Takeda won 11 years in a row since becoming a professional despite being dropped off in the middle of the game seven times due to an accident
■ Softbank 9-1 Rakuten (6th, PayPay Dome)
On the 6th, Softbank won 9-1 against Rakuten at its home base PayPay Dome, marking its first consecutive victory in the second half of the game. Kawase played an active role with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, including a timely double in the 3rd inning and a sacrifice fly to go ahead in the 5th inning. Takeda, who started for the first time this season, was dropped due to an accident in the middle of the 7th inning, but he pitched well with 3 hits and 1 run, marking his 11th consecutive win since he became a professional.
From the 3rd inning, 2nd base with 2 deaths, Kawase bounced back the ball that floated high from Masaru Tanaka and doubled over the left in a timely manner. In the 5th inning, when the score was tied, the bases were loaded with one out, and the difficult ball was sent to the middle field. Although it was a shallow fly ball, third base runner Matsuda bravely aimed for home and survived, making it a sacrifice fly for the win. Masaru Makihara and Yanagida also hit consecutive timely hits, and this time they took 3 points at once and extended their lead.
Takeda, who was the first starter of the season, was at the mercy of Rakuten’s batting lineup with straight over 150km from the beginning, along with a changeup and a cut ball in addition to the curve of the treasure sword. Although he lost one run in the fourth inning, he held it down to three hits in the middle of the seventh inning. He gave a walk to Okajima at the beginning of the 7th inning, but his finger cramped and he was dropped, but after that he connected with Kayama, Kaino, and Bando and escaped.
In the match against Nippon-Ham on the 4th, 9 pitchers were poured in and the draw was extended 12 times. In the game against Rakuten on the 5th, which was a mobile game from Sapporo to Fukuoka, he managed to win the game with 8 pitchers. On this day, it was a battle in a difficult situation in the relief kitchen, but the pitches and hits meshed together to win two consecutive wins, and decided to win the card for the first time in the second half of the game.
(Full-Count editorial department)