March 29th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: L
The real season is here in Japan!
Enough of the Spring Training games and enough of the WBC (that really fizzled when Japan and the US squads were eliminated on the same weekend). On with the games that count.
And, unfortunately, this one did.
|W: Messenger (1-0; 4.5 ERA) L: Hirai (0-1; 13.5 ERA)|
|Nishioka (2B)||1||Tanaka (2B)|
|Yamato (CF)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Toritani (SS)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|Arai (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Fukudome (RF)||5||Matsui (RF)|
|Murton (LF)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|Conrad (3B)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|Fujii (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Messenger (P)||9||Tateyama (P)|
The high-priced Hanshin line-up did some damage tonight. They struck early and often ending with 9 runs on 17 hits. They were helped along by some erratic play by the Swallows.
The Tigers scored two runs in the first thanks to a bobbled play by Tanaka at 2nd. 2 – 0 Tigers
Hanshin added to their lead in the 5th when Fukudome hit a single to left scoring a run. 3 – 0 Tigers
The Swallows would finally get on the board in their half of the 5th. Messenger loaded the bases and walked Tanaka for the first run. Ueda hit a sac-fly to score the second run. The Swallows final run came when Toritani couldn’t handle a hard grounder by Milledge. 3 – 3
The game (in the eyes of Swallows fans) went downhill from there. The Tigers added another run in the 6th to take a 4 – 3 lead.
They would add 3 more in the 7th and another 2 runs in the 8th. Sealing the game and giving the Tigers a 9 – 3 Win.
- 28,169 were in attendance to watch this Opening night game.
- It lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes
- Messenger is the first foreign Hanshin pitcher to record an opening day game victory since Gene Bacque in 1965. Source: Yakubaka.com
- Here is something to lift the spirits of all the loyal Tokyo supporters: Umpire Strike Calls (Leslie Nelson)
- Tomorrow will see Iwata on the hill against Ishikawa