Baseball: Buffaloes rookie Sotani earns 1st pro win against Hawks


Orix Buffaloes rookie left-hander Ryuhei Sotani allowed just one hit over six shutout innings to earn his first professional win in a 4-1 victory over potential Pacific League playoff opponents the SoftBank Hawks on Monday.

Making his 10th appearance for the PL champions, the 22-year-old outdueled former Texas Rangers starter Kohei Arihara at Kyocera Dome Osaka in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Sotani (1-2) struck out five and walked a pair, backed by two RBIs from Marwin Gonzalez and one each from Yutaro Sugimoto and Kenya Wakatsuki.

Sugimoto drove in the first run with his single ...

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