April 25th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Lost 9 Last 5: LLLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Consistency is the watchword this season, Swallowers. Consistency.
|W: Asakura (1-0); L: Ishikawa (0-3); S: Iwase (0-1-3)|
|1||Araki (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Oshima (CF)||2||Yuhei (CF)|
|3||Luna (3B)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Hirata (RF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Morino (1B)||5||Yuichi (RF)|
|6||Wada (LF)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Donoue (SS)||7||Aikawa (C)|
|8||Matsui (C)||8||Imanami (SS)|
|9||Asakura (P)||9||Ishikawa (P)|
|RP||Fukutani, Tajima, Iwase||RP||Abe, 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.