September 27th, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 0
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL
The Swallows suffered their worst defeat of the season tonight, losing 12-0 to the Tigers. Like our recent wins, this loss was a team effort with lapses coming from all phases of the game. In an effort to minimize the trauma of reliving the experience, I’ll summarize the key takeaways below in bullet-form.
|W: Iwamoto (2-0); L: Muranaka (9-7)|
|1||Hiroki Uemoto (2B)||1||Yuhei (Takai) (CF)|
|2||Yamato (Maeda) (CF)||2||Ryosuke Morioka (SS)|
|3||Takashi Toritani (SS)||3||HIroyasu Tanaka (2B)|
|4||Ryota Arai (3B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (RF)|
|5||Matt Murton (LF)||5||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|6||Masashi Nohara (1B)||6||Kazuki Fukuchi (LF)|
|7||Shota Ito (RF)||7||Shinichi Takeuchi (1B)|
|8||Shinji Komiyama (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Akira Iwamoto (P)||9||Kyohei Muranaka (P)|
- The Carp came from behind to sayonara the Giants to win 2-1, thus keeping the magic number between the two teams stuck at 2. The Carp don’t play tomorrow so the soonest the Swallows can clinch third place, and a place in the Climax Series, is Saturday.
- While neither player started, both Hatakeyama and Aikawa rejoined the team and entered the game. Although the two players went a combined 0-for-3 in their at bats.
- Every Swallows’ pitcher gave up at least 1 earned run. Masubuchi probably had the best night, giving up just 1 earned run in 3 innings pitched.
- Muranaka got tagged with 7 runs (4 earned) in 4.1 innings pitched, in which he gave up 4 hits and 4 walks.
- The Tigers’ deathblow came in the fifth when rookie Ito got a grandslam to stretch the lead to 9-0.
- All 7 hits by the Swallows were singles.
- Fukuchi was the only Swallows to have a decent night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a stolen base.
- Tonight was the Swallows’ 18th shutout loss of the season.
- The Swallows will try again tomorrow against the Tigers at Jingu with Ishikawa. The Tigers will start Iwata.