May 3rd, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo put on a late-game fireworks display to notch a (slightly) increasingly common win against their ever-obnoxious guests.
|W: Kyuko (1-0); L: Nomi (4-2)|
|1||Uemoto (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Yamato (CF)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Toritani (SS)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Gomez (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Murton (LF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Imanari (3B)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Fukudome (RF)||7||Araki (SS)|
|8||Tsuruoka (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Nomi (P)||9||Kiya (P)|
|RP||Kaneda||RP||Akiyoshi, Kyuko, Yamamoto|
After four and a half scoreless innings, the Swallows struck first: Nakamura singled, Kiya sac-bunted him to second, and Yamada singled him home. 1-0 Tokyo.
The Tigers struck back in the seventh, when Gomez tripled to the right field fence, then scored on an Imanari single. 1-1.
The bottom of the eighth was a bonanza for the hosts. Ueda singled, Kawabata sac-bunted him over, Balentien was intentionally walked, Iihara doubled in Ueda, Hatake was walked on four straight pitches, and Araki doubled in two more runs, which finally ended Nomi’s game. Nakamura then singled in one more run when Kaneda tried a fastball down the middle. No more runs, though. 5-1 Tokyo.
Murton doubled and was driven in by Imanari int he ninth, but the Birds held off a rally. 5-2 Tokyo, Final.
More Tiger-baiting tomorrow.