August 3rd, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 8
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Ogawa (12-2); L: Nakazaki (2-5)|
No hero interviews! You’ll tire them out and they’ll never win again. The race to .400 is on again.
|1||Abe (SS)||1||Milledge (LF)|
|2||Kikuchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Maru (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Kila (1B)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Matsuyama (RF)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Lewis (LF)||6||Morioka (SS)|
|7||Ishihara (C)||7||Yamada (2B)|
|8||Dobayashi (3B)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Nakazaki (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
In a rare feat, the Swallows not only took the lead early, but made it convincing and held onto it all game, resulting in what old-timers know as a win.
Milledge led off with a single, then got nabbed at second when Ueda singled. Kawabata pulled off a hit-and-run, putting men on the corners for Balentien and Hatakeyama, who both singled in runs. 2-0 Tokyo.
The Birds added to their lead in the fourth, when Morioka and Yamada led off with singles and Nakamura managed to sacrifice them both over a bag. Ogawa then hit a grounder back toward the mound that allowed him to get all the way to second, but got Morioka caught at home. No matter, Milledge smacked a double to right, bringing in two runs. 4-0 Tokyo.
Nakata took the mound for the Carp in the fifth and walked Kawabata before giving up a home run to Balentien. 6-0 Tokyo.
Kawabata and Balentien tag-teamed home plate again in the seventh. With Ono pitching, Kawabata hit a line-drive single to left and Balentien sent the first pitch he saw – a low inside fastball – to the Carp fans as a souvenir. 8-0 Tokyo.
In the top of the eighth, with young Ogawa still pitching, Kikuchi tripled, then scored on a Maru grounder. Kila then doubled and was replaced by the faster Kimura, who scored on a Matsuyama single. Ogawa made it through the eighth. Barnette came in and struck out the side. 8-2 Tokyo, Final.
If the Swallows can win again tomorrow, it’ll be their first back-to-back wins since July 12th and 13th, also hosting the Carp.