(Kyodo) Alex Cabrera hit a go-ahead two-run double in a seven-run rally in the seventh inning as the Seibu Lions came from behind to beat the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 15-6 on Monday.
Hiroyuki Nakajima hit a two-run homer to cap the big inning to help make a winner of Satoshi Yamazaki (3-1), who pitched one scoreless inning in relief of Taiwanese starter Chang Chih-chia at Fukuoka Dome.
Fighters 7, BlueWave 3
In Kobe, Sherman Obando highlighted a four-run fourth inning with a three-run homer off Satoshi Tokumoto (0-2) and Nippon Ham went on to beat Orix for its third straight victory.
SAPPORO (Kyodo) Yokohama BayStars closer Kazuhiro Sasaki was left out of the squad for a two-game series against the Hanshin Tigers beginning Tuesday in Sapporo after blowing three straight save opportunities.
“His form is far from convincing and I could not bring him here with the team,” BayStars manager Daisuke Yamashita said during Monday’s workouts at Sapporo Dome.
“I’ll tell him what to do next after returning to Yokohama,” Yamashita said, hinting that Sasaki could be removed from the active top-team roster in the worst case scenario.
The skipper said he made the decision to omit Sasaki from the team for the Sapporo series after talking to him after the right-hander allowed three consecutive homers in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, which Yokohama lost 3-2 to the Yakult Swallows.
Easy for Tohoku
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Tournament favorite Tohoku hammered Kita Otsu of Shiga Prefecture 13-0 on a shutout by Yu Darvish to ease into the second round of the National High School Baseball Championship on Monday.
Darvish struck out 10 and scattered eight hits with no walks at Koshien Stadium and the Miyagi school, runnerup at last year’s championship, capitalized on seven errors by Kita Otsu in the first-round rout.
In Monday’s other games, 2002 winner Meitoku Gijuku of Kochi Prefecture crushed Iwate’s Moriokadai Fuzoku 15-2 in a 17-hit attack and Yugakukan of Ishikawa pounded out 14 hits to down Gifu Shogyo 6-3.
Kumamoto Kogyo beat Shimotsuma Daini of Ibaraki 3-1 on RBI hits by infielder Ryuichi Miyazaki, who had both of his team’s two hits.
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