TYPHOON FROM NORTH HITS THE DOME TO ROB 10th WIN OF SOFTBANK
September is typhoon's season in Japan. There is the Japanese, "Taifu-no-me" or eye of typhoon, which means that power and the person who is at the center of excited things and affects people surround them. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, the third place of the Pacific League, is such a team. Fighters beat Fukuoka Softbank Hawks at Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome Thursday night as Typhoon born at Northland closed the Fukuoka's team at half game with earning 10th win in their 20 meetings.
In the last game of this series, Nippon-Ham's starter Masaru Takeda showed strong pitchings to allow four hits including just a solo homerun by Julio Zuleta with six strikeouts over six innings when Trey Hillman's batmen brought Takeda two runs to force bullpen works for Softbank who entered six relievers other than closer Takahiro Mahara and ace Kazumi Saito this night. Hisashi Takeda scilenced Koji Moriwaki's batmen with four strikeouts of five he faced to end the eighth. Kensuke Tanaka and Michihiro Ogasawara's RBI singles made a 4-1 lead before Micheal Nakamura saved Hideki Okajima allowing one run to end the game.
Softbank might go into the playoffs that more difficult opponent than Seibu Lions waits if Hawks had confirmed the second place. Trailing two games of difference with Lions, it may be the best result for the Hawks to stand the top of table.
Nippon-Ham 4-2 Softbank (7 Sep)