September 16th, 2014
Hanshin Tigers 3
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Last 5: LWDLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Shichijo (2-1 ; 2.84 ERA)
L: Iwata (9-8 ; 2.85 ERA)
S: Barnette (14 S ; 3.16 ERA)
Tokyo displayed a healthy dose of tenacity as they flipped the scoreline from the previous night’s game, winning a back and forth affair against Hanshin.
|1||Uemoto (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Yamato (CF)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Toritani (SS)||3||Iihara (RF)|
|4||Gomez (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Murton (LF)||5||Yuhei (CF)|
|6||Fukudome (RF)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Saka (3B)||7||Nakamura (C)|
|8||Umeno (C)||8||Yachi (SS)|
|9||Iwata (P)||9||Tokuyama (P)|
The Swallows wasted no time in taking the lead in this one, with Yamada sending Iwata’s first pitch of the evening into the gurning masses in left for 1-0 Tokyo. It was Tetsuto’s 24th homer of his highly impressive year.
Yamada was again at the heart of things as Tokyo doubled their lead in the 3rd, getting aboard with a one-out walk, and then later coming home from second on a very wild wild pitch for 2-0.
Meanwhile Tokuyama kept the Tigers at bay over the first three innings, but allowed a solo shot from Fukudome in the 4th which made it 2-1. And then in the 5th, the Tigers brought home two more runs off three hits which would allow them to get their noses in front, 3-2 Hanshin.
That would be all for Tokyuyama (5 IP / 84 P / 5 H / 5 K / 0 BB / 3 ER) and due to the events that followed he wouldn’t be involved in the final decision.
The game turned for good in the 6th as, with Iwata still on the mound, a Kawabata single and Ihara homer to left put the Swallows back ahead, 4-3 Tokyo.
And Balentien added an insurance run in the 8th as he hit his 31st dinger of the year to right, while two scoreless innings from Shichijo, and a goose egg apiece from Akiyoshi and Barnette made it a 5-3 Tokyo Final.
Tomorrow will see promising rookie Sugiura make his second pro-start, facing off against the Tigers’ Nohmi.