Adam Jones supplied for the 2nd straight day, homering twice for the Orix Buffaloes on Saturday in a 5-2 Pacific League win over the Seibu Lions.
One day after the five-time American League all-star drove in all 3 Buffaloes runs in their win, Jones homered twice off 38-year-old lefty Tetsuya Utsumi (0-1), that was pitching for the very first time in 2 years.
Utsumi retired 10 of the very first 11 batters he encountered at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome prior to a fourth-inning solitary as well as his tossing mistake brought Jones up with 2 on as well as one out.
Jones, that stated Friday that he intended to be hostile on the very first pitch after stopping working to generate in way too many racking up chances, lofted Utsumi’s very first pitch over the left-field wall surface for his 7th crowning achievement.
“I just wanted to get a ball up and drive in the runner. I was fortunate to hit it out of the ballpark,” Jones stated.
Buffaloes beginning bottle Chang Yi (1-1) enabled 5 hits over 5 scoreless innings after pitching out of difficult situations in the 3rd as well as 4th innings. Chang strolled one batter as well as struck one while starting out 6.
Adam Jones strikes a three-run crowning achievement in the 4th inning of the Orix Buffaloes’ 5-2 Pacific League win over the Seibu Lions.(Kyodo)
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The Lions jumped on the board in the 6th when six-time PL crowning achievement champ Takeya Nakamura struck his 6th homer of the period, a solo discharged right-hander Keisuke Sawada.
Jones struck once again in the 6th, when he generated 2 outs as well as none on as well as soared Utsumi’s very first pitch bent on left, this time around level right into the 2nd deck.
“The second one was a lot more fun,” Jones stated. “I tried to be aggressive and not let the pitcher get ahead (in the count) with a strike. And I didn’t miss it at all.”
Utsumi was billed with 4 runs, 3 made, on 3 hits, a stroll as well as a hit batsman. He started out 4.
The Lions came within a hair of transforming the video game around in the 7th, racking up a run Orix’s 3rd bottle, lefty Nobuyoshi Yamada. With 2 outs as well as 2 on, the Buffaloes gotten in touch with arrangement guy Tyler Higgins to produce the fire.
Higgins strolled the bases filled as well as entered upon the 3rd out when shortstop Koji Oshiro went as high as he can to take down a repel the bat of Nakamura that could have linked it.
After a scoreless 8th by Higgins, the Buffaloes layered an insurance coverage work on an RBI double by protective alternative Yuya Oda.
Orix more detailed Brandon Dickson conquered an inadequate beginning to the nine however a great play in left by Oda, a base-running mistake by the Lions as well as a dual play made the right-hander his 8th conserve.
The Buffaloes enhanced to 2-0 considering that Satoshi Nakajima took over as acting supervisor after captain Norifumi Nishimura tipped down on Thursday.
At Sapporo Dome, Nippon Ham Fighters ace Kohei Arihara (3-5) enabled a run over 7 innings in a 5-1 win over the Rakuten Eagles. Fighters cleaning player Sho Nakata drove in 3 runs as well as struck his Japan-finest 20th crowning achievement.
In the Central League, 23-year-old Cuban newbie Yariel Rodriguez (2-0) enabled 2 hits as well as 2 strolls over 6 innings, while Shuhei Takahashi homered as well as drove in 3 runs as the Chunichi Dragons defeated the DeNA BayStars 5-0 at Nagoya Dome.