Giants’ Miyaguni records first career shutout


Young right-hander Ryosuke Miyaguni stymied his opponent all night, throwing his first career shutout in the Yomiuri Giants’ 5-0 victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday.

Second-year pro Miyaguni, who turned 20 on April 17, gave the Giants fans more than they bargained for with an electric outing and some heads-up batting at the plate.

Yomiuri won its first in four meetings against Hiroshima this season.

Miyaguni (2-0) allowed three hits and struck out seven with no walks in an efficient 104-pitch outing.

The opposition, lefty Jumpei Shinoda (1-2), was chased after allowing four runs and seven hits in three innings at Tokyo Dome.

The Giants batted around in a four-run third.

Shuichi Murata had an RBI double down the left-field line, followed by Yoshinobu Takahashi’s run-scoring single off the right-field wall.

John Bowker hit a line drive just out of the reach of center fielder Yoshihiro Maru for the third run, and Miyaguni helped his own cause with an RBI single up the middle.

Bowker led off the seventh with a line drive to right and reached third on a sacrifice bunt on Miyaguni’s perfectly placed grounder to second before coming home on Yoshiyuki Kamei’s double to right to cap the scoring.

Yomiuri got its first chance to score in the bottom of the first when Murata singled to center as Hisayoshi Chono, who led off with a single, tried to score from second. But Maru’s throw was picture perfect for the second out at home and Shinoda retired the next batter on a groundout to end the inning.

The effect, however, proved to be negligible after the Giants rattled Shinoda’s cage in the third.

Yomiuri’s regular catcher Shinnosuke Abe was out of the starting lineup, citing mild lower back tightness.

Swallows 7, BayStars 0

At Yokohama Stadium, Masanori Ishikawa pitched his first shutout since Sept. 28, 2010, and Wladimir Balentien drove in four runs on three home runs as Tokyo Yakult sent Yokohama to its sixth defeat in a row.

Balentien hit solo blasts in the second and fifth innings and a two-run shot in the eighth. Ishikawa (2-3) gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one in a 145-pitch outing.

Swallows shortstop Shinya Miyamoto went 3-for-5 to move within one hit of 2,000 for his career.

Dragons 1, Tigers 0

At Nagoya Dome, pinch hitter Takehiro Donoue drove in the sole run on a potential inning-ending double play groundball in the eighth inning as Chunichi edged Hanshin to win its fourth straight.

Shinji Tajima (2-0) won in relief and closer Hitoki Iwase pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.


Eagles 4, Lions 3

At Tokorozawa’s Seibu Dome, Wataru Karashima pitched one-run ball over 6 2/3 innings for his first career win, and Jose Fernandez had a two-run single in the ninth as Tohoku Rakuten eked out a victory over Seibu.

Kazuhisa Makita (1-3) took the loss, despite yielding two runs in eight innings.

Buffaloes 2, Marines 1

At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Aarom Baldiris hit a two-run blast off closer Yasuhiko Yabuta (0-2) for his second walkoff homer in as many days, lifting Orix past Chiba Lotte.

Baldiris has homered in his last four games.

Marines starter Seth Greisinger tossed seven scoreless innings before the bullpen failed him in the ninth.

Hawks 5, Fighters 3

At Sapporo Dome, Wily Mo Pena had a game-tying double in the ninth inning and Nobuhiro Matsuda followed with a go-ahead double as Fukuoka Softbank rallied past Hokkaido Nippon Ham closer Hisashi Takeda (1-1).

Lefty Hiroki Yamada (4-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings for the win.