NPB games, news for July 15, 2019

NPB play resumed Monday, a national holiday, after the all-star break with a full slate. The big result was the Hiroshima Carp beating the DeNA BayStars in Yokohama as the three-time defending champs won for the first time since June 25. During that 12-game stretch, they lost 11 and played one tie.

Central League

Carp 8, BayStars 5

At Yokohama Stadium, DeNA starter Shoichi Ino couldn’t locate his pitches at the start, and Hiroshima punished him for it, scoring six runs in three innings. Carp right-hander Allen Kuri, who had recorded his team’s last win on June 25 in his first career shutout, allowed three runs over six innings.

Giants 7, Swallows 4, 11 innings

At Nagano Olympic Stadium, a single and a two-base throwing error on former major league pitcher Ryota Igarashi (5-1) on a sacrifice bunt broke an 11th-inning tie and Yoshiyuki Kamei finished off Yakult with a two-run home run.

The Swallows led 4-3 in the eighth, but lefty David Huff surrendered a leadoff single to Yang Dai-kang and an RBI double to Christian Villanueva.

Scott Mathieson (1-1) worked a 1-2-3 10th inning to earn the win, while Ruby de la Rosa struck out two in a scoreless inning in his NPB debut

Dragons 4, Tigers 2

At Nagoya Dome, Chunichi lefty Yudai Ono (6-6) allowed two runs over eight innings as the Dragons scored two runs off of Hanshin’s all-star middle reliever Pierce Johnson (2-2) to take the lead in the eighth. Raidel Martinez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to record his seventh save

Pacific League

Fighters 5, Hawks 1

At Yafuoku Dome, Kensuke Nakata capped a four-run first inning against with a two-run triple — a double that got past left fielder Yurisbel Gracial — as Kotaro Otake (5-3) allowed five runs over 4-2/3 innings. Nippon Ham’s win snapped the club’s six-game losing streak to SoftBank.

Two three-inning stints from Mizuki Hori and Bryan Rodriguez (4-2) held SoftBank to a run, and three relievers, Naoya Ishikawa, Naoki MIyanishi and Ryo Akiyoshi allowed one hit while striking out six and walking one.

Hori faced nine batters, and the guys on TV were going, “Don’t you want to see him stay in the game and see what he can really do?” But manager Hideki Kuriyama limits how many times batters get to look at his pitchers, and even the talking heads had to admit it’s kind of working.

Game highlights are HERE.

Marines 6, Lions 5

At MetLife Dome, both starters went six innings despite giving up four runs through two. Tomoya Mori doubled and scored in the sixth to put Seibu in front, but former Yankee Brandon Laird hit his 25th home run in the seventh off former Red Sox pitcher Kyle Martin (2-4), a game-changing two-run shot for Lotte, whose players were wearing their Hawaiian shirt jerseys.

The Lotte bullpen put two runners on in each of the last three innings but did not allow a run.

Game highlights are HERE.

Eagles 6, Buffaloes 2

At Kyocera Dome, Rakuten’s Hiroaki Shimauchi had three hits including a triple, scored a run and drove in three to lead Rakuten past Orix. Shu Sugahara (1-2) allowed two runs over five innings in an emergency start after Takahiro Shiomi was scratched.

Game highlights are HERE.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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