September 3rd, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 7
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo rode a surprisingly strong start from Tokuyama and a big sixth inning to a relatively easy victory.
|W: Tokuyama (1-1; 5.29 ERA)
L: Tajima (3-5; 5.22)
Tonite was actually Tokuyama’s first pro win, and it was a well-deserved win at that.
|Oshima (CF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Araki (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Fujii (LF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Hirata (RF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Luna (3B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Morino (1B)||6||Iihara (LF)|
|Donoue (SS)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|Matsui (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Asakura (P)||9||Tokuyama (P)|
An annoying Morino double that enticed Ueda into a costly near miss resulted in the first run of the game in the second. Hirata scored from first.
The same combination of players combined for Chunichi’s second run in the fourth.
But Tokyo tied it up in their half of that frame. After Ueda struck out for the second time in as many at-bats, Kawabata pulled a 3-1 cutter from Asakura into the right field stands.
And one out later, Yuhei pounced on a low slider to tie the game at one. Incidentally, I think that was the hardest I’ve ever seen him hit a baseball.
Tokyo’s big inning came in the sixth when Asakura walked the first three batters he faced. Ueda worked an eight-pitch free base, but Kawabata and Hatakeyama both kept the bat on their shoulders and only had to watch five pitches each.
Yuhei then came through with a two-run single over Fujii’s head in left. Another run scored on Iihara’s grounder to third that Luna couldn’t handle (E5), and then Ogawa called for a bunt with Morioka (.308 AVG at the time) at the plate and runners on first and second. The plan backfired, and Yuhei was thrown out at third, but Nakamura’s single reloaded the bases, and Balentien was brought in to pinch hit for Tokuyama.
Balentien popped the first pitch high into the air in center, but it was enough to get Iihara home from third.
Chunichi added a run in the top of the seventh when Takahashi took Matsuoka yard on a 2-2 fastball that was up in the zone.
But Hatakeyama recaptured the four-run advantage with a solo shot of his own off of middle reliever, Mutou, later that inning.
Barnette closed out the ninth on 17 pitches to secure the win for Tokuyama.
Tokuyama threw 97 pitches over six innings of work. He allowed just two runs from four hits, struck out four, and walked three. A surprisingly good start all around.
Game three of this series is scheduled for 6 PM tomorrow night with Ishikawa pitching for Tokyo. Chunichi plan to counter with Ono.