Nippon Ham Fighters vs Rakuten Eagles @ Kleenex Stadium - 14:00
Attendance: 17040 | Rakuten leads series, 6-4-0 | Time: 2:58
Potential Starters: Yu Darvish (HAM) 7-4, 1.50 - Satoshi Nagai (RAK) 4-5, 3.47
Hitting (LOB: 6, DPs in: 3rd)
|(2B)||Tanaka, Kensuke||1-for-4, 1 R||1: 1B, 2: G6, 5: F9, 7: F7|
|(LF)||Morimoto, Hichori||1-for-3||1: S1, 3: 1B, 5: F9, 8: G6|
|(1B)||Inaba, Atsunori||0-for-4||1: G4, 3: G6, 6: f2, 8: F8|
|(3B)||Koyano, Eiichi||0-for-3, 1 R||1: BB, 3: DP, 6: F9, 8: F7|
|(CF)||Itoi, Yoshio||2-for-4, 1 RBI||1: 1B, 4: F7, 6: E6, 9: 1B|
|(DH)||Tsuboi, Tomochika||1-for-3, 1 RBI||1: 1B, 4: G2, 6: F7, 9: S1|
|(RF)||Yang, Dai-Kang||0-for-4||1: G6, 4: SO, 7: G5, 9: G4|
|(C)||Tsuruoka, Shinya||1-for-4||2: F9, 5: G4, 7: 1B, 9: SO|
|(SS)||Kaneko, Makoto||1-for-3||2: G6, 5: 1B, 7: G2|
|Darvish, Yu, W||9||132||34||31||5||0||10||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||1.462|
Hitting (LOB: 6, DP: 0)
|(SS)||Uchimura, Kensuke||1-for-3||1: BB, 3: G1, 5: 1B, 8: SO|
|(C)||Shima, Motohiro||0-for-3||1: S1, 3: SO, 5: G2, 8: SO|
|(CF)||Tsuchiya, Teppei||0-for-4||1: G4, 3: G4, 5: F8, 8: SO|
|(3B)||Nakamura, Norihiro||0-for-4||1: F6, 4: F4, 6: G5, 9: G5|
|(1B)||Ruiz, Randy||1-for-4, 1 R||2: SO, 4: 1B, 6: SO, 9: SO|
|(DH)||Yamasaki, Takeshi||2-for-4||2: 1B, 4: G4, 6: SO, 9: 2B|
|(LF)||Linden, Todd||1-for-3, 1 RBI||2: BB, 4: 1B, 7: F7, 9: SO|
|(2B)||Kusano, Daisuke||0-for-3||2: G4, 4: f3, 7: L6|
|(RF)||Nakamura, Masato||0-for-3||2: SO, 5: F7, 7: G1|
|Nagai, Satoshi, L||8||120||31||29||6||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||3.375|
Top of the 1st - 2 runs, 3 hits
Nagai on the mound for Rakuten
Tanaka hits a single to right and advances to second on a sac bunt by Morimoto. Inaba grounds out to second, runner on third. Koyano walks, runners on first and third. Itoi hits an RBI single to right, runners on first and third. Tsuboi hits an RBI single to left, runners on first and second. Yang (Yoh) grounds out to short.
Bottom of the 4th - 1 run, 2 hits
Darvish on the mound for Nippon Ham
Nakamura flies out to second. Ruiz hits a single to right and advances to second on a wild pitch. Yamasaki grounds out to second, runner on third. Linden hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Kusano fouls out to first.
Bottom of the 1st
Uchimura walks and advances to second on a sac bunt by Shima. Teppei grounds out to second, runner on third. Nakamura flies out to short.
Bottom of the 2nd
Ruiz strikes out swinging. Yamasaki hits a single to left. Linden walks, runners on first and second. Kusano grounds out to second, runners on first and third. M. Nakamura strikes out swinging.
Bottom of the 5th
M. Nakamura flies out to left. Uchimura hits a single to right. Shima grounds out to the pitcher, runner on second. Teppei flies out to center.
Top of the 6th
Inaba fouls out to the catcher. Koyano flies out to right. Itoi reaches on a fielding error (E6) and advances all the way to second. Tsuboi flies out to left.
Top of the 7th
Yang (Yoh) grounds out to third. Tsuruoka hits a single to center. M. Kaneko grounds out to the catcher, runner on second. Tanaka flies out to left.
Top of the 9th
Katayama on the mound for Rakuten
Itoi hits a single to center and advances to second on a sac bunt Tsuboi.
Pitching change: Kawagishi in for Katayama.
Yang (Yoh) grounds out to second, runner on third. Tsuruoka strikes out looking.
Bottom of the 9th
Nakamura grounds out to third. Ruiz strikes out swinging. Yamasaki hits a double to center and is replaced by pinch-runner Hijirisawa. Linden strikes out looking.
The Fighters are 4-1 over their last 5 games and are now 38-38-2 (5th place). ... The Eagles are 1-4 over their last 5 games and are now 33-41-2 (6th place).
Darvish (HAM) won his fourth straight start and is now 8-4. ... Nagai (RAK) lost his third consecutive start in a row and is now 4-6.
Darvish (HAM) set a new domestic career high on the radar gun with a 155km/h fastball in the 2nd inning with runners on first and third and 2 out. M. Nakamura struck out swinging on the pitch.