YOKOHAMA – Daisuke Yamai pitched a shutout for the first time in four years as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Yokohama BayStars 8-0 in the Central League on Tuesday.
Yamai (1-0), who was making his first start of the season, struck out six while allowing four hits and a walk in a 116-pitch outing. He retired the first five hitters in order before allowing a double, but he bounced back to post four 1-2-3 innings.
“I think everything went too well today. I was able to pitch at my own pace because my teammates scored throughout the game,” said Yamai, who turned 40 on May 10. “I wasn’t thinking about my age too much, but I wanted to do well because it was my first outing since I turned 40. So I’m really glad with the results.”
Yohei Oshima went deep twice as the visitors scored six of their runs on four homers.
After Dayan Viciedo opened the scoring with a second-inning, solo shot, Oshima drove in two runs in the next inning. In his next at-bat in the fifth, he blasted a solo shot to triple the lead.
Yota Kyoda doubled and scored on Zoilo Almonte’s sacrifice fly in the seventh before Ryosuke Hirata capped a three-run ninth with his third home run of the season.
Yokohama cleanup hitter Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who hit three homers in Sunday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants, was hitless in his four at-bats. The 21-year-old right-hander Satoshi Iizuka (0-4) gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk.
Giants 8, Carp 0
At Utsunomiya Kiyohara Stadium, Shun Yamaguchi (4-3) pitched a shutout and Kazuma Okamoto went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Yomiuri’s victory over CL-leading Hiroshima.
Tigers 8, Swallows 3
At Kurashiki Muscat Stadium, Wilin Rosario and Yoshio Itoi’s homers capped a five-run third as Hanshin held onto the lead to defeat Tokyo Yakult.
Buffaloes 10, Eagles 0
At Sendai’s Rakuten Seimei Park, Andrew Albers (6-1) allowed five hits and a walk and fanned nine, while Masataka Yoshida and Yuya Oda hit solo homers as Orix pounded Tohoku Rakuten.
Marines 2, Fighters 0
At Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium, Katsuya Kakunaka drove in his first homer of the season, a second-inning, solo shot, and right-hander Ayumu Ishikawa (4-3) pitched eight strong innings as Chiba Lotte topped Hokkaido Nippon Ham.
Hawks 5, Lions 3
At Fukuoka’s Yafuoku Stadium, Akira Nakamura blasted a two-run homer and Yuki Yanagita went 3-for-4 with an RBI as Fukuoka SoftBank defeated Seibu.
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