04/05/12 Hanshin (Home)

April 5th, 2012

Hanshin Tigers 3 

Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLDL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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W: Ando (1-0) L: Ishikawa (1-1) S: Fujikawa (2)

Only 2 Tigers showed up with their A game tonight, unfortunately only 1 Swallow could say the same and the result was a frustrating 3-1 loss to the Tigers.

 Hanshin Tokyo
1Hirano (2B)1Tanaka (2B)
2Yamato (CF)2Ueda (CF)
3Toritani (SS)3Milledge (RF)
4Arai (3B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Brazell (1B)5Kawabata (SS)
6Murton (RF)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Kanemoto (LF)7Balentien (RF)
8Fujii (C)8Aikawa (C)
9Ando (P)9Ishikawa (P)

Coming off the near no-hitter against the Giants to open the season, Ishikawa looked strong and in control giving up only 3 hits in 7 innings of work. Unfortunately Ishikawa was made to pay for every hit, as Craig Brazell solo homered in the 5th and homered again in the 7th to cash in a hit from earlier in the inning.

On the other side of things, the Swallows offense was facing Yuya Ando who was looking for his first win since 2010. Ando, who only made 1 appearance last year, allowed a runner to get on first base each inning he pitched. But he never allowed a baserunner to advance past that position and the Swallows never looked threatening.

The Swallows finally sort of threatened in the eighth after Ando was replaced by Enokida, managing to get men on first and second with no out. Unfortunately Iihara, Milledge, and Hatake weren’t able to cash in and fell 1-2-3. Balentien managed to smash a no doubt about it homer with 2 outs in the ninth to cap off a 3 hit night for him, but it was too little too late for the Swallows. 3-1 Tigers

(Not much else to write really…)

The Swallows now travel to Nagoya to face the Dragons who have been busy beating up the Carp and BayStars on route to an early 4-0-1 record in which they have only allowed 4 earned runs. The Dragons will send out their ace Yoshimi for the opener, while Orlando Roman will make his Swallows debut.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Rob

    After Balentien singled in the seventh he was rubbing 1B Brazell to get some of his luck – and it worked! Or it was the change to high socks. 

  • Highwaythe3rd

    Let the Swallows faithful not be suckered with Coco’s HR. He is a detriment to the team. Needs traded away or released, which would also send a needed message to Lastings