May 16th 2014, @ Chunichi

May 16th, 2014 

Tokyo Swallows 7Chunichi Logo

Chunichi Dragons 4

Streak: Won 4  Last 5: LWWWW

(Nagoya Dome)

The fourth change of venue in four days, and your Tokyo Swallows put together yet another convincing win.

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W: Narveson (1-3; 4.19 ERA)
L: Okada (1-6; 6.27)
S: Roman (1-0 3S; 0.61)

And Narveson got his long-overdue first W in Japan.

TokyoOrderChunichi
Yamada (2B)1Araki (2B)
Hiyane (CF)2Oshima (CF)
Kawabata (3B)3Luna (3B)
Balentien (LF)4Hirata (RF)
Yuhei (RF)5Morino (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Wada (LF)
Araki (SS)7Donoue (SS)
Nakamura (C)8Matsui (C)
Narveson (P)9Okada (P)

This game was pretty quiet through three, but then Kawabata reached base on an error at short, and that was all the invitation the birds needed.

Three singles and a squeeze later, Tokyo had itself a three run lead.

3-0 Tokyo

Yamada then led off the top of the fifth with a double, and one out later Balentien joined him on base thanks to a walk. Yamada would score on Yuhei’s second RBI single in as many innings, and the bases soon cleared on Hatake’s three-run jack to left.

Home run number six.

Home run number six.

7-0 Tokyo

Chunichi fought back with four runs over the next three frames, but it wasn’t enough to rattle Tokyo’s now seemingly settled bullpen.

7-4 Final

Narveson had another decent day on the mound giving up three runs (all earned) over six innings of work. He threw 94 pitches, allowed nine hits, struck out two, walked one, and had one wild pitch while earning the win. It took him seven starts to get the first win, but he looks good for several more (double digits?) right now. It’s been very nice watching him settle in and improve every week.

Yamamoto (3.57 ERA) gave up Chunichi’s final run in the seventh, and then Akiyoshi (3.55) created a bit of a mess that caused Roman (0.61) to have to enter the game early. Roman pitched one and a third innings to record his third save of the season.

On offense, Hatakeyama was the story of the evening with a 3-4 night at the plate with four RBI including a three run bomb in the fifth. Yuhei was 2-4 with two RBI, and the hot-hitting Nakamura was 2-3 with an RBI.

Your birds will attempt to make it two series in a row tomorrow afternoon when Yagi takes the mound for Tokyo against Chunichi’s Cabrera.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini