June 22nd, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo had four errors today but still won in walk-off fashion.
|W: Carpenter (1-2 3S; 4.57 ERA)
L: Sato (1-3 1S; 1.45)
Unfortunately, Narveson had another start turn into a no-decision, but the good news is that the team’s four relievers didn’t allow a single run this afternoon.
|Hirano (2B)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|Adachi (SS)||2||Morioka (SS)|
|German (3B)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|Itoi (RF)||4||Kawabata (3B)|
|Peña (DH)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Takehara (LF)||6||Tanaka (DH)|
|T Okada (1B)||7||Aikawa (C)|
|Ito (C)||8||Araki (1B)|
|Sakaguchi (CF)||9||Noguchi (LF)|
A Sakaguchi single drove in the game’s first run in the top of the third (T Okada scored). And the lead doubled in the top of the fifth when Hirano opted for a squeeze bunt with one out and runners on the corners. T Okada once again scored from third.
But the birds would temporarily grab the lead in the bottom of that inning when they very nearly batted around. Yuhei and a DHing Tanaka started with consecutive singles, and Yuhei then scored on Aikawa’s ground out to short (Tanaka out at second). Araki and Noguchi then loaded the bases with consecutive singles of their own, and Aikawa crossed home plate on Hiyane’s full count walk. Araki then did the same on Morioka’s sac fly to center three pitches later.
But the lead would prove to be short-lived. More bunting and a fielding error at third set the stage for a Takehara sac fly to left that leveled the score (German scored this time).
That score held through regulation even though the birds had the bases juiced with one out in the bottom of the eighth. But they loaded the bases once again in the bottom of the 10th, and this time they took proper advantage of the opportunity.
Kawabata hit a 2-2 fastball (94 mph) into left for a double with one out. Orix reliever, Sato, one of the better pitchers in the Pacific over the past year or so, then proceeded to implode. He walked Yuhei and Tanaka on a total of eight pitches before Ueda (pinch-hitting for Aikawa) lofted the seventh pitch he saw into left. Kawabata tagged up and scored soon after for the game-winning run.
Nothing wrong with a little sayonara action every now and again.
Carpenter (4.57 ERA) ended up getting the win after pitching a scoreless 10th. Akyoshi (3.26), Yamamoto (3.12), and Barnette (2.08) all made scoreless appearances as well.
This game was strange because four of the seven runs scored today came via sacrifice (three sac flies and one squeeze bunt). Both teams scored two runs on sacrifices.
A couple of firsts tonite: Carpenter’s first win of the season; Tokyo’s first walk-off victory of 2014.
Your Tokyo Swallows have two more home games left in their interleague schedule. Both are replays of games that were rained out earlier this month. Chiba comes to town on Monday and Tuesday for games that will likely be sparsely populated. Both games kick off at 6 PM.