Round 2 of the Battle of the Young Arms was much more interesting as both pitchers held each other's team in check for most of the game. The one run the Egales scored came in the top of the 4th when Fernandez hit a dribbler down the third base line and Darvish mis-handled the throw to first and allowed Fernandez to get to second. The official score: an infield single, runner advances to second on the bad throw by Darvish. Rick Short followed with a knock towards shortstop Makoto Kaneko that should have ended with one out, but instead ended with runners on first and third with no outs and Kaneko attempted to throw out Fernandez at third. The third batter of the inning, Koichi Isobe, came through with a single to drive in the only run Rakuten would score.
The two runs the Fighters scored came against Tanaka in the bottom of the ninth. The inning started off innocently enough with a strikeout. But Tanaka, who was battling control issues from the very start of the game, issued his 4th walk to Kensuke Tanaka (who would then steal second). Atsunori Inaba followed with a double to right, driving the tying run across the plate. The next batter, Fernando Seguinol, was intentionally walked in favor of facing Tomokochika Tsuboi. Tsuboi promptly made the Eagles regret the decision as he stroked a game-winning single to right.
Tanaka pitched well enough to win, but was probably left in a bit too long for his own good. Tanaka has not been able to get his 11th win of the season in the four starts he has made since winning his 10th game.
Darvish didn't figure in the decision, but was still able to lower his ERA to 1.82 and rack up his 210th strikeout of the season.
Final score: Fighters 2 - Eagles 1
Masahiro Tanaka FINAL LINESCORE VS HAM FIGHTERS IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R L 8.1 32 121 4 0 8 5 0 2 2 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 3.96 27 3 1 10 7 177.1 178 17 183 66 7 82 78 10 766 Yu Darvish FINAL LINESCORE VS RAKUTEN EAGLES IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R ND 8.0 32 139 6 0 9 1 1 0 1 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 1.82 26 12 3 15 5 207.2 123 9 210 49 13 48 42 4 790