Apr 25th 2014, vs. Chunichi

April 25th, 2014

Chunichi LogoChunichi Dragons 4

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 9  Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Consistency is the watchword this season, Swallowers. Consistency.

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W: Asakura (1-0); L: Ishikawa (0-3); S: Iwase (0-1-3)

9-ball-real

 Chunichi Tokyo
1Araki (2B)1Yamada (2B)
2Oshima (CF)2Yuhei (CF)
3Luna (3B)3Kawabata (3B)
4Hirata (RF)4Balentien (LF)
5Morino (1B)5Yuichi (RF)
6Wada (LF)6Hatakeyama (1B)
7Donoue (SS)7Aikawa (C)
8Matsui (C)8Imanami (SS)
9Asakura (P)9Ishikawa (P)
RPFukutani, Tajima, IwaseRPAbe, Roman, Akiyoshi

This one started badly. The Dragons started the game with an Araki walk, an Oshima sac bunt, and a two-run home run by Luna. 2-0 Chunichi.

Kawabata struck back for Tokyo in the bottom of the fourth with a solo round-tripper to right. 2-1 Chunichi.

The top of the fifth was unpleasant. Two outs in, Araki tripled to the centerfield fence and was driven in by an Oshima double. Oshima then scored on a Luna single. 4-1 Chunichi.

In the botom of the fifth, Hatake singled, then got nabbed on his way to second as Aikawa singled. Imanami also singled before Aikawa scored on a Yamada single. 4-2 Chunichi.

In the eigth, Kawabata reached first on an Araki fumble. Balentien was walked on four low outside pitches. A pinch-hitting Yuichi then drove in a run, making things exciting. 4-3 Chunichi, Final.

Despite some remarkably bad fielding by the Dragons, the Swallows managed to stay the course and stick with their game plan of losing a lot of games in a row.

More tomorrow.

  • Kozo

    The Kawabata homer was an absolute monster shot. One of the deeper right field homers I’ve seen in my time at Jingu.