October 21st, 2008
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4
Saitama Seibu Lions 9
Former Tokyo Swallows ace, Kazuhisa Ishii (1.29 playoff ERA), pitched a very strong seven innings for the home team in his first postseason appearance in a Lions uniform. He gave up three runs, one of them earned, off of five hits and tallied an impressive 13 K’s against four walks.
Hokkaido managed to score three runs in the 7th and one in the 9th, but it wasn’t nearly enough to catch up with the 15-hit attack orchestrated by Saitama.
Saitama put four runs on the board in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Both first baseman, Yoshihito Ishii, and centerfielder, Shougo Akada, had 3-4 nights and racked up two rbi’s each (Akada had a solo home run in the eighth for the team’s final run of the evening).
For Hokkaido, Botts went 3-4 with a home run, but that was their one bright spot for the evening in terms of offense.
Hokkaido starter, Brian Sweeney, gave up seven earned runs in three innings of work and took the loss for the visitors. He struck out one guy and didn’t walk anyone, but he gave up 10 hits during those three innings (including spans of three consecutive hits in both the first and second).
The Saitama Seibu Lions now lead the series three games to two. The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will try their best to force a game seven tomorrow night when game six starts at 6:15 PM (Seibu Dome).