Rick Guttormson became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the history of interleague play in Japanese baseball as the Yakult Swallows shut out the Rakuten Eagles 6-0 on Thursday.
Guttormson (4-2) kept the Eagles off-balance all evening with an effective mix of fastballs and sliders and faced only two batters over the minimum at Jingu Stadium, a batter friendly ball park in Tokyo.
He struck out nine and walked one in a 139-pitch outing en route to winning his fourth straight start. Yakult shortstop Shinya Miyamoto committed an error to allow Koichi Isobe to reach base in the first inning and Katsumi Yamashita drew a walk in the fifth before Guttormson retired the final 13 Rakuten batters.
Guttormson became the 72nd pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Japanese baseball and seventh Yakult pitcher to achieve the feat.
“It’s an amazing feeling and you can’t even explain it,” Guttormson said after getting Yosuke Takasu to fly out to left for the game-ending out and then being mobbed by his teammates on the mound.
Marines 3, Tigers 2
At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tomoya Satozaki hit a three-run homer and Yasutomo Kubo threw seven solid innings as the Marines avoided a three-game sweep.
Dragons 9, Lions 0
At Nagoya Dome, Kosuke Fukudome and Tyrone Woods drove in two runs apiece and right-hander Mitsuru Sato pitched his first complete-game shutout as Chunichi stopped its five-game skid.
Hawks 5, BayStars 1
At Yahoo Dome, Julio Zuleta drew a bases-loaded walk from Yokohama lefty Yoshihiro Doi (2-4) to break a scoreless tie in the fifth and Nobuhiro Matsuda capped the three-run inning with an RBI double for Softbank.
Buffaloes 3, Carp 1
At Hiroshima Stadium, veteran right-hander Masato Yoshii pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and the Orix bullpen held off a late comeback attempt by the Carp as the Buffaloes won their second straight after losing nine in a row.
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