Focus on 6 hits in the first inning, score 5 runs and move the game to an advantage
■ Softbank 6-1 Seibu (14th, PayPay Dome)
On the 14th, Softbank defeated Seibu 6-1 at home PayPay Dome and earned three straight wins in the battle for the lead. In the first inning, he focused on 6 hits with 10 batters and scored a high number of 5 runs. Ishikawa, the starting pitcher, protected that lead with a good pitch that allowed a run midway through the 7th inning, and after that the relief team escaped with a no-run throw. SOFTBANK, which has won 4 consecutive victories, will light the magic number of victory on 15 at the earliest.
He pulled the tide with a single assault. In the first inning, Shuto on top and Mimori’s back-to-back hits created a chance for the bases to be loaded with one out, and Despaigne broke left midfield and scored a timely two-run double. Additionally, Masaru Makihara, Masaki, and Akira Nakamura also had hits, and they scored 5 runs off Seibu’s first-place finisher Sumida with 4 straight hits.
Ishikawa, the starting pitcher, protected that lead. The right-hand man, who had struggled to pitch the past three straight games, suppressed the first time to three out, and after the second inning showed a pitch-first. Although he carried the runner on his back with a hit like always, he only allowed one run with Kuriyama’s hit in the fourth inning. He was waived in the 7th inning with 2 out and 1st, but after that Kayama, Fujii, Ray and the relief team escaped without allowing a counterattack.
Won three consecutive battles against Seibu for the lead, three games behind Seibu. The gap with Orix, who had no match, opened up to two games. The magic number up for grabs will light up based on the result of 15 against Rakuten, leaving the chance to win on your own.
(Yusuke Fukutani/Yusuke Fukutani)