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Softbank Hawks 0 – Chiba Lotte Marines 3 (September 16, 2010)

by on Sep.16, 2010 @ 4:05 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Softbank Hawks vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ Chiba Marine Stadium - 18:15

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Softbank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Lotte 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 11 0

Attendance: 15361 | Softbank leads series, 14-9-0 | Time: 3:35

Potential Starters: Hiroki Yamada (SOF) 4-3, 4.37 - Bryan Corey (LOT) 3-3, 4.93

Softbank

Hitting (LOB: 9, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Kawasaki, Munenori 1-for-4 1: G1, 3: 1B, 5: G3, 7: F7
(2B) Honda, Yuichi 0-for-4 1: G4, 3: G5, 6: L5, 8: SO
(DH) Ortiz, Jose 2-for-4 1: 1B, 3: 2B, 6: F9, 8: F9
(1B) Kokubo, Hiroki 3-for-4 1: 1B, 3: G5, 6: 1B, 8: 1B
(RF) Tamura, Hitoshi 1-for-4 1: F7, 4: SO, 6: 1B, 8: G1
(LF) Matsunaka, Nobuhiko 0-for-3 2: G3, 4: F8, 6: BB, 9: F8
(CF) Hasegawa, Yuya 0-for-3 2: SO, 4: SO, 6: SO
PH Petagine, Roberto 0-for-1 9: SO
(3B) Matsuda, Nobuhiro 0-for-3 2: SO, 5: SO, 7: G5
PH Shibahara, Hiroshi 0-for-0 9: BB
(C) Yamazaki, Katsuki 0-for-3 3: SO, 5: G4, 7: G5
PH Tanoue, Hidenori 0-for-1 9: G6

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Yamada, Hiroki, L 1 31 8 7 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 4.602
Kanazawa, Takehito 1 1/3 29 7 6 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.000
Morifuku, Masahiko 3 1/3 49 15 13 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.126
Settsu, Tadashi 1 1/3 24 7 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2.444
Katto, Keisuke 0/3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.986
Ogura, Shinsuke 1 18 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.294
8 152 43 33 11 2 2 8 1 1 0 0 3 2

Lotte

Hitting (LOB: 16, DPs in: 3rd)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Nishioka, Tsuyoshi 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: HR, 2: G4, 4: G3, 6: F4, 7: F9
(CF-RF) Kiyota, Ikuhiro 2-for-4 1: F9, 2: 1B, 4: F8, 6: 2B, 8: HBP
(2B) Iguchi, Tadahito 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: HR, 2: 1B, 5: G5, 6: BB, 8: BB
(1B) Kim, Tae-Kyun 2-for-4 1: 1B, 2: G5, 5: 1B, 6: G4, 8: BB
(3B) Imae, Toshiaki 2-for-5, 1 R 1: 1B, 3: G3, 5: G1, 7: 1B (CS), 8: G6
(DH) Omura, Saburo 1-for-2 1: SO, 3: BB, 5: 1B, 7: BB
PR-DH Matoba, Naoki 0-for-0
PH-DH Fukuura, Kazuya 0-for-1 8: F4
(LF) Omatsu, Shoitsu 1-for-1 1: BB, 3: 1B, 5: BB
PH Heiuchi, Hisao 0-for-0 7: S5
LF Kakunaka, Katsuya 0-for-1 8: L4
(RF) Takehara, Naotaka 0-for-2 1: F8, 3: DP
PH Imaoka, Makoto 0-for-1 5: G5
CF Okada, Yoshifumi 0-for-0 7: BB
(C) Saito, Toshio 0-for-4 2: SO, 4: G5, 6: F7, 7: F9

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Corey, Bryan, W 5 2/3 110 23 23 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.295
Furuya, Takuya, H 1/3 14 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.851
Ito, Yoshihiro, H 1 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.741
Yabuta, Yasuhiko, H 1 18 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.819
Kobayashi, Hiroyuki, S 1 20 4 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.455
9 173 36 34 7 0 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Recap

Scoring Summary

Bottom of the 1st - 2 runs, 4 hits
Yamada on the mound for Softbank
Nishioka hits a solo homer. Kiyota flies out to right. Iguchi hits a solo homer. Kim hits a single to center. Imae hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Saburo strikes out swinging. Omatsu walks, bases loaded. Takehara flies out to center.

Bottom of the 7th - 1 run, 1 hit
Settsu on the mound for Softbank
Imae hits a single to center. Saburo walks, runners on first and second. Heiuchi, pinch-hitting for Omatsu, hits a sac bunt and a run scores on a throwing error (E2), Saburo to second. Okada walks, runners on first and second. Matoba enters the game as a pinch-runner for Saburo. Saito flies out to right, runners on first and third. Nishioka flies out to right.

Missed Opportunities

Top of the 1st
Kawasaki grounds out to the pitcher. Honda grounds out to second. Oritz hits a single to left. Kokubo hits a single to right, runners on first and third.

Bottom of the 2nd
Saito strikes out swinging. Nishioka grounds out to second. Kiyota hits a single to left. Iguchi hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Kim grounds out to third.

Top of the 3rd
Yamazaki strikes out looking. Kawasaki hits a single to right. Honda grounds out to third, runner on first. Oritz hits a double to left, runners on second and third. Kokubo grounds out to third.

Bottom of the 3rd
Imae grounds out to first. Saburo walks.
Pitching change: Morifuku in for Kanazawa.
Omatsu hits a single to center, runners on first and second. Takehara grounds into a double play.

Bottom of the 5th
Iguchi grounds out to third. Kim hits a single to left. Imae grounds out to the pitcher, runner on first. Saburo hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Omatsu walks, bases loaded. Imaoka, pinch-hitting for Takehara, grounds out to third.

Top of the 6th
Honda lines out to third. Ortiz flies out to right. Kokubo hits a single to right. Tamura hits a single to right, runners on first and third.
Pitching change: Furuya in for Corey.
Matsunaka walks, bases loaded. Hasegawa strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 6th
Saito flies out to left. Nishioka flies out to second. Kiyota hits a double to right. Iguchi walks, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Settsu in Morifuku.
Kim grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 8th
Kiyota gets hit by a pitch.  Katto is thrown out for hitting Kiyota in the head.
Pitching change: Ogura in for Katto.
Iguchi walks, runners on first and second. Kim walks, bases loaded. Imae grounds out to short, bases remain loaded. Fukuura, pinch-hitting for Matoba, flies out to second. Kakunaka lines out to second.

Notes

Lotte took the series, 2-1.

The Marines are 2-3 over their last 5 games and are now 69-63-2 (3rd place). ... The Hawks are 2-3 over their last 5 games and are now 71-62-5 (2nd place).

Corey (LOT) won his second straight start and is now 4-3 on the year.  This was Corey's first start against the Hawks this season.  H. Kobayashi (LOT) saved his 27th game of the year. ... Yamada (SOF) took the loss and is now 4-4 on the year.  Coming into tonight's game, Yamada was 2-0 in 5 starts (and 1 relief appearance) since his last loss on 8/6 (vs Seibu).  Yamada also fell to 1-2 in 4 starts against the Marines this year.

Home runs
LOT: Nishioka (9), Iguchi (14)

7 comments on “Softbank Hawks 0 – Chiba Lotte Marines 3 (September 16, 2010)

  1. Jim

    While I don’t necessarily agree with taking out Yamada after just one inning, I think that he’s running out of gas even though he pitched very well against Nippon Ham last week. He’s been very good otherwise this year, especially for a former ikusei player who hadn’t pitched above ni-gun before.

  2. Steve

    I thought the pulling of Yamada was a pretty brave move by Akiyama.

    The beaning of Kiyota was just awful – Katto should not only have been thrown out but he should be suspended. First pitch of the inning, fastball right at his head.

    1. Steve

      Thanks for the replay – I saw it live at the stadium and hadn’t seen it since. Looks as bad on tape as it did live.

      You can’t tell me a professional pitcher throws 143 km/h at a batter’s head like that and it wasn’t intentional (and it was no longer raining, so no wet hand excuse.)

    2. Gen Post author

      I can understand your point about pro pitchers having better control over their own pitches. But I’d really like to think that Katto didn’t mean to hit Kiyota in the head intentionally. And I’m not sure that I necessarily agree that baseballs can’t slip out of a pitcher’s hand because it’s not raining.

      Do you happen to know if the two have any problems with each other? Or if there was another problem involved, perhaps between the two teams? I haven’t come across anything in the media, so I wasn’t sure.

      If there is something there, that would establish motive. But otherwise, what reason would he have to hit Kiyota in the head?

      The game wasn’t a blow out, although it was in the bottom of the 8th. And no Hawks were hit during the game.

      It can’t be about Kiyota hitting Katto well, since it was the first time the two faced each other.

      If you look at Katto’s stats from the year, you’ll find that he has hit 9 batters batters this year. That actually leads the Hawks’ pitching staff. It’s also good for a third place tie in the PL (and all the pitchers he’s tied with, as well as the pitchers above him, are basically starters).

      Depending on how you read that, you can essentially say one of three things:
      – he’s throwing at batters, why else the high number of HBPs
      – he’s trying to get in on batters more
      – he’s been a little wild

      I don’t think it’s a matter of being wild, since he only has one wild pitch this year.

      One other possibility is that Katto was indeed trying to hit Kiyota, but not necessarily in the head.

      One other thing to consider… Yesterday was Katto’s 63rd game (72.1 IP) of the season (plus 2 games and 3.0 innings at Ni-gun).

      Before this year:
      2009: 26 Ni-gun games (34.0 IP) and 6 Ichi-gun games (6.2 IP)
      2008: 13 Ni-gun games (46.1 IP) and 9 Ichi-gun games (18.2 IP)
      2007: 20 Ni-gun games (80.0 IP) and 1 Ichi-gun game (1.0 IP)
      2006: 24 Ni-gun games (40.0 IP)

      Based on the above numbers, it seems possible that Katto could be feeling a little tired. Actually, the Hawks bullpen, in general, has been pushed pretty hard again this year.

      In the end, I’m not really taking sides here. I guess I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate because I’m not quite sure where I sit on this.

      There is one thing I do agree with you on though. It’s that if a pitcher does hit a batter in the head intentionally, they without doubt deserve a heavy suspension and fine.

  3. Steve

    I agree with you that it’s unlikely he intended to hit him in the head, and I don’t know of any bad blood between them. I do think it’s more likely that Katto meant to pop him but lower in the body. Kiyota is a bit of a showboat on the basepaths – he likes to yap when he slides in, he makes a big “safe” gesture. On Kiyota’s previous AB he hit a double, slid hard, and yelled. Maybe the Hawks staff didn’t like his showboating and wanted to plunk him.

    Regardless, if you are going to throw a pitch anywhere near someone’s head you need to be ultra-sure you have the control to not hit him in the head.

    It’s the second to last game between the two teams in a tight race; who knows what bad blood is boiling.

    1. Gen Post author

      “Regardless, if you are going to throw a pitch anywhere near someone’s head you need to be ultra-sure you have the control to not hit him in the head.”

      Very true. And agreed 100%. If you’re going to hit someone on purpose, make sure that pitch is down and nowhere near the head. Otherwise don’t even bother.

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