November 4th, 2011
Chunichi Dragons 1
Series: Chunichi 2-2 Tokyo
|W: Yoshimi(2-0) L: Roman (0-1) S: Iwase (3)|
Tonight the Swallows looked to even the series. Getting the start for the Birds was Mr. long-relief, Muranaka. While the Aichi faithful saw Yamai on the bump for them.
|1||(SS) Yamada||1||(SS) Araki|
|2||(LF) Ueda||2||(2B) Ibata|
|3||(CF) Aoki||3||(3B) Morino|
|4||(1B) Hatakeyama||4||(1B) Blanco|
|5||(RF) Balentien||5||(C) Tanishige|
|6||(3B) Miyamoto||6||(LF) Wada|
|7||(C) Aikawa||7||(RF) Hirata|
|8||(2B) Morioka||8||(CF) Oshima|
|9||(P) Muranaka||9||(P) Yamai|
After a 1-2-3 inning for both sides in the first, the Birds were first to cross home in the top of the 2nd. The May and June Bash brothers, “Boo” and “Coco”, got things off to a solid start by hitting back-to-back singles. After a ground out by Miyamoto and a strike out by Aikawa, Morioka was up. In yet another roster change, Morioka made Ogawa look good. He knocked a single back up the middle scoring “Coco” from second. 1 – 0 Tokyo
Muranaka ended the inning by striking out.
We move to the bottom of the 4th. Blanco started off the inning by singling to left. He was bunted over to second by Tanishige. Runners were now on 1st and 2nd after Muranaka walked Wada. To make matters even worse. Muranaka decided he needed to walk Hirata to load the bases. This meant Ogawa was going to the bullpen early. Barnette was the man that was called in. Unfortunately for the Birds, Barnette couldn’t keep the Dragons off the board. Ohshima hit a soft single to right that scored Blanco from third. 1 – 1
After letting up that hit, Barnette got into a groove and struck out Yamai and got Araki to ground out to end the threat. After the 4th, Barnette pitched another inning and 2/3 to get the win. He got that win after the Swallows regained the lead in the top half of the fifth. Yamada got on board by leading off with a walk. He was bunted over to 2nd by Ueda. Aoki, now batting .455 for this series, hit a smashing double to score Yamada. 2 – 1 Tokyo
That was the end of the night for Yamai. Suzuki came in to pitch for the Dragons. He had the tough task of facing “Boo” and “Coco”. However, he was up to the task and sent them both down to end the inning.
That would be the end of the scoring for tonight. However, there was one more tough spot for the Swallows. After getting Tanishige to fly out, Barnette walked Wada. After getting Hirata to strike out, Barnette was replaced by Watanabe. Watanabe promptly walked Oshima and was replaced on the hill by Oshimoto. Oshimoto also walked the first man he saw, Fujii. With the bases loaded, Ogawa must have been considering another move to the pen. However, he let his man settle down and try to get out of the jam. That is exactly what he did. He induced a ground out by Araki to end the inning.
Although there were a few more hits by the Dragons, they never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
So now the series is all tied up. Tomorrow night will be game 4. Who knows who will be starting for the Birds. Maybe Whitesell will take the mound?