May 21st, 2014
Chiba Marines 9
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WWWLL
(QVC Marine Stadium)
The score was the same as last night but tonight’s game lacked the drama of the previous night. Unfortunately, Bad Ishikawa reappeared and had arguably his worst start of the season.
|W: Furuya (4-2)
L: Ishikawa (2-4)
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Takashi Ogino (LF)|
|2||Takahiro Araki (SS)||2||Daichi Suzuki (2B)|
|3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||3||Tadahito Iguchi (1B)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Luis Cruz (SS)|
|5||Yuhei (Takai) (CF)||5||Katsuya Kakunaka (RF)|
|6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Toshiaki Imae (3B)|
|7||Yasushi Iihara (RF)||7||Shohei Kato (CF)|
|8||YUhei Nakamura (C)||8||Naoya Emura (C)|
|9||Masahiro Ishikawa (P)||9||Takuya Furuya (P)|
The Swallows drew first blood in the first when Yuhei hit a single in a 2-out bases loaded situation. 2-0 Swallows
Unfortunately gave the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. After giving up back-to-back one out walks Cruz hit a single to left for a run. 2-1 Swallows After an Kakunaka groundout advanced a runner, Imae doubled home a run to tie the game. 2-2 All One pitch later, last night’s hero Kato hit a homer into the left field stands to take the lead. 5-3 Marines
The Swallows managed to claw back two runs on a set of hits by Yamada (single), Araki (double), and Kawabata (single) but they weren’t able to catch the Marines. 5-4 Marines
The Marines had their own run of hits, four consecutive two out hits to be exact, to score three runs. 8-4 Marines
The massive scoring had slowed the game considerably but after the second inning the pace quickened. Ishikawa came out of the game after four innings, his shortest start of the season and gave way to Ishiyama. Ishiyama gave up a hit to Kato who was cashed in by a Brazell double two batters later.9-4 Marines
The Swallows got runs in the seventh (Yuhei single followed by Hatake double) and ninth (Yuhei solo shot) but the game was never felt close after the second. 9-6 Marines FINAL
Despite the crazy score the game managed to finish in under three hours. The crowd was reported to be a dreary 9847 people.
Interleague clearly hasn’t dampened the offense, but the starting pitching performances we saw last week have not manifested themselves this week. The Swallows will have a day off tomorrow before they head up the Seibu line to face the Lions.