Kishi tames Hawks as Lions run riot

Sep 1, 2015

Kishi tames Hawks as Lions run riot

Takayuki Kishi held the Pacific-League topping Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to two runs in seven innings and the Seibu Lions had four home runs and 18 hits in their 13-3 win on Tuesday. Kishi (4-5) allowed five hits and walked two, striking out five in ...

Oh's career about more than records

Sep 1, 2015

Oh's career about more than records

With his prolific home run output rewriting the record books, Sadaharu Oh inspired a nation enjoying rapid economic expansion and subsequent stable growth in the 1960s and 1970s. The national commotion in Japan over his home runs peaked on Sept. 3, 1977, when Oh ...

Hawks stage late rally to overcome Fighters

Aug 29, 2015

Hawks stage late rally to overcome Fighters

Closer Dennis Sarfate was pressed into service early and it paid off as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks overcame a late challenge to defeat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. Sarfate (4-0) entered with one out in the eighth inning and the ...

Lions rally past PL-leading Hawks

Aug 16, 2015

Lions rally past PL-leading Hawks

Ryota Wakiya sparked the Seibu Lions’ comeback in a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Sunday afternoon. A light-hitting career. 259 batter, Wakiya went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs as the Lions overturned a four-run deficit before ...

Hawks overcome two deficits to conquer Lions

Aug 15, 2015

Hawks overcome two deficits to conquer Lions

The Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came from behind twice to beat the Seibu Lions 6-5 on Saturday afternoon. Down by a run in the seventh before 35,556 at Yafuoku Dome, the Hawks took the lead for good against lefty reliever Tomomi Takahashi (1-3). ...

Buffaloes check Hawks' momentum

Jul 26, 2015

Buffaloes check Hawks' momentum

The Orix Buffaloes scored four runs in the 11th inning to beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5-1 on Sunday, handing the Pacific League’s runaway leaders their first defeat in six games. Issei Nakamura broke a 1-1 tie with a hit-and-run RBI double off Masahiko ...

Hawks blank Buffaloes, extend winning streak to five

Jul 25, 2015

Hawks blank Buffaloes, extend winning streak to five

Kenta Imamiya broke up a scoreless game and Shota Takeda won a tough pitchers’ duel as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks won their fifth straight, downing the Orix Buffaloes 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. In the second inng, Imamiya plated Nobuhiro Matsuda with a ...

Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Jul 15, 2015

Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Nobuhiro Matsuda’s three-run, seventh-inning home run broke up a tie game as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came from behind to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Lee Dae-ho went 4-for-4 with a walk and a second-inning homer for the ...

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Jul 9, 2015

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Rick van den Hurk pitched six shutout innings and claimed his third straight win as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-1 on Thursday. The Dutch right-hander allowed two hits for the Pacific League leaders, effectively mixing his fastball with ...

Hawks pounce on Kaneko

Jul 5, 2015

Hawks pounce on Kaneko

Last season’s Pacific League MVP Chihiro Kaneko gave away eight runs in the fifth inning, when he was knocked out in the Orix Buffaloes’ 10-7 loss to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Sunday. At Hotto Motto Field, Kaneko (2-4) allowed just one hit in ...

Hawks beat Lions to strengthen PL lead

Jun 29, 2015

Hawks beat Lions to strengthen PL lead

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks stretched their lead over the Pacific League with a 3-1 win against the Seibu Lions on Monday at Tokyo Dome. Right-hander Shota Takeda (7-2) allowed one run on four hits in six innings to win his fifth straight start and ...