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Kawashima, Swallows blank BayStars

by Rob Smaal (Jul 9, 2008)

Ryo Kawashima held the BayStars to just one hit through seven scoreless innings Tuesday at Jingu Stadium and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama drove in a pair of runs as the Yakult Swallows shut out Yokohama 5-0.

Kawashima improved to 4-2 on the year, allowing just a sixth-inning single by Tatsuhiko Kinjo while striking out seven and walking one. He was lifted after throwing 99 pitches.

Mike Wood (1-7) took the loss for Yokohama. The big right-hander from Florida gave up three runs on six hits through five innings.

Swallows center fielder Norichika Aoki also drove in a run with a fifth-inning RBI double, scoring Kawashima, who had singled to lead off the inning. Aoki went 3-for-4 with a walk to boost his batting average to .356, still trailing Central League leader Seiichi Uchikawa of the BayStars, who was 0-for-3 on Tuesday to sit at .367.

Kazuki Fukuchi hit a solo homer to straightaway center off reliever Naoki Mitsuhashi in the seventh for Yakult and the Swallows added a run in the eighth on a fielder"s choice ground ball to cap the scoring.


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