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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0 (May 10, 2011)

by on May.10, 2011 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters vs Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles @ Kleenex Stadium - 18:00
Potential Starters: Yu Darvish (HAM) 3-1, 3.38 - Hisashi Iwakuma (RAK) 3-1, 1.89

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 9 0
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

Attendance: 13508 | Nippon Ham leads series, 3-1-0 | Time: 2:54

Nippon Ham

Hitting (LOB: 9, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(2B) Tanaka, Kensuke 0-for-4 1: F7, 3: G1, 5: F7, 7: SO, 9: BB
(SS) Iiyama, Yuji 0-for-4 1: G1, 3: F8, 5: SO, 7: SO
PH Nioka, Tomohiro 0-for-1 9: G4
SS Kaneko, Makoto 0-for-0
(CF) Itoi, Yoshio 1-for-3 1: 1B, 3: BB, 6: G4, 8: G4
(3B) Koyano, Eiichi 0-for-4 1: G5, 3: F8, 6: G5, 8: G6
(DH) Inaba, Atsunori 1-for-4, 1 R 2: G4, 4: SO, 6: 1B, 8: G6
(LF) Nakata, Sho 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI 2: 1B, 4: F9, 6: HR, 9: G6
LF Murata, Kazuya 0-for-0
(1B) Hoffpauir, Micah 3-for-4 2: 1B, 4: 1B, 6: 1B, 9: F8
(C) Ono, Shota 1-for-4 2: G6, 4: SO, 6: G5, 9: 1B
(RF) Yang, Dai-Kang 1-for-4 2: SO, 5: SO, 7: F8, 9: 1B

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Darvish, Yu, W 9 136 34 32 6 0 15 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.634
9 136 34 32 6 0 15 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

Rakuten

Hitting (LOB: 7, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(CF) Hijirisawa, Ryo 2-for-4 1: 1B, 3: 1B (SB), 6: G3, 8: G6
(RF) Tsuchiya, Teppei 0-for-3 1: S5, 3: SO, 6: G4, 8: SO
(SS) Matsui, Kazuo 0-for-4 1: F9, 3: G3, 6: SO, 9: SO
(DH) Yamasaki, Takeshi 1-for-4 1: SO, 4: SO, 7: F8, 9: 1B
(2B) Takasu, Yosuke 1-for-4 2: 1B, 4: SO, 7: G1, 9: SO
(LF) Nakamura, Masato 2-for-4 2: G6, 4: F8, 7: 1B, 9: 1B
PR Uchimura, Kensuke 0-for-0
(3B) Iwamura, Akinori 0-for-4 2: SO, 5: SO, 7: G4, 9: SO
(C) Shima, Motohiro 0-for-3 2: SO, 5: G5, 8: SO
(1B) Yokogawa, Fuminori 0-for-2 3: SO, 5: SO
PH-1B Kusano, Daisuke 0-for-0 8: BB

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Iwakuma, Hisashi, L 8 2/3 131 37 35 9 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1.929
Mima, Manabu 1/3 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.700
9 136 38 36 9 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2

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Recap

Scoring Summary

Top of the 6th - 2 runs, 3 hits
Iwakuma on the mound for Rakuten
Itoi grounds out to second. Koyano grounds out to third. Inaba hits a single to left. Nakata hits a 2-run homer. Hoffpauir hits a single to left. Ono grounds out to third.

Missed Opportunities

Bottom of the 1st
Darvish on the mound for Nippon Ham
Hijirisawa hits an infield single and advances to second on a sac bunt by Teppei. Matsui flies out to right. Yamasaki strikes out swinging.

Top of the 2nd
Iwakuma on the mound for Rakuten
Inaba grounds out to second. Nakata hits a single to left. Hoffpauir hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Ono grounds out to short, runners on first and third. Yang (Yoh) strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 3rd
Darvish on the mound for Nippon Ham
Yokogawa strikes out swinging. Hijirisawa hits an infield single and steals second. Teppei strikes out swinging. Matsui grounds out to first.

Bottom of the 8th
Darvish on the mound for Nippon Ham
Shima strikes out swinging. Kusano, pinch-hitting for Yokogawa, walks. Hijirisawa grounds out to short, runner on second. Teppei strikes out swinging.

Top of the 9th
Iwakuma on the mound for Rakuten
Defensive changes: Kusano takes over at first.
Nakata grounds out to short. Hoffpauir flies out to center. Ono hits a single to center. Yang (Yoh) hits a single to left, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Mima in for Iwakuma.
Tanaka walks, bases loaded. Nioka, pinch-hitting for Iiyama, grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 9th
Darvish on the mound for Nippon Ham
Defensive changes: Kaneko takes over at short; Murata takes over in left.
Matsui strikes out swinging. Yamasaki hits a single to left and advances to second on a wild pitch. Takasu strikes out swinging. Nakamura hits a single to center, runners on first and third. Uchimura enters the game as a pinch-runner for Nakamura. Iwamura strikes out swinging.

Notes

This marked the 6th time Darvish faced Iwakuma. Darvish is 3-2 in those 6 games while Iwakuma is 2-2.

Nippon Ham: Darvish recorded his first complete game shutout of the season (first since 9/18/2010 and 13th over his career).  He also recorded his 40th career double-digit strikeout game (good for 8th on the all-time list) and topped out at 155km/h. ... This was Nakata's first homer at Kleenex Stadium. He has also now hit safely in 9 straight.

Rakuten: The Eagles have now dropped 5 in a row at Kleenex Stadium. They have also been shutout 4 times this season (all of them coming this month). ...  Iwamura became the 441st player in NPB history to play in 1,000 games. ... Hijirisawa stole his 13th base of the season and is now on pace to steal around 80. ... Iwakuma left the game partway through the 9th due to discomfort in his right shoulder. ... Senichi Hoshino argued a safe / out call at first base in the 8th inning.  Replays showed Hijirisawa was actually safe by a fairly large margin.