Sept 20th 2014, @ Yomiuri

September 20th, 2014

FYG

Tokyo Swallows 2

Yomiuri Giants 4

Streak: Lost 3  Last 5: LWLLL

(Tokyo Dome)

This one began poorly. And your Swallows weren’t able to get a runner on base until the top of the fifth.

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W: Koyama (6-1; 2.24 ERA)
L: Ishiyama (3-7; 4.70 ERA)
S: Mathieson (6-6 29 S; 3.41 ERA)

And in case there was any doubt, we can now confirm that the Swallows have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

TokyoOrderYomiuri
Yamada (2B)1Chono (CF)
Morioka (SS)2Hashimoto (RF)
Kawabata (3B)3Sakamoto (SS)
Balentien (LF)4Abe (C)
Yuhei (CF)5Anderson (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Murata (3B)
Iihara (RF)7Kamei (LF)
Nakamura (C)8Kataoka (2B)
Ishiyama (P)9Koyama (P)

Ishiyama gave up singles to the first two batters he faced and then served up an Anderson homer two outs later.

0-3 Yomiuri

Kawabata finally drove in Tokyo’s first run with two outs in the top of the sixth. Morioka had doubled earlier to start the mini-rally.

1-3

Abe ripped a solo homer off of Nakazawa with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to remove all doubt.

Kawabata singles in the sixth inning.

Kawabata singles in the sixth inning.

1-4

Yuhei brought Kawabata home from third on a groundout to second in the top of the ninth, but that’s as close as the birds would get in this contest. Despite singles from Hatakeyama and Iihara, Nakamura popped up in foul territory to the catcher to end the rally and the game.

2-4 Final

Ishiyama (3-7; 4.70 ERA) took the loss after 93 pitches and five innings of work. He allowed six hits (one round-tripper), struck out five, and walked one. This was his third start against Yomiuri this season, and he’s now 0-2 against them.

Kyuko (4.88 ERA) got a scoreless inning in, and he was followed by Matsuoka (5.12 ERA) and Nakazawa (2.04 ERA).

Kawabata was the team’s biggest contributor on offense tonite with a pair of  singles and one RBI.

Game three of this series is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM. Ogawa takes the mound against Sawamura.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini