Apr 20th 2013, @ Hanshin

April 20th, 2013


Tokyo Swallows 0

Hanshin Tigers 1

Streak: Lost 4  Last 5: WLLLL



Tokyo’s losing streak grew to four games as they dropped a full game into last place despite Ishikawa managing to hold Hanshin to one run on six hits and no walks vs. five strike-outs over seven innings and 86 pitches.

W: Kojima (1-0, 0.00); L: Ishikawa (1-2, 1.67); S: Kubo (2-0-2, 0.82)
 Tokyo Hanshin
1Milledge (LF)1Nishioka (2B)
2Kawashima (SS)2Yamato (CF)
3Miyamoto (3B)3Toritani (SS)
4Balentien (RF)4Murton (LF)
5Hatakeyama (1B)5Fukudome (RF)
6Iihara (CF)6Arai T. (1B)
7Tanaka H. (2B)7Arai R. (3B)
8Tanaka M. (C)8Komiyama (C)
9Ishikawa (P)9Kojima (P)
RPFurunoRPFukuhara, Kubo

The lone run of the game came early – after starting off with a K of Nishioka, Ishikawa gave up a single to Yamato, then an RBI double to  Toritani. Seven and a half more innings followed, but the score was set: 1-0 Hanshin, Final.

Masato Furuno threw a nine-pitch 1-2-3 eighth inning with a strike-out in his second appearance of the season, but the Swallows forgot to bring their bats to the park. Balentien and Kawashima each had one hit and Kojima walked Milledge and Hiroyasu Tanaka twice each.

  • Beefdog

    We traveled from Tokyo for the weekend to see the Saturday game. Swallows fans there were amazing!

    Here is my problem, however. At one point I counted 9, yes 9, Tigers flags. Why do we not have the mojo with the Swallows? At Jingu we should have no problem, but the most I have seen is 2.

    How does one get “authorized?” I will make a couple and bring them – we need more POWER!

    • Kozo

      I believe at Jingu the only people that can wield flags of the size I think you are referring to are the authorized ouendan (cheering group) and only in designated areas. I don’t think I’ve seen that many Tigers flags at Jingu for that reason. Membership in the ouendan open to all, although you probably need to have decent Japanese to join. I believe the flags are donated by fans who have the money for that kind of thing, which explains why a team like Hanshin would have so many flags especially at home. You’d have to talk to people in the ouendan for more info if you’re interested in pursuing this further.