Marines pounce on Fighters' Otani in Game 1 rout

Oct 11, 2015

Marines pounce on Fighters' Otani in Game 1 rout

The Chiba Lotte Marines rocked Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace Shohei Otani for five runs in 2-2/3 innings, winning 9-3 in Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series first stage on Saturday. The Marines’ Toshiaki Imae overturned a 1-0 deficit with a three-run, ...

Marines claim final Pacific League playoff spot

Oct 4, 2015

Marines claim final Pacific League playoff spot

The Chiba Lotte Marines sewed up the final Pacific League playoff spot on Sunday with a 5-3 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. With 29,693 fans packing QVC Marine Field, Saburo Omura’s two-run single overturned a 3-2, third-inning deficit and a five-man relief ...

Sixth-inning outburst carries Fighters past Lions

Sep 20, 2015

Sixth-inning outburst carries Fighters past Lions

Brandon Laird’s three-run homer capped a seven-run sixth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters came-from-behind to beat the Seibu Lions 9-7 on Sunday and clinch second place in the Pacific League. Ginjiro Sumitani homered and singled to drive in four early runs to ...

Hawks pound Fighters' Otani, extend win streak to five

Sep 10, 2015

Hawks pound Fighters' Otani, extend win streak to five

Nobuhiro Matsuda and Yuki Yanagita both homered and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks edged closer to clinching their second straight Pacific League title with a 7-3 defeat of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Thursday night. The Hawks’ fifth straight win put them 13½ games ...

Hawks slugger Lee, teammates pound Fighters

Sep 9, 2015

Hawks slugger Lee, teammates pound Fighters

Lee Dae-ho hit a grand slam and had three hits to contribute the heavy firepower in his team’s 17-hit onslaught as the front-running Fukuoka Softbank Hawks trounced the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 13-2 on Wednesday night. The Hawks, who saw their magic number to ...

Pacific League-leading Hawks thump Fighters

Sep 8, 2015

Pacific League-leading Hawks thump Fighters

Right-hander Nao Higashihama pitched seven effective innings, Seiichi Uchikawa homered and drove in five runs, and the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks scratched out an 8-5 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday night. The Hawks, who are the runway PL leaders ...

Aug 31, 2015

Fighters reliever Takeda undergoes knee surgery

Hisashi Takeda underwent successful season-ending right-knee surgery and will return to action in five months, the Nippon Ham Fighters said Monday. For the first time in his 13-year career, the 36-year-old right-hander ends a season without throwing a single pitch. He will be discharged ...

Aug 23, 2015

Fighters reliever Takeda to have knee surgery

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Hisashi Takeda will undergo surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee on Aug. 31 in Sapporo and will aim to return to action some time next season, the Pacific League club said Sunday. The 36-year-old Takeda, who ...

Fighters' Mendoza battles past Lions

Aug 12, 2015

Fighters' Mendoza battles past Lions

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Luis Mendoza was hardly at his best Wednesday, but the former Kansas City Royal battled into the sixth inning to earn the win as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions 6-3. Sho Nakata drove in two runs for the Fighters, who ...

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 ...

Mendoza tames Lions

Jul 12, 2015

Mendoza tames Lions

Luis Mendoza held the Seibu Lions to three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won their fourth straight game with a 10-0 victory Sunday. Mendoza (5-4) fanned seven and allowed two walks to win his third straight start for ...

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Jul 10, 2015

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Shohei Otani became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season after pitching eight shutout innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0 on Friday. Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (1-2) pitched six perfect innings in a duel against pitcher-cum-slugger Otani ...