May 25th 2013, vs Fukuoka

May 25th, 2013

Fukuoka Hawks 3

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLLDW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

In the same game a year ago, Tokyo whupped up on the visiting Hawks to the tune of 14-3.

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W: Ogawa (5-1; 3.06 ERA)
L: Settsu (4-3; 3.19)
S: Yamamoto (0-1 6S; 4.12)

This game didn’t turn out to be nearly the same walk in the park, but a win is a win, and that’s about all we feel safe asking for right now.

FukuokaOrderTokyo
Nakamura (RF)1Milledge (LF)
Fukumoto (2B)2Morioka (SS)
Uchikawa (LF)3Iwamura (3B)
Lahair (1B)4Balentien (RF)
Hasegawa (CF)5Yuichi (1B)
Matsuda (2B)6IIhara (CF)
Yamazaki (C)7Yamada (2B)
Imamiya (SS)8Nakamura (C)
Settsu (P)9Ogawa (P)

Fukuoka got off to a quick start on Tokyo’s winningest starter, Ogawa. Nakamura’s leadoff double was followed by a sac bunt and an Uchikawa sac fly to put the visitors ahead.

1-0 Fukuoka.

But Settsu was made to feel a bit of early-inning heat as well thanks to back-to-back singles from Milledge and Morioka, and a one out, RBI single up the middle by Balentien.

1-1.

Ogawa allowed two base runners in the second, but fortunately Settsu came around to bat which ended the threat. The Swallows followed that up with some fun in the bottom of the second.

Yamada (filling in for the recently demoted Tanaka) hit a single in his first at-bat of 2013, and Nakamura drew a walk. One out later, Milledge knocked one over the wall in center to give Ogawa a little breathing room.

4-1 Tokyo.

Ogawa continues to argue his case for ROY consideration.

Ogawa continues to argue his case for ROY consideration.

Ogawa allowed one hit in the third and then was perfect through the next three innings. He allowed two singles at the start of the seventh but secured three consecutive outs to get out of the jam.

But the Tokyo bats quieted down significantly as well. After getting six runners on base during the first two innings, the Swallows managed just three more over the final six.

And that helped make for a bit of a hair-raising finale with Yamamoto trying to clean things up in the top of the ninth.

Yamamoto walked the first guy he faced and then gave up a homer to center (Matsuda). He then found a way to record three straight outs, and the save was complete.

4-3 Final.

Ogawa got the win after pitching seven complete innings (103 pitches). He gave up five hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking one.

Ishiyama (2.30) also pitched a scoreless inning of relief (one hit and one K).

Yagi is scheduled to pitch tomorrow night’s game at Jingu. First pitch is at 6PM.

Game Notes:

This game was packed. 26,016 folks had tickets for this one, but it felt like a lot more than that in the outfield unreserved sections.

The game lasted three hours and 14 minutes.

Can you guess how many ninth inning home runs Yamamoto has given up this month?

Milledge and Yamada were the only Tokyo players with multi-hit games.

Yamada is 2-3 so far this season (.667 BA).

Nakamura also reached base twice (BB, 1B).

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • TokyoGarMan

    Thanks for the great writeup, Christopher! Yes, it was another electric evening at Jingu on Saturday! Too bad the Birds couldn’t follow it up with a win on Sunday…