Baseball / Japanese Baseball

Fighters pound out 17 hits, clobber Lions

Kyodo

Left-hander Takayuki Kato threw five solid innings and Yushi Shimizu drove in three runs as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters hammered the Seibu Lions 10-3 in the Pacific League on Friday.

Kato (1-2) allowed a hit and three walks, while striking out one. He pitched three perfect innings before issuing a pair of walks with two outs in the fourth.

He got Tomoya Mori to ground out to close the frame without any damage but surrendered a solo home run to Takeya Nakamura in the fifth.

The red-hot Fighters lineup combined for 17 hits against Seibu starter Makoto Aiuchi (0-1) and three relievers.

Shimizu opened the floodgates in the top of the second by singling in two runs after Aiuchi loaded the bases with a single and two walks. Kensuke Kondo capped the three-run inning with a bases-loaded, RBI single.

Shimizu went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in the Fighters’ five-run, fourth inning after Kondo, Kensuke Tanaka and Ryo Watanabe combined to drive in four against Aiuchi.

Sho Nakata belted a seventh-inning, solo homer and Haruki Nishikawa added an RBI double in the next frame as the Fighters finished with two wins in the three-game series against the Lions.

Right-hander Yuki Saito entered the game in the ninth for Nippon Ham. He gave up two runs and allowed three of the Lions’ five hits.

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