June 8th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 9
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WDLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows rode strong showings by Kawabata and Morioka at the plate, a big sixth inning, and six decent innings from Yagi to an easy Sunday victory.
|W: Yagi (3-2; 3.80 ERA)
L: Nogami (3-5; 5.26)
It was a bit touch-and-go there for a bit in the ninth, but Ishiyama settled down after a bit.
|Akiyama (CF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Watanabe (SS)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Kuriyama (LF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Nakamura (3B)||4||Balentien (DH)|
|Mejía (DH)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Kimura (RF)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Morimoto (1B)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|Sumitani (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Kaneko (2B)||9||Miwa (LF)|
After Ueda’s walk with one out, Kawabata’s seventh jack of the season in the bottom of the first put two on the board for Tokyo as the birds drew first blood.
The lead held until the fourth when a Sumitani outfield single brought a run home. Kuriyama’s outfield single scored one in the top of the fifth, and Sumitani struck again with another outfield single in the sixth to send the Lions into the lead.
Yamada was responsible for both the first and second out of Swallows’ sixth. That’s right, after his liner to the pitcher, Saitama wouldn’t secure another out until he came up to bat once again as the birds batted around (pop fly to right). In the interim, Ueda reached by way of an error at first, Kawabata singled, and then Balentien walked to load the bases.
Then Yuhei drew an RBI walk, as did the girthy Hatakeyama. Balentien scored on Morioka’s single to center, Yuhei came home on Nakamura’s single to the fence in right, and Araki scored on Miwa’s outfield single.
Yes, you read that right. Araki scored, not Hatakeyama. Hatakeyama pulled a hammy on his way to third and had to be removed from the game before he would have scored on the first of Miwa’s two hits. Araki demonstrated his value to the team by promptly taking Hatake’s place at first in the top of the seventh.
Tokyo added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh via a Kawabata lead-off single, an Araki single two outs later, and a Morioka bases-clearing double.
Ishiyama (8.05 ERA) gave up a two run round-tripper to Nakamura (number 10 this year) in the top of the ninth, but it didn’t effect him too much as he struck out the next to batters to end the game.
Yagi earned his third win of the season after throwing 94 pitches through six innings. He gave up three earned runs (all earned ) from nine hits and two walks. He also struck out four.
Iwahashi (1.00 ERA) made a bit of a mess when he allowed a pair of singles at the beginning of his relief appearance in the top of the seventh, but Matsuoka (2.25 ERA) came in and got the final two outs on two pitches to end the threat. Yamamoto (3.68 ERA) pitched a scoreless eighth. It was his 26th appearance so far this year.
Kawabata and Morioka were both 3-4 at the plate with two RBI for the former and three for the latter.
Yamada was in the lineup after being held out of Saturday’s game which was eventually called off due to rain. He was apparently suffering from a fever.
The second game of this series is scheduled for tomorrow evening (6 PM) with Togame (2-4; 3.72 ERA) starting for Saitama, and Narveson (2-4; 4.92 ERA) taking the mound for Tokyo.