April 30th, 2014
Yomiuri Giants 1
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW
Fuck ya, Swallows!!! After yesterday’s massive disappointment, and the overall Swallows-Giants heartbreaking series, Masato Furuno and gang finally got their shit together and rhumbled! (Everybody rumble…)
|W: Furuno (1-2)
L: Seddon (2-1)
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Hayato Sakamoto (SS)|
|2||Takahiro Araki (SS)||2||Yasuyuki Kataoka (2B)|
|3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||3||Hisayoshi Ch*no (RF)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Leslie Anderson (LF)|
|5||Yasushi Iihara (RF)||5||Shuichi Murata (3B)|
|6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Shinnosuke Abe (C)|
|7||Ryoji Aikawa (C)||7||José Lopez (1B)|
|8||Yoshiyuki Noguchi (CF)||8||Itaru Hashimoto (CF)|
|9||Masato Furuno (P)||9||Chris Seddon (P)|
After countless disappointing starts Furuno finally lived up to my irrational hype by holding the Giants hitless for four innings. On the offensive side, the Swallows drew first blood against “Bad Chris” Seddon courtesy of three consecutive singles followed by a Iihara groundout. 1-0 Swallows
While Furuno was keeping the Giants hitless, Seddon kept giving up hits, including two more in the second despite giving up no runs. Just as pessimistic Swallows fans were bitching about the high hit count and low run count the bats finally made Seddon pay in the third.
While things started with a Balentien out, Iihara and Hatake followed with back-to-back singles. Seddon advanced the runners with the new-to-NPB balk. Aikawa punished Seddon with a single to score a run. 2-0 Swallows Seddon continued his breakdown with a wild pitch to score another runner. 3-0 Swallows Noguchi followed with an infield single to keep the pressure up. The Swallows conceded an out by having Furuno bunt the runners into scoring position. Luckily the gambit payed off as Yamada punished a 1-0 offering off the left field wall for a double. 5-0 Swallows The Araki finished the damage with a single to put the Swallows up by yet another run. 6-0 Swallows
The Giants finally broke up Furuno’s no-hitter with an Anderson single to lead off the inning. Furuno ended up loading the bases and Anderson eventually came around to score but the damage was limited to that single run. 6-1 Swallows
Furuno gave up multiple runners in the next two innings and left the mound for good with two men on and one out in the seventh inning. Fortunately Roman came in and threw a single pitch and Sakamoto obliged with an inning ending double play.
The Swallows managed to salt the wound with a two out double by Noguchi which was followed by a pinch hit homerun by Hiroyasu. 8-1 Swallows As if that wasn’t enough Yamada followed with a solo shot to left. 9-1 Swallows
Chris Carpenter came in to seal the deal and got a 1-2-3 inning, although he needed Kawabata’s quick glove to snag the final out. 9-1 Swallows FINAL
- Balentien had yet another relatively tame night with a bloop single that hit the Dome roof and a walk.
- Noguchi and Yamada both amassed three hits. (Yamada was a triple shy of the cycle.)
- Furuno lasted 6.1 innings giving up 5 hits, 3 walks, and a dead ball for a single run.
- The bullpen trio of Roman, Kyuko and Carpenter pitched the final 2.2 innings without allowing a single runner.
- The Swallows will play the decider tomorrow with Ishikawa, while the Giants will send out Sugiuchi.