FUKUOKA – New Hawks right-hander Terry Doyle won his Japan debut on Monday, allowing one run in five innings in Fukuoka Softbank’s 2-1 victory over the Orix Buffaloes at Yahoo Dome.
Nobuhiko Matsunaka broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff homer off Hiroshi Kisanuki (2-6) to lift the Hawks to their fourth straight win.
“I just tried to stay calm,” said Doyle, who gave up four hits and a walk while hitting a batter before a crowd of 38,561 that equaled the Hawks’ largest of the year. “With the music playing and all the fans, I was a little nervous, so I tried to stay calm.”
“I’d like to cut down on the runners for next time, but one run (allowed) is OK,” he added.
The Hawks opened the scoring in the third on Seiichi Uchikawa’s RBI single off Alfredo Figaro, but the Buffaloes tied on an RBI double in the top of the fifth by rookie Takayoshi Kawabata.
Doyle, a 26-year-old who has never played in the majors, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox organization and joined the Hawks on June 18. He was 0-1 in three Western League games before being activated on Monday.
Four Hawks relievers worked an inning each to preserve the lead, with Masahiko Morifuku working the ninth for his 13th save.
Lions 2, Fighters 2 (9)
At Sapporo Dome, Hiroyuki Nakajima went 3-for-4 and had a hand in both Seibu runs as the Lions twice came from behind to battle Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a nine-inning tie.
Kensuke Tanaka scored both of the Fighters’ runs, after reaching base in the first with a single and in the fifth with a one-out triple. Nakajima, however, tied it with an RBI single in the fifth and scored the tying run in the eighth on a Yutaro Osaki single.
Marines 5, Eagles 0
At QVC Marine Field, Chiba Lotte lefty Yoshihisa Naruse (9-4) had too much late movement on his breaking pitches for Tohoku Rakuten, which managed just six hits, while the Pacific League-leading Marines won for the first time since July 7.
Naruse, who struck out six and walked two in his second shutout of the season, leads the PL in wins. Saburo Omura broke the ice in the fourth with a three-run homer off 18-year-old Rakuten rookie Yoshinao Kamata (3-1).
Giants 2, Tigers 0
At Koshien Stadium, Tetsuya Utsumi (8-6) allowed four hits in 7⅔ innings and Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Scott Mathieson completed the shutout as Yomiuri beat Hanshin for the fifth straight time.
Edgar Gonzalez did all the damage for the Giants with his third homer, a two-run shot off Jason Standridge (5-5) in the second. The shutout defeat was the Tigers’ 10th of the season.
Carp 3, Dragons 0
At Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima’s Kan Otake (8-2) allowed four hits over eight innings and Takeru Imamura worked a scoreless ninth as the surging Carp improved to 10-2 over their last 12 games.
Jun Hirose’s two-run single in the second opened the scoring and Otake drove in the hosts’ third run in the inning on a fielder’s choice. The right-hander struck out three batters, while walking two, and never allowed a Dragons runner to reach third base.
BayStars 7, Swallows 5
At Yokohama Stadium, Takehiro Ishikawa broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth with his first homer in three years, a two-run shot off Tokyo Yakult reliever Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi (2-4) as Yokohama equaled its season high with 15 hits and ended a five-game winless streak.
Swallows starter Orlando Roman allowed five runs in 4⅔ innings, wasting a three-run homer by Lastings Milledge that gave the right-hander a 5-3 lead in the top of the fourth. The Swallows fell to 5-5 with one tie against the last-place BayStars.