Good form would continue in another shortened series this time against the Yokohama Baystars. Alex Ramirez' team has been struggling this year (this makes my prediction of them winning the pennant look very bad) and the Dragons have been pretty strong at home this term.
A reborn Yudai Ono would take the first game while Baystars specialist Daisuke Yamai would clean-up in game two.
- Game 15: Baystars 1 - 7 Dragons
- Game 16: Baystars 1 - 3 Dragons
Rookie, Taiga Kamichatani would start for the Baystars in what I was predicting would be a close game. It was not to be however as a lead-off homer to Hirata in the top of the third seemed to rattle the righty as Fukuda, Shuhei and Abe added to the total to put the Dragons 4 up. The Dragons would continue to add on runs through the 4th, 5th and 8th while the Baystars snatched one consolation run in the 7th through a Taishi Kusumoto infield single.
Yudai Ono would get through 6.2 innings with 7 strikeouts while a relay of Shinji Tajima, Raidel Martinez and Daisuke Sobue cleaned up a tidy 7-1 victory. With the bat, Kyoda and Abe both claimed a modasho a piece while Hirata, Kato and Shuhei had multi-hit games.
In game two of the series, the Dragons once again took an early lead through Yohei Oshima in the bottom of the first while Abe and Hirata again scored 2 more runs in the 5th. Toshiro Miyazaki single to centre would allow Kazuki Kamizato to score but another tight shift from the bullpen ensured that it would be two wins on the trot. Yamai took an almost uncharateristic 9 strikeouts through 5.2 IP while Shuhei and Oshima both had multi-hit games.
Overall, a short and sweet series where the Dragons looked comfortable.