It appears Yusaku Iriki has got the hang of going the distance. The Giants right-hander, who threw his second career complete game in his previous start, pitched his first career shutout on Tuesday night as Yomiuri beat the Hiroshima Carp 2-0 at Hiroshima.
Iriki struck out eight and walked two and his second straight sterling performance impressed Giants manager Shigeo Nagashima.
"This was even better than the last time," Nagashima said. "He worked really carefully, keeping his pitches low...
"In the seventh inning when we had runners on first and second with none out and didn't score, I got a bad feeling, but (in the bottom of the inning Iriki) gutted it out. He's really something special this year."
Daisuke Motoki lined the first pitch in the top of the third inning into center and scored when Shinnosuke Abe followed with a double. Abe scored the Giants' second run and helped Iriki's cause by throwing out two of three Carp base stealers.
Hiroshima ace Shinji Sasaoka (3-4) allowed five hits and struck out 10 in his third complete game.
Elsewhere in the Central League: Dragons 3, Swallows 2: Takeshi Yamasaki belted a two-run homer and Ozzie Timmons added a solo shot as Chunichi held on to beat Yakult at Nagoya Dome.
Yamasaki homered for the second straight game as the Dragons' won their third straight against the Swallows.
Timmons' third homer made it a 3-1 game. And the insurance run …