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Monday, June 24, 2019

Series Wrap: Dragons vs Fighters @ Nagoya Dome 21 June - 23 June; Dragons trot out a sweep to finish interleague.

What's the best medicine after you've just been swept? Ham! I mean, sweeping the Fighters, of course! The Nippon Ham Fighters were the unlikely recipients of a Dragons sweep just after the home team had it handed to them by the Lions.

  • Game 67: Fighters 2-4 Dragons
  • Game 68: Fighters 1-6 Dragons
  • Game 69: Fighters 4-8 Dragons

Game 67 
The Dragons came out of the block all guns blazing as Shuhei Takahashi's 3-run homer in the first inning gave the team an early lead. 

The Fighters would nab one back in the 3rd but a Viciedo solo shot in the 6th would be enough to secure victory despite Sho Nakata answering in kind in the 9th. 

Yuya Yanagi would earn his 8th win of the season while Raidel Martinez would clean up with his 3rd save.For the batter, Toshiki Abe has a modasho for his efforts. 

Game 68
Kazuki Yoshimi's first start in some time would be a successful one as he fanned 6 batters in 5.2 innings against Chihiro 
Kaneko. A battle of control pitchers that were, it was Yoshimi that came out on top. 

Yohei Oshima and Dayan Viciedo go things moving in the 3rd with a rally of hits while the Fighters came back within 1 run with Wang Po-Jung's pinch-hit single in the 5th. Ryosuke Hirata and Yota Kyoda would rack up 2 more runs for the home-team in the 6th while Oshima rounded out the scoring in the bottom of the 8th with his RBI single. 

Game 69
The Fighters put up Koshien darling, Kosei Yoshida for the final game of interleague with the Dragons putting forward Enny Romero.

The game would start with a bang as Sho Nakata launched a 2-run jack in the top of the first inning. It was a short lived lead however as Yoshida gave up consecutive hits and a walk to the top of the order. Dayan Viciedo would capitalize with an equalizing two-base hit while a sac-fly from Shuhei Takahashi would give the Dragons the lead.

Shuhei would be instrumental in increasing the lead with a double to score Yohei Oshima in the 3rd while Toshiki Abe joined in the fun to push the lead to 5-2. Haruki Nishikawa would pull one back for the Fighters before another Shuhei-Oshima combo from a grounder allowed restored the 3 run buffer. Taishi Ohta would give his team some hope as he capitalised on Toshiya Okada's wayward pitching but consecutive extra base hits from Issei Endo and Ryosuke Hirata ended the game at 8-4.

Oshima was very much the hero scoring three times with a modasho. Shuhei and Viciedo did the damage with the bats racking up 5 RBIs between them.

A great series win to bounce back after a trouncing by the Lions and overall a nice way to close out interleague play.

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