The CL wins interleague! Hurray!
The Central League’s Hiroshima Carp clinched a winning interleague season for the CL with a 5-3 win over the Pacific League’s Seibu Lions on Tuesday.
With one game remaining, the CL leads 49-47-11 with the PL leading in runs, 467-442. The interleague win was the CL’s second and its first since 2009.
Carp 5, Lions 3
At Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium, a trio of Carp rookies put the finishing touches on the Pacific League’s ambition for an 11th straight interleague overall championship. Kota Hayashi reached base four times contributing to the Carp’s second run and then singling with two outs in the eighth, ahead of Koki Ugusa’s second home run off reliever Reed Garrett (1-3).
Closer Ryoji Kuribayashi bounced back from allowing his first run as a pro on Monday and suffering his first loss, and did so with a vengeance, striking out the side in the ninth to record his 12th save.
Seiji Kawagoe tied the game 2-2 with a pinch-hit homer, his second, off Carp starter Daichi Osera, who went seven, and Hotaka Yamakawa’s 10th, tied it 3-3 in the seventh.
The Lions put the first two runners on in the eighth inning, sacrificed, and then grounded out twice with nothing to show.
The Lotte Marines took part in a pair of trades this week. On Monday, they sent a right-handed pitcher named Yuki, Yuki Ariyoshi, to the DeNA BayStars for a right-handed pitcher named Yuki, Yuki Kuniyoshi.
On Tuesday, they sent an outfielder named Kato, Shohei Kato, to the Chunichi Dragons, for a catcher named Kato, Takuma Kato.
Shohei Kato is a 30-year-old who was once a prospect whom the Marines never committed to, while Kuniyoshi is a big hard-thrower who has yet to master the rest of his game.
Carp vs Fighters: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
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