Tanaka pitched in his 16th game of the season back on the 10th. He came through with another very strong, and very impressive, performance. Looks like the bruise he suffered in his prior start didn't give him too many problems on the mound.
The Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Softbanks Hawks, 3-2. Tanaka went 7 innings and faced 26 batters, gave up 6 hits, struck out 7, walked a batter, and gave up 1 run (earned). He threw 115 pitches.
Tanaka is now 7-3 on the season with a 3.74 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 92.2 innings. Over his last 6 starts he is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 41.1 innings.