YOKOHAMA – Jose Lopez went 5-for-5 to fuel the Yokohama BayStars’ three-run comeback in a 3-3 tie with the Yomiuri Giants on Friday.
Lopez drove in one run and scored the tying run after some adventurous base running, but both bullpens prevented any more runs from scoring until 12 innings were played and the game went in the books as a tie.
BayStars starter Shoichi Ino allowed three runs in six innings, with all scoring in the fourth. Giants second baseman Casey McGehee singled to open the inning and scored on Hayato Sakamoto’s 10th homer. Ino got two straight outs but a Daikan Yoh double and a Yoshiyuki Kamei single gave the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Yomiuri lefty Kazuto Taguchi had faced the minimum through three, but Masayuki Kuwahara’s leadoff double and Lopez’s two-out RBI single put Yokohama on the scoreboard in the fourth.
A one-out walk and an error set No. 9 hitter Toshihiko Kuramoto up for an RBI single in the fifth, and Lopez scored the tying run in the sixth. He legged out a double by running around a tag from McGehee at second and scored on Toshiro Miyazaki’s one-out single.
Like Lopez, Giants right-hander Scott Mathieson, also had a night to remember. He took the mound in the ninth and struck out all six batters he faced in two perfect innings.
Closer Arquimedes Caminero then finished it off for the visitors, pitching around a 12th-inning error and a walk by striking out Tatsuhiro Shibata to end the game in a draw.
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Hawks 2, Marines 1
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