• Kyodo

  • SHARE

Tetsuto Yamada and Keiji Obiki both bagged three-run homers in the first inning, opening the floodgates as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows blew away the Yokohama BayStars 15-2 in the Central League on Wednesday.

With their offense clicking into gear from the outset, the last-place Swallows racked up 17 hits, including four home runs, at a hot and humid Jingu Stadium.

Masanori Ishikawa (6-5) carried a no-hitter through seven innings, but his spotless night was broken up by Yukiya Ito’s solo home run in the top of the eighth.

The 39-year-old southpaw finished out the inning, taking the win after fanning six, while giving up the one hit and a walk.

BayStars starter Haruhiro Hamaguchi (6-4) lasted just one inning, in which he surrendered seven runs on five hits and a walk.

The lefty hit leadoff batter Taishi Hirooka with a pitch, then walked Norichika Aoki to bring Yamada to the plate. Following a called strike, Yamada belted Hamaguchi’s fastball over center field for his 30th home run of the season.

Following back-to-back singles from Yuhei Takai and rookie power hitter Munetaka Murakami, Yuhei Nakamura scored Takai on a single, setting the stage for Obiki’s bomb.

Wladimir Balentien led off the sixth with a solo homer against Satoshi Iizuka, while Murakami continued the fireworks, going long for a two-run blast against the right-hander. The home runs were No. 25 and 26 this season, respectively, for the two sluggers.

Swallows rookie left-hander Koshiro Sakamoto walked in the BayStars’ second run with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth before retiring the side.

Tigers 6, Dragons 3

Giants 7, Carp 1

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Marines 9, Fighters 4

Hawks 12, Eagles 3

Lions 8, Buffaloes 7

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)