May 8th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWWWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Cabrera (4-1); L: Oshimoto (1-1); S: Iwase (0-0-7)|
Tokyo came out on the short end of this nearly tit-for-tat battle for the top of the B-class. (Then again, most of the Central League is a battle for who can climb all the way up to .500.)
|1||Oshima (CF)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|2||Araki (2B)||2||Tanaka H. (2B)|
|3||Morino (1B)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|4||Luna (3B)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Wada (LF)||5||Iwamura (3B)|
|6||Ibata (SS)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Tanishige (C)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|8||Fujii (RF)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Cabrera (P)||9||Akagawa (P)|
|RP||Tajima, Nakata, Iwase||RP||Shichijo, Oshimoto, Roman, Ishiyama|
Chunichi scored first, in the top of the first, when Luna hit one to left, it got by Milledge, which let Luna turn a likely out into a double and let Oshima score from second. This was immediately followed by a Wada RBI single. 2-0 Chunichi.
The Swallows pulled ahead in the bottom of the third on a Balentien three-run round-tripper. Tanaka and Milledge were the runners. 3-2 Tokyo.
Tanishige, Fujii, and Oshima all drove in runs for the Dragons in the top of the fourth. This led to Shichijo getting yanked in the fourth, in favor of Takeuchi’s bat. 5-3 Chunichi.
In the fifth, Hiyane hit, stole second, made it to third on a Tanaka groun out, and Milledge doubled him in. Milledge made it to third on a passed ball, then scored on a timely Iwamura infield hit. 5-5.
In the sixth, Clark singled and was replaced with Iwasaki, who scored when Araki hit one back to the mound. 6-5 Chunichi, Final.