July 16th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 2
Yomiuri Giants 5
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LLWLL
L: Kiya (4-4; 5.80 ERA)
Tonight saw Kiya called in to make an emergency start as the originally slated starter Narveson was scratched due to neck pain, while Tokyo’s offence couldn’t get anything going until it was too late.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Sakamoto (SS)|
|Kawabata (1B)||2||Hashimoto (CF)|
|Balentien (LF)||3||Ch*no (RF)|
|Yuhei (RF)||4||Abe (C)|
|Iihara (CF)||5||Anderson (LF)|
|Morioka (3B)||6||Lopez (1B)|
|Nakamura (C)||7||Murata (3B)|
|Kawashima (SS)||8||Kataoka (2B)|
|Kiya (P)||9||Sug*no (P)|
Kiya was by no means terrible, especially given the circumstances, giving up three runs off five hits in his four innings of work. Akagawa then gave up two runs of his own off four hits in two innings of relief. Tokuyama was the only pitcher to manage to keep the opposition at bay, pitching the final two inning in a perfect stylee.
After stranding two men in the 1st, Tokyo then scattered just two hits over the next six innings, before finally getting to Sug*no in the 8th. Yamada drew first blood, with his third homer in as many games, and two singles followed from Kawabata and Balentien to put two on with no outs, but alas Ihara would end up hitting into an inning ending double play.
In the 9th, singles from Noguchi and Tanaka were followed up by a Yamada double to the wall in left to score another run, but two runners would once again be stranded and that was all she wrote.
The NPB now enters it’s annual All Star break, in which they will shoehorn in the traditional seven or so All Star games. The Swallows will return to action from Monday the 21st, as the Carp come to town for a series. In the meantime wrap your ears around our latest podcast to get you through until then.
Enjoy your week!