Otani suffers first pro defeat as Marines beat Fighters

Apr 27, 2014

Otani suffers first pro defeat as Marines beat Fighters

Tadahito Iguchi and Katsuya Kakunaka each homered in the first inning off second-year right-hander Shohei Otani, who suffered his first career defeat on Sunday as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep at Sapporo Dome. ...

Uchikawa slugs two HRs to propel Hawks past Marines

Apr 19, 2014

Uchikawa slugs two HRs to propel Hawks past Marines

Pacific League batting leader Seiichi Uchikawa homered twice and Kenichi Nakata pitched one-run ball over eight solid innings as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. Uchikawa had a two-run blast to left off Yuki Karakawa (0-3) in ...

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

Apr 11, 2014

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

by Jason Coskrey

The wind may have affected Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto on Friday night, but not nearly as much as Toshiaki Imae’s bat did. Imae hit a towering home run in the second and hit a tie-breaking double in the fifth to back ...

Uchikawa sparks Hawks to series sweep of Marines

Mar 30, 2014

Uchikawa sparks Hawks to series sweep of Marines

The reinvigorated Softbank Hawks are off to a flying start to the regular season after completing a three-game sweep since Opening Day of the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday. Seiichi Uchikawa hit his second home run in three days following a three-run blast in ...

Wakui roughed up in five-inning debut with Marines

Mar 12, 2014

Wakui roughed up in five-inning debut with Marines

Hideaki Wakui’s fresh start with the Chiba Lotte Marines hit a rough patch on Wednesday, when the right-hander surrendered eight runs in five innings in a 12-5 preseason loss to the Yomiuri Giants. The 27-year-old former Lions ace joined Lotte in the offseason as ...

Naruse holds Tigers scoreless for four innings

Mar 7, 2014

Naruse holds Tigers scoreless for four innings

Chiba Lotte Marines ace Yoshihisa Naruse threw four scoreless innings in his preseason debut on Friday in a 6-2 win over the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. Naruse, who has been named to start on Opening Day by Marines manager Tsutomu Ito, allowed three ...

Eagles reach first Japan Series

Oct 21, 2013

Eagles reach first Japan Series

Sendai celebrated on Monday as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles advanced to their first Japan Series by clinching the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage with an 8-5 win in Game 4 over the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Eagles won the series 4-1 after ...