Aug 2nd, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 9
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows won their second series in a row by taking advantage of wild Dragons’ pitching. Chris Narveson also had a solid return to the top team.
|W: Narveson (3-7);
L: Yamai (7-2)
|1||Atsushi Fujii (CF)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Masahiro Araki (2B)||2||Ryosuke Morioka (SS)|
|3||Anderson Hernández (SS)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Kazuhiro Wada (LF)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Masahiko Morino (1B)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Ryosuke Hirata (RF)||6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Shuhei Takahashi (3B)||7||Yasushi Iihara (CF)|
|8||Motonobu Tanishige (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Daisuke Yamai (P)||9||Chris Narveson (P)|
The Swallows’ offense started out with a bang in the form of a deep Yamada homer to left field. 1-0 Swallows It was Yamada’s fifth leadoff home run of the season.
Nothing interesting happened until the game hit the bottom of the third inning. In the third Yamai absolutely lost his control. Yamai plunked Yamada to start off the inning, and the pitcher followed up with a five-pitch walk to Morioka. Kawabata popped up for an out, but Coco managed to draw a full count walk to load the bases. Yuhei took the second pitche he saw and launched it to the fould pole in left for a grandslam. 5-0 Swallows The Swallows got two more hits off Yamai in the third, but the veteran managed to keep the scoreline from ballooning any further in the inning.
The Dragons kept Yamai in for the fourth and Morioka and Kawabata got back-to-back one out singles. Coco again battled Yamai over many pitches to draw a full count walk to load the bases. Perhaps exhausted by his nine pitch at bat with Coco or haunted by the grandslam, Yamai subsequently walked Yuhei on four pitches. 6-0 Swallows The Swallows weren’t able to get any more men home with the bases loaded, but the damage was done.
Tajima came in for Yamai and pitched a clean fifth inning. Tajima gave up a single to Coco who was lifted for Hiyane on the bases right after. Hiyane advanced on a fielder’s choice by Yuhei and was brought home on a Hatake single. 7-0 Swallows
Payano was brought in to pitch the final frames for the Dragons and had trouble locating the strikezone. The Dominican loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks in the seventh but held the Swallows hitless to avoid any of the runners from coming home. He was less fortunate in the eighth. Payano started the inning by allowing back-to-back singles to Yuhei and Takeuchi. After getting Iihara to pop out Payano walked Nakamura on four pitches to load the bases. Yachi flied out to shallow right to keep the runners in place, but Yamada cashed in two runners with a single to left. 9-0 Swallows
That was all the Swallows needed as Narveson pitched seven innings of 3 hit ball (with 2 walks), and Yamanaka and Kyuko each pitched scoreless frames to get a team shutout. Yamanaka was bit shaky allowing the bases to get loaded on two hits and a walk. Narveson got a much deserved win, only his third of the season despite having the highest percentage of quality starts among Swallows pitchers with more than 10 starts.
The Swallows will go for the sweep tomorrow with Ogawa, while the Dragons will start Yudai Kawai.