FUKUOKA – Southpaw Cory Lee pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings to pick up his first win in Japan as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters blanked the Softbank Hawks 4-0 at Yahoo Dome on Monday.
Lee (1-1) dominated with an effective changeup, retiring the first 12 batters he faced before allowing a single to Nobuhiko Matsunaka in the fifth.
The former Los Angeles Angels pitcher walked none and gave up his only other hits to Yusuke Torigoe, Kenji Jojima and Katsuhiko Miyaji before handing the game over to the Nippon Ham bullpen, which held batters hitless the rest of the way.
Lee put runners on first and second with one out in the eighth but Yoshinori Tateyama escaped the jam to preserve the lead and Brad Thomas got three outs in the ninth.
Michihiro Ogasawara had an RBI double in the first and helped extend the lead with a run-scoring single to make it 3-0 in the third. Akinori Inaba and Tomochika Tsuboi also drove in runs.
Hichori Morimoto went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and scored twice to lead a 13-hit attack, helping snap the Hawks’ seven-game winning streak against the Fighters.
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