Chunichi Dragons 4
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLDW
|W: Emura (3-0; 5.34 ERA)
L: Tajima (4-8; 5.48 ERA)
S: Ishiyama (3S; 3.04 ERA)
The Swallows showed tenacity down the stretch as they pulled out a win in Nagoya.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Ohshima (CF)|
|Ueda (CF)||2||Donoue (SS)|
|Kawabata (3B)||3||Morino (2B)|
|Balentien (LF)||4||Wada (LF)|
|Ihara (RF)||5||Hirata (RF)|
|Yachi (SS)||6||Clark (1B)|
|Yuichi (1B)||7||Takahashi (SS)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Oda (C)|
|Yagi (P)||9||Yamamoto (P)|
Yagi started for the birds and gave up a run off a Morino double and Wada single in the top of the 1st. 1-0 Chunichi. He walked two more men that inning but escaped with the deficit at just the one run.
In the 2nd,singles for Yuichi and Nakamura plus a later walk for Ueda set the table for Kawabata, who singled home the tying run for 1-1.
The Swallows took the lead in the 3rd, as an Ihara double, Yachi sacbunt, and a Yuichi single made it 2-1 Tokyo. Another single followed for Nakamura (after which Chunichi starter Yamamoto was pulled), as did another sacbunt, this time from Yagi which put two men in scoring positions for Yamada. And he came through with the goods as he singled to left to bring home both runners for 4-1 Tokyo.
However Yagi would surrender that lead in the 5th, as four hits, including a two run home run for one of the Donoues, and a walk helped the Dragons tie things up at 4-4. That would be all she wrote for Yagi.
But the Swallows bats went to work against the Chunichi bullpen in the final third of this one. In the 7th, back to back doubles from Ihara and the pinch hitting Morioka made it 5-4 Tokyo, before singles from Kawabata and Ihara made it 6-4 in the 9th.
Meanwhile after Yagi’s five innings, the bullpen put in a shift, as Shichijo, Emura, Barnette, Kyuko, Yamamoto, and Ishiyama all kept the Dragons off the board for a 6-4 Tokyo Final.
- Yagi’s final line: 5 IP / 116 P / 7 H / 3 K / 5 BB / 4 ER. So not his best day really, and his ERA rose to 4.31. Emura took the win for his two outs in the 6th.
- Balentien watch: 1 for 5. He remains at 52.
- 25,433 were there to witness this one.
- Tomorrow’s game will see Ogawa not take the mound on a Saturday for the first time in a long long time, Kiya will get the start.