Nippon Ham Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome - 13:00
Attendance: 20589 | Nippon Ham leads series, 6-5-0 | Time: 3:40
Potential Starters: Bobby Keppel (HAM) 8-1, 2.96 - Kazuki Kondo (ORI) 2-4, 3.82
Hitting (LOB: 11, DPs in: 1st, 9th)
|(2B)||Tanaka, Kensuke||1-for-4, 1 R||1: 2B, 3: BB, 4: L4, 6: F7, 8: BB, 8: G4|
|(LF)||Morimoto, Hichori||3-for-4, 3 R||1: F1, 3: S1, 5: 1B (SB), 7: 1B, 8: 1B, 9: BB|
|(DH)||Inaba, Atsunori||0-for-3, 1 R||1: HBP (BrO), 3: SO, 5: SO, 7: F6, 8: HBP|
|PH-DH-LF||Ugumori, Atsushi||0-for-1||9: F8|
|(3B)||Koyano, Eiichi||2-for-5, 1 R, 4 RBI||1: L4, 3: BB, 5: F9, 7: 1B, 8: HR, 9: DP|
|(CF)||Itoi, Yoshio||2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: BB (SB), 3: BB, 5: 1B (SB), 7: 1B, 8: SO|
|(1B)||Takahashi, Shinji||1-for-4||2: G3, 3: G5, 5: BB, 7: SO, 8: 1B|
|PR-1B||Takaguchi, Takayuki||0-for-0, 1 R|
|(RF)||Yang, Dai-Kang||0-for-3||2: SO, 4: G6, 5: SO|
|PH||Nioka, Tomohiro||0-for-0||7: BB|
|PR-RF||Konta, Toshimasa||1-for-1, 1 R||8: 1B|
|(C)||Tsuruoka, Shinya||3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: 1B, 4: 1B, 6: G5, 7: G5, 8: 1B|
|(SS)||Kaneko, Makoto||1-for-5, 1 R, 4 RBI||2: SO, 4: G5, 6: SO, 8: G5, 8: HR|
|Keppel, Bobby, W||6||120||27||23||4||0||4||4||0||0||1||0||1||0||2.734|
|Miyanishi, Naoki, H||1||15||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.080|
Hitting (LOB: 8, DP: 0)
|(CF)||Sakaguchi, Tomotaka||0-for-4||1: G6, 3: G1, 5: G4, 7: L6|
|(RF)||Shimoyama, Shinji||1-for-3, 1 R||1: 1B, 3: BB, 5: G6, 7: SO|
|(2B)||Goto, Mitsutaka||2-for-4, 1 RBI||1: 1B, 3: 1B, 5: F7, 7: F8|
|(1B)||Cabrera, Alex||1-for-3||1: F6, 3: BB, 6: 1B, 8: G5|
|(LF-1B)||Okada, Takahiro||0-for-3||1: G3, 3: F7, 6: BB, 8: G3|
|(DH)||Seguignol, Fernando||0-for-4||2: SO, 4: G3, 6: G6, 8: SO|
|(3B)||Baldiris, Aarom||0-for-2||2: SO, 4: G6|
|PH||Kitagawa, Hirotoshi||0-for-1||6: SO|
|3B||Shiozaki, Makoto||0-for-1||9: G6|
|(C)||Hidaka, Takeshi||0-for-2||2: F7, 4: F8, 6: BB|
|PH||Arakane, Hisao||0-for-1||9: L6|
|(SS)||Obiki, Keiji||0-for-2||3: SO, 5: E1|
|PH||Taguchi, So||0-for-1||6: f3|
|SS||Yamasaki, Koji||0-for-1||9: G6|
|Kondo, Kazuki||2 2/3||53||14||8||2||0||3||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||3.808|
|Katsuki, Ryota||1 1/3||19||5||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.713|
|Furukawa, Shuichi, L||2/3||16||4||4||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||6.750|
|Kamoshida, Takashi||1 1/3||18||5||4||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
Top of the 2nd - 1 run, 1 hit
Kondo on the mound for Orix
Itoi walks and steals second. Takahashi grounds out to first, runner on third. Yang (Yoh) strikes out swinging. Tsuruoka hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. M. Kaneko strikes out swinging.
Bottom of the 3rd - 1 run, 1 hit
Keppel on the mound for Nippon Ham
Obiki strikes out swinging. Sakaguchi grounds out to the pitcher. Shimoyama walks and advances to second on a bad pick-off throw. Goto hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Cabrera walks, runners on first and second. T-Okada flies out to left.
Top of the 5th - 1 run, 2 hits
Furukawa on the mound for Orix
Morimoto hits a single to left. Inaba strikes out swinging as Morimoto steals second. Koyano flies out to right, runner on third. Itoi hits an RBI single to left, runner on first.
Pitching change: Kamoshida in for Furukawa.
Itoi steals second. Takahashi walks, runners on first and second. Yang (Yoh) strikes out swinging.
Top of the 7th - 1 run, 3 hits
Leicester on the mound for Orix
Defense: Shiozaki takes over at third; K. Yamasaki takes over at short.
Morimoto hits a single to right. Inaba flies out to short. Koyano hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Itoi hits an infield single, bases loaded. Takahashi strikes out swinging. Nioka enters the game as a pinch-runner for Yang (Yoh). A run scores on a wild pitch, runners on second and third. Nioka walks to load the bases. Konta enters the game as a pinch-runner for Nioka. Tsuruoka grounds out to third.
Top of the 8th - 8 runs, 6 hits
Anan on the mound for Orix
M. Kaneko grounds out to third. Tanaka walks. Morimoto hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Inaba gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Koyano hits a grand slam. Itoi strikes out swinging. Takahashi hits an infield single. Konta hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Takaguchi enters the game as a pinch-runner for Takahashi. Tsuruoka hits an infield single, bases loaded. M. Kaneko hits a grand slam. Tanka grounds out to second.
Top of the 1st
Tanaka hits a double to left. Morimoto pops out on a bunt attempt. Inaba gets hit by a pitch, runners on first and second. Koyano lines out to second and Inaba gets doubled off first.
Bottom of the 1st
Sakaguchi grounds out to sort. Shimoyama hits a single to center. Goto hits a single to center, runners on first and second. Cabrera flies out to short. T-Okada grounds out to first.
Top of the 3rd
Tanaka walks and advances to second on a sac bunt by Morimoto. Inaba strikes out looking. Koyano walks, runners on first and second. Itoi walks, bases loaded.
Pitching change: Katsuki in for Kondo.
Takahashi grounds out to third.
Top of the4th
Yang (Yoh) grounds out to short. Tsuruoka hits a single to center and advances to second on a passed ball. M. Kaneko grounsd out to third. Tanaka lines out to second.
Bottom of the 4th
Obiki reaches on an error (E1) and advances to second. Sakaguchi grounds out to second, runner on third. Shimoyama grounds out to short. Goto flies out to left.
Bottom of the 6th
Cabrera hits a single to center. T-Okada walks, runners on first and second. Seguignol grounds out to short, runners on first and third. Kitagawa, pinch-hitting for Baldiris, strikes out swinging. Hidaka walks to load the bases. Taguchi, pinch-hitting for Obiki, fouls out to first.
The Fighters swept the series, 3-0.
The Fighters won their third game in a row and are now 29-36-2 (6th place). ... The Buffaloes dropped their third game in a row and are now 32-33-1 (4th place).
Keppel (HAM) got the win and improved to 9-1 on the year. Keppel is 8-0 in 9 starts since his first (and only) loss on 4/15 (vs Lotte). ... Furukawa (ORI) lost his first game of the season (and of his career) and is now 0-1.
Orix pitchers not only surrendered 14 hits, they also walked 8 and hit 2. That's 24 base runners over 9 innings.
Anan (ORI) became just the third player in NPB history to give up two grand slams in one inning. Interestingly, it would seem as though one of those pitchers did it twice as another report mentions that this was the fourth time a team has hit two grand slams in one inning.
HAM: Koyano (4), M. Kaneko (4)