Round 1 of the Battle of the Young Arms has gone to Yu Darvish. He kept the Eagles offense off balance all night and didn't allow a hit until the 4th inning. And he only allowed two runners on base twice (6th and 7th) and managed to get out of both innings without surrending a run.
On the other side of the diamond, Tanaka struggled from the start, giving up runs in the first and second inning. He gave up 3 more in the seventh, 1 of which came after Tanaka was replaced with lefty reliever, Hiroshi Satoh. Satoh, in his first appearance of the season, surrendered an inside-the-park homerun to Fighters second baseman, Kensuke Tanaka.
Rakuten Eagles' 39-year-old Takeshi Yamasaki went hitless in four trips to the plate, and has not hit a homerun since the 6th of September, a span of 11 games (43 PA / 39 AB). He is currently second in the NPB homerun race with 41 (Tuffy Rhodes leads with 42).
Darvish lowered his ERA with his 8 scoreless inning appearance and is now only .08 runs away from NPB leader Yoshihisa Naruse, who also pitched last night, going 6.1 innings while giving up an earned run on 11 hits, 4 strikeouts, and 1 walk.
Final score: Fighters 6 - Eagles 0
Masahiro Tanaka FINAL LINESCORE VS HAM FIGHTERS IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R L 6.2 28 101 7 1 6 1 1 5 5 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 4.05 26 2 1 10 6 169.0 174 17 175 61 7 80 76 10 734 Yu Darvish FINAL LINESCORE VS RAKUTEN EAGLES IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R W 8.0 30 108 5 0 5 3 0 0 0 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 1.89 25 12 3 15 5 199.2 117 9 201 48 12 47 42 4 758