Baseball: Hawks overpower Giants to take control of Japan Series
Baseball: Hawks overpower Giants to take control of Japan Series

The SoftBank Hawks built up a big early lead before easing their way to a second straight win in the Japan Series on Sunday, trouncing the Yomiuri Giants 13-2 with three home runs including a seventh-inning grand slam from Alfredo Despaigne.The heart of the Hawks’ batting order — Yuki Yanagita, Yurisbel Gracial and Game 1 hero Ryoya Kurihara, who went 4-for-5 — all had multiple hits at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome. Despaigne, batting sixth, drove in six runs.Having gone 11-3 during the Pacific League season, Shuta Ishikawa picked up where he left off on the mound. He held the Giants to one hit and a…

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