BayStars right fielder Boi Rodriguez hit for the cycle to become the 52nd player in Japanese pro ball to achieve the feat, but Yokohama was unable to overcome eight solid innings by Hiroshima starter Masayuki Hasegawa as the Carp won 6-2 at Ocean Stadium in Hakodate, Hokkaido.
Rodriguez went 4-for-4, hitting a triple in the second inning, a solo homer in the fourth off Hasegawa, a single in the sixth, and completed his cycle in the ninth with a double.
Hasegawa limited the BayStars to one run on six hits and walked none. He fanned 13 batters en route to his eighth win against four losses.
Dragons 6, Tigers 0
Chunichi starter Kenta Asakura tossed six-hit ball over 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Dragons blanked Hanshin at Koshien Stadium.
Cuba slugger Omar Linares connected for his first homer in Japan — a two-run homer off Tigers hurler Buddy Carlyle (0-2) to cap Chunichi’s four-run first inning.
Giants 6, Swallows 2
Hideki Matsui went 4-for-4 and blasted two home runs (his 23rd and 24th) to help Yomiuri down Yakult at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.
Hawks 6, Fighters 3
Nobuhiko Matsunaka drilled a three-run homer to cap Daiei’s five-run third inning and the Hawks added a run in the fifth with a solo blast by Kenji Jojima as they beat Nippon Ham at the Tokyo Dome.
It was Jojima’s first home run since being activated July 22 after six weeks of non-action with a fractured collarbone.
Orix 4, Buffaloes 3 (11)
Yuji Goshima sacrificed home the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th to lift Orix over Kintetsu at the Osaka Dome.
Buffaloes slugger belted his 31st homer of the year — a solo balst in the third inning.
Lions 12, Marines 1
Alex Cabrera and Tom Evans each homered as Seibu out-hit Lotte 17-4 in downing the Marines at the Seibu Dome.
Taiwanese right-hander Chang Chih-chia got plenty of backup as he scattered three hits over seven innings and cruised to his fifth win.
Mori to stay
Yokohama BayStars team president Takashi Ohori said Saturday that he intends to keep manager Masaaki Mori on as skipper for the Central League team for next season.
“Of course, we’ve talked about his continuing to stay on as manager of the team,” Ohori said, indicating his wish for Mori to continue as the BayStars manager on the three-year contract he started last year.
Despite Ohori’s expression of confidence in Mori, other officials in the Yokohama front office suggest that the manager could still face dismissal if there is no turnaround in the BayStars’ performance before the end of the season.
Hurlers off roster
KOBE (Kyodo) The Orix BlueWave on Saturday removed pitchers Masanobu Okubo and Masahiko Kaneda from the team’s active roster.
Okubo was said to be suffering from a hernia in the groin area of his right leg while Kaneda has a strained muscle in his right buttock.