Yuta Iwasada held Yomiuri to three hits for his first career shutout, and Tomoyuki Sugano suffered his first loss as the Hanshin Tigers beat the Yomiuri Giants 1-0 in the Central League on Friday.
Iwasada (4-2), who had only three 1-2-3 innings, worked around three fourth-inning walks. The 24-year-old, third-year lefty, who had never pitched into the ninth inning, retired the last three batters on fly balls for a memorable win. Two were hit deep while a third was snared on a good running catch by 39-year-old right fielder Kosuke Fukudome.
“It feels nice. I went into the ninth inning trying not to think about it, but my pitches showed (my anxiety). I was glad they became outs,” said Iwasada, who issued four walks and struck out seven in his 126-pitch outing.
Sugano (4-1) gave up an unearned run in the first. The right-hander issued a walk to his second batter and Fukudome singled before shortstop Hayato Sakamoto made a throwing error on Mauro Gomez’s infield single that allowed a run to score. Sugano leads the CL with a 0.56 ERA, while Iwasada is second at 0.88.
“The team got me runs in the first inning and I was telling myself I’ll get the win if I hold on to it,” said Iwasada. “I had goose bumps (going into the ninth), I was nervous in the first inning but was helped by the defense and found my way to the ninth.”
Sugano allowed a run on six hits with two walks and one hit batsman. He struck out six over seven innings. But despite his impressive effort, the Giants lost six straight games for the first time since 2007.
Dragons 6, Swallows 5
At Nagoya Dome, Tokyo Yakult came back from a five-run deficit but Chunichi’s Ricardo Nanita hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly to break the tie.
BayStars 6, Carp 1
At Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama’s Shoichi Ino (4-4) held Hiroshima to a run on five hits in eight innings and the hosts manufactured the tie-breaking run in the fifth off Carp starter Hiroki Kuroda (4-2).
The former big leaguer allowed two runs in six innings.
Eagles 3, Fighters 2
At Sendai’s Kobo Stadium, Tohoku Rakuten overcame a one-run deficit in the sixth to snap a nine-game losing skid.
With two outs and a runner on first and second, center fielder Yang Dai-kang failed to make a shoestring catch on Ginji Akaminai’s flare and the ball rolled past him for two-run double.
Hawks 1, Marines 0
At Chiba’s QVC Marine Field, Fukuoka SoftBank’s Nao Higashihama (3-0) allowed four hits over eight innings, and Kenta Imamiya’s RBI single plated the only run off Hideaki Wakui (5-2), who scattered seven hits and five walks in the complete-game loss.