September 29th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWLTW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Happy Goose Day.
|W: Ogawa (16-4; 2.96 ERA)
L: Miura (9-13; 4.16)
S: Ishiyama (3-2 9S; 2.56)
Or that’s what my wall calendar says today is.
|Ishikawa (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Aranami (CF)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Kajitani (SS)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Blanco (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|Nakamura (3B)||5||Matsui (1B)|
|Tamura (LF)||6||Iihara (RF)|
|Kinjoh (RF)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|Kurobane (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Miura (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
Your Tokyo Swallows inched a game closer to Yokohama and fifth place in the Central League with a decent whole team effort.
The offense put together 15 hits over eight innings, but unfortunately all of them were singles. There were lots of stranded runners tonight, but the birds came up with the runs when the team really needed them.
Yokohama only had one hit by the time that the Swallows had built a three-run lead. Balentien had an RBI single in the first, and Kawabata and Yamada matched the feat in the third and fourth frames, respectively.
But Yokohama pulled two back on Blanco’s bases-clearing single in the sixth inning.
That would be the end of the threat from the visitors, performing in front of a larger-than-normal crowd in left field. Tokyo added an insurance run on Balentien’s sacrifice fly in the seventh which scored a rampant Yamada from third.
Ogawa was awarded the win for his six innings of work. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, and he struck out five while walking two.
Barnette, Yamamoto, and Ishiyama pitched a scoreless inning each. Kyuko came in for the start of the eighth and tried to make things interesting by allowing two runners without recording an out, but Yamamoto prevented the runner on third from scoring by striking Kajitani out and then inducing both Blanco and Nakamura into hitting harmless fly balls.
Barnette’s seventh inning was also impressive. He struck out the side on 13 pitches. The gun had his heater at 150+ km/hr a couple of times.
Ishiyama pitched out the ninth and secured the save after pitching around (?) Kinjoh.
Yokohama will be in town again tomorrow night to try to keep themselves safely in fifth place.
First pitch is scheduled for 6PM.
Shiroishi showed some surprising restraint with his electric fan of an arm over next to third base. His lack of reckless aggression waving people home surprised the base runners on two occasions. One of those instances led directly to Balentien getting stranded between bases.
Yamada was a very impressive 4-4 at the plate. He also had one RBI.
Kawabata was 3-3 with a walk and one RBI.
Balentien was 2-3 with two RBI, and Morioka also added a pair of singles.