Baseball: Yoshikawa sharp as Fighters rally over Dragons.SAPPORO, March 14 Kyodo
Lefty Mitsuo Yoshikawa pitched two-run ball over five innings and rookie catcher Shota Ono hit a two-run homer as the Nippon Ham Fighters rallied in an 8-4 preseason victory over the Chunichi Dragons The Chunichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ on Saturday.
Yoshikawa allowed two hits, struck out four and walked two to set the pace at Sapporo Dome The Sapporo Dome (札幌ドーム Sapporo Dōmu .
Ono went deep to left off Chunichi starter Daisuke Yamai to highlight a six-run fifth as Nippon Ham turned a 2-1 deficit into a 7-2 lead. Former Colorado Rockies minor league infielder Tony Blanco Tony Enrique Blanco (born November 10, 1981 in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic) is a left fielder for the Washington Nationals. During 2005, his rookie season he hit .177 with one home run and seven runs batted in. had a solo blast Noun 1. solo blast - a home run with no runners on base
home run, homer - a base hit on which the batter scores a run among two hits for Chunichi.
In other action, right-hander Fumiya Nishiguchi Fumiya Nishiguchi (born September 26, 1972 in Wakayama, Japan) is a right handed pitcher in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball for the Seibu Lions. External links
Profile at JapaneseBaseball.com struggled with his velocity in three rocky innings and Takumi Kuriyama went 3-for-4 to help the Seibu Lions down the Hanshin Tigers 7-3 at Skymark Stadium.
Nishiguchi yielded three runs on six hits, striking out one and walking one. Takahiko ''G.G'' Sato drove in two runs making his first appearance in the lineup this spring. Yuya Ando, a potential Opening Day starter for Hanshin, allowed five runs in four innings.
At Yokohama Stadium, Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Hitoshi Tamura both homered to back rookie right-hander Shingo Tatsumi, who limited the damage to two runs in five effective innings in the Softbank Hawks' 9-4 win over the Yokohama BayStars.
Matsunaka had his first drive of the spring, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning. Tamura followed with a tiebreaking solo drive to give Softbank a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Yokohama's Yuta Naito had a two-run homer among three hits.
At Kyocera Dome, Mamoru Kishida gave up three runs, scattering seven hits with seven strikeouts over six innings as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Yomiuri Giants 6-3.
Shinji Shimoyama had a two-run double and Ikki Shimamura contributed with a run-scoring triple. Tomotaka Sakaguchi reached on two bunt singles.
At Hiroshima Stadium, lefty Junpei Shinoda pitched three scoreless innings and Eishin Soyogi drove in the sole run with a double in the first in a 1-0 shut out of the Yakult Swallows.
Hiroshima outfielder Masato Akamatsu went 2-for-4. Yakult lefty Lee Hei Chun surrendered one run and four hits in five innings.