Apr 19th 2014, @ Hanshin

April 19th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 5

Hanshin Tigers 7

Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL

(Koshien Stadium)

Another sad day for the Swallows. At some point, a bad stretch becomes a trend. At this point, the thing to which fans can look forward for 2014 is plenty of available seating on which to sprawl out and moan.

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W: Kato (2-0); L: Ishikawa (0-2); S: (1-0-4)

 Tokyo Hanshin
1Yamada (2B)1Uemoto (2B)
2Ueda (CF)2Yamato (CF)
3Kawabata (3B)3Toritani (SS)
4Balentien (LF)4Gomez (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Murton (LF)
6Hatakeyama (1B)6Arai (3B)
7Nakamura (C)7Tsuruoka (C)
8Nishiura (SS)8Shunsuke (RF)
9Ishikawa (P)9Enokida (P)
RPSanada, Roman, AkiyoshiRPKaneda, Kato, Ando, Fukuhara, Oh

Tokyo jumped to an early lead. Yamada hit, Ueda was hit, Kawabata bunted them into scoring position, then Balentien was walked to load the bases. Yuhei struck out, but Hatakeyama came through with a two-run single, leaving men on the corners for Nakamura, who delivered with an RBI of his own. 3-0 Tokyo.

That lead got even bigger in the third, when Coco doubled, Yuhei singled, moving Balentien to third, and Hatake and Nakamura hit back-to-back RBIs again. 5-0 Tokyo.

Beginning in the bottom of the third, Hanshin amassed seven unanswered runs that I don’t care to get into much at this point. Back-to-back-to-back RBIs by Yamato, Toritani, and Gomez in the third. two-run Gomez home run to left in the fifth, and an RBI by Uemoto followed not long after by a Toritani sac-fly with the bases loaded in the sixth. 7-5 Hanshin, Final.

One more chance to avoid the sweep tomorrow.