Baseball: Akiyama, Isomura Power Carp past Giants


Hiroshima Carp’s Shogo Akiyama hits a home run against the Yomiuri Giants during their Central League game at the Tokyo Dome July 15. (kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Shogo Akiyama hit his first homer for the Hiroshima Carp and reserve catcher Yoshitaka Isomura hit a grand slam in the 11th inning in a 6-3 Central League win over the Yomiuri Giants on Friday.

Akiyama, who joined Carp after spending two seasons adjusting to MLB pitching, won a two-run home run in the first inning before the Giants went 2-2 to Carp ace Daichi in the sixth at the Tokyo Dome Osera drew.

Former giant Hisayoshi Chono pulled a pinch-hit walk (0-2) from Taiki Kikuchi to extend the inning, the rookie floated his first throw to Isomura up in the zone, and the carp catcher propelled him over the wall on the left.

“It felt great getting off my racquet and I thought it was going to go out. I was up there with a chance to get into runs so I wanted to attack pretty much anything,” said Isomura, who was on the Teller hit two outs and jammed the bases.

The Giants got a consolation run at the end of the innings from Takumi Oshiro, who threw the tie over Gregory Polanco.

Elsewhere, the Hanshin Tigers squeaked 2-1 past the Chunichi Dragons despite being defeated 9-3.


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