September 29th, 2012
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.
|W: Kawakami (3-1); L: Roman (9-11) ; S: Iwase (32)|
|1||Yohei Oshima (CF)||1||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|2||Masahiro Araki (2B)||2||Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)|
|3||Hirokazu Ibata (SS)||3||Wladimir Balentien (RF)|
|4||Tony Blanco (1B)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Kazuhiro Wada (LF)||5||Shingo Kawabata (SS)|
|6||Masahiko Morino (3B)||6||Shinya Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Takahiro Donoue (RF)||7||Kazuki Fukuchi (LF)|
|8||Motonobu Tanishige (C)||8||YUhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Kenshin Kawakami (P)||9||Orlando 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.