Sept 16th 2014, vs Hanshin

September 16th, 2014

Hanshin Tigers 3

Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak:  Last 5: LWDLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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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.

 Tigers Swallows
1Uemoto (2B)1Yamada (2B)
2Yamato (CF)2Kawabata (3B)
3Toritani (SS)3Iihara (RF)
4Gomez (1B)4Balentien (LF)
5Murton (LF)5Yuhei (CF)
6Fukudome (RF)6Hatakeyama (1B)
7Saka (3B)7Nakamura (C)
8Umeno (C)8Yachi (SS)
9Iwata (P)9Tokuyama (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.

Yamada celebrates in the 1st

Yamada celebrates in the 1st

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto