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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4 (September 10, 2011)

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

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters vs Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles @ Kleenex Stadium - 14:00
Potential Starters: Yuki Saito (HAM) 5-3, 2.49 - Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) 14-4, 1.34

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
Rakuten 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 4 10 2

Attendance: 20809 | Nippon Ham leads series, 12-7-0 | Time: 2:46

Nippon Ham

Hitting (LOB: 7, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(2B) Scales, Bobby 1-for-4 1: SO, 3: F8, 6: 1B, 8: SO
C Ono, Shota 0-for-0
(SS) Imanami, Takahiro 2-for-3, 1 R 1: L4, 4: 1B, 6: S2, 9: 2B
(CF) Itoi, Yoshio 0-for-3 1: G6, 4: S1, 6: G4, 9: SO
(3B) Koyano, Eiichi 0-for-4 2: G5, 4: G1, 6: SO, 9: E6
(1B) Inaba, Atsunori 0-for-2 2: G3, 4: G1
PH-LF Sugiya, Kenshi 0-for-2 7: G4, 9: SO
(LF-1B) Nakata, Sho 1-for-4 2: SO, 5: G5, 7: SO, 9: 1B
(DH) Hoffpauir, Micah 0-for-3 3: SO, 5: SO, 7: SO
PH-DH Nioka, Tomohiro 0-for-0, 1 RBI 9: BB
PR-DH Ugumori, Atsushi 0-for-0
(RF) Yang, Dai-Kang 0-for-4 3: F8, 5: E3, 8: SO, 9: SO
(C) Tsuruoka, Shinya 1-for-2 3: 1B, 5: F8
PH-2B Kato, Masayoshi 0-for-1 8: F6

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Saito, Yuki, L 8 123 34 32 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 2.700
8 123 34 32 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 4

Rakuten

Hitting (LOB: 6, DPs in: 7th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(SS) Matsui, Kazuo 0-for-4 1: G6, 3: F8, 5: G6, 7: L3
(2B) Uchimura, Kensuke 2-for-4, 1 R 1: 1B, 3: F7, 5: G1, 7: 1B
(3B) Takasu, Yosuke 3-for-3, 1 R 1: 1B, 3: BB, 6: 1B, 7: 1B
PR-3B Iwamura, Akinori 0-for-0
(DH) Yamasaki, Takeshi 0-for-3, 1 RBI 1: S9, 3: G5, 6: F9, 7: DP
(RF) Yokogawa, Fuminori 1-for-4 1: G4, 4: 2B, 6: G4, 8: F7
(1B) Garcia, Luis 1-for-3, 1 RBI 2: L6, 4: G5, 6: 1B
PR-1B Nishimura, Wataru 0-for-1, 1 R 8: G4
(LF) Nakamura, Masato 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI 2: 1B, 4: G3, 6: 3B, 8: SO
(C) Shima, Motohiro 1-for-3, 1 RBI 2: G6 (SB), 4: G4, 6: 1B
(CF) Hijirisawa, Ryo 0-for-3 2: G5, 5: L6, 6: G4

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Tanaka, Masahiro, W 9 118 35 32 5 0 12 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 1.276
9 118 35 32 5 0 12 1 0 2 0 0 1 0

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Recap

Scoring Summary

Bottom of the 1st - 1 run, 2 hits
Saito on the mound for Nippon Ham
Matsui grounds out to short. Uchimura hits an infield single. Takasu hits a single to left, runners on first and third. Yamasaki hits a sac fly to right, runner on first. Yokogawa grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 6th - 3 runs, 4 hits
Saito on the mound for Nippon Ham
Takasu hits a single to right. Yamasaki flies out to right. Yokogawa grounds out to second, runner on second. Garcia hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Nishimura enters the game as a pinch-runner for Garcia. Nakamura hits an RBI triple to left, runner on third. Shima hits an RBI single to right, runner on first. Hijirisawa grounds out to second.

Top of the 9th - 1 run, 2 hits
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Imanami hits a double to left. Itoi strikes out swinging. Koyano reaches on a fielding error (E6), runners on first and second. Sugiya strikes out swinging. Nakata hits an infield single, bases loaded. Nioka, pinch-hitting for Hoffpauir, walks in a run, bases loaded. Ugumori enters the game as a pinch-runner for Nioka. Yang (Yoh) strikes out swinging.

Missed Opportunities

Bottom of the 2nd
Saito on the mound for Nippon Ham
Garcia lines out to short. Nakamura hits a single to left. Shima grounds out to short, runner on first. Shima steals second. Hijirisawa grounds out to third.

Top of the 4th
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Imanami hits a single to center and advances to second on a sac bunt by Itoi. Koyano grounds out to the pitcher. Inaba grounds out to the pitcher.

Bottom of the 4th
Saito on the mound for Nippon Ham
Yokogawa hits a double to right. Garcia grounds out to third. Nakamura grounds out to first, runner on third. Shima grounds out to second.

Top of the 6th
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Scales hits a single to right and advances to second on a sac bunt by Imanami. Itoi grounds out to second, runner on third. Koyano strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 7th
Saito on the mound for Nippon Ham
Defensive changes: Sugiya takes over in left; Nakata moves from left to first.
Matsui lines out to first. Uchimura hits a single to left. Takasu hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Iwamura enters the game as a pinch-runner for Takasu. Yamasaki hits into a 4-6-3 double play.

Notes

This was the first time Tanaka (RAK) and Saito (HAM) faced each other in a regular season game.

Injuries: Inaba was taken out of the game after a ball he hit on the 7th bounced off the ground and hit him under the left eye.

Nippon Ham: Saito started his 14th game of the season and is now 5-4, including 1-2 in 4 starts against the Eagles.  This was Saito first Ichi-gun complete game of his career.

Rakuten: The Eagles stopped a 3-game losing streak (0-3-1) and a 5-game losing streak at Kleenex Stadium (0-5-1). ... Tanaka won his 5th straight start and improved to 15-4, including 1-2 in 4 starts against the Fighters.  This was also Tanaka's 26th complete game victory of his career (9th of the season).