NPB games, news of Aug. 19, 2019

Monday’s lone NPB game saw the SoftBank Hawks host the Seibu Lions at Kyocera Dome in Osaka, the home of the Orix Buffaloes.

Hawks 2, Lions 1

At Kyocera Dome, third-inning singles by SoftBank’s Akira Nakamura and Seiichi Uchikawa set up Yurisbel Gracial’s game-tying sacrifice fly, and the hosts manufactured a run in the fourth to move six games clear of second-place Seibu in the Pacific League standings.

Kenji Akashi singled to open the fourth, was bunted to second, went to third on a fly to the wall by Kenta Imamiya and scored on a wild pitch by starter Wataru Matsumoto (5-3). It was Seibu’s 52nd wild pitch, 16 more than the next-highest total in Japan, the 36 by the CL’s Yakult Swallows.

Hawks starter Yuki Matsumoto allowed a run over three innings, while rookie reliever Arata Shiino (4-2) threw three scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Game highlights are HERE.


Tigers deactivate Solarte

32-year-old infielder Yangervis Solarte, who energized the Hanshin Tigers upon his arrival, hitting a home run in his first game, has been deactivated after managing 13 hits in his first 69 at-bats over 20 games.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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