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Orix Buffaloes 5 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 13 (July 27, 2011)

by on Jul.27, 2011 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Orix Buffaloes vs Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters @ Obihiro Stadium - 13:00
Potential Starters: Kazuki Kondo (ORI) 1-2, 5.59 - Brian Wolfe (HAM) 8-3, 2.55

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Recap

Scoring Summary

Bottom of the 1st - 1 run, 2 hits
Kondo on the mound for Orix
Scales strikes out swinging. Yang (Yoh) hits an infield single. Itoi hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Nakata gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Inaba walks in a run, bases loaded. Koyano strikes out swinging. Hoffpauir flies out to left.

Top of the 2nd - 3 runs, 4 hits
Wolfe on the mound for Nippon Ham
Baldiris grounds out to second. Lee walks. Akada hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Saito hits a single to right, bases loaded. Obiki flies out to right. Sakaguchi hits a 2-run single to center, runners on first and second. Taguchi hits an RBI single to right, runners on first and third. Goto flies out to short.

Bottom of the 3rd - 4 runs, 4 hits
Kondo on the mound for Orix
Yang (Yoh) hits a single to left and steals second. Itoi walks, runners on first and second. Nakata flies out to center. Inaba hits an RBI single to center, runners on first and third. Koyano hits an RBI single to center, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Takamiya in for Kondo.
Hoffpauir flies out to center, runners on first and third. Kaneko walks, bases loaded. Ono hits a 2-run single to left, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Higa in for Takamiya.
Scales flies out to right.

Bottom of the 4th - 7 runs, 6 hits
Higa on the mound for Orix
Yang (Yoh) hits a double to left. Itoi hits a 2-run homer to right. Nakata strikes out swinging. Inaba hits a single to left. Koyano walks, runners on first and second. Hoffpauir hits an RBI double to right, runners on second and third. Kaneko fouls out to first. Ono gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Scales hits a grand slam to right-center. Yang (Yoh) reaches on a throwing error (E5), runner on first. Itoi hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Nakata strikes out swinging.

Top of the 6th - 2 runs, 2 hits
Nemoto on the mound for Nippon Ham
Defensive changes: Iiyama takes over at short.
Sakaguchi walks. Taguchi flies out to center. Goto hits a single to center, runners on first and second. T-Okada walks, bases loaded. Baldiris hits a 2-run single to center, runners on first and second. Lee lines out to first and T-Okada gets doubled off second.

Bottom of the 6th - 1 run, 2 hits
Furukawa on the mound for Orix
Ono hits a double to right. Scales hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Yang (Yoh) strikes out swinging. Itoi drives in a run with a ground out to second, runner on first. Nakata flies out to center.

Missed Opportunities

Top of the 1st
Wolfe on the mound for Nippon Ham
Sakaguchi walks and advances to second on a sac bunt by Taguchi. Goto grounds out to short, runner on third. T-Okada grounds out to first.

Top of the 3rd
Wolfe on the mound for Nippon Ham
T-Okada strikes out swinging. Baldiris hits a single to left. Lee strikes out swinging. Akada walks, runners on first and second. Saito gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Obiki lines out to the pitcher.

Top of the 4th
Wolfe on the mound for Nippon Ham
Sakaguchi grounds out to second. Taguchi strikes out swinging. Goto hits a single to center. T-Okada hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Baldiris fouls out to second.

Top of the 7th
Sakakibara on the mound for Nippon Ham
Defensive changes: Imanami takes over at second; Sugiya takes over in left; Nakata moves from left to first.
Akada grounds out to short. Saito strikes out swinging. Obiki reaches on a fielding error (E8), Obiki to second. Sakaguchi flies out to center.

Bottom of the 7th
Yoshino on the mound for Orix
Sugiya strikes out swinging. Koyano hits a single to left. Ugumori enters the game as a pinch-hitter for Hoffpauir. Runner advances to second on a passed ball. Ugumori strikes out swinging. Iiyama fouls out to right.

Bottom of the 8th
Katsuki on the mound for Orix
Ono grounds out to short. Imanami flies out to left. Yang (Yoh) hits an infield single. Murata hits an infield single, runners on first and second. Nakata flies out to first.

Top of the 9th
Tanimoto on the mound for Nippon Ham
Baldiris fouls out to right. Lee hits a double to right. Akada grounds out to short. Hessman, pinch-hitting for Saito, flies out to second.

Notes

At 4 hours and 13 minutes, this was the longest game in the PL this season.

Orix: The Buffaloes are now guaranteed a losing record in July. ... Kondo lost his 3rd straight game and is now 1-3.

Nippon Ham: The Fighters sent 9 batters to the plate in the 3rd inning and 13 batters to the plate in the 4th inning. This was the Fighters' 4,000 franchise victory. ... Wolfe won his 2nd straight start and improved to 9-3. ... Scales recorded his 2nd grand slam of the season.