August 29th, 2014
Hanshin Tigers 10
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLLWL
The Swallows ended July, at Koshien, by winning their first three-game series since May. August may end as well – August has been a better month – but tonight was not a promising start.
|W: Nomi (7-11); L: Akagawa (0-2)|
See that? Game called in the top of the ninth, in the midst of a Tokyo rally, with the bases loaded. Check the bank account or favorite hostess bar of Umpire Junichi Sato.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Uemoto (2B)|
|2||Yachi (SS)||2||Yamato (CF)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Toritani (SS)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Gomez (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (CF)||5||Murton (LF)|
|6||Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Imanari (3B)|
|7||Iihara (RF)||7||Kano (RF)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Tsuruoka (C)|
|9||Akagawa (P)||9||Nomi (P)|
|RP||Kato, Watanabe, Enokida||RP||Abe, Yamanaka, Yamamoto, Kyuko|
The Tigers scored a fair bit (on the field, not just with their sisters or teenaged runaways). Tokyo made it exciting near the end. The offensive facts:
Bottom of the first: Jesus hit a timely single on behalf of Matt Murton with Gomez on first and Uemoto on third. 1-0 Hanshin.
Bottom of the second: Uemoto added an RBI to the run he scored. 2-0 Hanshin.
Bottom of the third: Gomez walked, Jesus failed Murton, Imanari got out, then Kano hit a home run. 4-0 Hanshin.
Bottom of the fourth: Nomi hit, Yamato walked, Toritani hit an RBI. Akagawa got yanked for Abe. Gomez and Murton hit back-to-back RBIs. Imanari doubled. Kano drove in two runs. 9-0 Hanshin.
Bottom of the fifth: The Tigers needed to get their fans some meth to keep them in line and, consequently, had to take a break from beating the Swallows.
Bottom of the sixth: Toritani and Gomez on the corners, Murton hit a martyrdom single, driving in a run. 10-0 Hanshin.
Fun stuff. Top of the seventh: Hatakeyama walked, Iihara hit, and Nakamura hit an RBI double. Yamada hit a grounder, Imanari fumbled, and Hatake scored. 10-2 Hanshin.
Top of the eighth: Hiyane and Yuhei hit, Iihara walked, Nakamura added two more RBIs to his total. 10-4 Hanshin.
Top of the ninth: Yamada hit, Yachi walked, Kawabata hit an RBI double. Hiyane walked. Bases loaded, game called on account of damp. Nuts. 10-5 Hanshin, Final.
The Tigers will have to play for real tomorrow.