September 20th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 2
Yomiuri Giants 4
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
This one began poorly. And your Swallows weren’t able to get a runner on base until the top of the fifth.
|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.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Chono (CF)|
|Morioka (SS)||2||Hashimoto (RF)|
|Kawabata (3B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|Balentien (LF)||4||Abe (C)|
|Yuhei (CF)||5||Anderson (1B)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Murata (3B)|
|Iihara (RF)||7||Kamei (LF)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Kataoka (2B)|
|Ishiyama (P)||9||Koyama (P)|
Ishiyama gave up singles to the first two batters he faced and then served up an Anderson homer two outs later.
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.
Abe ripped a solo homer off of Nakazawa with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to remove all doubt.
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.
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.