May 6th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Furuno (2-2 / 4.32 ERA)
L: Kuri (2-2 / 4.67 ERA)
S: Roman (1S / 0.73 ERA)
Tokyo’s improving form continued as they rounded out the Golden Week public holidays with a win over Hiroshima. A win in which all departments of the team did their bit for the cause.
|Dobayashi (3B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Kikuchi (2B)||2||Hiyane (LF)|
|Maru (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Eldred (LF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Ka'aihue (1B)||5||Yuhei (CF)|
|Matsuyama (RF)||6||Ihara (RF)|
|Tanaka (SS)||7||Araki (SS)|
|Ishihara (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Kuri (P)||9||Furuno (P)|
Tokyo got things going nice and early with two runs in the bottom of the 1st. The homer-fiesta from Monday’s game carried over into this evening early on, as Yamada hit a solo shot (no.5 for the year) to straight ahead centre for 1-0 Tokyo. A Hiyane single and subsequent steal then set the table for Hatake to bring him home from third one out later on a ground ball to short for 2-0.
Hatake kept things rolling in the top of the 4th with a solo shot that cleared the fence about a metre along from the foul pole in left (no.4 for the year) that made it 3-0.
After getting through the first four innings without too much trouble, Furuno allowed the Carp on the board in the 5th, with “help” from some suspect fielding. After two singles put two men on with one out, Ishihara hit a sharpish shot to third which Kawabata got a hold of on the slide, after which he seemingly rushed and thus messed up his throw to second, allowing the first Carp run to score and leaving men on the corners, 3-1. This seemed to affect Furuno as he then struggled to regain his earlier composure. A sac fly added another for 3-2 before Furuno walked Dobayashi and Hirose to load the bases for Maru, but fortunately he regained his mojo to strike out the outfielder, both stranding the runners and preserving his lead.
That lead was extended once more in the 6th. A Yamada single and Hiyane Tak-bunt put a man on second before Kawabata hit a fly ball to left for out number two. Hatake then had his left hand brushed by a pitch to occupy first, with next man up Yuhei hitting to right to bring home the run for 4-2, with men now on the corners. Ogawa saw this as a good time to roll the dice, bringing Balentien in to try to stretch the lead further, but he only managed a tame liner which was caught at third to end the inning.
That would be it for Furuno, as the Coco cameo was followed by a double switch, with Yamamoto coming in to pitch from the bullpen, and Ueda coming in to replace Ihara in the outfield. The bullpen held up their end of the work, with Yamamoto and Akiyoshi pitching scoreless and largely trouble free innings in relief.
All that was left was for Roman to come in to try and close this thing down, and he allowed a lead-off double for Ka’aihue, and looked like he was going to escape unscathed as two outs followed. Ishihara had other ideas however, as he hit a single which brought home the Carp’s third run and we had ourselves an altogether tighter scoreline at 4-3. Things got even hairier as Nakahigashi hit a sharp liner to second that Yamada couldn’t quite hang onto, and the Carp had men on the corners for Dobayashi. Roman came through though, striking out the baby faced error machine swinging, 4-3 Tokyo Final.
- Furuno’s final line: 6 IP / 79 P / 5 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 2 R / 0 ER. After a rocky last few appearances, this was Furuno’s second quality start in a row, and he seems to be rounding into some better form along with the team as a whole.
- Yamada was the only Swallow to manage more than a solitary hit, with his two hit performance earning him the post-game hero interview honours along with Furuno.
- After being named as both Chris and Kozo’s choice for Pitcher Roulette in this month’s Podcast, the run allowed by Roman in the 9th tonight was his first earned run of the season in his tenth appearance. Good work with the jinxing chaps.
- The Swallows have two more games at home vs the Carp, before heading to Yokohama for a weekend series to cap off their nine game holiday stretch.
- Tomorrow will see Ishikawa take the mound for your birds.