Andruw Jones hits first homerun in Japan
SENDAI (Japan) -
Andruw Jones has hit the first homerun of his Japanese career.
On Friday-evening, the outfielder hit a 2-run homerun in the eighth inning in a 17-5 win for Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles at home against Lotte Marines.
Akihisa Makida hit a 3-run homerun in a 4-run first inning for the Eagles, who collected 18 basehits.
Motohiro Shima hit a 2-out, 3-run homerun in the fifth inning, then a Jones added a 2-run homerun in the eighth at bat.
In his previous 17 seasons in the Major League, Jones hit 434 homeruns.
After the Eagles had scored four runs in the first inning, the Marines got two back in the third.
But the home team reacted with two runs of its own in the home part of the third.
The Eagles then added three more runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth and seventh inning to lift the lead to 11-2.
Lotte then narrowed the deficit to 11-5 by scoring three runs in the eighth, but the Eagles answered with a 6-run rally to make it 17-5.
The Golden Eagles are now 4-2 and are in second place in the Pacific League, trailing Seibu Lions, which is 5-2 after the first week of the new season in Japan.