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|Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture Seibu Lions
leftfielder Kazuhiro Wada conked two homers and drove in three runs to
back reliever Hsu Ming-chieh in a 4-2 victory over the Orix Blue Wave Thursday
at Seibu Dome. Hsu is highlighted here because starter Kazuyuki Hoashi
was mugged for seven hits but only one unearned run in three innings before
Lions main man Tsutomu Itoh pulled the plug on his evening and went to
Hsu. The Taiwanese soon to be olympian (for his homeland) went four
innings of one run ball on two hits and didn't walk anyone, which gained
him his third shiroboshi against no losses.
Masahiko Kaneda started for Orix and fought himself, lasting 5.1 innings on 99 pitches and coughing up three runs on eight hits to grasp the defeat.
Orix nabbed a temporary lead in the first when centerfielder Arihito
Muramatsu opened the game with an infield hit and went to second on a groundout.
Catcher Takeshi Miwa smoked a shot off the glove of second baseman Hiroyuki
Takagi and as it bounded into right, the speedster Muramatsu put it in
fourth for the heart of the plate for a 1-0 lead. They would load the bases
with two outs, but first baseman
However, rightfielder Tomoaki Sato ignited a little revolt for Seibu in the bottom bit with a single to center and, one out later, third baseman Jose Fernandez walked. Wada dented the rightfield wall for a double to exploit Sato and knot it at one all. Third baseman Hiroshi Hirao walked to pack the sacks. Unfortunately, DH Takahiro Sato grounded into an inning ending double play.
Orix loaded them up again in the second on two one out singles and a walk, but a 5-2 forceout and a groundout killed that off.
After two more men rapped hits for Orix in the third, Itoh sought
other options and made a good choice at the end of the day. In the home
portion of that frame, centerfielder Shogo Akada beat out a ground ball
toward second. Fernandez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Wada
But in the fifth, Orix' leftfielder, Yoshitomo Tani restored equilibrium with a drive into the centerfield stands and it was 2-2.
The Lions, though, retook the lead in the sixth when Wada outran
a ground ball and went to second on a groundout. Takahiro Sato singled
to left. Makoto Suzuki was waved in to face shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.
In the course of that at bat, Suzuki threw a wild pitch and Wada
Wada sidled up to the plate in the eighth and murdered a 3-0 cripple pitch into the centerfield seats for his fourth hit and a 4-2 lead. Suzuki then struckout the side, but that was a day late and a dollar short.
Kiyoshi Toyoda fashioned a flawless ninth to turn the lights out. Seibu has won four straight series against Orix and the Blue Wave are now ten games under .500.
Wada finished a triple short of the cycle. He has also passed Nakajima for tops on the team with 46 RBIs.
Kazuhiko Shiotani was back in the lineup for Orix after going on the shelf April 5th with a back malady. He finished 2-4.
|Seung-yeop Lee will officially be back with the top club on Friday.|
|Second round draft choice Hideki Sunaga will make his first pro start on the 28th against Lotte. He has won five games so far in the||minors and, due to that progress, it was decided to bring him up earlier than they had originally intended.|