9/29/12 – Chunichi (Home)

September 29th, 2012

Chunichi Dragons 4

Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows are going to the Climax Series!!! (Because the Carp lost to the Tigers 2-0.) What the Swallows weren’t able to do was strike fear in the hearts of their first round opponents by beating them in their last meeting of the regular season.

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W: Kawakami (3-1); L: Roman (9-11) ; S: Iwase (32)

 Dragons Swallows
1Yohei Oshima (CF)1Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
2Masahiro Araki (2B)2Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)
3Hirokazu Ibata (SS)3Wladimir Balentien (RF)
4Tony Blanco (1B)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Kazuhiro Wada (LF)5Shingo Kawabata (SS)
6Masahiko Morino (3B)6Shinya Miyamoto (3B)
7Takahiro Donoue (RF)7Kazuki Fukuchi (LF)
8Motonobu Tanishige (C)8YUhei Nakamura (C)
9Kenshin Kawakami (P)9Orlando Roman (P)

Orlando Roman had one really bad inning in the second as he gave up a double, walk , and single to Blanco, Wada, and Morino to start the second. Donoue got the first run for the Dragons on a sac fly, and Tanishige batted in the second run with a single. 2-0 Dragons Roman did manage to strikeout Kawakami, but gave up a double to Oshima to score yet another run. 3-0 Dragons

The Dragons got another run after Roman gave up a two-out walk, and back-to-back singles in the third. 4-0 Dragons

The Swallows did manage to get 9 total hits off Dragons’ pitchers, but the fact that none of them were of the extra-base variety meant that the Swallows weren’t able dig themselves out of their early hole.

With neither offense being super potent and prone to streaks, this game served as a preview for what to expect in the CS. With all games to be played in the pitcher-friendly Nagoya Dome, expect the team to score first to win the games. The Swallows ended their regular season matchup with the Dragons with a 13-8-3 record, with a 6-3-1 record at the Nagoya Dome.

The Swallows are scheduled to play their last regular season game against the Giants tomorrow. However, with a typhoon scheduled to hit Tokyo tomorrow afternoon/evening the game will likely be cancelled. With the Swallows’ playoff fate now decided, it will be interesting to see how the Swallows approach their last 7 games.

Roman had a bad start.

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.