Jul 5th 2013, @ Chunichi

July 5th, 2013

 Tokyo Swallows Chunichi Logo3  

Chunichi Dragons 6

Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LWWLL

(Nagoya Dome)

Tonight the Birds went down to Nagoya hoping to build on their recent series win over Yokohama. However, it wasn’t in the cards.

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W: Yamai (3-3; 3.827) L: Nakazawa (0-1; 7.20)

The main headline heading into this evenings performance was the return of Hatakeyama. He had been sent down to work on his swing and apparently to cut down on his tobacco intake. The swing part appeared to be improved during one at-bat.

Yamada (2B)1Oshima (CF)
Ueda (CF)2Araki (2B)
Milledge (LF)3Clark (1B)
Balentien (RF)4Luna (3B)
Aikawa (C)5Wada (LF)
Iwamura (3B)6Hirata (RF)
Hatakeyama (1B)7Tanishige (C)
Morioka (SS)8Ibata (SS)
Nakazawa (P)9Yamai (P)

The Birds wasted little time in getting on base and on the scoreboard. They opened the first with four consecutive singles from Yamada, Ueda, Milledge and Balentien. Coco’s single would lead to the first run of the game. 1 – 0 Tokyo

Aikawa followed with a sac fly, scoring Ueda and giving the Birds a 2 run advantage. 2 – 0 Tokyo

Iwamura would walk to load the bases yet again. However, Boo and and Morioka could not get the ball out of the infield and no further damage would be done.

The Dragons would cut the lead in half in the 3rd inning when Clark hit a solo shot. 2 – 1 Tokyo

Two innings later the Dragons would take the lead and not relinquish it the rest of the night. After Oshima struck out, Araki started things off with a walk. Clark would follow with a single to right and Araki advanced to third. Luna would be the second out of the inning before Wada walked to load the bases. Nakazawa would need one more out and he would be out of the jam. However, he wasn’t able to close the door. Hirata would hit a triple to right clearing the bases and giving the Dragons a 2 run advantage. 4 – 2 Chunichi

Tanishige would strike out for the final out of the inning.

In the top of the 6th, Hatakeyama would get the Swallows within a run when he lead off the inning with a solo shot to left. 4 -3 Chunichi

That would be as close as the Swallows would get as an inning later the Dragons extended their lead. The bottom of the 7th started off with an Araki fly-out. Clark would get his 3rd hit of the evening; this one a single. Luna followed his lead and hit another single to center. Wada would pop out for out number 2. However, just like Nakazawa, Kiya would need one more out and the inning would be over. As with Nakazawa, the Dragons were able to knock in the runs on clutch hitting. Hirata would hit a single to left scoring Clark. 5 – 3 Chunichi

Tanishige would then add another run when he hit a single to center scoring Luna. 6 – 3 Chunichi (Final)

Iibata would be the final out of the inning.

The Swallows would not mount a serious threat the rest of the way and the Dragons would celebrate another win over the Swallows.

Game notes:

  • 21, 745 people apparently paid to attend this one
  • It lasted 3 hours and 36 minutes
  • Yamada got his 3rd Modasho of the year (he reached base a 4th time when he walked in the 6th inning)
  • Boo homered for the 1st time since May 29 against Orix
  • Iwamura and Morioka were the only starters to not get a hit; even Nakazawa got a single!
  • Yakult is still in the dweller; they are in last place…while Chunichi is slightly ahead of Hiroshima for third place.
  • Tomorrow will be round 2 of this set. It looks to be a good one as Ogawa is on the hill for Tokyo. He will face off against Oono. Game time is 2 pm.
About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.