September 8th, 2013
Chunichi Dragons 1
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LDWLW
|W: Ogawa (13-4); L: Yamai (5-6)|
Tokyo won, so that’s a rare treat. Even more exciting at this late point in a lost season was Wladimir Balentien’s 53rd home run, putting him just three shy of a new single-season record. 2013’s other bright point – Ogawa the Hurler – shone tonight, too, with a four-hit, two-walk, one-run complete game win (on a mere three Ks).
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Oshima (CF)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Yoshikawa (2B)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Morino (1B)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Wda (LF)|
|5||Yuichi (1B)||5||Hirata (RF)|
|6||Iihara (RF)||6||Takahashi (3B)|
|7||Morioka (SS)||7||Donoue (SS)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Tanishige (C)|
|9||Ogawa (P)||9||Yamai (P)|
|Complete Game for Ogawa||RP||Okada, Tajima, Muto, Inoue|
The Swallows scored first, in the fourth, when Kawabata doubled and was driven in by Balentien. (Have we mentioned that Coco is not only leading in round-trippers, but is also a close second in batting average and RBIs?) 1-0 Tokyo.
Coco’s 53rd homer was a solo shot in the sixth. 2-0 Tokyo.
The Dragons struck back in the bottom of the sixth, when Oshima singled, stole second, and scored on a Morino double. 2-1 Tokyo.
In the seventh, Yamada singled, then moved to second on an Ueda sac-bunt. Kawabata and Yuichi walked to load the bases, then Iihara drove in three runs with a triple. 5-1 Tokyo, Final.
Tokyo hosts the Carp on Tuesday.