9/13/12 – Hanshin (Away)

September 12th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 1

Hanshin Tigers 4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LDWWL

(Koshien)

The Swallows miss a bunch of opportunities, and the Tigers managed to capitalize on a few opportunities to deny the Birds a sweep at Koshien.

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W: Standridge (7-11); L: Akagawa (6-8); S: Fujikawa (23)
 Swallows Tigers
1Yuhei (Takai) (CF)1Hiroki Uemoto (2B)
2Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)2Yamato (Maeda) (CF)
3Wladimir Balentien (RF)3Takashi Toritani (SS)
4Lastings Milledge (LF)4Ryota Arai (3B)
5Shingo Kawabata (1B)5Matt Murton (LF)
6Shinya Miyamoto (3B)6Takahiro Arai (1B)
7Ryosuke Morioka (SS)7Keiichi Hirano (RF)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Shinji Komiyama (C)
9Katsuki Akagawa (P)9Jason Standridge (P)

The scoring began in the bottom of the first as the Tigers got men on the corners with back-to-back singles with 1 out. While Akagawa managed to get Arai to strikeout swinging, but the Tigers attempted a double steal. Nakamura nailed Toritani at second, but Yamato touched home prior to the out call at second to give the Tigers a run. 1-0 Tigers The double steal situation would not have been in order had Kawabata not dropped a potential foul out earlier in the at bat.

The Swallows tied the game in the third after Yuhei led off the inning with a double. Tanaka bunted the runner to third, and Coco singled him home to tie the game. 1-1 All

Both teams had multiple runners and scoring situations but Akagawa and Standridge didn’t break. Akagawa finally gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Arai the younger and Murton opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Arai the elder and Hirano both grounded out but advanced Arai each time, allowing him to score the go ahead run. 2-1 Tigers Akagawa’s night ended after the inning.

The Tigers cemented their win in the eighth inning. The Tigers opened the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles. One ground out later, the Tigers sent up the soon to be retired Kanemoto. Kanemoto got an RBI by drawing a walk, and Asai followed with a sac fly to extend the score. 4-1 Tigers

Akagawa pitched a decent game but didn’t get the run support 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.