April 17th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LWWLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Don’t let the score fool you, it wasn’t that close. After a game in which the entire offense contributed to claw back from numerous deficits, the Swallows bats looked lethargic and the only looked close because of of a pair of Coco homers. Efforts that were largely negated by a a pair of Abe homeruns.
|W: Imamura (1-0)
L: Furuno (0-1)
S: Mathieson (1)
|1||Hayato Sakamoto (SS)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Yusuke Kataoka (2B)||2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|3||Leslie Anderson (LF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Shuichi Murata (3B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Shinnosuke Abe (C)||5||Yasushi Iihara (RF)|
|6||José López (1B)||6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Hisayoshi Ch*no (RF)||7||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|8||Itaru Hashimoto (CF)||8||Naomichi Nichiura (SS)|
|9||Nobutaka Imamura (P)||9||Ryosuke Yagi (P)|
My man Furuno didn’t get help from his defense early as Ueda botched the hop on a single to center allowing Kataoka to take second in the first. The mistake was immediately punished by Anderson to make it 1-0 Giants.
Balentien lead off the second with a solo shot to deep left to tie the game 1-1 All.
Furuno managed to keep things close through the first three innings despite allowing a runner to reach second in each inning, but the wheels came off in the fourth. Abe lead off the inning with a solo shot to take the lead for the Giants. 2-1 Giants A double, walk, and hit sandwiching a ground out and a failed bunt loaded the bases with two outs. Unfortunately Furuno couldn’t take the pressure and walked in an additional run. 3-1 Giants
Furuno’s nightmare continued in the fifth as Abe once again took the sophomore deep for a run. 4-1 Giants
The Swallows strung together a pair of hits for the only time in the night in the sixth inning when Coco followed a Kawabata single with his second homerun of the night. 4-3 Giants
Heading into the ninth inning there was some hope left that Coco might have a magical three homerun night to win it for the Swallows. After getting three scoreless innings from Sanada (sixth and seventh) and Roman (eighth), the team handed the ball to Ishiyama in the ninth. Unfortunately Ishiyama added to his streak of consecutive appearances allowing a run by giving up a pair of doubles to Kataoka and Murata. 5-3 Giants
The Giants elected to send out Mathieson in the ninth to close out the game. Unlike the previous night Mathieson calmly got Coco to strike out and induced a weak ground out from Iihara. The Canadian did give up a big double to Hatake, and Aikawa made solid contact but the game ended on the hard line out to third. 5-3 Giants FINAL
- Tomorrow is Ogawa Friday in which the Swallows ace will face the Tigers in Koshien. The Tigers will start Nomi who is coming off a complete game shutout performance against the Giants last week.
- Hara and Ogawa had a long talk prior to the game during the lineup card exchange, presumably to talk about last night’s incident.
- Coco’s homeruns give him nine for the season putting him in the lead across both leagues.