Orix Buffaloes vs Chunichi Dragons @ Nagoya Dome - 15:00
Attendance: 30885 | Chunichi leads series, 1-0-0 | Time: 3:44
Potential Starters: Chihiro Kaneko (ORI) 3-4, 4.78 - Kenichi Nakata (CHU) 0-0, 1.12
Hitting (LOB: 10, DP: 0)
|(CF)||Sakaguchi, Tomotaka||1-for-3||1: SO, 3: DP, 5: BB, 6: 1B, 8: SE|
|(LF)||Arakane, Hisao||1-for-5, 1 R||1: SO, 4: F9, 5: SO, 7: 2B, 8: DP|
|(RF)||Akada, Shogo||2-for-4, 1 R||1: 1B, 4: 1B, 6: BB, 7: G6, 9: G5|
|(1B)||Cabrera, Alex||1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI||1: SO, 4: BB, 6: BB, 7: 1B, 9: SO|
|(2B)||Goto, Mitsutaka||1-for-5||2: F9, 4: F8, 6: F7, 7: 2B, 9: G4|
|(3B)||Baldiris, Aarom||1-for-3, 1 R||2: F8, 4: HBP, 6: 1B, 7: G6|
|(SS)||Yamasaki, Koji||0-for-2||2: F6, 4: G6|
|PH||Kitagawa, Hirotoshi||1-for-1, 2 RBI||6: 2B|
|PR-SS||Obiki, Keiji||0-for-1||7: G4|
|(P)||Kaneko, Chihiro||0-for-2||3: SO, 5: SO|
|PH||LaRocca, Greg||0-for-0||6: HBP|
|PR-C||Suzuki, Fumihiro||1-for-1||8: 1B|
|(C)||Maeda, Daisuke||0-for-1||3: BB, 5: SO|
|PH||Taguchi, So||0-for-0, 1 RBI||6: S7|
|SS||Shiozaki, Makoto||0-for-1||8: F1|
|Hirano, Yoshihisa, H||1 1/3||33||9||9||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||1.824|
|Kishida, Mamoru, H||1 2/3||31||7||5||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.585|
|Leicester, Jon, L||1/3||22||5||3||2||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||4.500|
Hitting (LOB: 11, DP: 0)
|(SS)||Araki, Masahiro||1-for-3, 1 R||1: 1B, 3: BB, 5: G6 (SB), 7: SO, 9: BB|
|(2B)||Iwasaki, Tatsuro||1-for-4||1: S1, 3: G4, 5: SO, 7: 1B, 9: G5|
|(3B)||Morino, Masahiko||1-for-3, 2 R||1: SO, 4: F9, 6: 2B, 7: BB, 9: BB|
|(1B)||Blanco, Tony||3-for-4, 1 R, 4 RBI||1: SO, 4: HR, 6: 1B, 7: S8, 9: 2B|
|(LF)||Wada, Kazuhiro||1-for-2||2: G6, 4: BB (SB), 6: 1B|
|PR-LF||Koike, Masaaki||1-for-2, 1 RBI||7: F9, 9: 1B|
|(RF)||Cesar, Dionys||1-for-4||2: G4, 4: SO, 6: G1, 8: 1B|
|(CF)||Oshima, Yohei||0-for-4||2: F7, 4: G1, 6: F6, 8: G6|
|(C)||Tanishige, Motonobu||0-for-4||3: F9, 5: F8, 6: F9, 8: SO|
|(P)||Nakata, Kenichi||1-for-2||3: SO, 5: 1B|
|PH||Arai, Ryota||1-for-1, 1 R||7: 1B|
|PH||Nomoto, Kei||0-for-1||8: F7|
|Nakata, Kenichi||5 1/3||103||26||19||4||0||7||5||2||0||1||0||3||3||2.700|
|Asao, Takuya, W||1||12||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.365|
Bottom of the 4th - 1 run, 1 hit
C. Kaneko on the mound for Orix
Morino flies out to right. Blanco hits a solo homer. Wada walks. Cesar strikes out looking as Wada steals second. Oshima grounds out to the pitcher.
Top of the 6th - 3 runs, 3 hits
K. Nakata on the mound for Chunichi
Akada walks. Cabrera walks, runner on first and second. Goto flies out to left, runners on first and second. Baldiris hits an infield single, bases loaded. Kitagawa, pinch-hitting for K. Yamasaki, hits a 2-run double to right, runners on second and third. Obiki enters the game as a pinch-runner for Kitagawa. LaRocca, pinch-hitting for C. Kaneko, gets hit by a pitch to laod the bases. Suzuki enters the game as a pinch-runner for LaRocca.
Pitching change: Takahashi in for K. Nakata.
Taguchi, pinch-hitting for D. Maeda hits a sac fly to left, runners on first and second. Sakaguchi hits a single to left and Obiki is thrown out trying to score.
Bottom of the 6th - 1 run, 3 hits
Hirano on the mound for Orix
Morino hits a double to left. Blanco hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Wada hits a single to center, runners on first and second. Koike enters the game as a pinch-runner for Wada. Cesar fails to advance the runners on a sac bunt, runners on first and second. Oshima flies out to short. Tanishige flies out to right.
Top of the 7th - 1 run, 3 hits
Suzuki on the mound for Chunichi
Arakane hits a double to right. Akada grounds out to short, runner on third. Cabrera hits an RBI single to right, runner on first. Goto hits a double to center, runners on second and third. Baldiris grounds out to short. Obiki grounds out to second.
Bottom of the 9th - 2 runs, 2 hits
Leicester on the mound for Orix
Araki walks. T. Iwasaki grounds out to third, runner on second. Morino walks, runners on first and second. Blanco hits an RBI double to left, runners on second and third. Koike hits a walk-off infield RBI single.
Bottom of the 1st
Araki hits a single to center and advances to second on a sac bunt by T. Iwasaki. Morino strikes out swinging. Blanco strikes out looking.
Top of the 4th
Arakane flies out to right. Akada hits a single to left and advances to second on a wild pitch. Cabrera walks, runners on first and second. Goto flies out to center, runners on second and third. Baldiris gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. K. Yamasaki grounds out to short.
Bottom of the 5th
Tanishige flies out to center. K. Nakata hits a single to right. Araki grounds out to first, runner on first. Araki steals second. T. Iwasaki strikes out swinging.
Top of the 8th
Suzuki hits a single to center. Shiozaki pops up a bunt. Sakaguchi reaches on an error (E2), runners on first and second. Arakane hits into a double play.
Bottom of the 8th
Cesar hits a single to left. Oshima grounds out to short, runner on second. Tanishige strikes out swinging. Nomoto, pinch-hitting for Hirai, flies out to left.
The Buffaloes' three game winning streak came to an end. ... The Dragons won their third straight. This was also the team's 6th walk-off victory of the year. ... Asao (CHU) picked up his third win and is now 3-2 on the year. ... Leicester (ORI) dropped his first game of the year. He is now 0-1. ... Koike (CHU) celebrated his 30th birthday in style with a walk-off hit. ... Wada (CHU) was replaced by a pinch-runner after his single in the bottom of the 6th. It seems he may have injured himself when making a play up against the wall in left in the top of the 6th. ... Leicester (ORI) couldn't get to the mound in a timely fashion and could only three warm-up pitches on the mound (pitchers only have 2m 45s in between innings to get on the mound and throw all their warm-up pitches). Needless to say, Akinobu Okada wasn't very happy, blaming Leicester's control problems on not being able to throw all his practice pitches.