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Yomiuri Giants 1 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (May 20, 2011)

by on May.20, 2011 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yomiuri Giants vs Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Potential Starters: Shun Tono (YOM) 1-3, 4.78 - Tomoya Yagi (HAM) 1-0, 2.45

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

Attendance: 33597 | Nippon Ham leads series, 1-0-0 | Time: 2:34

Yomiuri

Hitting (LOB: 7, DPs in: 9th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(CF) Konta, Toshimasa 1-for-3 1: G5, 3: BB, 6: G5, 8: 1B
2B Terauchi, Takayuki 0-for-0
(2B) Fujimura, Daisuke 0-for-2 1: G6, 3: HBP, 6: G6
PH-3B Furuki, Shigeyuki 1-for-1 8: 1B
(SS) Sakamoto, Hayato 1-for-4 1: SO, 3: G4, 6: 1B, 8: F7
(DH) Ramirez, Alex 0-for-3 2: G4, 4: G6, 6: BB, 8: f3
(C) Abe, Shinnosuke 1-for-4 2: F7, 4: F7, 6: G4, 9: 1B
PR Ota, Taishi 0-for-0, 1 R
(RF) Chono, Hisayoshi 1-for-4 2: G1, 4: G3, 7: G1, 9: 1B
(LF) Yano, Kenji 1-for-4 3: 1B, 5: G4, 7: G6, 9: DP
(1B) Tanaka, Daijiro 0-for-4 3: G4, 5: L3, 7: G6, 9: f5
(3B) Tsuburaya, Hidetoshi 0-for-2 3: G4, 5: SO
PH-CF Tani, Yoshitomo 0-for-1 8: G4

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Tono, Shun, L 7 117 30 27 7 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 4.615
Nishimura, Kentaro 1 9 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.118
8 126 33 30 8 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 3 3

Nippon Ham

Hitting (LOB: 6, DPs in: 4th, 8th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(2B) Tanaka, Kensuke 1-for-4, 1 R 1: G3, 3: 1B (SB), 5: G3, 7: G1
(RF) Yang, Dai-Kang 2-for-3, 1 R 1: BB, 3: SO, 5: 1B (SB), 7: 1B (SB)
(CF) Itoi, Yoshio 1-for-3, 1 R 1: 1B, 3: BB, 5: SO, 7: SO
(3B) Koyano, Eiichi 3-for-4, 3 RBI 1: SO, 3: 2B, 5: 2B, 8: 1B
(DH) Inaba, Atsunori 0-for-4 1: F8, 3: SO, 5: F7, 8: F7
(LF) Nakata, Sho 1-for-4 2: F7, 4: 2B, 6: SO, 8: DP
LF Murata, Kazuya 0-for-0
(1B) Hoffpauir, Micah 0-for-2 2: F9, 4: BB, 6: F8
(C) Ono, Shota 0-for-3 2: G5, 4: DP, 6: F8
(SS) Kaneko, Makoto 0-for-3 3: SO, 4: F8, 7: SO

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Keppel, Bobby, W 8 118 31 28 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.475
Takeda, Hisashi, S 1 11 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.730
9 129 35 32 6 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1

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Recap

Scoring Summary

Bottom of the 3rd - 2 run, 2 hits
Tono on the mound for Yomiuri
Kaneko strikes out swinging. Tanaka hits an infield single and steals second. Yang (Yoh) strikes out swinging. Itoi walks, runners on first and second. Koyano hits a 2-run double to center, runner on second. Inaba strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 5th - 1 run, 2 hits
Tono on the mound for Yomiuri
Tanaka grounds out to first. Yang (Yoh) hits a single to left and steals second. Itoi strikes out swinging. Koyano hits an RBI double to left, runner on second. Inaba flies out to let.

Top of the 9th - 1 run, 2 hits
H. Takeda on the mound for Nippon Ham
Defensive changes: Murata takes over in left.
Abe hits a single to left and gets replaced by pinch-runner Ota. Chono hits a single to center, runners on first and third. Yano hits into a double play as a run scores. D. Tanaka fouls out to third.

Missed Opportunities

Bottom of the 1st
Tono on the mound for Yomiuri
Tanaka grounds out to first. Yang (Yoh) walks. Itoi hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Koyano strikes out swinging. Inaba flies out to center.

Top of the 3rd
Keppel on the mound for Nippon Ham
Yano hits a single to left. D. Tanaka grounds out to second, runner on first. Tsuburaya grounds out to second, runner on first. Konta walks, runners on first and second. Fujimura gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Sakamoto grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 4th
Tono on the mound for Yomiuri
Nakata hits a double. Hoffpauir walks, runners on first and second. Ono hits into a 4-6-3 double play, runner on third. Kaneko flies out to center.

Top of the 6th
Keppel on the mound for Nippon Ham
Konta grounds out to third. Fujimura grounds out to short. Sakamoto hits a single to left. Ramirez walks, runners on first and second. Abe grounds out to short.

Bottom of the 7th
Tono on the mound for Yomiuri
Kaneko strikes out swinging. Tanaka grounds out to the pitcher. Yang (Yoh) hits a single to center and steals second. Itoi strikes out swinging.

Top of the 8th
Keppel on the mound for Nippon Ham
Tani, pinch-hitting for Tsuburaya, grounds out to second. Konta hits a single to left. Furuki, pinch-hitting for Fujimura, hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Sakamoto flies out to left. Ramirez fouls out to first.

Notes

Yomiuri: The Giants 3-game winning streak came to an end. They also have no won a game at Sapporo Dome since 6/11/2008 (0-6-1). ... Tono is now 0-4 in 5 starts since winning his first start of the season.  He also made the start on 9 days of rest.

Nippon Ham: The Fighters are now 8 games above 500 (a high for the season). ... Nakata's double off the ceiling (63 meters high) in the 4th, was a first for a Japanese player.  Nakata also hit the ceiling on 4/30 (vs Seibu) but the ball went foul. The last foreign player was Fernando Seguignol on 8/6/2004. ... Keppel recorded 17 ground ball outs.  He's also still undefeated in Inter-league starts (5-0, 6 starts). Incidentally, Keppel's wife and 2 kids were at tonight's game.  This was the last game they see as they'll be returning to the States.

3 comments on “Yomiuri Giants 1 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 (May 20, 2011)

  1. EJH

    Nakata’s ball hit the ceiling hard. It would have gone much higher than 63 meters if it had been outdoors. By the way, Gen, what exactly is the rule on hitting the ceiling at Sapporo Dome? If Sakamoto had caught the ball, would it have been an out?

    1. Gen Post author

      The announcers on TV mentioned that balls that hit the ceiling are in play and are fair or foul based on where they land. So if Sakamoto caught ball, it would have been an out.

      And if I’m not mistaken, balls that hit the ceiling above the outfield are considered home runs.

  2. EJH

    Gen: Thanks for answering my question. I heard the TV announcer say that about the ball being in play, but I am wondering if the rule is like for a ball off the outfield wall. In that case it would be a hit even if a fielder caught the ricochet off the wall. Also, if the ball would have been an out had Sakamoto caught it, shouldn’t he have been charged with an error since the ball hit his glove and he dropped it? I guess that one is a judgement call.

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