June 11th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 1
Rakuten Tohoku Golden Eagles 0
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW
(Kobo Stadium Miyagi)
Ishikawa protected a one run lead for nine whole innings for a low scoring affair in the rain. YAY WINNING!
|W: Ishikawa (4-4)
L: Kawai (1-4)
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Takero Okajima (RF)|
|2||Wataru Hiyane (CF)||2||Kazuya Fujita (2B)|
|3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||3||Akihisa Makida (LF)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Andreu Jones (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)||5||Motohiro Shima (C)|
|6||Hiroyasu Tanaka (1B) |
NOT AN ERROR
|6||Kazuo Matsui (3B)|
|7||Takahiro Araki (SS)||7||Tetsuro Nishida (SS)|
|8||Ryoji Aikawa (C)||8||Ryo Hijirisawa (CF)|
|9||Masanori Ishikawa (P)||9||Takashi Kawai (P)|
The offense in this game started and ended with a full count homer to left by Yamada to start the game. 1-0 Swallows
From that point it became a grounder fest as neither offense got much going. As the rain got stronger as the night went on the weaker the contact the seemed to become. Ishikawa gave up four singles and two walks all night, never more than one in a single inning. The Swallows’ offense fared slightly better getting 6 single, 3 walks, and a HBP over the course of nine innings after the leadoff blast.
Ishikawa got some help from the defense as 15 of the 27 outs came on infield grounders. On the other side Rakuten recorded 19 outs via infield grounders. Ishikawa needed 133 pitches to get his second complete game shutout of the year and he finally brought his season record to .500.
Unfortunately I did not get to see the game, any reports on Hiroyasu’s play at first would be appreciated.
Kiya will face Karashima tomorrow weather permitting.