UPDATE1: Baseball: Ishikawa shuts down ‘Stars, keeps Swallows in playoff hunt

Ace Masanori Ishikawa authorised 3 hits over 7-2/3 scoreless innings as a Yakult Swallows hold off a DeNA BayStars in a 3-2 Central League win on Wednesday.

Ishikawa (7-8) walked one and struck out three, and closer Ryo Akiyoshi authorised dual runs in a ninth though hold on to acquire his 17th save.

The win pushed a fourth-place Swallows to within 3-1/2 games of a third-place BayStars in a conflict for a CL’s third and final playoff spot. The Swallows, final year’s CL champs, have 8 games remaining, while a BayStars, chasing their initial postseason berth in 18 years, have nine.

Balentien pennyless a scoreless deadlock with his 30th homer of a season, a second-inning leadoff shot off Shoichi Ino (7-11). The righty pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam to keep it a one-run game, though could not repeat that attainment in a fifth.

Tomotaka Sakaguchi non-stop a inning with a singular and Shingo Kawabata walked. With dual outs, Yuhei Takai fouled off 5 two-strike pitches before singling on a 11th representation to expostulate in both runners.

“That was a unequivocally gutsy, annoying at-bat,” manager Mitsuru Manaka said. “As prolonged as there’s a chance, we wish us to keep grinding.”

Elian Herrera singled in dual runs with dual outs in a ninth, though Akiyoshi struck out a final kick he faced to finish a game.


Carp 6, Tigers 4

At Koshien Stadium, Tomohiro Abe’s two-run double brought Hiroshima from behind in a eighth inning as Hiroshima won a see-saw conflict with Hanshin. Tigers starter Shintaro Fujinami authorised 3 runs in 6-2/3 innings, and became a third Japanese pitcher clocked during 160 kilometers per hour.


Dragons 5, Giants 4, 11 innings

At Nagoya Dome, Yohei Oshima’s low two-out fly singled home a winning run from third in a 11th inning as Chunichi outlasted Yomiuri for a come-from-behind victory. Dragons rookie Toshiki Abe strike his initial career homer in a eighth, and afterwards tied it in a ninth with a scapegoat fly.


Pacific League

Buffaloes 11, Fighters 1

At Sapporo Dome, Masataka Yoshida homered twice and gathering in 6 runs, while Daiki Matsuba (6-9) authorised a run in 6 innings as last-place Orix clobbered league-leading Nippon Ham.


Lions 2, Marines 1, 11 innings

At QVC Marine Field, Seibu ace Takayuki Kishi (8-7) authorised a run in 10 innings, and Hideto Asamura pennyless a 1-1 tie in a 11th with his 20th home run to kick Lotte.



Hawks 13, Eagles 0

At Kobo Miyagi Stadium, SoftBank constructed a season-high 19 hits in support of Shota Takeda (13-7) who worked 7 innings to kick Rakuten as a Hawks changed behind into initial place, winning-percentage points forward of Nippon Ham. Each group has 13 games remaining.


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