June 30th, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: DWWWL
|W: Akiyama (1-0); L: Roman (4-6); S: Enokida (19)|
After a thrilling win the previous night, the Swallows were unable to carry the positive momentum into the next day.
|1||Matt Murton (RF)||1||Lastings Milledge (LF)|
|2||Keiichi Hirano (2B)||2||Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)|
|3||Takashi Toritani (SS)||3||Shingo Kawabata (SS)|
|4||Takahiro Arai (3B)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Tomoaki Kanemoto (LF)||5||Wladimir Balentien (RF)|
|6||Craig Brazell (1B)||6||Shinya Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Kohei Shibata (CF)||7||Jun Matsui (CF)|
|8||Akihito Fujii (C)||8||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|9||Takumi Akiyama (P)||9||Orlando Roman (P)|
Orlando Roman made his first start since being recalled to the top team after Lim’s injury and demotion. The Tigers’ were starting Takumi Akiyama making his 2012 debut. Akiyama got beat up by the Swallows in his only 2 ichi-gun starts last year, and was looking for a measure of revenge.
The scoring started quickly, as Toritani hit a homerun just inside of the right field foul pole after Roman magaed 2 quick outs in the first. 1-0 Tigers
But the Swallows struck back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Milledge lead off the inning with an infield single. The Milledge tested Fujii’s arm and stole second barely beating a high and wide throw. Tanaka got 2 strikes attempting to bunt, but managed to advance Milledge to third on a grounder setting the tables for Kawabata. The young lefty delivered with a single to center to tie the game. 1-1 All
The Tigers got the lead again in the second off another solo homerun, this time by Brazell. 2-1 Tigers
The lead got extended one inning later, when Akiyama helped his own cause by leading off the inning with a single. He came around to score one out later, when Hirano tripled to the right field corner. 3-1 Tigers From the right field stands, it looked like Balentien took his sweet time to field the ball and gave Hirano plenty of time to get to third virtually uncontested. The extra base hurt the Swallows, as Toritani followed with a single to left to score Hirano. 4-1 Tigers
With yesterday’s heroics still fresh in everyone’s mind, the faithful were still hopeful for a comeback. Things started slow as Kawabata and Hatake started the bottom of the third with outs. But Balentien delivered his 20th homerun of the season to bring the Swallows 1 run back. 4-2 Tigers Miyamoto followed Balentien with a single to center, and Matsui took a 3-1 Akiyama offering to straight away center for his 2nd homerun of the season to tie the game. 4-4 All
Unfortunately the Swallows’ offensive momentum stalled and the Tigers offense retook the lead in the fifth. Murton got on base with an 1 out single, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hirano followed with a single to men on the corners for Toritani. Toritani got Murton home by lifting a fly deep enough to right. 5-4 Tigers
The Swallows handed the ball off to Shoda after the fifth, and the lefty managed to pitch a rocky 1 and 2/3 innings, leaving the game with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 7th. Tetsuya Yamamoto was able to get out of the jam, and the ball was handed to Hidaka for the eighth. Hidaka got 2 outs, but gave up a single to Ryota Arai. Yamato came in to run for Arai the younger, and promptly stole second. Fujii cashed in Yamato with single to right, but failed to keep the inning going as he got caught trying to get to second during the throw home. 6-4 Tigers
Alas, the Swallows bats went cold after the fourth, getting only 1 more hit after Matsui’s game tying homer. Roman took the loss for his 5 innings of work, while Akiyama got the win despite not being much better than his Swallows’ counterpart.
- For the second game in a row the Tigers managed to get a man safely on base every single inning.
- The announced starters for tomorrow’s game are Kyohei Muranaka for the Swallows, and Yuya Ando for the Tigers.
- Hatakeyama is a combined 0-for-24 against the Tigers this season.
- The loss puts the Swallows’ record at 32-30-4. Good for third in the CL, 5.5 games behind the Giants and 2.5 games ahead of the Tigers in fourth.