4/21/12 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 21st, 2012

Yomiuri Giants 0

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Won 2  Last 5: LWLWW

(Jingu Stadium)

W: Akagawa (2-1) L: Sawamura (1-3)

The struggling Giants retooled their lineup, but were no match for a hot Akagawa. A fairly simple and clean win for the Swallows tonight.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
1Takahashi (1B)1Tanaka (2B)
2Terauchi (2B)2Ueda (CF)
3Sakamoto (SS)3Milledge (LF)
4Abe (C)4Balentien (RF)
5Chono (CF)5Kawabata (SS)
6Murata (3B)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Bowker (LF)7Hatakeyama (1B)
8Kajimae (RF)8Nakamura (C)
9Sawamura (P)9Akagawa (P)

Akagawa started the game off with 2 strikeouts before allowing a single to Sakamoto. Sakamoto was the only Giant that managed to do anything offensively, going 4-for-4 for the night. But Akagawa managed to keep the rest of the Giants in check all night.

Sawamura, on the other hand, started his night by walking Tanaka on 5 pitches. Ueda bunted Tanaka to second, and Sakamoto got Milledge to fly out to center on just 2 pitches. Balentien managed to draw a walk from Sawamura, and Kawabata made him pay by lacing a liner into the right field gap for a bases clearing triple. 2-0 Swallows

The rest of the night was a pitchers duel between Akagawa and Sawamura in which neither offense really threatened. Akagawa’s night was characterized by lots of grounders, with 13 of his 27 outs coming from grounders. Of those 13 grounders, 8 of them were fielded by Tanaka at second. Akagawa got 6 strikeouts from Giants batters and only allowed 1 walk. He never allowed more than 1 runner to get on in an inning and only allowed 1 extra base hit (a double to Sakamoto in the ninth).

Outside of the first, Sawamura was also largely in control, as he never allowed more than 1 runner to get on in an inning and didn’t give up any more extra-base hits. He also struck out 6 batters, and only allowed 1 more walk after the first. Sawamura was pulled after 7 innings and 89 pitches for a pinch hitter, and Nishimura finished the game for the Giants with a perfect eighth.

Akagawa’s first career complete game shutout was accomplished with 127 pitches, and the youngster improved his record to 2-1, while lowering his ERA to 0.95.

The duel lasted a brisk 2 and a half hours and was witnessed by 25,405 souls. The Swallows will look to get the sweep with Roman on the mound while the Giants will counter with the Miyaguni.

Akagawa pitched a gem tonight.

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.