July 21st, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Ogawa (4-2 / 3.03 ERA)
L: Nomura (4-4 /4.47 ERA)
S: Barnette (3 S / 4.50 ERA)
The Swallows celebrated the wonder of the Marine Day national holiday with a win at home against the third placed Carp, a win that also registered as Yasuhiro Ogawa’s first since way back on April 11th. Yes people, you read that right, STARTING PITCHING HAS RETURNED TO THE BUILDING.
|Amaya (RF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Kikuchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Maru (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Eldred (LF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|Ka'aihue (1B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Soyogi (SS)||6||Iwamura (1B)|
|Tanaka (3B)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|Aizawa (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Nomura (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
The holiday saw some 30,000 folks in Jingu, pretty much evenly split between red clad Hiroshima fans, and mold-green clad Swallowers (due to it being the second of the season’s “let’s give away a god-awful shirt” days). After a Yamada double in the 1st, the sum total of Tokyo’s offence for the game occurred in the 2nd.
Yuhei walked to get things started, and then Morioka hit to the wall in right that brought home the game’s first run for 1-0 Tokyo. Iwamura then hit a grounder to second, but luckily Kikuchi fluffed the transfer, the ball bobbled off him and Morioka was able to score on the error, 2-0. After back-to-back outs for Nakamura and Ogawa, the red-hot Yamada hit his second double of the game to the wall just left of centre, and the Swallows had themselves a 3-0 lead. And that would be their last hit of the day, as Nomura and Phillips limited the Swallows to just three more walks over the distance.
So it was up to the pitching to bring home the win. And while Ogawa got himself in a few jams, allowing a double in each of the 2nd and 5th innings and three singles loading the bases in the 3rd only for Eldred to whiff on a high inside fast ball stranding three, he put up a goose egg in all seven of his innings of work.
Chris Carpenter started the 8th for the birds, giving up a double and a two run shot to Eldred (no.30 of a highly impressive season) to narrow the lead 3-2, which we’ll put down to an off day given his impressive form of late. Kyuko came in to get the last two outs of that inning, and Tony Barnette worked a perfect 9th for a 3-2 Tokyo Final.
- Ogawa’s final line: 7 IP / 107 P / 6 H / 9 K / 1 BB / 0 ER. Welcome back son, welcome back.
- Tonight saw Balentien return to the no.4 slot in the lineup, and he went 0 for 4 with two Ks. He did make a great sliding catch in the 1st to rob Amaya of a lead off hit.
- After going 3 for 5 (single, home run, double) over the course of the two All Star games, Yamada’s stellar form just keeps on coming, with his two doubles tonight raising his average to .334, good enough for third in the CL rankings. He is also leading the team in RISP % (.333), on-base % (.419), and slugging (.560).
- Tuesday will see Yagi take the mound for your birds, with the fish countering with Bullington.