Hanshin Tigers vs Yakult Swallows @ Jingu Stadium - 18:00
Attendance: 28852 | Hanshin leads series, 13-7-0 | Time: 3:15
Potential Starters: Naoto Tsuru (HAN) 2-4, 3.36 - Hitoshi Yamamoto (YAK)
Hitting (LOB: 7, DPs in: 9th)
|(RF-LF)||Murton, Matt||4-for-6, 3 R||1: 1B, 2: 1B, 4: 1B, 6: SO, 8: 1B, 9: DP|
|(2B)||Hirano, Keiichi||3-for-3, 2 R||1: S1, 2: 1B, 4: BB, 6: 1B, 8: 1B|
|(SS)||Toritani, Takashi||4-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI||1: 1B, 2: 1B (CS), 4: SO, 6: HR, 8: 1B|
|(3B)||Arai, Takahiro||0-for-5||1: F8, 3: SO, 5: F7, 6: SO, 8: F9|
|(1B)||Brazell, Craig||1-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI||1: G3, 3: F8, 5: SO, 6: F8, 8: HR|
|(LF)||Kanemoto, Tomoaki||3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI||2: HR, 3: 1B, 5: 1B, 7: F9|
|PH||Lin, Wei-Chu||0-for-1||8: SO|
|(C)||Jojima, Kenji||2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI||2: HR, 3: SO, 5: HR, 7: G5, 8: G4|
|(CF-RF)||Fujikawa, Shunsuke||3-for-5||2: SO, 4: SO, 5: 1B, 7: 2B, 9: 1B|
|(P)||Kubo, Yasutomo||0-for-3||2: G6, 4: SO, 5: G6|
|PH-CF||Asai, Ryo||0-for-2||7: SO, 9: SO|
|Kubo, Yasutomo, W||6||101||23||22||4||2||7||1||0||0||0||0||3||3||3.808|
Hitting (LOB: 3, DPs in: 7th, 8th)
|(CF)||Aoki, Norichika||1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||1: HR, 3: F6, 5: SO, 8: DP|
|(2B)||Tanaka, Hiroyasu||0-for-3, 1 R||1: SO, 4: BB, 6: G6, 8: G1|
|(RF)||Iihara, Yasushi||0-for-4||1: F9, 4: SO, 6: F8, 9: G6|
|(1B)||Whitesell, Josh||2-for-4, 1 R||1: SO, 4: SO, 6: 1B, 9: 2B|
|(LF)||Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro||2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI||2: G6, 4: HR, 6: F8, 9: 2B|
|(C)||Aikawa, Ryoji||1-for-3||2: F8, 4: F8, 7: 1B|
|C||Nitta, Genki||0-for-1||9: F7|
|(3B)||Miyamoto, Shinya||0-for-3||2: G6, 5: G6, 7: DP|
|PH||Takeuchi, Shinichi||1-for-1, 1 RBI||9: 1B|
|(SS-3B)||Kawabata, Shingo||0-for-4||3: SO, 5: F8, 7: F9, 9: G4|
|P||Matsui, Kosuke||0-for-1||3: SO|
|PH||Matsumoto, Yuichi||1-for-1||5: 1B|
|PH-SS||Araki, Takahiro||1-for-1||8: 1B|
|Yamamoto, Hitoshi, L||2||55||12||11||7||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||4||4||18.000|
Top of the 1st - 1 run, 2 hits
Yamamoto on the mound for Yakult
Murton hits a single to left and advances to second on a sac bunt by Hirano. Toritani hits an RBI single to left, runner on first. Arai flies out to center. Brazell grounds out to first.
Bottom of the 1st - 1 run, 1 hit
Aoki hits a solo homer. Tanaka strikes out swinging. Iihara flies out to right. Whitesell strikes out swinging.
Top of the 2nd - 3 runs, 5 hits
Yamamoto on the mound for Yakult
Kanemoto hits a solo homer. Jojima hits a solo homer. S. Fujikawa strikes out looking. Kubo grounds out to short. Murton hits an infield single. Hirano hits an infield single, runners on first and second. Toritani hits an RBI single to center, runners on first and third. Toritani gets caught trying to steal second.
Bottom of the 4th - 2 runs, 1 hit
Kubo on the mound for Hanshin
Tanaka walks. Iihara strikes out swinging. Whitesell strikes out looking. Hatakeyama hits a 2-run homer. Aikawa flies out to center.
Top of the 5th - 2 runs, 3 hits
K. Matsui on the mound for Yakult
Arai flies out to left. Brazell strikes out swinging. Kanemoto hits a single to center. Jojima hits a 2-run homer. S. Fujikawa hits a single to center. Kubo grounds out to short.
Top of the 6th - 2 run, 2 hits
Oshimoto on the mound for Yakult
Murton strikes out looking. Hirano hits a single to right. Toritani hits a 2-run homer. Arai strikes out looking. Brazell flies out to center.
Top of the 8th - 4 runs, 4 hits
Matsuoka on the mound for Yakult
Murton hits an infield single. Hirano hits a bunt single, runners on first and second. Toritani hits an RBI single to left, runners on first and second. Arai flies out to right. Brazell hits a 3-run homer. Lin, pinch-hitting for Nishimura, strikes out swinging. Jojima grounds out to second.
Bottom of the 9th - 2 runs, 3 hits
Tsuru on the mound for Hanshin
Iihara grounds out to short. Whitesell hits a double to left. Hatakeyama hits an RBI double to left, runner on second. Nitta flies out to left. Takeuchi, pinch-hitting for Hashimoto, hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Kawabata grounds out to second.
Top of the 4th
S. Fujikawa strikes out swinging. Kubo strikes out swinging. Murton hits a single to right. Hirano walks, runners on first and second. Toritani strikes out looking.
Top of the 7th
Kanemoto flies out to right. Jojima grounds out to third. S. Fujikawa hits a double to left. Asai, pinch-hitting for Kubo, strikes out looking.
Hanshin took the series, 2-1.
The Tigers won their 2nd straight game and are now 62-49-2 (1st place tie). ... The Swallows lost their 2nd game in a row and are now 56-57-2 (4th place).
Kubo (HAN) got the win and is now 3-0 in four starts since his last loss on 8/5 (vs Yomiuri). He's also now 4-0 in 4 starts against the Swallows this season. Kubo improved to 12-5 on the year. ... Yamamoto (YAK) took the loss, his first decision in just his second start of his career (he was not involved in the decision during his first start back in 2009).
The homer Aoki (YAK) nailed in the first was his second lead-off homer of the season.
This was the Tigers' 6th 5-homer game of the year.
HAN: Kanemoto (13), Jojima (23, 24), Toritani (16), Brazell (38)
YAK: Aoki (11), Hatakeyama (10)