Chunichi Dragons vs Hanshin Tigers @ Skymark Stadium - 18:00
Attendance: 24453 | Chunichi leads series, 11-8-1 | Time: 3:21
Potential Starters: Daisuke Yamai (CHU) 6-4, 4.16 - Randy Messenger (HAN) 4-4, 5.06
Hitting (LOB: 10, DPs in: 1st, 3rd)
|(SS)||Araki, Masahiro||3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI||1: 1B (SB), 2: F9, 4: 1B, 5: BB, 7: 1B, 9: F9|
|(CF)||Oshima, Yohei||1-for-4||1: 1B (BrO), 2: BB, 4: S1, 5: F6, 7: E3, 9: SO|
|(3B)||Morino, Masahiko||1-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI||1: G3, 2: HBP, 4: HR, 6: SO, 7: S9|
|(LF)||Wada, Kazuhiro||0-for-4, 1 R||1: BB, 2: SO, 4: G6, 6: G6, 7: G5|
|(1B)||Blanco, Tony||1-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI||1: 1B, 2: SO, 4: SO, 6: f3|
|1B||Fukuda, Nobumasa||0-for-1||8: SO|
|(RF)||Fujii, Atsushi||5-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI||1: 2B, 3: 1B (BrO), 5: 1B, 7: 2B, 8: 3B|
|(C)||Tanishige, Motonobu||1-for-4, 1 R||1: G6, 3: F6, 5: 1B, 7: BB, 8: SO|
|(2B)||Donoue, Naomichi||1-for-3||1: 1B, 3: BB, 5: L4, 7: S1, 8: G6|
|(P)||Yamai, Daisuke||1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||1: DP, 3: F5, 5: SO, 7: 1B|
|PH||Donoue, Takehiro||0-for-1||9: G4|
|Yamai, Daisuke, W||8||114||31||31||8||1||11||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.910|
Hitting (LOB: 7, DPs in: 7th)
|(RF)||Murton, Matt||1-for-4||1: G1, 3: 1B, 5: SO, 7: F9|
|(CF)||Fujikawa, Shunsuke||1-for-4||1: SO, 3: SO, 5: 1B, 8: SO|
|(SS)||Toritani, Takashi||1-for-4||1: G4, 3: SO, 5: 1B, 8: F7|
|(3B)||Arai, Takahiro||1-for-4||2: G5, 3: 1B, 5: F9, 8: SO|
|(1B)||Brazell, Craig||2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: HR, 3: SO, 6: SO, 9: 1B|
|(LF)||Kanemoto, Tomoaki||1-for-4||2: 1B, 4: SO, 6: SO, 9: F6|
|(C)||Jojima, Kenji||1-for-4||2: 1B, 4: G6, 6: SO, 9: F5|
|(2B)||Saka, Katsuhiko||0-for-2||2: F8, 4: F8|
|PH||Hirano, Keiichi||1-for-1||7: 1B|
|PH||Asai, Ryo||0-for-1||9: F9|
|PH||Lin, Wei-Chu||0-for-1||2: F6|
|2B||Uemoto, Hiroki||0-for-2||5: F7, 7: DP|
|Messenger, Randy, L||1 1/3||36||12||9||5||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||5||3||5.400|
Top of the 1st - 5 runs, 5 hits
Messenger on the mound for Hanshin
Araki hits a single to left and steals second. Oshima hits an infield single, runners on first and third. Morino hits a grounder to first and Oshima is caught in a run-down between second and third and tagged out, runners on second and third. Wada walks to load the bases. Blanco hits a 2-run single to left, runners on first and second. Fujii hits an RBI double to left, runners on second and third. Tanishige hits a grounder to short and two runs score on a catching error (E2), Tanishige to second. N. Donoue hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Yamai grounds into a double play.
Bottom of the 2nd - 1 run, 3 hits
Yamai on the mound for Chunichi
Arai grounds out to third. Brazell hits a solo homer. Kanemoto hits a single to center. Jojima hits a single to center, runners on first and second. Saka flies out to center. Lin, pinch-hitting for Fukuhara, flies out to short.
Top of the 4th - 2 run, 2 hits
Nishimura on the mound for Hanshin
Araki hits a single to center and advances to second on a sac bunt by Oshima. Morino hits a 2-run homer. Wada grounds out to short. Blanco strikes out swinging.
Top of the 7th - 3 runs, 3 hits
Uezono on the mound for Hanshin
Fujii hits a double to center. Tanishige walks, runners on first and second. N. Donoue hits a sac bunt, runners on second and third. Yamai hits an RBI single to right, runners on first and third. Araki hits an RBI single to right, runners on first and second. Oshima reaches on a throwing error (E3), bases loaded. Morino hits a sac fly to right, runners on first and third. Wada grounds out to third.
Top of the 2nd
Araki flies out to right. Oshima walks. Morino gets hit by a pitch in the head and Messenger is ejected, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Fukuhara in for Messenger.
Wada strikes out swinging. Blanco strikes out swinging.
Bottom of the 3rd
Murton hits a single to center. S. Fujikawa strikes out swinging. Toritani strikes out looking. Arai hits a single to center, runners on first and third. Brazell strikes out swinging.
Top of the 5th
Fujii hits an infield single. Tanishige hits a single to right, runners on first and third. N. Donoue lines out to second. Yamai strikes out swinging. Araki walks, bases loaded. Oshima flies out to short.
Bottom of the 5th
Uemoto flies out to left. Murton strikes out looking. S. Fujikawa hits a single to left. Toritani hits an infield single, runners on first and second. Arai flies out to right.
Top of the 8th
Fukuda strikes out swinging. Fujii hits a triple to center. Tanishige strikes out swinging. N. Donoue grounds out to short.
The Dragons are 4-1 over their last 5 games and are now 70-56-2 (2nd place). ... The Tigers are 2-3 over their last 5 games and are now 67-52-2 (1st place).
Yamai (CHU) got the win and is now 7-4. Yamai is now 3-0 in four starts since his last loss on 8/11 (vs Yokohama). This was Yamai's first start against the Tigers this year. ... Messenger (HAN) took the loss and dropped to 4-5. He's now 0-2 in 2 games (1 start, 1 relief appearance) against the Dragons this year.
Messenger (HAN) was ejected from the game in the 2nd inning for hitting Morino (CHU) in the head. Messenger is the 5th CL pitcher to be ejected from a game for hitting a batter in the head this season (8th overall).
Blanco (CHU) slide into Jojima glove in the 1st and knocked the ball away from him, allowing two runs to score on Tanishige's grounder.
Fujii (CHU) recorded 5 hits in a game for the first time in his pro career.
CHU: Morino (19)
HAN: Brazell (42)