5||0||5||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.490|
|Watanabe, Ryo||1 2/3||19||5||4||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.458|
Top of the 4th - 2 runs, 4 hits
Kubo on the mound for Hanshin
Tanaka hits a single to left and advances to second on a sac bunt by Morimoto. Inaba hits an RBI single to left and gets thrown out at second. Koyano hits a double to right. Itoi walks, runners on first and second. Takahashi hits an RBI single to center, runners on first and second. M. Kaneko grounds out to second.
Bottom of the 7th - 1 run, 2 hits
Keppel on the mound for Nippon Ham
Toritani walks. Arai grounds out to third, runner on first. Jojima hits an infield single, runners on first and third. Brazell drives in a run with a ground out to short, runner on first. S. Fujikawa enters the game as a pinch-runner for Brazell. Kanemoto, pinch-hitting for Sakurai, hits an infield single, runners on first and second. Katsuragi grounds out to second.
Top of the 9th - 2 runs, 1 hit
Nishimura on the mound for Hanshin
Morimoto walks. Inaba hits a 2-run homer to left-center. Koyano strikes out swinging.
Pitching change: Egusa in for Nishimura.
Yang (Yoh) pinch-hitting for Itoi, strikes out swinging. Takahashi grounds out to short.
Bottom of the 9th - 1 run, 3 hits
Keppel on the mound for Nippon Ham
Defense: Morimoto shifts from left to center.
Toritani hits a solo homer. Arai hits a single to center. Jojima grounds into a double play. Sekimoto, pinch-hitting for S. Fujikawa, hits a double to center. Kano grounds out to the pitcher.
The Fighters have now won four games in a row. They are now 10 games under 500. ... Keppel (HAM) won his fourth consecutive start and is now 5-1 on the year. During his hero interview after the game, Keppel mentioned that he didn't really remember when he last tossed a complete game and figured it to be 3-4 years ago, when he and Brazell (HAM) were on the same team. ... Inaba's (HAM) homer in the 9th gave him 100 in both leagues (100 with the Fighters in the PL and 122 when he was with the Yakult Swallows in the CL). ... Kubo (HAN) dropped his second consecutive start in May and is 3-4 so far this year.