Hanshin Tigers vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Attendance: 26174 | Hanshin leads series, 9-5-0 | Time: 3:24
Potential Starters: Randy Messenger (HAN) 1-1, 4.70 - Yoshinori Sato (YAK) 5-5, 4.25
Hitting (LOB: 5, DPs in: 3rd, 4th)
|(SS)||Toritani, Takashi||0-for-5, 1 RBI||1: F8, 2: F9, 5: G4, 7: G4, 9: F7|
|(2B-CF)||Hirano, Keiichi||3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI||1: G1, 3: 1B, 6: G4, 7: 2B, 9: 1B|
|(RF-LF)||Murton, Matt||2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI||1: BB, 3: DP, 6: G3, 7: HR, 9: 2B|
|(3B)||Arai, Takahiro||0-for-3, 1 R||1: HBP, 3: F9, 6: SO, 7: SO, 9: BB|
|(1B)||Brazell, Craig||1-for-4, 1 R||1: HBP, 4: SO, 7: 1B, 8: SO, 9: F8|
|(LF)||Kanemoto, Tomoaki||2-for-4, 1 R||1: SO, 4: 1B, 7: 2B, 8: f2|
|2B||Maeda, Yamato||1-for-1, 3 RBI||9: 3B|
|(C)||Jojima, Kenji||2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: 遊2, 4: DP, 7: G5, 8: HR, 9: SO|
|(CF)||Asai, Ryo||0-for-2||2: SO, 5: F9|
|PH||Lin, Wei-Chu||1-for-1, 2 RBI||7: 3B|
|PR-CF-RF-LF||Fujikawa, Shunsuke||0-for-1, 1 R||8: G5|
|(P)||Messenger, Randy||0-for-2||2: G4, 5: SO|
|PH||Hiyama, Shinjiro||0-for-0||7: BB|
|PR||Uemoto, Hiroki||0-for-0, 1 R|
|PH-1B||Sekimoto, Kentaro||1-for-1, 1 R||9: 2B|
|Messenger, Randy, W||6||78||23||23||6||0||6||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||4.219|
|Fujihara, Masanori, H||1/3||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.500|
|Kubota, Tomoyuki, H||1 1/3||22||5||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.655|
Hitting (LOB: 6, DP: 0)
|(CF)||Aoki, Norichika||2-for-5, 2 RBI||1: G6, 3: G4, 6: 1B, 7: 2B, 9: f2|
|(2B)||Tanaka, Hiroyasu||2-for-4||1: 2B, 4: F8, 6: 1B, 7: G4|
|(LF)||Iihara, Yasushi||1-for-4, 1 R||1: f2, 4: 1B, 6: F6, 8: F7|
|(1B)||Whitesell, Josh||1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||1: SO, 4: 2B, 6: F8, 8: G4|
|(RF)||Guiel, Aaron||1-for-4||2: SO, 4: F7, 6: G3, 8: 2B|
|(C)||Aikawa, Ryoji||2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: SO, 4: 1B (BrO), 7: 1B, 8: F7|
|(3B)||Miyamoto, Shinya||0-for-3||2: G6, 5: G6, 7: BB, 9: SO|
|(SS)||Morioka, Ryosuke||0-for-3, 1 R||3: SO, 5: G4, 7: G1|
|PH||Kawabata, Shingo||0-for-1||9: SO|
|(P)||Sato, Yoshinori||0-for-2||3: SO, 5: SO|
|PH||Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro||0-for-1||7: f2|
|PH||Ueda, Tsuyoshi||0-for-1||9: E3|
|Sato, Yoshinori, L||6 2/3||109||29||25||7||0||5||2||2||0||0||0||5||5||4.447|
Bottom of the 4th - 2 runs, 3 hits
Messenger on the mound for Hanshin
Tanaka flies out to center. Iihara hits an infield single. Whitesell hits an RBI double to right, runner on second. Guiel flies out to left. Aikawa hits an RBI single to center and is thrown out get to second.
Top of the 7th - 6 runs, 5 hits
Yoshinori on the mound for Yakult
Brazell hits a single to left. Kanemoto hits a double to center, runners on second and third. Jojima grounds out to third. Lin, pinch-hitting for Asai, clears the bases with a 2-run triple to center, runner on third. S. Fujikawa enters the game as a pinch-runner for Lin. Hiyama, pinch-hitting for Messenger, walks, runners on first and third. Uemoto enters the game as a pinch-runner for Hiyama. Toritani drives in a run with a ground out to second, runner on second. Hirano hits an RBI double to left, runner on second.
Pitching change: Masubuchi in for Yoshinori.
Murton hits a 2-run homer. Arai strikes out swinging.
Bottom of the 7th - 2 runs, 2 hits
Watanabe on the mound for Hanshin
Defense: S. Fujikawa takes over in center.
Aikawa hits a single to center. Miyamoto walks, runners on first and second. Morioka grounds out to the pitcher, runners on first and third. Takeuchi enters the game as a pinch-hitter for Masubuchi.
Pitching change: Fujihara in for Watanabe.
Hatekeyama, pinch-hitting for Takeuchi fouls out to the catcher. Aoki clears the bases with a 2-run double to left, runner on second.
Pitching change: Kubota on the mound for Hanshin.
Tanaka grounds out to second.
Top of the 8th - 1 run, 1 hit
Oshimoto on the mound for Yakult
Brazell strikes out swinging. Kanemoto fouls out to the catcher. Jojima hits a solo homer. S. Fujikawa grounds out to third.
Top of the 9th - 4 runs, 4 hits
Watanabe on the mound for Yakult
Sekimoto, pinch-hitting for Kubota, hits a double to center. Toritani flies out to left. Hirano hits a bunt single, runners on first and third.
Pitching change: Hashimoto in for Watanabe.
Murton hits an RBI double to left, runners on second and third. Arai walks to load the bases. Brazell flies out to center. Yamato clears the bases with a 3-run triple to center, runner on third. Jojima strikes out swinging.
Top of the 1st
Toritani flies out to center. Hirano grounds out to the pitcher. Murton walks. Arai gets hit by a pitch, runners on first and second. Brazell gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Kanemoto strikes out swinging.
Bottom of the 1st
Aoki grounds out to short. Tanaka hits a double to right. Iihara fouls out to the catcher. Whitesell strikes out swinging.
Top of the 2nd
Jojima hits a double to past short. Asai strikes out swinging. Messenger grounds out to second, runner on third. Toritani flies out to right.
Bottom of the 6th
Aoki hits an infield single. Tanaka hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Iihara flies out to short. Whitesell flies out to center. Guiel grounds out to first.
Bottom of the 8th
Iihara flies out to left. Whitesell grounds out to second. Guiel hits a double to center. Aikawa flies out to left.
The Tigers took the series, 2-1.
The Tigers won their second game in a row and are now 46-35-1 (2nd place). ... The Swallows dropped their second straight game and are now 35-46-2 (4th place).
Messenger (HAN) won his second straight start (and second overall start of the year) and improved to 2-1. ... Yoshinori (YAK) took the loss, his first since 5/30 (vs Orix). In between losses, Yoshinori went 4-0 in 6 starts. Against the Tigers, Yoshinori fell to 1-2 over three starts.
HAN: Murton (10), Jojima (17)