OSAKA – Taisuke Yamaoka worked eight innings and rookie Yuma Tongu broke up a scoreless game with a fourth-inning RBI single as the Orix Buffaloes held on to beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2-0 on Friday for their first win of the season.
Yamaoka (1-0) yielded three hits and four walks to keep the Eagles scoreless before turning the game over to closer Hirotoshi Masui in the ninth at Kyocera Dome.
“Those walks are something I need to correct. I was able to pitch carefully (with runners in scoring position),” Yamaoka said.
Eagles starter Tomohiro Anraku survived a first-inning jam, and didn’t allow another runner until rookie Hayato Nishiura opened the fourth with a single. An error and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Tongu, the Buffaloes’ second pick in last autumn’s draft.
“I’ve not been contributing to any runs for several games, and I wanted to do something to make Yamaoka’s job easier,” Tongu said. “It hasn’t been a great start for me. I haven’t been contributing a lot on defense, but at least I could do something with my bat.”
Anraku (0-1) allowed two runs — one earned — on three hits and two walks over seven innings.
The Eagles’ loss was their first since Opening Day the previous Friday.
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