Baseball: Nakagawa grand slam, plain Karashima lift Eagles past Hawks

Taishi Nakagawa belted a first-inning grand impact and Wataru Karashima tossed 7 shutout innings as a Rakuten Eagles snapped their three-game losing strain with a 5-1 win on Sunday over a Pacific League-leading SoftBank Hawks.

SoftBank’s Hiroki Yamada (1-1), pitching in only his fourth diversion of a season, struck out dual after permitting a leadoff single, though a strike batsman and a travel installed a bases. Nakagawa connected on a fat 2-0 fastball over a center-field wall for a initial grand impact in 8 years given branch pro.

“I didn’t bat good yesterday though a manager used me from a start, so we wanted to repay his trust,” Nakagawa pronounced after a diversion during Kobo Miyagi Stadium. “It boosts my confidence. I’d like to keep batting a approach we can over a remaining games.”

Yamada left with a bases installed in a second and authorised 4 runs in 1-2/3 innings. Karashima (2-5), meanwhile, warranted his initial win given Apr 5.

The lefty missed some-more than 3 months this deteriorate after pang shoulder inflammation in mid-April, though has been pitching good given returning in July. He hold a Hawks to 3 hits and dual walks, while fanning 6 in a 96-pitch outing. He authorised a curtain in scoring position only once.

“It’s been a prolonged time. we couldn’t win during all though we always give all we have on a pile and am blissful to get a win,” a lefty said. “I didn’t have any genuine positives today, we only hung in there and threw a pitches that (catcher Motohiro) Shima called for.”

“It’s certain we didn’t give adult a run. we assimilated a group during a same time as Taishi and am happy we did good together today.”

Veteran Toshiaki Imae singled in a fifth run in a seventh off former large leaguer Ryota Igarashi as SoftBank’s win strain finished during three. The detriment shaved a half-game off a Hawks’ lead after a second-place Fighters played to a tie with a Buffaloes.


Fighters 7, Buffaloes 7, 12 innings, rain

At Hotto Motto Field, Nippon Ham starter Takayuki Kato took a 7-1 lead into a seventh inning, when dual relievers were required to get out of a six-run inning. The diversion remained tied until it was called a tie with no outs in a bottom of a 12th due to rain.


Central League

Dragons 5, Giants 3

At Tokyo Dome, Chunichi won a sixth true and tagged Yomiuri’s Miles Mikolas (3-1) with his initial detriment of a year, scoring 4 unmerited runs in a eighth. Anderson Hernandez finished a convene with a two-out, two-run singular off reliever Scott Mathieson. Dragons rookie Shinnosuke Ogasawara (1-5) warranted his initial career win.


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