Baseball: Shosei Togo’s 1st pro shutout ends the Giants’ slip


Shosei Togo of Yomiuri Giants serves against Hanshin Tigers in their Central League match at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture on July 12, 2022. (kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Shosei Togo threw the first shutout of his pro career as the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Hanshin Tigers 4-0 in the Central League on Tuesday to end their four-game winless loss.

Togo (9-3) had some scares but went the distance, allowing for eight hits, two walks and a batsman while notching six at Koshien Stadium to avoid Hanshin’s right-hander Koyo Aoyagi, 9-1 so far, for most Wins to tie the CL this season.

Yomiuri took the lead in the first inning thanks to a three-run home run by Gregory Polanco to the right with two outs after Takumaru Yaoita doubled and Yoshihiro Maru drew a walk from Hanshin starter Aaron Wilkerson.

Wilkerson (4-4) had doubles in each of the next two innings to keep the Giants off the board, while Togo even allowed two singles each in the second and third, but the right-hander also got off without a run for Hanshin.

The Giants scored the final run of the game from another homer in the fourth when Sho Nakata went deep, this time to the left, ahead of Wilkerson, who lasted five innings and gave up five hits and a walk.

Togo, who defeated all three batters in seventh position, again allowed two singles in eighth and ninth position but clung to a memorable win.

The DeNA BayStars defeated the Hiroshima Carp 7-4 for their fourth straight win in the other CL game. The Orix Buffaloes defeated the Pacific League leaders SoftBank Hawks 4-2 and the Lotte Marines defeated the Seibu Lions by the same result.


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