The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks forced a Game 3 in the opening round of the Pacific League playoffs with an 11-5 win over the Seibu Lions at the Invoice Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa.
After a taut 1-0 win for Seibu in Game 1, this game featured a lot of offense. Softbank second Tadaatsu Nakazawa had a 3-run double in the fourth and in the ninth, a 3-run homer by Nobuhiko Matsunaka and a solo shot from Julio Zuleta, broke game open.
Game 3 is Monday afternoon at 1 pm in Tokorozawa. That's 9 pm Sunday night on the West Coast. The Hawks will be starting Hayato Terahara, who was 3-7 with a 4.23 ERA, while Seibu will start Fumiya Nishiguchi, who was 9-9 with a 3.55 ERA.
The winner moves on to face the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters Tuesday evening (6 pm) at the Sapporo Dome.