April 18th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL
The dismal Birds of last year had two bright spots: Coco and Ogawa. Things look to be much the same this year, but even Ogawa can’t win them all, especially not when the team around him is. . . shall we say, “Not working to potential”?
|W: Nomi (3-1); L: Ogawa (3-1); S: Oh (1-0-3)|
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Uemoto (2B)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Yamato (CF)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Toritani (SS)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Gomez (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Murton (LF)|
|6||Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Arai (3B)|
|7||Nakamura (C)||7||Fujii (C)|
|8||Nishiura (SS)||8||Shunsuke (RF)|
|9||Ogawa (P)||9||Nomi (P)|
|RP||Ishiyama, Kyuko, Carpenter, Akiyoshi||RP||Ando, Fukuhara, Oh|
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and Tokyo never caught up. Uemoto singled, reached second on a Yamato sac-bunt, then scored on a Toritani double. Toritani then scored when Nishiura bobbled a Gomez grounder. Murton and Gomez pulled of a hit and run, putting men on the corners for Fujii to give Nishiura another ball he couldn’t handle, allowing Gomez to make it home. Two Es for the visitors. 3-0 Hanshin.
Two Ks into the bottom of the second inning, Yamato singled and eas driven home by Toritani line drive. 4-0 Hanshin.
The Swallows got on the board in the fifth in the form of a Hatake homer. 4-1 Hanshin.
In the seventh, Hatake walked, Nakamura singled, then Nishiura engaged in penance for his pro-Tiger fielding by hitting an RBI single to right. Alas, it was too little, too late. 4-2 Hanshin, Final.