FUKUSHIMA – Second-year right-hander Kenta Ishida stretched his scoreless innings streak to 20 by going the first seven innings for the Yokohama BayStars in a 1-0 win over the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League on Wednesday.
Before 13,633 at Fukushima’s Azuma Stadium, the visitors tested Giants starter Kazuto Taguchi (2-2) in the third inning, but the lefty weathered the storm. The BayStars, however broke the ice in the sixth, when Taguchi missed with a pitch to Takayuki Kajitani in the sixth, and the slugging No. 2 hitter put a perfect swing on it for his third homer of the season.
Ishida (4-1) allowed four hits and struck out seven without issuing a walk, but needed some big help from his teammates after he surrendered a leadoff triple in the seventh to Garret Jones. On a fly to right, pinch runner Takayuki Terauchi tagged up and tried to score, but was out at home easily on a strike from right fielder Masayuki Kuwahara.
“I thought at that time that it was inevitable I would give up a run,” Ishida said. “I am grateful to the fielders for that one.”
Right-handers Tomoya Mikami and Yasuaki Yamasaki closed it out for Yokohama, retiring the last six batters after Mikami walked the leadoff hitter in the eighth. The save was Yamasaki’s ninth.
“They did a great job, and that’s why I didn’t hesitate to put them in to pitch. They’re really good in those situations,” said rookie BayStars manager Alex Ramirez, who was asked if he considered letting Ishida go for a shutout.
“No not really,” he said. “I needed to bring my guys Mikami and Yamasaki in the game.”
Tigers 3, Dragons 2
At Koshien Stadium, rookie Yuya Yokoyama (2-0) allowed a run in 5⅓ innings, and Mauro Gomez hit his 11th home run as Hanshin scraped past Chunichi.
Swallows 11, Carp 3
At Mazda Stadium, Tokyo Yakult erased a three-run deficit on three-straight RBI singles in the sixth by Tetsuto Yamada, Wladimir Balentien and Yuhei Takai in a win over Hiroshima that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Lions 3, Marines 0
At QVC Marine Field, Yusei Kikuchi (3-5) allowed two hits and two walks over six innings, Takumi Kuriyama and Yuji Onizaki each had an RBI double and Seibu’s Tatsushi Masuda closed out the shutout of Chiba Lotte with his first save since April 24.
Hawks 6, Fighters 2
At Yafuoku Dome, Tsuyoshi Wada (5-1) allowed a run in 6⅔ innings and was backed by solo homers from Kenta Imamiya and Nobuhiro Matsuda, while Ryuma Kidokoro’s three-run, pinch-hit homer iced Fukuoka SoftBank’s win over Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Fighters designated hitter Shohei Otani went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. Kidokoro made a great catch in right field to end the game and snap Otani’s home run streak at five games. Had he not made the catch Otani would have represented the tying run.
Buffaloes 10, Eagles 2
At Iwate Prefectural Stadium, Takahiro Norimoto (4-2) worked just four innings, while allowing a career-high 10 runs on 14 hits as Orix shellacked Tohoku Rakuten behind eight strong innings from Takahiro Matsuba (1-0).